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 Uniform Rule May Keep Religious Americans From Military Service | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:56

Observant Sikhs need to get an exemption in order to keep maintain long hair and beards. One service member who is Sikh says the application process has a chilling effect on those who want to serve.

 'Baby Jane' Holzer's Flight From High Society To Warhol Superstar | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:46

In the 1960s, model and socialite Jane Holzer was bigger than Paris Hilton, had far more elegance than Kim Kardashian and was on tons of magazine covers.

 For The Poor, Warmth In The Winter Comes At A Steep Price | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:58

Record-cold temperatures in Knoxville, Tenn., have brought with them high utility bills, squeezing wallets. And while there are some assistance programs, there's not enough money to go around.

 Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:11

A Texas company seeking permission for an injection well in the heart of the Everglades is finding stiff opposition from environmental groups and some locals.

 Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:15

Research involving more than 1,500 patients suggests people with Crohn's may have too many of the types of gut bacteria that tend to rile the immune system and too few that reduce inflammation.

 Freshly Baked Art: Cookies That Are A Feast For The Eyes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:35

For an online community of crafty bakers, a cookie is more than just crumbly delights. They're taking cookie decorating to new heights of intricacy, from carnival carousels to beach-themed treats.

 Picking Apart Detroit To Make It Whole Again | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:09

There are an estimated 80,000 abandoned buildings scattered throughout Detroit. As the city tries to navigate its bankruptcy, part of Detroit's recovery plan involves deconstruction and demolition.

 Catching Kayla: Running One Step Ahead Of Multiple Sclerosis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:29

When Kayla Montgomery runs, her legs go numb. But she's determined to not let MS slow her down. The teen track star from North Carolina is headed to nationals in New York next week.

 Military Training Gives U.S. Paralympic Biathletes An Edge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:15

The only American to medal in biathlon, Army veteran Andy Soule did it with just his arms. Soule and other service members are bringing their speed and precision to the grueling competition in Sochi.

 Growing An Urban Neighborhood, One Store At A Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:46

One Washington, D.C., community is trying to give itself a boost by attracting more businesses. A new strategy may help the area break away from old perceptions that have been hurting its main strip.

 To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:13

Removing bacteria and other impurities from water could be done more cheaply thanks to researchers at MIT. They're taking advantage of the way trees move water to filter it.

 Chinese Investors Aren't Snatching Up Detroit Property, Yet | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:28

While Chinese investors have been eyeing cheap real estate in Detroit since the city's bankruptcy filing last year, they're not in a tremendous rush to buy.

 Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:35

Studies show regular marijuana use by teens — once a week or more — affects areas dealing with memory and problem solving. That can hurt cognition and academic performance.

 Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:13

When the parade is over, all those beads the crowd so eagerly called for seem to lose their shine. Rather than see the leftovers end up in a landfill, one New Orleans group collects and recycles them.

 Courts Take A Kinder Look At Victims Of Child Sex Trafficking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:10

It's a stunning contradiction: Girls too young to legally consent to sex are being prosecuted for selling it. Some cities are setting up special courts to help these children rather than punish them.


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