Darius Foster says he wants to challenge racial and political expectations. "With me, unfortunately, everything is black Republican. Not Darius did this, but the black Republican did that." Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Politics

Alabama's Darius Foster Wants To Bring Back 'Fight For The People' GOP

In Alabama, the GOP is fielding a record number of black candidates this year, including Foster. It's part of a a Republican effort to make inroads with African-Americans in the Deep South.

The site at Gobekli Tepe, or "Potbelly Hill," on the Urfa plain in southeastern Turkey is believed by some to be the world's first place of worship. This would upend the conventional thought that religion developed as a byproduct of human settlements. Vincent J. Musi/National Geographic Society/Corbis hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Southeast Turkey, A Long History Of Bloodshed And Worship

A vast plain near Syria is no stranger to military carnage. But a place known as "Potbelly Hill" holds ruins of enclosures built in ancient times, possibly for ritual purposes, long before organized religion.

A lone Mayo Clinic wheelchair sits on the Cascade Creek walking trail near Kutzky Park in Rochester, Minn. Elizabeth Baier/MPR News hide caption

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Shots - Health News

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape MPR

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Lisa Wu Hartwell gets a hair treatment at a "Curl Party" hosted by Carol's Daughter and theYBF.com in 2010. Paras Griffin/Landov hide caption

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Code Switch

A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Carol's Daughter sells natural hair care products for black women. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain its customers' loyalty.

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