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Politics

6 Takeaways From The GOP Debate: Scalia Vacancy, 9/11 And Speaking Spanish

The sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has spurred debate over whether President Obama should fill the vacancy, but the rest of the event devolved into fighting and character attacks.

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In Poor, Crime-Ridden Mexican Community, Pope Critiques Inequality

The pope called out "a society of the few and for the few" during an open-air mass in the impoverished and violent Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec on Sunday.

Hotels and apartment buildings line the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The head of a sports travel agency specializing in packages for the Rio 2016 Olympics said that the company's business could be devastated if the Zika virus continues to spread. Silvia Izquierdo/AP hide caption

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#NPRreads: 4 Eye-Opening Stories To Read This Weekend

A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi's bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.

Diane, a 4-year-old chimpanzee, relaxes in the trees at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, La., on Aug. 25, 2014. She is one of many chimps who have been moved here from the New Iberia Research Center in Lafayette, La. Brandon Wade/AP hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The 'Necessity' Of Animal Research Does Not Mean It's Ethical

Whether you think animal research is justified or not, we should all want to expand the options for alternatives, says guest blogger and bioethicist Samual Garner.

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The Salt

Dinner With A Side Of I Do's: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

Marriage proposals are pretty routine at America's high-end restaurants. They can lift the mood in the entire dining room, boost tips and create lifelong customers. Unless the answer is "no," that is.

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Music News

Genya Ravan, 'Rock And Roll Refugee,' Has Stories To Fill Two Lifetimes

Ravan came to the U.S. as a refugee of postwar Europe, learned English listening to the radio and, before long, heard herself on it. Her life in pop and rock is the subject of a new off-Broadway show.

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All Tech Considered

Oh! Darling: Sir Paul's Audible Emoji For Your Valentine

The former Beatle composed 10 five-second jingles to accompany Skype's love-themed emojis. They feature the sounds of his voice, a Moog synthesizer, guitar, harpsichord and other instruments.

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Latin America

In Historic Trial, Mayan Women Accuse Ex-Military Officers Of Sex Slavery

For the first time, sex slavery is being acknowledged in court as a war crime. The 11 alleged victims are using the trial platform to condemn this kind of abuse, for fear it could happen again.

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Brazilian soldiers prepare for an operation to fight the Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 3. The operation on Saturday will include 220,000 soldiers passing out pamphlets; they hope to reach 3 million homes. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brazilian Military Takes Aim At Mosquito Problem

On Saturday, 220,000 soldiers across Brazil are going door to door to raise awareness about the Zika virus, and promote mosquito control efforts that could slow the disease's spread.

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Shots - Health News

Inside A Doctor's Mind At The End Of His Life

Dr. Paul Kalanithi was finishing his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His memoir deals with the struggle and the joy of life as death drew near.

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