An African-American Army cook at work in City Point, Va., sometime between 1860 and 1865. Food played a critical role in determining the outcome of the Civil War. Library of Congress hide caption

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The Salt

Slavery, Famine And The Politics of Pie: What Civil War Recipes Reveal

From recipes for apple pie without apples to advice on how to treat servants, the era's cookbooks hint at the turbulence outside the kitchen window. Indeed, food helped decide the war's outcome.

Nurse Brittany Combs of Scottsburg, Ind., delivers clean needles to a member of the needle exchange program. Users must have a membership ID card to exchange needles. Seth Herald for NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Indiana's HIV Outbreak Leads To Reversal On Needle Exchanges WFYI

Scott County's needle exchange program is part of a response to the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history. After a slow start in April, the needle exchange is drawing users and community support.

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Amid Bribery Scandal, FIFA President Sepp Blatter Will Resign

Just days after he won an election to a fifth term, Blatter said the interests of FIFA are "very dear to me and this is why I have taken this decision."

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It's All Politics

In Several States, Abortion Waiting Periods Grow Longer

State lawmakers passed dozens of bills to restrict abortion this session. One trend: making women wait ever longer — up to 72 hours in some states — before having the procedure.

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South Koreans Mask Up In The Face Of MERS Scare

The spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, virus has sent sales of surgical masks soaring. Do they really help?

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(Left) Sgt. William Shemin distinguished himself with bravery under fire during World War I. (Right) Sgt. Henry Johnson of the 369th Infantry Regiment was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for bravery while outnumbered during a battle with German soldiers, Feb. 12, 1919. Shemin Family Photo/U.S. Army hide caption

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Harlem Hellfighter And Jewish Soldier Get Long-Overdue Medals Of Honor

Nearly 100 years after their heroic deeds during World War I, Sgts. Henry Johnson and William Shemin were awarded America's highest military honor.

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