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After Ruling In Hinckley Case, States Tightened Use Of The Insanity Plea

Defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity, like the man who shot President Reagan, are sent to mental health institutions. Those who are found guilty go to prison, where they receive lower quality mental health care — if they get it at all, psychiatrists say.

Women often save up questions for an annual office visit that they think don't warrant a sick visit to the doctor during the year, research finds. Tim Pannell/Fuse/Getty Images hide caption

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What Women Need In A Checkup: Test Less, Talk More

Some tests that used to be part of an annual physical are no longer recommended. Others can be done less often. Still, seeing your doctor regularly for a face-to-face chat may help your health.

A typical Native American oyster deposit, or midden, dating to about 1,000 years ago. Archaeologists are finding clues to sustainable oysters harvesting in these remains. Torben Rick/Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

Kidlington is home to a number of 17th century cottages near its medieval church. This is the most historic part of the village, but it's not where the tourists went. Instead, tour buses dropped them off in a residential area built in the 1960s and 1970s. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Why Did Busloads Of Asian Tourists Suddenly Arrive In This English Village?

Residents of Kidlington awoke one morning to find hundreds of foreign tourists snapping photos on their front lawns. For six weeks, the visitors continued to come by the busload. Then they vanished.

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In 2004 Reid Brewer of the University of Alaska Southeast measured an unusual beaked whale that turned up dead in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. A tissue sample from the carcass later showed that the whale was one of the newly identified species. Don Graves hide caption

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Mysterious And Known As The 'Raven': Scientists Identify New Whale Species

"There have been a lot of people out there surveying whales for a long time, and never come across this," a researcher says. But Japanese fishermen have told stories about this dark whale for years.

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Kaine En Español: Pandering Or A Symbol Of Understanding For Latinos?

"Speaking Spanish doesn't mean that he understands the issues," one DNC attendee said. Others Latinos say his language ability reveals a deeper ability to understand issues important to them.

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David Bald Eagle, Lakota Chief, Musician, Cowboy And Actor, Dies At 97

He was also a war hero and a ballroom dancer — Bald Eagle's life is hard to fit in a headline. He parachuted into enemy gunfire at Normandy, acted in Westerns and starred in his first feature film at the age of 95.

Once scientists grew these Staphylococcus lugdunensis bacteria in a lab dish, they were able to isolate a compound that's lethal to another strain commonly found in the nose that can make us sick — Staphylococcus aureus. Mostly Harmless/Flickr hide caption

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'Nose-y' Bacteria Could Yield A New Way To Fight Infection

The search for lifesaving antibiotics is on. Scientists have turned up one promising candidate in an unlikely place — the human nose.

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Environment

Visitors To A Shrinking Alaskan Glacier Get A Lesson On Climate Change

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On a busy day, thousands of tourists visit the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. The U.S. Forest Service wants those people to take in the dramatic views but also consider why the glacier is receding.

Visitors To A Shrinking Alaskan Glacier Get A Lesson On Climate Change

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Zafer Aknar is the longtime editor of the Turkish satirical magazine Leman. A printed edition about the failed coup attempt was prevented from distribution last week by Turkish authorities. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

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Despite Turkey's Crackdown, Some Critics Are Still Speaking Out

Most critics are silent these days, but a few are voicing opposition to the widespread arrests and workplace dismissals. They say this is just an acceleration of the government's existing policy.

Despite Turkey's Crackdown, Some Critics Are Still Speaking Out

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