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"The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning; Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom; And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former."

—Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) Self Help -1859


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Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:51:00 -0400
South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court. 
On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:36:00 -0400
In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions. 
Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:00 -0400
What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person. 
D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:56:00 -0400
On a visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by his baritone and his apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington to the studio. 
VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:53:00 -0400
Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. 
University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:49:00 -0400
A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems. 
Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Is Killed By Beetles  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:43:00 -0400
A pine tree planted in Los Angeles in memory of George Harrison is one of several brought down in Griffith Park by an infestation. 
Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:29:00 -0400
If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles." 
Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:14:45 -0400
Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions. 
In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:14:45 -0400
Secretary of State John Kerry has finished his first full day in Cairo, where he's trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. 
As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:14:44 -0400
U.S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel after reports of Hamas rockets landing near Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv. 
Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:14:00 -0400
After a lengthy investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has found that the Newark Police Department, the largest in New Jersey, has frequently violated residents' civil rights and engaged in unreasonable use of force. Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC reports that the department will be placed under federal oversight. 
Money Markets: Easy To Ignore, But Dicier Than You'd Think  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:14:00 -0400
Money market accounts are so dull and earn so little interest that plenty of people use them like checking accounts. But money markets are riskier than checking accounts, and federal regulators are proposing new rules to deal with those risks. 
Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:14:00 -0400
One U.S. appeals court panel tossed out federal subsidies for low-income insurance buyers, while another three-judge panel affirmed them. The issue has the potential to gut the health care overhaul. 
Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:14:00 -0400
For one month every summer, hundreds of thousands of purple martins stop by an abandoned shopping mall parking lot in Austin, Texas, on their way to the Amazon Basin. Reporter Luke Quinton visited this year's roosting and offers a glimpse of the phenomenon.