N.J. Gov. Chris Christie acknowledges supporters as he formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J., on Tuesday. Brendan McDermid/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Declares Candidacy For President

Declaring "America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness" in the White House, the Republican said he is ready "to fight for the people of the United States of America." He made the announcement at his high school alma mater, where he had been class president.

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With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race

Runners have a 30-hour cutoff in which to finish the Western States Endurance Run. Rob Krar won the race in 14:48:59, but the loudest cheers were reserved for Gunhild Swanson who clocked 29:59:54.

Siri's answer to the brain-teaser question "What's zero divided by zero" generates a response that people find both funny and unnerving. NPR hide caption

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Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Siri's elaborate reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance.

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Supreme Court Reprieve Lets 10 Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open For Now KUHF

The clinics can stay open while lawyers ask the court for a full review of the law. If they had closed, some women would have faced round trips of 300 miles or more to get an abortion.

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NPR's Frank Langfitt has been offering free taxi rides around Shanghai to talk to ordinary Chinese. He drives a Camry around the city, but rented a van for a trip 500 miles outside the city earlier this year. He recently decided to buy a car, which can be a complicated process in China. Yang Zhuo for NPR hide caption

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Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?

NPR's Frank Langfitt has been giving free taxi rides around Shanghai to learn about the lives of ordinary Chinese. He's decided to stop renting a car and buy one. That's when he met Beer Horse.

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Overriding Anatomy: Calif. Law Considers Gender Identity After Death KQED

When Christopher Lee died in 2012, his friends told the coroner that he was transgender. His death certificate nevertheless listed him as female. "It felt like spitting on his grave," one friend remembers. So she set out to change the law.

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President Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Monday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

Two years ago, President Dilma Rousseff canceled a planned state visit after discovering the U.S. was spying on Brazil. Since that time, her popularity has nosedived and so too has Brazil's economy.

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10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Hear a summery selection of tracks that some of our favorite public-radio hosts loved this month, including music from BØRNS, Django Django and Somi.

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