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Politics

Carson Defends Trump's Minority Outreach As Break From 'Traditional' Politics

Donald Trump has shifted his message to more actively court minority voters — including a recent meeting with black and Latino supporters. Ben Carson casts the new message as an effort to find solutions.

Carson Defends Trump's Minority Outreach As Break From 'Traditional' Politics

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Parallels - World News

Despite Early Optimism, German Companies Hire Few Refugees

More than a million asylum seekers arrived in Germany last year. After three months, they are allowed to work. The CEO of Daimler predicted a new "economic miracle." But it hasn't happened.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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The Salt

Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.

Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

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Television

First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys

Cuba Gooding Jr., Rami Malek and Constance Zimmer all have one thing in common: this year is the first time each has been nominated for an Emmy. Their nominations hint at deeper changes in television.

First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys

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This illustration depicts a yellow fever victim in a Jefferson Street home in Memphis. It's from a series of images entitled "The Great Yellow Fever Scourge — Incidents Of Its Horrors In The Most Fatal District Of The Southern States." Bettmann Archive hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Yellow Fever Timeline: The History Of A Long Misunderstood Disease

An outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo has raised concerns about the infamous and fearsome disease — once a scourge of the U.S., Panama and Spain.

On display at ZooAve Animal Rescue in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Grecia, the chestnut-mandibled toucan, can now eat on its own and sing with the new beak. Grecia was in rehabilitation for months after receiving a 3-D-printed nylon prosthesis. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse

After the famous toucan received a prosthetic replacement, its story has helped spark a national movement against harming animals in Costa Rica, where a new anti-abuse bill is also gaining traction.

After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse

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