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Firecracker Man Calls Himself A Little Nuts
John Fletcher of Michigan celebrated Independence Day by setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body. He's done this for years. Sometimes he gets injured.
Funnel Cloud Photo Bombs Wedding Pix
As a Canadian bride and groom posed for a close-up — down the road from their ceremony — a funnel cloud appeared behind them.
Programs Target Poverty In Obama's Five 'Promise Zones'
The idea is to basically carpet-bomb specific urban neighborhoods and rural areas with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training, with the goal of turning those areas around.
First Responders Unprepared For Another Train Disaster
One year after an oil train derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, some firemen and first responders say they still don't have the training or manpower to handle a similar disaster.
New IRS Chief John Koskien: 'I Enjoy A Crisis'
Koskien is a professional fixer. He has helmed a mortgage lending giant, a city and now the IRS through scandals and disasters — to varying degrees of success, as he tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
Filmmaker Searches For 'White Widow' Of London Bombing
Documentarian Adam Wishart has spent the last year trying to find Samantha Lewthwaite, who is believed to be involved in terrorist activities. He talks to NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his search.
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