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One Of The World's Most Famous Free Divers Is Missing Near Ibiza

Aug. 4
Lucy Perkins / NPR
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Natalia Molchanova took a recreational dive on Sunday, didn't come back up and is feared dead. Free divers hold their breath until they surface for air, instead of using breathing equipment.

Who's In, Who's Out: Selection Day For The GOP Presidential Debate

Aug. 4
Jessica Taylor / NPR
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Donald Trump is on top, followed by Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Chris Christie and John Kasich barely make it in, while Rick Perry misses the cutoff for the main debate stage.

Doctor Who Crusaded For Coal Miners' Health Dies At 87

Aug. 4
Howard Berkes / NPR
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Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen worked on behalf of coal miners in Appalachia and helped create a national movement against black lung disease.

Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Aug. 4
Luke Runyon / NPR
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A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Aug. 4
Jason Margolis / NPR
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Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

Aug. 4
Jim Zarroli / NPR
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The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'

Aug. 4
Brakkton Booker / NPR
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The Met says it is committed to 'colorblind casting' and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.

Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

Aug. 4
Emma Jacobs / NPR
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He killed the Pennsylvania governor's wife's cat — or so the story went. As it turns out, the Labrador was sentenced to the grim corridors of Eastern State Penitentiary to live up to his name.

When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach

Aug. 4
Leigh Paterson / NPR
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The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

How Percy Shelley Stirred His Politics Into His Tea Cup

Aug. 4
Nina Martyris / NPR
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In 19th century Britain, keeping sugar out of tea became a political statement against slavery. The sugar boycott was no easy choice for the radical poet, who hated slavery but loved tea.

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