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Mon May 23, 2011
NPR Story

Scientists Have A Tough Time Predicting Tornado Outbreaks

So far this year, there have been nearly 1,200 tornadoes in the U.S. That's close to twice the usual number — and it comes as something of a surprise to the scientists who study them.


Mon May 23, 2011

High Court Orders Calif. To Cut Prison Population

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has affirmed a controversial prison release order that mandates California reduce its prison population by thousands. California's prisons have long been plagued with severe overcrowding, which has resulted in inadequate health care.


Mon May 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Congress Introduces Resolution For Limited U.S. Involvement In Libya

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan resolution expressing support for military action in Libya.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

As we reported Friday, the military operation in Libya reached a crucial deadline: According to the War Powers Resolution of 1973, after 60 days, President Barack Obama's administration needed to either get Congressional approval for the mission or stop all involvement within 30 days.

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Mon May 23, 2011
Around the Nation

As Seniors Increase, A Push To Make Streets Safer

Cities like Charlotte, N.C., are moving to improve roadways for pedestrians and cyclists. Above, a street project on Rozzelles Ferry Road, which now has bike lanes and extended sidewalks. Below, an aerial photo of the intersection before work began.
National Complete Streets Coalition

America is aging — a fact that advocates are pushing Congress to consider as it takes up a new transportation bill. Their goal is more safety for older Americans, on both roads and sidewalks.

Pedestrians and cyclists are already far more likely to be hit by cars in the United States than those in some European cities. Add to that the coming tide of older Americans who use walking canes and wheelchairs, and some warn that a road safety crisis looms.

Countdown: Crossing A Busy Street

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Mon May 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

After Tornado, Hospital Patients Transferred From Missouri Town

Tornadoes often appear almost out of nowhere.

Even a few minutes' warning don't help much when a tornado as ferocious as the one that roared through Joplin, Missouri, late Sunday afternoon, strikes. At least 116 people were killed, according to a count released late Monday.

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