Lilian Tintori, second row center, in white blouse, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, takes part in a demonstration in Caracas on Aug. 31. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Tuesday to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence during upcoming protests seeking a referendum on removing him from power. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela Turns Away Journalists On Eve Of Planned Anti-Government Rally

John Otis first covered Venezuela 19 years ago and has returned many times since. On Wednesday, while on assignment for NPR, he was stopped from entering the country ahead of a huge opposition rally.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, shown in June, has been widely criticized for repeatedly blaming Maine's drug trade on black and Hispanic people. After a lawmaker called his comments racially charged and unhelpful, LePage left him an obscene voicemail. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Maine Governor Apologizes To Lawmaker, Vows Never To Speak To Press Again

Days after leaving an obscene voicemail for a lawmaker, Paul LePage waffled on whether he would consider resigning and stood by his statements blaming people of color for Maine's drug problems.

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Code Switch

LISTEN: What's So Funny About The Indian Accent?

Mumbai-based comedians Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur, Code Switch's Tasneem Raja and NPR's Amita Kelly talk about what "Thank you, come again!" means to them.

What's So Funny About The Indian Accent? Episode 15

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FDA Boosts Warning On Danger Of Combining Opioids And Anxiety Meds

Doctors increasingly prescribe opioid painkillers with benzodiazepines — medications used to treat anxiety and insomnia. That combination is causing a spike in overdoses and deaths, the FDA warns.

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff testifies on the Senate floor during her impeachment trial on Monday in Brasilia, Brasil. Ricardo Botelho/Brazil Photo Press/CON/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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Brazil's Senate Votes To Impeach Dilma Rousseff

The suspended president testified for 14 hours straight on Monday, and 66 senators gave speeches in a marathon session that stretched through the night. Then they approved the impeachment, 61 to 20.

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All Tech Considered

Edible Battery Could Power Medical Robots You Swallow

Tiny devices sent into the human body for diagnosing and treating diseases run on batteries that may contain toxic materials. Researchers have come up with a safer battery made of natural pigments.

Monica Besra, 35, poses with a portrait of Mother Teresa at her home in Nakor village, India, in 2002. Besra claimed that prayers to the nun resulted in her recovery from abdominal cancer, something documented by the Vatican as a miracle. Rana Chakraborty/AP hide caption

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How The Catholic Church Documented Mother Teresa's 2 Miracles

A cancer patient and a coma victim credit her for their recoveries. "You have to accept that there are things that science cannot explain," says an atheist physician who's investigated miracle stories.

How The Catholic Church Documented Mother Teresa's 2 Miracles

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Can A Canadian Prime Minister Be An Action Hero? Marvel Comics Thinks So

Justin Trudeau has had a varied career — bouncer, snowboard instructor, Canada's prime minister. Now he's a Marvel Comics action hero. Only two other world leaders have appeared in Marvel Comics.

These Central Valley sheep are happily munching on sprouted barley grown indoors. Farmer Mario Daccarett says the barley, grown in shipping containers, is sweet and keep his sheep full for longer. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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The Salt

With Water In Short Supply, California Ranchers Grow Their Feed Indoors

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed indoors using hydroponics. The new diet is making some Central Valley sheep very happy.

With Water In Short Supply, One California Farmer Grows Feed Indoors

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