In Congress, the drilling debate is moving from oil rigs in water to hydraulic fracturing on land, including here in Colorado. It’s a process commonly called fracking that some fear contaminates drinking water. Patrick Terpstra has a look at the debate from Washington.

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January 26, 2015 | KUOW · Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills and encourage composting instead.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Of those 64 Democrats who cast a key anti-abortion vote in November 2009, only 12 remain in the House today.
 

January 26, 2015 | NPR · The strikes come just days after Yemen’s the U.S.-backed government resigned in the face of an uprising by Shiite Houthi rebels, effectively leaving the country with no government.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.
 

January 26, 2015 | NPR · In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims’ relatives, witnesses and suspects.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Megan Mayhew Bergman’s stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.
 

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January 26, 2015 | WQXR · Hear the CSO and its charismatic conductor Riccardo Muti in a program showing the muscle and subtlety of the of orchestra in music by Scriabin, Debussy and Mendelssohn.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Greek songman Demis Roussos lived an enormously colorful life, from his start as a prog-rock pioneer to being held captive by Hezbollah terrorists. He died Sunday at age 68 in Athens.
 

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January 26, 2015 | KCRW · KCRW’s Jason Bentley spins music by Panda Bear, A-Trak, Gorgon City and more in a two-hour EDM mix.
 

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