The 307-foot tower at the University of Texas at Austin was the site of mass murder 50 years ago Sunday. Harry Cabluck/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Gun Violence And Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper

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Trying to prevent gun violence by tying it to mental health legislation began in 1966 when a young gunman killed 16 people in Austin, Texas. But some believe the approach is misguided.

Gun Violence And Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper

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Commentary

Stories In Stitches: Lessons From Political Convention Fashion

Tried-and-true red, white and blue stood out these last two weeks of political convergence. Here are some looks that also tell a story about the parties and the people who sported them.

Ameera, 6, walks with assistance at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. She is recovering from a gunshot wound when she was caught in a firefight between American and Afghan soldiers and Taliban insurgents. Senior Airman Robert Dantzler/U.S. Air Force hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Ameera, 6-Year-Old Afghan, Prepares To Walk Out Of U.S. Military Hospital

Lt. Col. Chance Henderson, an orthopedic surgeon serving in Afghanistan, was able to save the leg of a 6-year-old Afghan girl caught in a firefight. She is about to be discharged.

Ameera, A 6-Year-Old Afghan, Prepares To Walk Out Of U.S. Military Hospital

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Cookie dough clings to the beaters of a standing mixer. The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat raw dough due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses linked to flour tainted with E. coli. Larry Crowe/AP hide caption

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The Salt

Cookie Dough Blues: How E. Coli Is Sneaking Into Our Forbidden Snack

Most people know not to eat raw cookie dough. But now it's serious: 46 people have now been sickened with E. coli-tainted flour. Here's how contamination might be occurring.

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All Songs Considered

Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of July

It's Friday: Ring in the weekend with the six best electronic dance jams we heard this month.

Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of July

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Music Interviews

Soul Singer Sharon Jones: 'The Cancer Is Here, But I Want To Perform'

Fresh Air

In 2013, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows her musical comeback.

Soul Singer Sharon Jones: 'The Cancer Is Here, But I Want To Perform'

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Edson Escobar, 16, (seated, left) and his brother Alex Escobar, 18, (right), with their grandparents Ricardo and Sara Tejada in central Virginia. Edson and Alex came to the U.S. from El Salvador separately two years apart to escape their abusive father. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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U.S.

Halt On Juvenile Immigrant Visa Leaves Thousands In Limbo

According to Border Patrol, more than 120,000 unaccompanied children arrived in the past two and a half years, many seeking asylum. Some young immigrants are now trying to use a new visa category.

Halt On Juvenile Immigrant Visa Leaves Thousands In Limbo

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Commentary

Is Trump's Call For 'Law And Order' A Coded Racial Message?

Fresh Air

Donald Trump's promise to be the "law-and-order" candidate revived a slogan often associated with Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. Linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses the term's racial underpinings

Is Trump's Call For 'Law And Order' A Coded Racial Message?

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The Salt

These Old-Timey Philly Candies Offer A Taste Of Politics Past

WHYY

Clear toy candies are a centuries-old local tradition. With the Democratic convention in town, an old-school candy maker is peddling some with a political bent. Think lollipop meets Mount Rushmore.

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Movies

From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

Movie heroes are fine. But let's be real — it's usually the bad guys we find most compelling.

From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

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Scientists using a high-resolution X-ray technique found that this bone belonging to a hominin, an ancient, extinct relative of modern humans, has a malignant tumor. Patrick Randolph-Quinney (UCLan) hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Ancient Bone Shows Evidence Of Cancer In Human Ancestor

At about 1.6 million years old, the bone is the oldest known example of a malignant tumor in a human ancestor, and reinforces what scientists already knew: that cancer isn't a modern scourge.

Smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo, Syria, in 2012. Russia and the Syrian government say they will open humanitarian corridors in Aleppo and offer a way out for opposition fighters wanting to lay down their arms, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday. Manu Brabo/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Russia, Syria Pledge 'Humanitarian Corridors' Out Of Rebel-Held Parts Of Aleppo

They also say they'll grant amnesty to fighters who lay down their weapons. But big questions remain. One civilian resident told NPR he tried to use one of the corridors but feared ongoing shelling.