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4:36 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

How Mercury Poisons Gold Miners, Water In Indonesia

A gold miner in Indonesia holds up a bottle of mercury. (BBC)

Next month, 140 nations will sign the United Nations’ Minamata Convention.

It’s a treaty that aims to regulate the use of mercury worldwide, and is named after the Japanese community that witnessed the world’s biggest mass mercury poisoning 60 years ago.

Today, contamination with mercury is a particular problem in countries where small-scale gold miners operate. Mercury is used to separate fragments of gold from the rock or earth.

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4:33 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Fed Keeps Stimulus In Place, Surprising Wall Street

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (pictured here at a recent IMF/World bank meeting) will testify before Congress today on the state of the U.S. economy. (AP)

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:36 pm

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NPR Story
5:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

First Nations DJs Mix Tradition With Electronic Beats

Members of the First Nations trio of deejays, A Tribe Called Red. (A Tribe Called Red)

A Tribe Called Red is an Ottawa-based trio of First Nations DJs who remix social powwow music with electronic dance beats.

The group’s music has put them at the forefront of a First Nations political and cultural renaissance.

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5:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Flood Cleanup Begins In Colorado

Downtown Estes Park, Colo., is pictured on the morning of Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (Town of Estes Park Facebook page)

The rain has stopped and the flood waters are beginning to recede in Colorado.

Many communities are now trying to figure out how to move forward, the how to begin cleaning up and returning home.

Kate Rauch is spokeswoman for the city of Estes Park, Colo., one of the hardest-hit areas.

She told Here & Now that the cleanup process has already begun.

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5:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Mapping Software Helps Stores Find Profitable Locations

A Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Rob Williams/Flickr)

A recent story in the Boston Globe caught our eye: A Dunkin Donuts restaurant increased its business by a whopping 50 percent by moving to a location a couple hundred yards away.

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