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Cannabis Growers Seek Blue Ribbons For Their Buds At Oregon's State Fair

This year, Oregon's Legislature designated marijuana, which is legal there for recreational use, as a farm crop. It debuted among funnel cakes, livestock and zucchini this summer at the state fair.

Cannabis Growers Seek Blue Ribbons For Their Buds At Oregon's State Fair

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Shots - Health News

In Philadelphia, Neighbors Learn How To Keep Shooting Victims Alive

WHYY

A first-aid class in Philadelphia is designed to help people learn how to keep shooting victims alive until the paramedics arrive. It teaches skills such as applying tourniquets to stop bleeding.

In Philadelphia, Neighbors Learn How To Keep Shooting Victims Alive

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The Salt

Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers just passed a landmark bill that would make farmworkers eligible for overtime if they work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week. Some farmers say they can't afford that.

Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

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Goats and Soda

When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash?

For the last four years, the American government has engaged in an ambitious campaign for LGBT rights around the world. But American support can be a double-edged sword.

When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash?

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Code Switch

For Some African-Americans, Efforts To #BuyBlack Present Challenges

This summer's killings of black men and the Black Lives Matter movement have rekindled calls in some parts of the African-American community to support black-owned businesses. That's not always easy.

For Some African-Americans, Efforts To #BuyBlack Present Challenges

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Actor Gene Wilder, who entertained audiences with his performances in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Producers and Blazing Saddles, died Monday. He was 83 years old. Art Selby & Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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Remembrances

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

Fresh Air

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack, and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

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Politics

Obama Grants Clemency To 111 Prisoners; DOJ 'Confident' It Will Clear Backlog

Thousands of petitions are still pending, but the Justice Department tells NPR that despite doubts from advocates, it plans to consider each of them before President Obama leaves office.

Brock Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer, received six months in jail and three years' probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. State lawmakers have approved a proposal to mandate prison terms for such a crime. AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

California Lawmakers Approve Mandatory Sentencing For Rape

State sexual assault law is tightened in response to the six-month sentence imposed on former Stanford student Brock Turner. He was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Jollof rice is the celebration dish of West Africa. At its basic, it includes rice, tomatoes, onions and chili peppers. But there are a zillion variations, depending on your country of origin, and the friendly rivalry can get intense over which version reigns supreme. Matthew Mead/AP hide caption

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The Salt

Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

Jollof rice is a celebration dish in West Africa. Each country in the region has its own take — and the rivalry over which version reigns supreme is constant fodder for a delicious war of words.

A boy looks on inside a crowded wooden boat carrying more than 700 migrants before being rescued, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya. The boat was one of 40 vessels rescued on Monday. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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1 Day, 40 Boats, Thousands Of People Rescued Trying To Get To Europe

In 24 hours, the Italian Navy and aid groups rescued 6,500 people from wooden and rubber boats off the coast of Libya. The migrants did not have enough fuel to reach Europe.

Bruce Hincks of Meadowood Farm walks through his patch of brussels sprouts in Yarmouth, Maine. Hincks, who has been farming for 40 years, said that this is the worst season, in terms of drought and heat, that he has seen in 10 or 12 years. Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

New England Public Radio

This year, many fields are bone dry — and that has many farmers in the region thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.