A partisan political battle is emerging at the state capitol over last month’s deadly Lower North Fork Fire…

The House approved a bill today that would grant a tax credit for farmers and ranchers who paid an inheritance tax if they continue to user their land for agricultural purposes.

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Beijing rejected U.S. claims that one of its warplanes made a reckless intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 and said if Washington wants good relations with China, it should end “close surveillance” flights.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · If you’re grossed out by the idea that tiny relatives of scorpions are living in the pores of your nose, you’re not alone. But everybody’s got Demodex mites, a study finds. And they’re kind of cute.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · New York City police allege Ailina Tsarnaeva made threats against her boyfriend’s ex. “I know people who can go over there and put a bomb on you,” Tsarnaeva allegedly said.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · TED speakers explore big ideas while you explore the great outdoors.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.
 

August 28, 2014 | NPR · Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Download new music from Merchandise, Reigning Sound, The Barr Brothers, Field Report and more.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas’ 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.
 

August 27, 2014 | NPR · As part of an All Things Considered series on trade lingo, music producer Don Was explains the word “clam” — a mistake made by a musical performer.
 

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