The Confederate battle flag flies at the South Carolina State House in Columbia late last month. The state's Senate voted Monday to remove the flag; after one more vote on the bill, it will head to the House. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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S.C. Senate Takes Another Step Toward Removing Confederate Flag

The state's Senate will need to approve the bill one more time before it can go on to the House. Monday's tally was 37-3; a final vote will be held Tuesday.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're bringing drugs; they're bringing crime, their rapists; and some, I assume, are good people," Donald Trump said while announcing his campaign last month. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

Donald Trump, 'Wrestling A Pig,' And The GOP's Struggle To Reform

The last thing the GOP wants is to be seen as an anti-immigrant, anti-gay and anti-science. The party has vowed to reform since President Obama's re-election, but change is proving hard.

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Goats and Soda

How Cuba Essentially Eliminated Mom-To-Baby HIV Transmission

The country is the first to earn a seal of approval from the World Health Organization for its success. Here's how Cuba did it and how other countries are faring by comparison.

Greek supporters of the "no" vote celebrate at Syntagma Square in Athens on Sunday night after the results were announced. Greeks overwhelmingly rejected the demands of creditors for more austerity in return for rescue loans. But the country has no clear way out of its financial crisis. Petr David Josek/AP hide caption

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What's Next For Greece?

The Greek economic drama has been playing out for five years with papered-over solutions. But with Sunday's vote, the crisis has taken on new urgency.

The FIFA Women's World Cup final Sunday drew record U.S. TV ratings, similar to the decisive Game 6 of last month's NBA Finals. Here, Carli Lloyd, No. 10, celebrates the second U.S. goal with teammates. Wang Lili/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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U.S. Women Shatter TV Ratings Record For Soccer With World Cup Win

The U.S. women's national team won an unprecedented third FIFA Women's World Cup trophy Sunday night — and a record number of Americans tuned in to watch.

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Reddit CEO Apologizes Days After User Revolt Over Firing Of Popular Figure

Ellen Pao said the company had "screwed up ... over the past several years," leading up to the way it handled the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, the key figure in the site's Ask Me Anything section.

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After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines

The widely publicized measles outbreak linked to California theme parks appears to have made parents more confident about vaccine safety and benefits, a national poll finds.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made them out to be.

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Industry Payments To Nurses Go Unreported In Federal Database ProPublica

The latest data on drug and device company payments to health professionals largely exclude nurse practitioners and physician assistants, even though they play an increasing role in patient care.

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Christopher Paul Stelling: Tiny Desk Concert

Best witnessed live, Stelling's music is steeped in tradition yet filled with vitality, immediacy and soul — all the reasons worth discovering someone new.

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Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

The justices made history this session on several fronts and accepted cases for next year that will likely make still more. This year the liberals won a lot — but that doesn't mean they will in the future.

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People With Brain Injuries Heal Faster If They Get Up And Get Moving

Doctors tell surgical patients to get out of bed as soon as possible, but people with brain injuries are encouraged to rest. Now it looks like activity can benefit brain injured patients, too.

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First Listen

Preview The New Album 'Nina Revisited ... A Tribute To Nina Simone'

The tribute, which strives to update Simone's ability to capture the hope and rage of the '60s for a contemporary audience, features songs performed by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Usher and others.

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