Officials found the toxin microcystin in the blue-green algae present at Discovery Bay, Calif. For people exposed to the toxin, symptoms include dizziness, rashes, fever, vomiting and in more unusual cases, numbness. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption

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Poisonous Algae Blooms Threaten People, Ecosystems Across U.S.

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Serious algae outbreaks have hit more than 20 states this summer. Algae blooms aren't unusual. But the frequency, size and toxicity now are worse than ever, and changes in climate are partly to blame.

Poisonous Algae Blooms Threaten People, Ecosystems Across U.S.

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All Tech Considered

Listen: 'Web Site Story,' NPR's Musical About The Internet — From 1999

Found in our archives: an Internet-themed remake of West Side Story from the dot-com bubble era. It begins with Bill Gates and features the sound of a modem but isn't as obsolete as you might expect.

Listen: 'Web Site Story,' NPR's Musical About The Internet — From 1999

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Luther Burbank also introduced the Shasta daisy to gardens around the world, and the potato variety whose offspring is used by McDonald's to make its iconic fries. New York Botanical Garden/LuEsther T. Mertz Library/Biodiversity Heritage Library hide caption

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The Salt

The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

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Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim hold a news conference after meeting Aug. 24 in Ankara, Turkey. While the U.S. and Turkey are close allies, they've been at odds on a number of issues, and the meeting was designed to improve the atmosphere. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nation Engaged

In A Time Of Middle East Conflict, What Is The Role Of U.S. Diplomacy?

The focus has often been on U.S. military action in the Middle East. But diplomacy is also critical. Here is a look at one of America's most important and complicated relationships in the region.

In A Time Of Middle East Conflict, What's The Role Of U.S. Diplomacy?

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Pastor Mark Burns spoke at the Republican National Convention last month, calling on Republicans to "come together to defeat Hillary Clinton and those race-baiting Democrats." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Trump Surrogate Tweets Cartoon Of Hillary Clinton In Blackface

Pastor Mark Burns apologized for the tweet, which mocked Hillary Clinton with a cartoon that read, in part, "I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African Americans."

Artist Noah Davis founded The Underground Museum to bring world-class art — for free --€” to a neighborhood in Los Angeles. He was just 32 years old when he died from cancer in 2015. Ed Templeton/The Underground Museum hide caption

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Fine Art

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

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The original (P)irate Joe's was once a Romanian bakery. Then it became "Transilvania Trading," the mysteriously labeled storefront where Marty Hallatt sold Trader Joe's items to people who were in on the secret. After Trader Joe's started objecting, Hallatt rebranded as Pirate Joe's. _irate Joe's hide caption

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Arrgh: Pirate Joe's And Trader Joe's Are Once Again Locked In Legal Battle

The Canadian reseller of Trader Joe's goods was sued by the grocery chain in 2013; a U.S. district court dismissed the case. But an appellate court found that Trader Joe's had a legitimate suit.

The lightning storm killed 323 reindeer on the Hardangervidda plateau in central Norway. The government estimates that about 2,000 reindeer live in the area. Havard Kjontvedt/Norwegian Nature Inspectorate hide caption

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323 Reindeer Killed In Lightning Storm In Norway

The reindeer died on a mountain plateau in central Norway. "I don't remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before," says a Norwegian environmental official.