Along with sperm, the in vitro procedure adds fresh mitochondria extracted from less mature cells in the same woman's ovaries. The hope is to revitalize older eggs with these extra "batteries." But the FDA still wants proof that the technique works and is safe. Chris Nickels for NPR hide caption

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Toronto Infertility Clinic Offers Controversial Treatment

The technique claims to "recharge the batteries" in a woman's eggs using mitochondria from other cells extracted from her ovaries. The clinic's first births are due soon, though other doctors worry.

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead last Friday, was one of the most outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin. No arrests have been made in his killing. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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Boris Nemtsov: 'He Directed His Words Against Putin Himself'

Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, who followed Boris Nemtsov's career for 27 years, says he was one of the few Russian political figures willing to directly criticize President Vladimir Putin.

Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, who are married, created their Web series High Maintenance in 2012. Blichfeld is an Emmy award-winning casting director who worked on the TV show 30 Rock. Sinclair is an actor and editor. Matt Doyle hide caption

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Friends And Favors: 'High Maintenance' Creators Share Their Secret To Success

The Web series centers on a pot dealer who bikes around Brooklyn delivering to clients. Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair say they drew on their experiences and friends' generosity to make the show.

Three women, two of them partially veiled, walk past a hijabs shop in Paris. The wearing of the veil has been a serious point of contention in France, with the government banning its use in public schools and the wearing of face-covering garments, including burqas and niqabs, in public. Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Many French Muslims Find Lives Of Integration, Not Separation

Despite a minority suspected of holding extremist views, the vast majority of French Muslims say they feel fully integrated into society. France has the largest number of Muslims in Western Europe.

Promise Cooper, 16, Emmanuel Junior Cooper, 11, and Benson Cooper, 15, of Monrovia lost their mother, Princess, in July and their father, Emmanuel, in August. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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How To Help Children Orphaned By Ebola

More than 16,000 children have lost a parent to Ebola. Almost all of these children have found a home with a relative, but they still have basic needs such as food and clothes for school.

Amtrak conductor Michael Laubauskas talks on a radio Feb. 19 as his train departs Trenton, N.J., for Washington, D.C. The U.S. House passed an Amtrak funding bill Wednesday that splits Amtrak's high-ridership Northeast Corridor line that runs from Boston to Washington from the less profitable part of the system. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders

The bill freezes funding at current levels for four years, and lets some pets ride the rails with their owners. It also separates the high-ridership Northeast Corridor from the rest of the system.

Proponents of the terminal plan say it would bring economic development to the Vancouver area, just over Columbia River from Portland, Ore. Conrad Wilson/OPB News hide caption

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Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains OPB

Oil companies hope to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River in Washington. Proponents say it will bring economic growth, but others fear it could mean fiery accidents.

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Fans and foes of Obamacare jockeyed for position outside the Supreme Court Wednesday. Inside, the justices weighed arguments in the case of King v. Burwell, which challenges a key part of the federal health law. Pete Marovich/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Justices Roberts And Kennedy The Key Votes In Health Law Case

No telling yet which side will win. But did Justice Kennedy's mixed signals Wednesday hint that he was leaning toward the administration's view of federal subsidies for health insurance?

An order of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. Mark Duncan/AP hide caption

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The Salt

McDonald's Says It Won't Be Serving Chicken Raised On Antibiotics

Over the next two years, McDonald's will transition its U.S. restaurants to a new antibiotics policy. Several of the chain's competitors have also committed to curbing antibiotics in their supply chain.

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a press conference on her film India's Daughter. India has ordered the film not to be shown pending an investigation into how filmmakers were able to interview the men convicted of the deadly rape of a 23-year-old woman in 2012. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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India Bans Film About Infamous 2012 Gang Rape

The government also says it will investigate how the makers of India's Daughter got permission to interview one of the men convicted of the brutal rape and killing of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi.

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