Three varieties of Kenyan purple tea from What-Cha: silver needle purple varietal white tea (from left), hand-rolled purple varietal oolong, steamed purple varietal green tea-style tea. Jeff Koehler for NPR hide caption

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Kenyan Tea Farmers See Green In The Color Purple

Kenya has spent 25 years developing a purple "supertea" with high levels of antioxidants. The hope is that the tea will appeal to health-minded consumers and revive the country's struggling industry.

Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner walks back to his office from the House floor on Tuesday. Congress passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Sept. 30. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov hide caption

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House Votes To Fund Homeland Security — Without Immigration Curbs

The vote is a victory for President Obama: Republicans had wanted to pass a bill that stripped funding for his executive actions on immigration. The "clean" bill, which funds DHS through Sept. 30, now awaits the president's signature.

Ismael Medjdoub grew up in one of Paris' banlieues. He spends up to two hours a day commuting from his home in Tremblay en France to work and to school at the prestigious Sorbonne in Paris. Bilal Qureshi/NPR hide caption

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In France, Young Muslims Often Straddle Two Worlds

An estimated 40 percent of France's 7 million Muslims live in and around Paris, many of them in the poor suburbs. It's hard to escape the banlieues, even for those who work or attend school elsewhere.

When lawyer Thomas Goldstein contended that innkeepers keep guest information anyway to stay in touch with their customers, Justice Scalia cut in: "Motel 6 does this? Jeez, I've never received anything from them!" iStockPhoto hide caption

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Should Hotel Owners Be Forced To Hand Over Guest Records To Police?

Hypotheticals about hunting lodges and Motel 6 prevented the oral argument at the Supreme Court Tuesday from being strangled by legal weeds.

Samaria Rice speaks during a news conference on Tuesday about the death of her son, Tamir, who was shot by a Cleveland police officer. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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Mom Of 12-Year-Old Killed By Cleveland Police Says She's Still Waiting For Apology

Tamir Rice's mother, Samaria, said she felt disrespected when the city blamed her son for his own death in a court filing. Tamir was playing with a replica gun when he was shot by an officer.

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