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11:50 am
Sun October 19, 2014

As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Many rural California residents rely on private wells for tap water — wells that are starting to dry up.
Jeremy Raff KQED

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 4:28 pm

Imagine flushing the toilet and watching sand come up. That's what happened to Pam Vieira, who lives south of Modesto, Calif. Her water well has slowed to a trickle, and you can see the sand in the tank of her toilet.

"Sometimes we have brown water," Vieira says. "Sometimes we have no water."

Vieira is one of as many as 2 million rural California residents who rely on private domestic wells for drinking water.

Some of those people are among the hardest hit by the state's severe drought, as wells across the state's Central Valley farm belt start to go dry.

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Parallels
11:19 am
Sun October 19, 2014

An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

Student demonstrators don't want to fall behind on their studies, so volunteers built them an outdoor study hall. Some of the desks are built into the concrete highway divider.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 12:35 am

Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp turned 3 weeks old on Saturday.

What began as a roadblock has grown into an urban village, with several hundred tents that attract more than a thousand people at night.

The camp is a combination street fair and outdoor art gallery, with political sculptures and posters as well as speeches, movie screenings — even a free library.

The vibe at this pop-up protest colony is like an American college campus in the '60s — except it's on an island on the edge of the South China Sea and surrounded by skyscrapers.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Health Care Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

The cruise ship Carnival Magic passes near Cozumel , Mexico, on Friday.
Angel Castellanos AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 12:40 am

A health care worker who had self-quarantined herself aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship has tested negative for Ebola and was allowed to disembark with the rest of the passengers in Galveston, Texas, on Sunday.

In a statement, the Galveston County Health Authority said it had determined "there is no evidence of a public health threat to cruise passengers or to Galveston county."

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Texas Hospital: 'We Are Deeply Sorry' For Missing Ebola Diagnosis

The exterior of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 3:15 pm

In a full-page letter published in Sunday's Dallas Morning News, Barclay Berdan, the CEO of the company that owns Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said the hospital was "deeply sorry" for missing the ebola diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan.

If you remember, Duncan came into the hospital on Sept. 28 with a fever and other symptoms consistent with Ebola. He told a nurse he had traveled to Africa, but the doctor somehow missed that vital piece of information.

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Iraq
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

ISIS Threat Is 'Extremely Worrying' Says Counter-Insurgency Expert

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 11:19 am

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Global Health
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

U.N. Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 11:19 am

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National Security
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 11:19 am

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Around the Nation
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

California Farmers: We Are Getting 'Much Less Water'

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 11:19 am

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Politics
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 11:19 am

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., at a wedding in Ghana. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Duncan was being treated for the disease, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 said Duncan has died.
Wilmot Chayee AP

Moffie Kanneh is angry at the United States. When I meet the Liberian lawyer, he asks immediately where I am from. "Take this back to Washington," he says. "I am extremely furious."

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