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Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis

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Environment

Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis

Farmers in the parched Central Valley are joining forces with farmworkers and a broad cross section of politicians to pressure the federal government to offer relief.

Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

A member of the Bayonne ham authority, La Confrerie du Jambon de Bayonne, with a ham on the first day of the 2014 Bayonne ham fair in southern France. Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.

Fake Morning-After Pills Found In Peru May Hint At Bigger Problem

Chemist Facundo Fernandez of the Georgia Institute of Technology tested morning-after pills collected from 15 different pharmacies in Lima, Peru. hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Fake Morning-After Pills Found In Peru May Hint At Bigger Problem

Researchers tested samples of emergency contraceptives from pharmacies across Peru's capital city. More than a quarter of the pills wouldn't have worked or contained the wrong drug.

Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand In The Land Of Razor Clams

People dig for clams on Long Beach Peninsula when the state allows it, no matter what time of day. On this day, it just so happened that a low tide forced them to be out there before dawn. hide caption

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The Salt

Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand In The Land Of Razor Clams

Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. Inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.

Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different

Kenyan security officers rounded up people Friday as part of a crackdown that has swept up thousands of undocumented refugees, immigrants and Kenyan citizens of Somali descent in recent weeks. hide caption

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Africa

Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different

A police sweep after Friday prayers is the latest in a weeks-long crackdown against terrorism. The operations have pulled in thousands of refugees, immigrants and Kenyan citizens of Somali descent.

A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India

Abhina Aher was born a boy biologically and is now a hijra, a member of an ancient transgender community in India. Of her painful physical and psychological transformation, Aher remembers now: "I just wanted to become a beautiful butterfly." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India

Abhina Aher is a member of the country's storied, yet marginalized, transgender community. Last week, the India's highest court legally recognized the group as a new gender — neither male nor female.

Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department

A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Neb. The State Department is extending the review period for the pipeline, given ongoing litigation in Nebraska over the project. hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department

Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress?

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It's All Politics

Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress?

Gathered in Washington for a comic book convention, these costumed enthusiasts shared how their favorite characters would run the country.

Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime

The Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian coast in 2012, killing 32 people. Its captain was accused of manslaughter and abandoning the 4,200 passengers and crew on the night of the wreck. hide caption

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World

Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime

Whenever a captain comes back and passengers don't, it's seen as shameful behavior. The captains of the Costa Concordia and the South Korean ferry both received blame for not staying with their ships.

Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk

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World

Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk

The story of fliers ordering Jews to register with the separatists stoked fears of anti-Semitism. But Jews in the Ukrainian town say the orders aren't real and were intended as political provocation.

One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

The dream of epilepsy research, says neurobiologist Ivan Soltesz, is to stop seizures by manipulating only some brain cells, not all. hide caption

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Shots - Health News

One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.

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