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Religion

In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash

A showdown may be coming on the meaning of religious freedom, and LGBT advocates fear anti-discrimination protections could be weakened as a result.

In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash

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All Songs Considered

Introducing The Winner Of The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

More than 6,000 entries later, we have our champion. Watch the joyous video that won over all 10 judges unanimously.

Introducing The Winner Of The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

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WHO's list of the 12 most threatening pathogens includes (from left) staphylococcus aureus (causing skin infections, pneumonia and bloodstream infections), pseudomonas aeruginosa (causing blood infections, pneumonia, infections after surgery) and neisseria gonorrhoeae (causing the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea). NIAID, NIH Image Gallery/Flickr hide caption

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Goats and Soda

WHO's First-Ever List Of The Dirty Dozen Superbugs

For the first time, the World Health Organization has released a list of 12 bacteria that "pose the greatest threat to human health" because of their antibiotic resistance.

A Milwaukee police officer stands before the remains of a bar last summer, after police there faced off with protesters following the police shooting of a black man. For decades, interactions between police and people of color in the Midwestern city have been fraught, and those encounters are the subject of a new lawsuit brought by the ACLU. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Code Switch

Lawsuit Brings Fresh Scrutiny To Milwaukee's Troubles With Race And Policing

The ACLU says the city police's stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutionally targets blacks and Latinos — another example of the fraught relationship between law enforcement and people of color there.

Newly elected DNC Chair Thomas Perez — shown here in June 2016 as the secretary of the Labor Department under President Obama — says Democrats need a "50-state strategy" to defeat Republicans at all levels of government. Pete Marovich/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

With Republicans In Charge, Democrats Plan To Redefine Their Mission

When President Trump gives his speech Tuesday, he'll be looking out at a GOP-controlled Congress. Steve Inskeep talks to new DNC Chairman Tom Perez about what Democrats can do to change that dynamic.

With Republicans In Charge, Democrats Plan To Redefine Their Mission

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This computer-enhanced barium contrast X-ray shows colon cancer in red. Researchers have been trying to figure out what looks to be a decade-long rise in colon cancer among people younger than 50. Scott Camazine/Science Source hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Why Are More Young Americans Getting Colon Cancer?

Data suggests that the rate of colon cancer among people under 50 is on the rise, but there are lots of possible explanations for that. Scientists say teasing out the truth will be tricky.

Emmanuel Macron has a photo taken with fans in the southern town of Carpentras, where he campaigned earlier this month. Macron has bucked the two-party system to run as an independent. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Political Outsider Emmanuel Macron Campaigns To 'Make France Daring Again'

The presidential campaign has brought an unlikely candidate to the fore. Macron, a former banker and former economy minister, is surging in the polls. His message: Embrace innovation and risk.

Political Outsider Emmanuel Macron Campaigns To 'Make France Daring Again'

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President Trump addresses a crowd during the debut of the new Dreamliner 787 at Boeing's South Carolina facilities on Feb. 17 in North Charleston. Trump uses Boeing as an example of his "America First" policies, but the plane parts come from all over. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Trump's 'America First' Agenda Marks Sharp Break In U.S. Economic Policy

President Trump's plans, a rebuke of the prevailing push toward globalization, may overlook what's under the hood when it comes to manufacturing.

Trump's 'America First' Agenda Marks Sharp Break In U.S. Economic Policy

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This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

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The health law just needs a tuneup, says the CEO of Molina Healthcare, which operates in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The California-based insurer has seen profits, while Humana and Aetna struggled.

This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

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Almost 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate the northern California town after a hole in the emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. Climate change could be a factor of extreme flooding in California. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images hide caption

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Environment

With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

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Dams and levees across California are straining to handle winter storms. The state's water system was designed a century ago, before climate change was an issue. Now, it's being rethought.

With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

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In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 photo, a shipyard worker walks to his car at the end of the workday at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. With Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet potential threats from Russia and China. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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The Impact of War

Trump's Budget Proposal Doesn't Cover Major Military Expansion

The $54 billion President Trump's seeking to increase the Defense Department budget this year would represent a funding boost — but not one that would pay for an expansion on the scale he endorsed on the campaign trail.

Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrive for the Donald Trump's inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. On Monday, Bush weighed in on developments in the nascent Trump presidency. Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Bush Calls Press 'Indispensable To Democracy'

Former President George W. Bush stopped short of direct and blunt criticism of President Trump, but he did discuss some of the issues facing the current occupant of the Oval Office.

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The Salt

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

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Politics

Black Lives Matter Finds 'Renewed Focus' 5 Years After Trayvon Martin

An emotional Facebook post in the wake of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager became a hashtag, a rallying cry and eventually a protest movement. Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors discusses what lies ahead.

Black Lives Matter Finds 'Renewed Focus' 5 Years After Trayvon Martin

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President Donald Trump signs a bill repealing a rule passed last July that required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to overseas governments. The rule was meant to promote transparency. Critics of the repeal argue it served as an important national security tool since corruption often leads to violence, instability and terrorism. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

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