A bill to eliminate state background checks for firearm purchases cleared the Colorado house today.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is backing an effort to postpone the closure of rural post offices for at least two years.

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new boxed-set releases are aimed at Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Making Birdman “was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had,” Norton says. He also talks about why Anderson’s films are deep and getting royalties for the music on Death to Smoochy.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · If you’re sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It’s bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Will Oldham may guest in this new song from rustic songwriter Doug Paisley, but the star of “Until I Find You” is visual artist Heather Goodchild.
 

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