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Giants Trump Royals For World Series Win  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:55 -0400
The San Francisco Giants took the World Series for the third time in five years Wednesday night, defeating the Kansas Royals 3-2 in Missouri. 
The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:55 -0400
Most Americans feel relieved when they see a drop in prices at the pump. Jason Bruns feels the opposite. A higher price of oil is good for him. He owns 10 oil wells in Kansas that produce about two barrels a day. 
Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:55 -0400
Measure P in California's Santa Barbara County asks voters to ban controversial oil and gas drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. To date, the oil industry has spent $7 million to defeat it. 
Red Cross Troubles Have Been Building For Years  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
Americans donated more than $300 million to the American Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Some are challenging the charity's effectiveness and its priorities. This isn't the first time. 
What Women's Votes Could Mean For The Midterms  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
In presidential elections, Democrats have been on the winning end of the gender gap — but that hasn't been true in midterms. Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Mara Liasson about women in this election. 
Take A Trip Into A Mine And Surround Yourself With Bats  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
NPR's Christopher Joyce and audio engineer Bill McQuay travel to an abandoned copper mine in search of bats — and their sound. 
Not A Haunted House: This Haunted Experience Terrorizes For Hours  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
McKamey Manor in San Diego is rated among the scariest places in the country every year around Halloween. The interactive experience lasts for hours, and some critics call it abusive. 
LA Manufacturing Industry Still Supported By Garment Workers  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
Los Angeles has the highest number of manufacturing jobs in the country. While much of American manufacturing is high end, folks here still hold up the low end, with low-wage, non-union jobs held by immigrants. 
With Limited Gains, U.S. Bombing Campaign Faces Growing Criticism  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State began nearly three months ago, yet there's been relatively few changes on the battlefield. Many analysts say the U.S. effort may not be sufficient. 
Dozens Of Countries Take In More Immigrants Per Capita Than The U.S.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:25:42 -0400
While the United States has the most total foreign-born residents, they make up a higher percentage of the population in most European countries and some Gulf states, as well as Canada and Australia. 
FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:05:00 -0400
The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T slowed data speeds for 3.5 million customers, sometimes up to 90 percent. 
Online Dating Site Used Fake Profiles To Get Members To Upgrade Service  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:00:00 -0400
The Federal Trade Commission is making JDI Dating pay more than $600,000 to users who were scammed into paying for upgraded accounts after receiving messages from fake profiles. 
As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:06:00 -0400
The nation's aging pipes and water mains are springing expensive leaks, wasting more than 2 trillion gallons of drinking water nationally and 22 billion gallons in the Chicago area alone. 
After The Waves, Staten Island Homeowner Takes Sandy Buyout  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:03:00 -0400
Staten Islander Stephen Drimalas barely survived Hurricane Sandy. Now he and several Staten Islanders will sell their oceanfront homes to the state, which hopes to get people out of flood-prone areas. 
To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators-For-Hire  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:41:00 -0400
Colleges are under pressure to revamp how they handle sexual assault cases. Some schools, rather than trying to train administrators to act like prosecutors, are outsourcing the job to real ones.