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Stories for September 29, 2013

Justice Department To Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law

Sept. 29
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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The Justice Department is preparing to sue North Carolina over that state's restrictive new voting law. The lawsuit takes aim at provisions that limit early voting periods and require a government photo ID as an illegal form of discrimination against minorities at the ballot box, according to a person briefed on the Justice Department's plans.

Phantom Phone Vibrations: So Common They've Changed Our Brains?

Sept. 29
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Phantom vibration -- that phenomenon where you think your phone is vibrating but it's not -- has been around only since the mobile age. And five years ago, when its wider existence became recognized, news organizations, including ours, covered the "syndrome" as a sign of the digital encroachment in our lives. Today, it's so common that researchers have devoted studies to it.

Experts: Unpredictable Storms, Extreme Heat, Will Hit Southwest Climate

Sept. 29
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TUCSON, Ariz. - A new report says international climate scientists are now 95 percent certain that humans are the dominant cause of climate change. Scientists in Tucson looked at the report and how those changes are playing out in the Southwest's climate.

Painful History Buried At Shuttered Vermont Institution

Sept. 29
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When Gary Wade first started working at Vermont's state institution for people with developmental disabilities, it was already on its way out. The Brandon Training School had been in operation since 1915.

The $142,000 Pickup: Truck With 1.3 Miles Tops Vintage Car Auction

Sept. 29
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A car auction unlike any other is going on this weekend in Pierce, Neb., where hundreds of cars that were stockpiled by a Chevrolet dealer are finally being sold -- many for the first time. The Lambrecht Chevrolet collection stretches back to the 1950s and has drawn bids and interest from around the world.

Shutdown Standoff: 'How Dare You,' And Other Views From Congress

Sept. 29
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The federal government has moved closer to the brink of a shutdown, as the House of Representatives approved a temporary funding bill Saturday night that the Senate and White House say has no chance of becoming law.

House Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown

Sept. 29
Tamara Keith / NPR
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Shortly after midnight the House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep the government's lights on. But it would also delay the Affordable Care Act for a year, making it a non-starter for Senate Democrats and the president.

Insurance Exchanges Will Open Tuesday to Scrutiny, Confusion

Sept. 29
Eric Whitney / NPR
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Tuesday is a big day for the White House. That's when new health insurance exchanges open in every state, where people can buy the insurance the Affordable Care Act requires next year. They will also see if they qualify for new subsidies to help them afford it.