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If The Mess In Greece Is All Greek To You, Then Read This

This week, Greek will miss a $1.73 billion payment to the International Monetary Fund. The debt crisis has the potential to create financial, economic and geopolitical trouble for Americans.

Manual Udaya Chandra's 24-year-old son disappeared in 2008, shortly before Sri Lanka's civil war ended. She holds out hope that he's still alive, though a government commission looking into those who disappeared has moved slowly. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

The civil war is now six years in the past. But thousands of Tamil families are still looking for loved ones who disappeared during the conflict.

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After Slaughter Of Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists

Tunisian authorities ordered some mosques closed and banned some fringe Islamist political parties. Some Tunisians support the moves, while others fear the government is overreacting.

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With 'Traveller,' A Songwriter Steps Out From Country's Backstage WPLN

After years of writing hits for stars like Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton has released an album that's entirely his own.

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A cabbage butterfly caterpillar. For tens of millions of years, these critters have been in an evolutionary arms race with plants they munch on. The end result: "mustard oil bombs" that also explode with flavor when we humans harness them to make condiments. Courtesy of Roger Meissen/Bond LSC hide caption

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Why You Should Thank A Caterpillar For Your Mustard And Wasabi

Eons ago, cabbage butterfly larvae and the plants they eat began an evolutionary arms race. The result: "mustard oil bombs" that give the plants, and condiments we make from them, distinctive flavors.

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It's All Politics

Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

As a result of the Supreme Court's two landmark decisions last week, Ted Cruz is calling for justices to be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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Solar-Powered Airplane Begins Long Journey From Japan To Hawaii

It's expected to be the longest leg of the Solar Impulse's planned around-the-world flight: a trip that will last five days and five nights.

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Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage KHN

Many companies are expected to expand coverage to same-sex spouses if they already offer benefits to opposite-sex spouses. But the recent Supreme Court decision doesn't require them to do so.

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Meningitis B Vaccine Gets A Boost From CDC

A federal health advisory committee now says everyone aged 16 to 23 should talk to a doctor about whether they need to get immunized against a rare but dangerous strain of meningitis.

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Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia? KQED

Things like activity trackers and sensors might make it easier to keep people with dementia safe and help caregivers. Researchers are going to test that idea in the real world.

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