The fund that pays out unemployment benefits in Colorado has been in the red for the past year, but legislative economists say things are starting to turn around…Marathon Oil Company has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 over a fluid spill near Parachute…The Colorado state veterinarian says a horse virus that started showing up this spring has been contained…and, off-road enthusiasts want to open more Colorado public lands up for ATVs, dirt bikes and snow mobiles.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The team’s effort had been thwarted for a week by heavy fighting. But the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said experts were finally able to reach the site using a new route.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · After talks with creditors broke down, the country has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 12 years. This could mean higher interest rates and higher inflation for Argentina.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who’ve transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for the best of the month, including new music from Kyle Hall, Tessela, Cassy and more.
 

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July 30, 2014 | KCRW · L.A. house-music pioneers Doc Martin and Marques Wyatt share a six-song mix on Metropolis.
 

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