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The Salt

Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.

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Around the Nation

Cleanup Crews Roll Through Baton Rouge After Louisiana Flooding

In flood-ravaged Louisiana, a cleanup contractor that specializes in disaster recovery operations helps Baton Rouge clean up debris. Cleanup crews say the destruction is much worse than reported.

Cleanup Crews Roll Through Baton Rouge After Louisiana Flooding

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Pop Culture

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

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Matthew Blair, a researcher at Tennessee State University, examines different varieties of amaranth growing in the university's experimental fields. Emily Siner/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth, Too?

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Hardier than corn, this ancient grain has a subtle, nutty flavor and is full of nutrients. But for most Americans, amaranth is still obscure. Researchers in Tennessee hope to change that.

The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth, Too?

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Orlando Hospitals Say They Won't Bill Victims Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Two Florida hospitals treating survivors of the mass shooting will be looking for other sources of payment — or waiving fees altogether — instead of making victims pay for their treatment.

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First Listen

Preview The New Album From Y La Bamba, 'Ojos Del Sol'

Luz Elena Mendoza's voice is fully enmeshed in the arrangements, which gives her bicultural storytelling an almost otherworldly feel.

Ojos Del Sol

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What Happens When An Aid Group Sees Abuse, But Is Sworn To Secrecy?

Save the Children had to sign confidentiality agreements to work at a migrant detention camp run by Australia in Nauru. The group's Mat Tinkler discusses what they did and didn't say about abuses.

What Happens When An Aid Group Sees Abuse, But Is Sworn To Secrecy?

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Discounts Aren't Enough To Halt Outrage At High EpiPen Prices

EpiPen, the new poster child for prescription drug price gouging, may find that offering discount coupons isn't enough to mollify its critics in Congress and online.

Discounts Aren't Enough to Halt Outrage At High EpiPen Prices

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In a country where the share of multiracial children has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years, it's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me. Jeannie Phan for NPR hide caption

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Code Switch

All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans.

French designer Sonia Rykiel (right) and her daughter, Nathalie Rykiel, artistic director for the fashion house Rykiel, greet the crowd after the presentation of their Spring-Summer 2008 Ready-to-Wear collection, in Paris in 2007. Jacques Brinon/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Sonia Rykiel, Designer Known As The 'Queen Of Knitwear,' Dies

The famously redheaded Rykiel embodied the intellectual chic and feminism of Paris in the late 1960s. With vibrant stripes or simple black, her clothes hugged a woman's body.

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows fake Oxycodone pills that are actually fentanyl that were seized and submitted to bureau crime labs. Fentanyl is sometimes placed in tablets of counterfeit prescription drugs, but also comes in the form of patches, powder and even sprays. Tommy Farmer/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Illegally Made Fentanyl Seems To Be Fueling A Spike In Overdoses

Fentanyl is showing up in heroin and counterfeit pain pills, and users may not even know they're taking the extremely potent drug.

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Architecture

Belle Of The Mall: Saving Smithsonian's Jewel-Like Arts And Industries Building

With its spires, rotunda and colorful facade, the Arts and Industries Building is a festive relief compared with its neighbors. But restoring the Smithsonian's first museum hasn't been easy.

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, chant slogans against the Egyptian military during a trial in which they were charged with violence in Alexandria, Egypt, on March 29, 2014. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been jailed by the current government. A former prisoner tells NPR he saw some turn to ISIS in prison. Heba Khamis/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

As Egypt's Jails Fill, Growing Fears Of A Rise In Radicalization

Unprecedented numbers of political prisoners in Egypt's jails could lead to a supersized version of an old problem: inmates becoming radicalized. "In jail, they become ISIS," says a former prisoner.

As Egypt's Jails Fill, Growing Fears Of A Rise In Radicalization

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Proxima Centauri lies in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), just over four light-years from Earth. Although it looks bright through the eye of Hubble, Proxima Centauri is not visible to the naked eye. ESA/Hubble & NASA hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Are We The Earliest Intelligent Life In The Universe?

A new paper suggests there are good reasons to predict that life will be increasingly common in the universe as the eons pass, says guest blogger Marc Kaufman.