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In Chaotic Iraq, ISIS Is Just One Challenge Among Many

The war against ISIS is hardly Iraq's only problem. Many factions are angling for power, sectarian differences abound and falling oil prices have left the economy in shambles.

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In Rio, The Samba Parade Goes On Despite A Wardrobe Malfunction

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro donned an elaborate, colorful costume to samba her way through Rio's Carnival parade competition — and recovered fast after forgetting to tie a crucial double knot.

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Fallout From Grand Jury Decision Energizes Abortion Rights Opponents

Abortion rights opponents want the district attorney in Houston to resign and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint a special prosecutor to again investigate and indict Planned Parenthood in Houston.

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Farm Contractors Balk At Obamacare Requirements KQED

The federal health law is putting farmers in a tough spot. Many contractors supplying workers have to offer health coverage. Insurance is costly and contractors worry about immigration fallout.

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Developers Arrested Over Building That Collapsed In Taiwan's Earthquake

So far, 39 of the 41 people who died from the quake were residents of the Golden Dragon apartment building in the city of Tainan.

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Watch: Republicans — Then And Now — Talking About Drug Addiction

In New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidates are using compassionate language when it comes to drug abuse. It's a marked change for a party that has advocated tough stances on the issue.

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Program Draws Line Between Authentic Japanese Food And Its Creative Cousins

In a world of Big Mac sushi and Cajun rolls, Japan is launching a new program to certify the 89,000 Japanese restaurants outside the country that uphold traditional washoku cuisine values.

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Beyonce's 'Formation' Is A Visual Anthem

Filmmaker and writer dream hampton says that Beyonce's provocative new video is "about a black future [where] we are imagining ourselves having power and magic."

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