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Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink

South Sudanese civilians flee from attacks in the northern town of Bentiu on Sunday. Hundreds of civilians were reportedly killed by a rebel group that took the town. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink

The U.N. reports that hundreds of civilians were hunted down and killed. NPR's Gregory Warner explains the roots of the conflict in a nation that's not yet three years old.

Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows

Vincent Mourou, co-founder of Vietnam's first artisan chocolate maker Marou, inspects cacao beans at a farmer's garden in Go Cong Tay district. hide caption

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The Salt

Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows

French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

President Obama shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo on Wednesday. At Sukiyabashi Jiro, people pay a minimum $300 for 20 pieces of sushi chosen by the patron, Jiro Ono. hide caption

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The Salt

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

On the first leg of his Asia tour, President Obama stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant featured in a 2012 documentary. Director David Gelb says eating there is both an amazing and nerve-wracking experience.

Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back?

Angelina Jolie plays the spiteful protagonist in an upcoming movie called "Maleficent," based on "Sleeping Beauty." Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures USA hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back?

Most of us aren't as maleficent as the fairy in Sleeping Beauty, but we're still apt to spite others, even at risk of harming ourselves. Psychologists are trying to figure out why.

Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack'

A minke whale photographed in Antarctica last year. The minke, smallest of the baleen whales, turned out to be the mysterious "bio-duck." hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack'

For decades, a mysterious quacking "bio-duck" has been heard roaming the waters of the Southern Ocean.

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

Rep. Allyson Schwartz is flanked by Katie McGinty, former state environmental protection secretary, and Tom Wolf, a businessman, at a forum for Pennsylvania Democratic candidates for governor. hide caption

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It's All Politics

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

Does Rep. Allyson Schwartz's pro-Affordable Care Act television ad signal a new thinking among Democrats running in statewide races?

Household Words: Shakespeare's Enduring Lexicon

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Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

Household Words: Shakespeare's Enduring Lexicon

What hath the Bard wrought? A legacy of words and idioms you'll recognize from pop culture and even your own speech. On the occasion of his 450th birthday, Ask Me Another presents this handy glossary.

On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Laverne Cox plays Sophia on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, one of several current shows exploring the lives of transgender characters. Paul Schiraldi/Netflix hide caption

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Monkey See

On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories?

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