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2:59am

Tue July 26, 2011
Technology

The GPS: A Fatally Misleading Travel Companion

Death Valley Ranger Charlie Callagan has been working with GPS companies to update the road maps in the area, to prevent travelers from winding up on closed and abandoned roads.
Krissy Clark

In remote places like California's Death Valley, over-reliance on GPS navigation systems can be a matter of life and death.

Each summer in Death Valley, a quarter-million tourists pry themselves from air-conditioned cars and venture into 120-degree heat to snap pictures of glittering salt flats. They come from all over the world, but many have the same traveling companion suction-cupped to their dashboard: a GPS.

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2:59am

Tue July 26, 2011
Environment

Two States Protect Lake Tahoe, But One Eyes Changes

Lake Tahoe's South Shore as seen from a ski resort's gondola.
Brandon Rittiman for NPR

Lake Tahoe sits right on the state line between California and Nevada, and the two states work together to protect the lake's ecosystem. The partnership has helped to stall the reduction in the remarkable clarity of the lake's deep blue waters.

But now Nevada wants out of the partnership if it doesn't get some concessions from California.

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2:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
World

Norway Questions Its Tolerance Of Extremism

Norway is starting a process of self-examination in the wake of last Friday's killings. In building an open and free society, there are those who believe Norwegians were too tolerant — even of those who threatened their society from within.

2:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
World

Norwegian Official: 'Insufficient' Focus On Extremism

Espen Barth Eide, the deputy foreign minister to Norway's government, talks with Mary Louise Kelly about last Friday's attacks by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik that left 76 people dead. Eide's son survived the gunman's attack at a youth camp on an island outside Oslo.

2:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
Asia

China Orders Safety Checks After Bullet Train Crash

The deadly collision involving two bullet trains in China last weekend is only one of many problems in the country's high-speed rail network. It's also plagued by corruption, undermining safety standards. A proud technological achievement has become an embarrassment.

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