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Politics

The Supreme Court: A Winning Issue In The Presidential Campaign?

It's been eight months since Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the Supreme Court short-handed and its future up for grabs in the presidential race.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

Wednesday night's aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution to make the green glow more visible to people in the capital.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is sworn in on Capitol Hill, where he is testifying before the House Financial Services Committee about Wells Fargo's opening of unauthorized customer accounts. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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WATCH: Wells Fargo CEO Face House Panel Over Fake Accounts

Questions for John Stumpf include one about his sale of $13 million in stock, which Rep. Carolyn Maloney called "by far the largest open-market sale of Wells Fargo stock" in the CEO's tenure.

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All Tech Considered

Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90 and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos yet.

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First Listen

Preview The New Album From Phish, 'Big Boat'

The band's 13th album feels like a tonal sequel to 2014's terrific Fuego, thanks to a balanced ear for Phish's on-stage exuberance and sonic cohesion.

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Television

In 'You're The Worst,' Even The Most Flawed Characters Find Love

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Producer Stephen Falk and actress Aya Cash discuss their FXX series about two self-centered people who fall in love. The characters are "stand-ins for the dark parts of all of us," Falk says.

In 'You're The Worst,' Even The Most Flawed Characters Find Love

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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NPR Ed

They're Creepy And They're Kooky — And Tops Among High School Plays

The Addams Family, Mary Poppins and Almost, Maine top Dramatics magazine's high school theater rankings for the 2015-2016 school year. The magazine has been publishing its list since 1938.

Lucas Siqueira identified himself as mixed race on his application for a job at Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The government decided he wasn't, and his case is still on hold. As part of the affirmative action program in Brazil, state governments have now set up boards to racially classify job applicants. Courtesy of Lucas Siqueira hide caption

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Parallels - World News

For Affirmative Action, Brazil Sets Up Controversial Boards To Determine Race

A quota system for public universities and government jobs was meant to increase the number of Afro-Brazilians. But it has been abused, and now a committee will decide an applicant's race.

For Affirmative Action, Brazil Sets Up Controversial Boards To Determine Race

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The Salt

'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.

'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

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