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WATCH: Mitski's Heartfelt Set Sans Filters

Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through. Watch the singer perform three of her songs in the NPR Music offices.

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Science

What The U.N. Climate Talks And Middle School Have In Common

The United Nations hopes to have a new deal that will affect everything from energy production to agriculture to transportation by the end of the year. So it makes sense for countries with shared interests to negotiate in packs. And cliques rule.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Kanye Is Running For President And 1 Other Must-Watch VMA Moment

Perhaps the most controversial moment during the MTV Video Music Awards came when Nicki Minaj took on Miley Cyrus. It'll be the talk of the water cooler today, so you might as well take a look.

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The Salt

If Fish Is Brain Food, Can Fish Oil Pills Boost Brains, Too?

Research suggests eating fish regularly over a lifetime is good for the brain. But when it comes to staving off cognitive decline in seniors, fish oil supplements just don't cut it, a study finds.

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Investigators stand next to evidence markers in front of the house of Matthew Stewart, who was shot and injured by Ogden police during a drug raid, in Ogden, Utah, Jan. 5, 2012. One police officer was killed and five were wounded in the shootout that erupted as a narcotics enforcement team executed a search warrant at Stewart's home. George Frey/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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U.S.

Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics

For all the talk of police militarization, no reliable statistics exist on the number of raids by SWAT or other heavily armed tactical teams. There are no federal or state tallies — except in Utah.

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Dylan Rodenhaber (18) of the Red Land team of Lewisberry, Pa., waits to shake hands with players on Tokyo's Kitasuna team after the Little League World Series Championship game Sunday in South Williamsport, Pa. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Pennsylvania Falls Short Of Little League World Series Title, But Not To Fans

The Red Land Little League team of Lewisberry, Pa., had an eight-run lead but lost to a team from Tokyo, 18-11. The combined 29 runs set a record for a championship game.

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EU Ministers Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Migrant Crisis

Europe has seen an unprecedented number of migrants and asylum seekers reach its borders. The ministers called the meeting in part to try to decide which migrants should be treated as refugees.

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Around the Nation

Through Soccer, Teen Migrants Rebuild Lives And Get Chance To Meet Pope

During his U.S. visit in September, the pope is set to meet with unaccompanied minors from Central America who have formed a youth soccer team co-sponsored by New York's Catholic Charities.

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Uchiya, 29, eight months pregnant, carries an empty jerry can from her mountaintop home to a source of water below. She'll fill it with five gallons and then climb back up. In sub-Saharan Africa, women spent 40 billion hours a year collecting water. Mustafah Abdulaziz hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Getting A Glass Of Water Can Be An Ordeal In Some Parts Of The World

In developing countries, folks may trek hours to fetch water — or turn on the spigot and wait endlessly for drops to flow. A new app offers a promising solution for the latter problem.

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