People examine the debris following a suicide bomb attack Friday at the Imam Ali mosque in the eastern village of al-Qadeeh in Saudi Arabia's Gatif province. A branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

The bombing of a Shiite mosque killed at least 19 people. The claim of responsibility is a first for the extremist group involving an attack inside the kingdom.

Josh Brones, president of the California Houndsmen for Conservation, walks his hunting dogs, Dollar, left, Sequoia, center and Tanner right, near his home in Wilton, Calif., in 2012. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

Retired California school teacher Mikkel Lawrence sits with his cat, Max. Lawrence has hepatitis C and has struggled to afford the medicine he needs to treat it. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs KQED

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

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Sabas Sanchez Jr. was better known among his neighbors in Madison Neb., as "Gordo" – Spanish for chubby. He also had an oversized personality. His father keeps this tattered photo in his wallet. Bobby Caina Calvan/Heartland Reporting Project hide caption

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Heroin In The Heartland

Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home In America's Heartland

Midwestern and Southwestern states struggle with an influx of heroin being sold for cheap by Mexican cartels. In one community, a spike in heroin-related deaths has everyone on high alert.

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Plankton collected in the Pacific Ocean. Seen here is a mix of multicellular organisms — small zooplanktonic animals, larvae and single protists — the nearly invisible universe at the bottom of the marine food chain. Christian Sardet/CNRS/Tara Expeditions hide caption

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Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton and krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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A bird covered in oil flaps its wings at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Thursday. More than 9,000 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Pipeline Operator Says It Could Take Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

Plains All American says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a 9-mile stretch near Santa Barbara.

Various food items that contained trans fats in November 2013. That month, the Food and Drug Administration first announced plans to ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all food products. A final rule is expected any day now. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Adios, Trans Fats: FDA Poised To Phase Out Artery Cloggers

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce any day now a final rule aimed at removing much of the remaining trans fats out of the food supply. It could amount to a near ban on the fats, which wreak cardiovascular havoc.

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Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was killed in Vietnam when his daughter was just 5 years old. Nearly 50 years later, she got a chance to meet the one person who survived the attack that killed Torello.

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Tiny Desk

Jason Vieaux And Yolanda Kondonassis: Tiny Desk Concert

Watch two master musicians combine the sounds of harp and guitar into a singular, evocative instrument in music influenced by Africa and Asia.

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