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5:03pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Science

Aquarium Sculptors Create Coral For Conservation Awareness

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 9:42 pm

Projected image of the complete Blacktip Reef exhibit.
Courtesy of the National Aquarium

Most aquarium visitors are there to see sharks, sea turtles, fish and other marine life. But at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, there's another star attraction: Coral.

The Aquarium's Blacktip Reef exhibit will open later this summer, and give visitors a look at an Indo-Pacific coral reef. But curators can't just carve a chunk out of a wild reef to put in the vast tank, that would destroy the very ecosystem for which they hope to raise conservation awareness. And corals take hundreds of years to develop into a reef, so the aquarium can't grow its own in-house.

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4:40pm

Sat June 8, 2013
National Security

Week In News: Spying Suspicions Come To Light

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 5:03 pm

Revelations this week that the National Security Agency has been running an extensive domestic surveillance program involving companies like Google, Facebook and Apple has caused many Americans to ask what's left of their privacy. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic.

4:40pm

Sat June 8, 2013
U.S.

Signs Point To Destructive Wildfire Season Ahead

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 5:03 pm

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TESS VIGELAND, HOST:

Authorities are still searching for a motive in yesterday's shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said the alleged shooter had weapons with the capacity to fire 1,300 rounds of ammunition.

Meanwhile, north of Los Angeles, fire officials say the so-called powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest is 90 percent contained. Twenty-four homes were destroyed, and state officials say the blaze cost some $16 million to knock down.

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4:12pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Law

'Not Fighting For Just Sarah': Rating Transplant Priorities

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 11:10 am

Sarah Murnaghan, center, on May 30 as she and her parents marked the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her father, Fran, is at left. Her mother, Janet, is at right.
Murnaghan family AP

Sarah Murnaghan's spirit can be summed up by her personalized Monopoly character: a three-legged silver pig that can stand on its own.

"Everybody sort of expects her to decline here, and she does, but she fights back every time," says her mother, Janet.

Sarah, who has cystic fibrosis, has a reason to keep fighting: She's another step closer to getting a lung transplant. Sarah has been waiting for a year and a half, and doctors say she could die soon without a transplant.

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4:12pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Nick Offerman Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 1:38 pm

Actors John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in John Ford's The Quiet Man.
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The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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