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Hurricane Arthur is dampening the July Fourth weekend along the eastern seaboard. It's the earliest hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since records began in the mid-19th century.
Bernie Wagenblast is the voice behind New York City subway announcements. He's also on a mission to visit every New Jersey town, collecting the sounds that define each one.
Action on the grass courts of Wimbledon is nearing its climax, as former champions and future stars competed in semifinal play. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer advanced to the finals.
One year has passed since an American train derailed and exploded in a small Canadian town, killing 47 people and igniting debate over rail safety and oil shipment. Much of the town remains contaminated, with its downtown and some neighborhoods closed. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports on efforts to grapple with the tragic disaster and rebuild the community.
Keyboard player Walter Martin is best known for his part in the indie band The Walkmen. After the group took a break last year, though, Martin ventured into kids music. Reviewer Stephen Shepherd says Martin's solo debut, We Are All Young Together, is surprising, sweet and playful.
Brazilian street artist Paulo Ito has captured the spirit of the World Cup with two controversial images. They both speak to viewers worldwide about the costs of staging the mega event.