A view of the Russian Federal Security Services (FSB) on Lubyanka Square in Moscow in 2013. Journalists, dissidents and human rights workers say they are often followed or harrassed by the Russian spy service. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Was That A Russian Spy, Or Am I Getting Paranoid?

Journalists, dissidents, human rights workers all tell stories of being followed and harassed by Russia's security services. They range from the comical to the frightening.

Was That A Russian Spy, Or Am I Getting Paranoid?

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In 2016, Mesa Verde National Park officials closed Spruce Tree House because of crumbling rock. Previous restoration efforts and more extreme temperature swings, which may be connected to climate change, are two reasons why staff here thinks rock is crumbling. Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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National Park Service Centennial

To Protect History, A National Park Preps For Climate Change

Colorado Public Radio

Climate change is affecting what's in Mesa Verde National Park that visitors see. Over the last decade, scorching wildfires have destroyed archaeological artifacts — and have also revealed new ones.

To Protect History, A National Park Preps For Climate Change

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New drugs like Harvoni effectively cure hepatitis C, but they haven't yet been approved for use in children. Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Children Exposed To Hepatitis C May Be Missing Out On Treatment

WHYY

Now that there are better treatments for hepatitis C in adults, doctors hope the drugs soon will be approved for use in children who were infected at birth. But many at-risk infants don't get tested.

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Music News

After His Assassination, A Pakistani Artist's Family Keeps His Song Alive

The famed qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was shot down last month in Karachi, Pakistan, apparently by the Taliban. The vocalist's family is pledging to keep his home a refuge of, and for, music.

After His Assassination, A Pakistani Artist's Family Keeps His Song Alive

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Television

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Fresh Air

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

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Natalie Dunnege and her son, Strazh, work on an art project at home in San Francisco. Her health insurance would cover therapy sessions to help with her depression, Dunnege says, but she hasn't been able to find a counselor who is taking new patients. Sheraz Sadiq/KQED hide caption

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Single Mom's Search For Therapist Hampered By Insurance Companies

KQED Public Media

Recent health laws were supposed to give people easier access to mental health care. But some adults who have anxiety or depression and need help are still having a tough time lining up treatment.

Single Mom's Search For Therapist Hampered By Insurance Companies

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Michael Jordan says he is giving $1 million each to an NAACP legal fund and a community policing group to help find solutions to violence against African-Americans and police officers. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Michael Jordan Speaks Up For Black Lives And Police Officers

The former Chicago Bulls star rarely gets involved in current events, but he is making million-dollar donations to an NAACP fund and a community policing institute seeking solutions to violence.

Wen cleansing conditioners combine the functions of a shampoo and a conditioner. The FDA says it is investigating consumer complaints about the products. Jesse Grant/WireImage for Kari Feinstein PR/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Problems After Using Hair Conditioner Prompt An FDA Warning

After more than 100 consumers complained about symptoms like itchiness and balding, the FDA says hair conditioner is a potential culprit. But doctors warn against jumping to conclusions.

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Animals

How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

In the sweltering summer heat of Washington, D.C., the National Zoo gets creative to keep its guests and animals happy. That means things like popsicles made of cow blood for the big cats.

How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

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Thomas Wydra, the police chief of Hamden, Conn., decided to reform his department's traffic stop criteria after the department was singled out for stopping minority drivers at disproportionately higher rates than whites. After decreasing the number of defective equipment stops, the number of black drivers pulled over fell by 25 percent. Jeff Cohen/NPR hide caption

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Around the Nation

To Reduce Bias, Some Police Departments Are Rethinking Traffic Stops

In Hamden, Conn., minority drivers were pulled over more often than whites for defective equipment, such as broken taillights. So the police changed their strategy.

To Reduce Bias, Some Police Departments Are Rethinking Traffic Stops

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, with Matthew Logan Vasquez, perform at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Newport Folk Festival

LISTEN: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Live In Concert

The rootsy soul band worked through simmering soul grooves and hip-swinging honky-tonk.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Tim LaHaye, Evangelical Legend Behind 'Left Behind' Series, Dies At 90

LaHaye was the co-author of the best-selling series of books about the rapture. He was the author of scores of nonfiction books as well.

LISTEN: Tim LaHaye On Fresh Air In 2004

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Call The Pied Piper: New Zealand Wants To Get Rid Of Its Rats. All Of Them

New Zealand has no native land mammals, except for bats. For decades it's waged war on invasive predators that threaten local species. Now the government has a more ambitious goal than containment.

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union soldier wrote in 1865. (Above) Union soldiers sit with their coffee in tin cups, their hard-tack, and a kettle at their feet. Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection/Flickr The Commons hide caption

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The Salt

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

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