A big crowd turned out for the March of Dimes walkathon in Gainesville, Fla., in early March. But overall, the March of Dimes' March for Babies raised $3.5 million less in 2014 than it did the year before. Elizabeth Hamilton/Gainesville Sun/Landov hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren't doing as well as they used to. There's more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.

When it comes to an employee's mental health status, what does an employer need to know, or have a right to know? iStockphoto hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa — or any employer — can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

The share of Chicago residents within 1 or 2 miles of a Wal-Mart (left: 2010; right: 2015). April Fehling, Tyler Fisher, Christopher Groskopf, Alyson Hurt, Livia Labate and Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Business

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

The nation's largest retailer is known for sprawling suburban and rural stores. Now Wal-Mart is moving into city centers — sometimes despite strong local opposition.

State police officers patrol a highway between Ciudad Victoria and Matamoros in northeast Mexico in 2011. Mexico's drug and turf wars have descended on the border town of Matamoros. Alexandre Meneghini/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Matamoros Becomes Ground Zero As Drug War Shifts On Mexican Border

Violence has descended on the once laid back tourist town of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. From mechanics to Twitter users, residents are feeling the effects of a turf war.

When fledgling networks like Fox, UPN and the WB started wooing black viewers in the 1990s, the prime-time audience began to split. Fox's Living Single was the highest-rated show among black viewers in 1994-1995, but didn't crack the top 100 among whites. Warner Bros. Television/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Code Switch

This Isn't The First Time Network TV Discovered Black People

A recent Deadline article worried whether network TV might be becoming too brown. It missed some really important history, Code Switch's Gene Demby says.

A vintage postcard (circa 1930-1945) shows the HoJo's at U.S. Alternate Route I in Fredericksburg, Va. Boston Public Library/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

With Nostalgia And A Last Nosh, 1 Of 3 Remaining HoJo's Closes NCPR

The iconic orange roofs of Howard Johnson's restaurants were once fixtures of the American highway. But the chain faded in the '80s. The 60-year-old location in Lake Placid, N.Y., closed Tuesday.

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Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen look for Islamic State extremists in Tikrit on Tuesday. Iraqi forces were going house-to-house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much — But Not All — Of City

The Iraqi military, with help from the U.S. and Iran, now holds most of Tikrit after a month of heavy fighting with the Islamic State. NPR's Alice Fordham visited and says the city is still volatile.

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All Songs Considered

New Mix: Ryan Adams, Jamie xx, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams And More

One stripped down and another in a brand new context, two artists on this week's All Songs Considered should be familiar. Hosts Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen also share a quartet of discoveries.

Beginning April 1, all sugary beverages and food of "minimal-to-no nutritional value" sold on the Navajo reservation will incur an additional 2-cent tax. April Sorrow/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

Navajos Fight Their Food Desert With Taxes On Junk Food And Soda

Many have dreamed of taxing Cheetos and soda. The Navajo Nation is now doing both. The first-in-the-U.S. tax measure aims to raise revenue for health programs and make wholesome food more affordable.

The new show from England, Cucumber, stars Vincent Franklin (left) as Henry and Cyril Nri as Lance. It premieres on Logo TV on April 13. Ben Blackall/Courtesy of Logo TV hide caption

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Television

From 'Banana' To 'Cucumber,' New Series Spans The Spectrum Of Sex

Cucumber tells the adventures of a middle-aged gay man; Banana is a series of short stories. Russell T. Davies, who made Queer As Folk, says the titles came from a scientific institute in Switzerland.

People who are younger, have lower incomes and are less educated are more likely to be "smartphone-dependent," Pew finds. Chris Corr/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Pew: 'Smartphone-Dependents' Often Have No Backup Plan For Web Access

People who rely most on their smartphones to get online often deal more frequently with service interruptions because of financial hardship and data limits.

Dry, cracked earth is visible on a cantaloupe farm near Firebaugh, Calif., last August. Record-low snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mean most Central California farmers will face another year without water from the federal Central Valley Project. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallow fields and emergency water measures.

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