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Researchers used online data to model the vaccination rate in communities affected by an outbreak of mumps in Arkansas. Maimuna Majumder/HealthMap; Alyson Hurt/NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. An epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

A view of the Trump Park Avenue building in New York. President Trump's properties have been attracting a large and generous circle of buyers, from wealthy Russians to a Chinese businesswoman, and many questions are being raised about the ethics of these deals. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Business

When Is A Deal Just A Deal? When Trump Sells A Property, It's Not Always Clear

President Trump's properties have been attracting a large and generous circle of buyers, from wealthy Russians to a Chinese businesswoman. Many questions are being raised about the deals' ethics.

When Is A Deal Just A Deal? When Trump Sells A Property, It's Not Always Clear

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Guest workers harvest much of North Carolina's sweet potato crop, including at the fields of Burch Farms, in Faison, N.C. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Fearful Farmers Rush To Find 'Guest Workers'

Immigration lawyers are getting a wave of calls from farmers looking for foreign "guest workers." The farmers are worried that they'll lose their existing workers to an immigration crackdown.

Fearful Farmers Rush To Find "Guest Workers"

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A baby receives the rotavirus vaccine during a clinical trial in Niger. The new vaccine is the first designed specifically for children in sub-Saharan Africa. It doesn't require refrigeration and will be cheaper than ones currently available. Krishan Cheyenne/MSF hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Powdered Vaccine Raises Hopes Of Stopping A Top Killer Of Kids

It's aimed at rotavirus, a nasty pathogen that can cause diarrhea and kills more than 500 children a day. The secret to the vaccine is the same thing that makes space ice cream so cool.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks Wednesday at the meeting of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS in Washington. Top officials from the 68-nation coalition are looking to increase pressure on ISIS. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting officials from 68 countries to discuss how best to take on ISIS. "As a coalition we are not in the business of nation-building or reconstruction," he said.

Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

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Jennifer Rim, Joe Chun, Abe Kim, Alex Hwang, Daniel Chae and Sally Kang make up Run River North, which performed at the first SXSW showcase with an all-Asian-American lineup. Mallory Yu/NPR hide caption

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SXSW Music Festival

At SXSW, Asian-American Musicians Make A Space Of Their Own

This year's SXSW saw the first-ever showcase featuring exclusively Asian-American artists. Organizer Christine Minji Chang says one goal is to broaden Asian-Americans' representation in the industry.

At SXSW, Asian-American Musicians Make A Space Of Their Own

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Television

Seeking Empathy, 'Shots Fired' Creators Flip The Script On Police Shootings

The new Fox show Shots Fired follows two investigators looking into a police shooting where a black cop kills an unarmed white man. It's one of a handful of new network shows that are about policing.

Seeking Empathy, 'Shots Fired' Creators Flip The Script On Police Shootings

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The Two-Way - News Blog

This Parrot Has An 'Infectious Laugh,' Scientists Say

The researchers say that when the highly intelligent kea parrots hear a call associated with play, they start playful tussling, aerial acrobatics or throwing objects into the air.

The researchers play a recorded "play call," setting off a play bout between two kea parrots.

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Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is "substantial doubt" that it will be able to keep its doors open. Company shares tumbled more than 12 percent Wednesday. Above, the department store's location in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood today. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Can Sears Survive? Maybe Not, Company Admits In Financial Filings

Shares of the company's stock tumbled 12 percent today after the company acknowledged Tuesday that its future viability is not a sure thing. The company lost $2 billion last year.