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Stories for October 12, 2013

North Dakota's Delay In Reporting Oil Spill Raises Questions

Oct. 12
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The handling of an oil spill in North Dakota is raising questions, after a state agency waited to tell the public it had taken place. A wheat farmer was the first to recognize the spill had happened; it became public knowledge nearly two weeks later.

White House Talks Over, Boehner Says; Senate Blocks Debt Bill

Oct. 12
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Negotiations between the White House and Republicans in the House ended with President Obama rejecting the GOP plan Friday night, according to reports emerging from a closed meeting held by House Speaker John Boehner this morning.

Grand Canyon And Other National Parks Reopen, On States' Dime

Oct. 12
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Thanks to agreements between the Department of the Interior and several states, a dozen popular national parks are open again, at least temporarily. The parks range from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon; the states are paying to keep them open for up to 10 days.

Kerry And Karzai Meet To Discuss Prolonged U.S. Presence

Oct. 12
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The U.S. desire to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan is the subject of talks today in Kabul, where Secretary of State John Kerry is in prolonged discussions with President Hamid Karzai. Most of the U.S. troops would continue training Afghan forces, while another contingent works against terrorist groups.

Best Of The Border (10/7 - 10/11)

Oct. 12
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Shutdown Means A Windfall For A Few Arizona Tribes

Calif. Commission Allows Romney House Expansion

Oct. 12
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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife passed another hurdle Friday in their plans to tear down their 1936 beachfront home in San Diego's affluent La Jolla community and build an 11,000-square-foot mansion in its place.

Junior Seau's Youngest Brother, Tony Seau, Dies

Oct. 12
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Tony Seau, the youngest brother of former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, has died. He was 36.

Judge: 'You're Still Deceased As Far As The Law Is Concerned'

Oct. 12
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Now and then there's a news story to remind us that few things are as simple as they may seem.

Health Insurance Exchanges Suffer Ills Of Geography

Oct. 12
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These first two weeks have been rocky for the state health insurance exchanges. The online marketplaces opened across the country Oct. 1, with computer glitches and staffing shortages.

Women, The 'First Brewers,' Lean Into Craft Beer-Making

Oct. 12
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Thousands of beer aficionados are in Denver this weekend for the Great American Beer Festival. Some 600 breweries from around the country are represented at the marquee event for the craft-brewing industry.

With Veteran's Life In Peril, His Parents Take Up The Fight

Oct. 12
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In October 2005, 21-year-old Army Sgt. Erik Schei was shot in the head during his second tour in Iraq. The bullet shattered the top half of his skull.

Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

Oct. 12
Kate Woodsome / NPR
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The government shutdown is frustrating enough for furloughed workers, but for families dependent on federal food assistance, it's infuriating.

More Evidence Against Vitamin D To Build Bones In Middle Age

Oct. 12
Nancy Shute / NPR
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It's not easy being a wonder vitamin these days. Just when it looks like you're the solution to every health problem, some doctors come along and burst your bubble. Now it's happening to vitamin D.