Syrians inspect a site hit by what they said were airstrikes carried out by President Bashar Assad in the Eastern Ghouta area on Aug. 3. Assad's forces continue to besiege the area near Damascus, which is still controlled by rebels. Badra Mamet/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

A Year Later, Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Gone, But Siege Remains

The Damascus suburb hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack a year ago remains surrounded by Syrian government forces who are still trying to squeeze the rebels out.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro accepted the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge." Soon after, the State Department warned that participation by high-profile diplomats was a violation of internal policy. YouTube hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

U.S. Diplomatic Cable Puts Chill On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The State Department lauded the fundraising phenomenon, but said the participation of high-profile diplomats, such as ambassadors, violates internal policy.

Leon Evans, director of the community mental health system for Bexar County and San Antonio, broke through barriers that had hindered care. Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Mental Health Meets 'Moneyball' In San Antonio Kaiser Health News

The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.

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A field of almond trees is reflected in an irrigation canal in Firebaugh, Calif., in the San Joaquin Valley in 2009. The Almond Board of California says that in the past two decades, the industry has reduced its water consumption by 33 percent per pound of almonds produced. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.

Ukrainian soldiers muster at a point close to Luhansk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, as Ukrainian troops make a push into rebel-held territory. Petro Zadorozhnyy/AP hide caption

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Europe

As Ukraine Presses Military Offensive, The Facts Are Fuzzy

The Ukrainian military told NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and other reporters that it would take them to interview survivors of a supposed deadly attack on refugees. But in the end, the media saw no proof of an attack.

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