Some fake Apple stores like this one in Kunming, in China's southwestern Yunnan province, were so authentic-looking that even some of their employees didn't know they were fake. Stephen Shaver/UPI/Landov hide caption

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China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

A fake bank in Nanjing bilked customers out of nearly $33 million. With trappings of a real bank, like security guards and LED screens, the bank fooled depositors attracted by higher interest rates.

Passersby watch a TV news program Wednesday in Tokyo reporting on a video posted on YouTube by extremists that purports to show Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Jordan Says It's Willing To Swap Prisoner For Hostages Held By ISIS

A video released by the Islamic militants demanded the release of the convicted terrorist within 24 hours, or two hostages — a Jordanian military pilot and a Japanese journalist — would be killed.

A hospital bed is draped with a flag after a veteran died at the hospice ward at St. Albans VA in Queens, N.Y. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

As the generation that served in World War II and Korea grows older, the demand on the Department of Veterans Affairs for end-of-life care is growing with them. Now, the VA is trying new ways to help.

Water samples at the Clean Water Services brewing competition last year used to compare their high-purity water to other local sources of water. /Courtesy of Clean Water Services hide caption

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Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It? OPB

An Oregon company has developed a high-tech process for turning sewage into pure drinking water. Now it's asking the state for permission to give its recycled water to a group of home brewers.

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Waze's police reporting tool is one of several features in the app. Users can also share reports of traffic and construction in real time. Courtesy of Waze hide caption

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Officers Ask Map App To Remove Police-Tracking

In the aftermath of the shooting death of two NYPD officers, law enforcement officials are asking the popular navigation app Waze to remove a feature that allows users to see officers' locations.

Coleen Schaefer (left) and Doni Sprague display a tiger pelt that was confiscated and is being stored at the National Eagle and Wildlife repository on the outskirts of Denver. Some 1.5 million items are being held at the facility. The Asia-Pacific Trade Pact, which is still under negotiation, would punish wildlife trafficking. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?

A proposed U.S.-Asia trade pact calls for incorporating the issue of wildlife trafficking. The goal is to slow the poaching of endangered animals such as elephants, tigers and rhinos.

Rhett Krawitt, 6, outside his school in Tiburon, Calif. Seven percent of the children in his school are not vaccinated. Courtesy of Carl Krawitt hide caption

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To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children KQED

A 6-year-old can't be vaccinated against measles because he is recovering from leukemia. He faces a higher risk because parents at his California school have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.

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