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Stories for October 6, 2013

Holdout Pennsylvania Pelted With Gay Marriage Lawsuits

Oct. 6
Emma Jacobs / NPR
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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act said that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages from states that allow them. Since the decision, couples in states which do not recognize same-sex marriages have filed a flurry of lawsuits.

Tesla Slips From Pedestal That May Have Been Too High

Oct. 6
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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Over the last year of so, Tesla motors has received some really good press. But this past week, it's been knocked off its pedestal.

Aquilla Fire Fully Contained in Lakeside, Calif.

Oct. 6
By John Rosman, Natalie Walsh
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A brush fire that broke out Sunday morning in Lakeside is 100 percent contained. It's the second fire to burn amid the weekend's red flag warning.

School Pulls All-Beef Burgers From Menu, Citing Complaints

Oct. 6
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Students in a Virginia school system are now eating hamburgers with additives in them, after officials heeded their complaints about the appearance and taste of the all-beef burgers it had been serving. The burgers that are now being served include a reported 26 ingredients.

The Votes Are In: Sandy Hook Elementary Will Be Torn Down

Oct. 6
Bill Chappell / NPR
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In a referendum marked by a large turnout and an emphatic result, the people of Newtown, Conn., have voted to demolish Sandy Hook Elementary and build a new school. Sandy Hook was the scene of a mass shooting last December, when 20 children and six staff members were killed.

Karen Stalls In Gulf; Maximum Winds Fall To 30 MPH

Oct. 6
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Karen, once feared to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane, has stalled out and weakened into a tropical depression. The National Weather Service says the storm is "drifting" at 2 mph, moving toward Louisiana's southeastern edge. As of early Sunday morning, it was about 165 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

In This Business, Scaredy Cats Need Not Apply

Oct. 6
Beth Accomando / NPR
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In this business, screaming is one of those skills. Also, being certified on a chainsaw.

Chile's Pungent Perfume Marks The Season In New Mexico

Oct. 6
Ted Robbins / NPR
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It's chile season in New Mexico, where they take their chiles pretty seriously.

It's Time To Rediscover The IUD, Women's Health Advocates Say

Oct. 6
Dana Farrington / NPR
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What will it take to make intrauterine devices sexy?

U.S. Forces Raid Terror Targets In Somalia, Libya

Oct. 6
L. Carol Ritchie / NPR
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U.S. forces carried out two commando raids on terror suspects in Northern Africa Saturday.