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  • Though you'd never see it listed on your monthly cable bill, nearly every channel you get has a secret price.
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    6:13pm Aug 08, 2013
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    The History — And Future — Of Cable's Bundling

    For Time Warner Cable customers in major cities, the battle for the future of television is playing out before their eyes as CBS and the cable giant fight over fees. You might not realize it, but between a third and half of your cable bill goes directly to pay for channels like CBS or ESPN.
  • More than 40 years ago, the EPA banned oil companies from releasing wastewater into the environment, but made an exception for the arid West. If livestock and wildlife can use the water, companies can release it. Cows like these grazing near a stream of w
    Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
    10:16am Aug 08, 2013
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    EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

    The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.
  • 5:41am Aug 08, 2013
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    Kerry, Hagel To Meet Russian Counterparts On Friday

    The U.S. has canceled plans for an Obama-Putin summit because Russia granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. But Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will go ahead with plans to meet their counterparts in Washington.
  • Victor Reyes has been photographing tourists atop Tijuana's "zonkeys" since he was 12, and says at one time he could earn $150 a day. Now, he's lucky to earn $15, he says. Here, Reyes poses with his donkey, Ruben.
    Amy Isackson / NPR
    4:31am Aug 08, 2013
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    Working To Save The Painted 'Zonkeys' Of Tijuana

    Americans once waited in line for the chance to be photographed atop the striped donkeys on this famed tourist strip. But 9/11, the recession and the Mexican drug war have stifled tourism and nearly put the "zonkeys" and their owners out of work. A new push is on to save the historic icons.
  • Ted Andrews, CEO of HerbCo International, says the H-2A agricultural guest worker program needs improvements.
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    10:58pm Aug 07, 2013
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    After Immigration Bust, Herb Grower Tries A New Path

    One of the nation's largest herb producers once relied heavily on undocumented labor, but has learned some hard lessons since an immigration crackdown. He says transitioning to a legal workforce was well worth it, but that navigating a cumbersome foreign worker program has been challenging.
  • 5:48pm Aug 07, 2013
    National National

    Attorneys Assigned To Fort Hood Shooter Want To Back Out

    There was an unexpected hold-up on day two of the court martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of gunning down fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. His "standby" attorneys have told the judge that don't believe it's ethical for them to keep assisting a man who they believe is trying to get the death penalty.
  • Nate Pike fears that wells, like this one that supplies his ranch with water, will dry up completely after years of water pumping and irrigation in Kansas.
    Frank Morris / KCUR
    7:27pm Aug 06, 2013
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    Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas

    New pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons of water from the High Plains Aquifer. But now, parts of the aquifer are dried out, prompting a debate over how to preserve what once seemed to be an almost inexhaustible resource.
  • 7:25pm Aug 06, 2013
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    'Washington Post' May Find Conflicts In Amazon Coverage

    What are the implications of a businessman like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owning a major media outlet? Melissa Block talks to Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks about his Senate campaign, outside the Grove Path Station in Jersey City, N.J., last month.
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    7:25pm Aug 06, 2013
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    Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter?

    Voters in New Jersey go to the polls next week in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat. No one on the ballot has more name recognition than the Newark mayor, considered a Democratic rising star. But Booker's critics say he's been more focused on his ambitions than on governing.