A 'Mole' Isn't Digging Mars: NASA Engineers Are Trying To Find Out Why

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After the InSight lander had trouble drilling a sophisticated thermometer into the Martian surface, a Plan B also didn't work, and the instrument ended up backing itself out of the ground.

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2 Storm Systems Set To Snarl Holiday Travel

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A major storm system pummeling the Great Plains region will move east and impact travel into the Northeast by Sunday. And a second system is bearing down on Northern California.

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He Was A Horse That Never Won A Race. So Why Would Someone Steal Him?

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On Christmas Eve 2004, Urgent Envoy disappeared from his stable in the middle of the night. He had finished his only ever race in last place, but that didn't matter to the trainer who took him.

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'We Wanted Our Patrons Back' — Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines To Alleviate Inequity

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"There were families that couldn't afford to pay the fines and therefore couldn't return the materials," Chicago Public Library Commissioner Andrea Telli said. "So then we just lost them as patrons."

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With Waters Rising And Its Population Falling, What Is Venice's Future?

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Rising sea levels are not the only threat to Venice. As residents continue to leave, the city risks becoming an empty shell sinking under mass tourism. Some 30 million visitors arrive every year.

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Bringing Higher Education Into The Wild In Alaska

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In remote Southeast Alaska, an experiment is bringing together radically diverse groups of college students to learn from the land, physical labor and each other.

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Bluff The Listener

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Our panelists read three stories defining the unusual term "octopushy" only one of which is true.

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Panelist Paula Poundstone shares her thoughts on NPR's reports on legal marijuana in Colorado.

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Philadelphia, Pa.: The Gang Gives Away The Secrets Of 'Sunny'

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"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is in its 14th season, outlasting many of its peers. The show's creators and writers say the edgy comedy's success rests on its brutally self-serving characters.

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Chew On This: Farmers Are Using Food Waste To Make Electricity

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Dairy farmers in Massachusetts are using food waste to create renewable energy. Each farm produces enough to power about 1,500 homes. This helps prevent the release of methane, a greenhouse gas.

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Daniel Craig: 'Knives Out' Aims To Be One Of Those 'Grand Pieces Of Entertainment'

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As a kid, Craig remembers Agatha Christie "event movies" such as Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. He says his new whodunit, Knives Out, strives for a similar effect.

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Garth Reeves, A Leader In The Black Press And Civil Rights, Dies At 100

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Reeves' Miami Times earned a reputation as the Voice of Black Miami, and was recognized in 2011 as the top black newspaper in the country. NPR's Scott Simon talks to a former Times reporter.

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Get It Low? 'Frozen 2' Merch Was Among Hot Products As Black Friday Tradition Cools

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About 114 million Americans were expected to hit stores Friday and another 67 million today, but a survey suggests online shopping will be a majority of holiday shoppers' priority for the first time.

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Huge Amazon Wildfires Endanger Our History As Well As Our Air, Archaeologists Say

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Cristiana Barreto says deforestation threatens to erase evidence of huge, dispersed civilizations, including rock art, ceremonial earthworks and waterways.

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Is Crimea Russian? U.S. And EU Say No, Apple Says Kremlin Can See What It Wants To

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The tech giant's apps are doing what the European Union and the U.S. won't: Recognizing Russia's annexation of the peninsula seized from Ukraine. Users in Russia will see it as part of their country.

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