The Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe for rowers and canoers. Yet AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites. Leo Correa/AP hide caption

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Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites 'Rife With Human Sewage'

The Associated Press commissioned tests over a five-month period. Experts who reviewed the results found that not a single venue is fit for swimming or even boating.

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Shots - Health News

Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

The stethoscope seems so simple — a 19th century tool for listening more closely to the human heart or lungs. It also sparked a culture of listening that is transforming the way scientists learn.

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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine.

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Around the Nation

#TheEmptyChair Amplifies Conversation About Sexual Assault

A provocative New York magazine cover featuring a photo of 35 women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault is the latest in a growing movement of survivors publicly sharing their stories.

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Music Interviews

Through Doubt And Dark Times, Joss Stone Lets Her Voice Light The Way

The British soul singer, whose new album, Water for Your Soul, is out July 31, is known for her big voice. But since she began performing at age 14, she's also learned a thing or two about perseverance.

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NPR Ed

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

The Obama administration is expected to announce a new program Friday that would once again allow some prisoners access to federal college funding.

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A piece of a wing, apparently from a Boeing 777, has been found on Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. It's not clear yet whether the debris from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared from radar during a flight last year. Yannick Pitou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner

A source tells NPR a piece of wing found on an island appears to be from a large passenger plane. Other media say sources link it to a Boeing 777 like the Malaysian jet that disappeared last year.

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Parallels - World News

In The West Bank, A Rough Start Doesn't Deter New Arab TV Channel

Worried about West Bank Palestinian influence on Arab citizens of Israel, the Israeli government has shut down an Arab TV station that bridges the two groups.

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First Listen

Preview Chelsea Wolfe's New Album, 'Abyss'

Darkness is never far behind Chelsea Wolfe; if anything, the metallic Abyss chases it with a tenderness that understands the beauty therein.

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Arts & Life

With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

Agloe is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.

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