Closing loopholes in background checks for gun purchases would reduce the risk of death and injury, doctors' and attorneys' groups say. Alexa Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Doctors Join Forces With Lawyers To Reduce Firearms Deaths

More than 32,000 people die each year in the United States in gun-related suicides, violence and accidents. The physicians seek universal background checks and other measures to reduce the toll.

Jay Austin's tiny house in Washington, D.C., has 10-foot ceilings, a loft bed over the bathroom and a galley-style kitchen. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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Cities Project

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

Single people represent the fastest growing category of households in the U.S. That's made small dwellings — from micro-apartments to stand-alone tiny houses, a niche force in the real estate market.

Doctors Nowiba Mugambi and Erica Palys discuss a patient's X-ray at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. The hospital plans to open a new cancer treatment center in April. Evelyn Hockstein/Courtesy of AMPATH hide caption

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Goats and Soda

How Tents And Fried Chicken Help Stop Childhood Cancers

There's little money for cancer care in the developing world. Many children with curable cancers die. But two doctors believe it's time to stop accepting cancer as a death sentence in poor countries.

Val James of the Toronto Maple Leafs takes warmup prior to a preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1986. Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Code Switch

As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Vs. Racism

Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He ensured vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence he is talking about it now.

Jordan's election laws makes it impossible for any one political party to build a strong bloc in parliament. Observers say that's one reason for the country's weakness — and the growing appeal of the message of the militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

For Parliamentarian, A Stronger Jordan Is Key To Fighting ISIS

Arab youths dissatisfied with the present are looking longingly to the past, and Islam's glory days. That, and a dearth of opportunities, says Jordanian politician Rula Alhroob, make ISIS attractive.

A mural is seen today on the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer in Biet Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. Suhaib Salem/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Banksy's Murals Turn Up In Gaza Strip

The artist, who uses public spaces for his often-provocative murals, posted images of art created in the Gaza Strip, along with a two-minute video of life in the Palestinian territory.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson first fell in love with a version of this burger at a tiny fish shack in Barbados. Paul Brissman /Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Found Recipes

Don't Be Fooled By The Fishy Ingredients: This Burger Is Delicious

Chef Marcus Samuelsson has a ritual whenever he travels to a new place — ask the cabdriver, "Where do you eat?" When he did that on a trip to Barbados, he fell in love with a fish sandwich.

Tim Meyers on his four-acre vegetable farm in southwestern Alaska. Behind him: an endless sea of tundra, and a glimpse of the town of Bethel. Eugenie Frerichs for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.

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