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Gitanjali Rao, 11, says she was appalled by the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. — so she designed a device to test for lead faster. She was named "America's Top Young Scientist" on Tuesday at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. Andy King/Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge hide caption

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Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device

The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

People discard possessions last month that were damaged by flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Need Hurricane Aid? In One Texas City, If You Boycott Israel, You May Be Out Of Luck

A city official told NPR that Dickinson is simply following a recently passed state law: "The city has nothing to do with it." But the representative who authored the law said it's being misapplied.

Tegan (left) and Sara Quin perform at Coachella in 2008, following the release of the duo's fifth album, The Con. Tegan and Sara are celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Con with a tour and an album of covers performed by musicians influenced by the original album. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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How 'The Con' Almost Broke Tegan And Sara

Ten years ago, the making of Tegan and Sara's fifth album — and divided reactions to it — created a rift between the twins that nearly tore them apart but eventually showed them a way forward.

A U.S. Army team transfers the remains of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Oct. 5. Wright was one of four U.S. troops killed in an ambush in Niger. U.S. forces work with many African militaries. While the Americans are advising and assisting in most cases, they also travel into the field where they can face combat. Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne/U.S. Air Force via AP hide caption

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The U.S. Military In Africa: A Discreet Presence In Many Places

The military has some 20 missions across the continent. Most are not combat operations. But the deaths of four soldiers in Niger illustrate the dangers as U.S. troops venture into the field.

The Nivea ad features Omowunmi Akinnifesi, a beauty pageant winner in Nigeria, promoting a lotion that promises "visibly fairer skin." superjoy via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Nivea Ad For 'Visibly Fairer Skin' Sparks Controversy In West Africa

The billboard and TV spot shows a Nigerian beauty pageant winner using a product called Natural Fairness Body Lotion. Critics are describing the ad as "colorist" and tone deaf.

Storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 12th in Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Caribbean Buzz Helicopters via AP hide caption

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St. John Could Get Electricity Turned Back On, 6 Weeks After Hurricane Irma

"Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of next week," the power utility says. The U.S. Virgin Islands — home to more than 100,000 Americans — remains under boil-water orders.

Washington, D.C., Master Patrol Officer Benjamin Fettering shows a body camera worn in place of a normal radio microphone before a news conference in 2014. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras.

Helping her father die at home "was the most meaningful experience in my nursing career," said Rose Crumb. She went on to found Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County in Port Angeles, Wash. Dan DeLong for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Rural Hospice That Spurns Federal Funds Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

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The founder of a tiny Washington state hospice that depends on community volunteers and donations says the unconventional approach allows for more flexible care.

Fresh fish fillets for sale in a display case. Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in how livestock are raised in recent years. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that. kali9/Getty Images hide caption

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Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should

Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in how livestock are raised in recent years. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.

Blitt's 2008 New Yorker cover, "Fistbump: The Politics of Fear," was inspired by the rumors that circulated about the Obamas during that year's presidential campaign. The New Yorker via bado-badosblog.blogspot.com hide caption

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'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

Barry Blitt's new book features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work, including his 2008 drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

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CIA Backs Off Director's Claim That Russian Meddling Didn't Swing Election

Director Mike Pompeo incorrectly told a security conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that U.S. intelligence has concluded that Russian meddling "did not affect the outcome of the election."

Jessi Silva and Maggie Marquez on the grounds of the Blackwell School in Marfa, Texas. The school closed in 1965 and some of it was demolished. Both women returned to the grounds in 2007 with a group of alumni to hold a symbolic ceremony to unearth "Mr. Spanish." Sarah Vasquez For StoryCorps hide caption

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The Day A Texas School Held A Funeral For The Spanish Language

Two women remember a day in the 1950s when their elementary school in Marfa, Texas, banned speaking Spanish on campus in a ceremony called the "burial of Mr. Spanish."

The Day A Texas School Held A Funeral For The Spanish Language

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Gabrielle Union says she thinks it's tacky to tell on your costars — but she tells many revealing stories about herself in We're Going to Need More Wine. Michael Lavine hide caption

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Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

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