Google is doing test flights of its balloons carrying Internet routers around the world. Last June, a balloon was released at the airport in Teresina, Brazil. Google hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

About 5 billion people are mostly or entirely disconnected from the Internet. So to capitalize on this opportunity, Google and Facebook have begun high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected.

Detective Mark Williams (right) speaks with an officer in Richmond, Va. A decade ago, amid a surge in violent crime, the city's police were identifying relatively few murder suspects. So the police department refocused its efforts to bring up its "clearance rate." Alex Matzke for NPR hide caption

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U.S.

Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved

Police today are identifying fewer murder suspects than they did a generation ago. One criminologist says that may be because departments are more focused on preventing crimes than on making arrests.

Homeowners sit in a conference room in Detroit's Cobo Center while waiting for their cases to be heard to avoid foreclosure from tax debts in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 29. This year, Wayne County officials sent out 62,000 foreclosure notices to city homeowners behind on property taxes. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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U.S.

Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners WDET

Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.

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A little booze can't hurt: The Hy-Vee grocery chain has added a Market Grille to several of its locations in the Midwest and Great Plains. You can order drinks and dinner before or after you do your grocery shopping. Courtesy of Hy-Vee Market Grille hide caption

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The Salt

Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

Customers are choosing smaller markets, convenience stores, farmers markets and even dollar stores. The competition is forcing chains to innovate with in-store restaurants, delivery service and more.

In The Shame In Venice 2, Kenyan artist Michael Soi protests the makeup of his country's pavilion at the Biennale. Courtesy of Michael Soi hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?

Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren't even African — they're Chinese.

There's a widely held assumption that a slight imbalance in male births has its start at the very moment of conception. But researchers say factors later in pregnancy are more likely to explain the phenomenon. CNRI/Science Source hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Why Are More Baby Boys Born Than Girls?

Does the imbalance start at conception or are there factors during pregnancy that favor the birth of slightly more males than females? Researchers find clues that point to factors in the womb.

Dan Swangard, a 48-year-old physician from San Francisco, was diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of metastatic cancer. Anna Gorman/KHN hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying Kaiser Health News

Dr. Dan Swangard doesn't know if he would take lethal medications to hasten death. But as someone with metastatic cancer, he wants to have that choice. He's part of a suit to change California law.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren talked about 2016 to WBUR's Here & Now: "What I care about is that everyone who runs for president, who runs for any national office right now, talks about this core set of issues." Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Elizabeth Warren On Hillary Clinton And Running For President

In an interview with Here & Now, the darling of the left again denies any interest in running, but her politics — and followers — will have an influence.

Smart phones contain a silicon chip inside the camera that might be used to detect rare, high energy particles from outer space. J. Yang/Courtesy of WIPAC hide caption

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Joe's Big Idea

Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.

Seen here in 2012, Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the new host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images/Getty Images for MTV hide caption

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Monkey See

5 Thoughts On Trevor Noah Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

Comedy Central announced Monday that the South African comedian will step into Jon Stewart's role later this year. It might not be the most obvious pick, but why make the most obvious pick?

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