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Millions Of Miles From Shutdown, Mars Rovers Keep Working

The budget negotiations in Washington are not front-page news on Mars. There, millions of miles away, NASA's rovers continue to operate, taking photographs and collecting data as they prepare for the coming Martian winter.
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On Montana Reservation, A Mixed Reception For Bisons' Return

A small herd of genetically pure bison, free of cattle genes, have recently arrived at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northern Montana. Some tribal members hail the bisons' arrival as a return of an important cultural heritage, but others, including native ranchers, say the new herd is unwelcome.
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Al-Qaida Suspect Captured In Libya Will Be Tried In New York

Abu Anas al-Libi, a suspected leader of Al Qaida in Libya who was seized by U.S. special forces during a raid earlier this month, is now on American soil and will face trial in New York on existing charges for his role in 1998 African embassy bombings, a U.S. official tells NPR.
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This Isn't Your Granny Smith's Harvesting Technology

Michigan is expected to bring in a record-setting apple crop this year. So how do you sort and package 2,000 Galas in a minute? Farmers have turned to the Rolls Royce of fruit processing: a robot that uses computer vision to weed out the bad apples.
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A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back

After more than 50 years, Bill Baker returns to the island in an effort to analyze his life.
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Collectible Art At Street Prices: Banksy Sells Pieces For $60

New Yorkers who love a good bargain missed a golden opportunity Saturday, when the artist and provocateur Banksy, whose sly graffiti art adorns collectors' walls, opened a sidewalk kiosk to sell his work for $60 a canvas.
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Reid And McConnell Are Optimistic As Default Deadline Looms

President Obama and Congress have until Thursday, Oct. 17, to reach a deal averting a potential credit default by the U.S. government. Both houses of Congress are meeting this afternoon.
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How Columbus Sailed Into U.S. History, Thanks To Italians

The making of Columbus Day involved much glorification of the Italian explorer, including some historical inaccuracies. But Christopher Columbus also became the face of a celebration of Italian heritage, amid discrimination in the U.S.
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Americans Win Economics Nobel For Interpreting Stock Prices

The Royal Swedish Academy honors U.S. professors Eugene F. Fama, Robert J. Shiller, and Lars Peter Hansen "for their empirical analysis of asset prices."
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3 American Economists Win Nobel Prize

Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the 2013 economics prize for their work on developing new methods to study trends in asset markets. They will share the $1.25 million prize.

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