Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae), a woodpecker found only in Cuba. Pete Oxford/Minden Pictures/Corbis hide caption

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Science

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

Birders especially know that Cuba harbors hundreds of rarely seen, little-studied species. As the island nation opens to more U.S. visitors, scientists hope "green Cuba" can survive increased tourism.

In recent years, some popular antebellum plantations have started to incorporate displays about slavery. But the Whitney Plantation has designed the visitor's entire experience around that history. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'

A New Orleans attorney has turned an antebellum plantation into a new museum. You won't find hoop skirts and mint juleps, but stark relics at a site devoted entirely to a realistic look at slavery.

A playground is seen in London, outside an address where Kuwaiti-born London computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi is believed to have lived. Emwazi has been identified as masked ISIS militant "Jihadi John." Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

The Past Of 'Jihadi John': Early Run-Ins And Radicalization

There are two narratives about Mohammed Emwazi's past that attempt to explain how he went from a well-to-do background to being internationally notorious.

Student volunteers with the Campus Kitchens Project evaluate produce. Campus Kitchens gets high-school and college students to scavenge food from cafeterias, grocery stores and farmers' markets, cook it and deliver it to organizations serving low-income people in their communities. Courtesy of DC Central Kitchen hide caption

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The Salt

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to play in the NBA in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He's seen here, center, being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame's Honors Ring in 2003. Jim Bourg/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA

Earl Lloyd, who died Thursday, once recalled telling a young man who thanked him for blazing a trail, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing."

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