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Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido WHYY

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.

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'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

Thousands of refugees escaped Vietnam after Saigon fell in 1975. Some recently returned to the site of their former refugee camp for a 40-year reunion — including the mother of NPR's Hansi Lo Wang.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Just A Few Important Words About The 'Declaration Of Independence'

Along with the words and phrases that still ring out 239 years later are less noticed turns of phrase. They say a lot about the messages Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers wanted to send.

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Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

The new champion, who came in second last year in the annual contest put on by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, bested eight-time champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut by two dogs on Saturday.

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At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

What would you do if your 3-year-old son told you assuredly that he wanted to be a girl? An Oakland, Calif., couple told their child it was OK, and a sad boy became a joyful little girl.

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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi speaks during a forum on strategic planning, in Tunis, in June. Essebsi has declared a state of emergency his office says is aimed at dealing with the threat of Islamist extremists. Mohamed Messara/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Week After Beach Attack, Tunisia Declares State Of Emergency

Beji Caid Essebsi's office says the president needs the expanded powers to deal with extremists following the attack in Sousse that killed 38 foreign tourists.

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