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What To Know About The Independence Referendum In Iraqi Kurdistan

In a referendum scheduled for Monday, Kurds are expected to vote in favor of separating from Iraq. International opposition to the referendum is overwhelming.

What To Know About The Independence Referendum In Iraqi Kurdistan

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Some people seeking Medicare penalty waivers have experienced delays at Social Security Administration offices like this one in San Francisco, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Advocates Say Seniors With Obamacare Need More Time To Switch To Medicare

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Although the government temporarily waived penalties for certain late enrollees to Medicare, the deal ends Sept. 30, which may not be enough time for many to comply.

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that comes out of cow belches and farts and ends up in the atmosphere. Charlie Litchfield/AP hide caption

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Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that ends up in the atmosphere.

Left to right: Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name; Jason Mitchell in Mudbound; Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes; and Idris Elba in Molly's Game. 61st BFI London Film Festival/ Steve Dietl, 61st BFI London Film Festival/ Melinda Sue Gordon, 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/ Courtesy of TIFF hide caption

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NPR's Fall Movie Preview: 16 New Films To Look Forward To

As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Here are some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.

NPR's Movie Preview: 16 New Films To Watch This Fall

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A conservative student group at the University of California, Berkeley, and far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos (shown here in New York) are planning to host an event they're calling "Free Speech Week" starting on Sunday. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Why A Potential 'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Is Causing A Stir

Organized by a conservative student publication and right-wing activist Milo Yiannopoulos, the event is a response to what they see as university efforts to shut down conservative speakers on campus.

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How An Air Traveler With Autism Found Strength In A Stranger's Kindness

Russell Lehmann, who has autism, suffered a major meltdown at the airport in June. An airline employee saw him and tried to help. That "meant the world," Russell says, and changed his life.

How An Air Traveler With Autism Found Strength In A Stranger's Kindness

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David Crosby's latest album, Sky Trails, is out September 29. Henry Diltz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Sky Trails,' David Crosby Recounts His Regrets And Revelations

The revered folk-rock songwriter returns with his third solo album in four years, which meditates on past mistakes and personal growth.

On 'Sky Trails,' David Crosby Recounts His Regrets And Revelations

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Electricity poles and power lines toppled by Hurricane Maria are seen in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday. The storm left the island without electricity service, officials say. Carlos Giusti/AP hide caption

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'We've Never Gone Through This': Hurricane Maria Knocks Out Puerto Rico's Electricity

"We are without power, the whole island is without power," Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner, tells NPR.

'We've Never Gone Through This': Hurricane Maria Knocks Out Puerto Rico's Electricity

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Master P at VH1's Hip-Hop Honors: The '90s Game Changers this week, in attendance with his daughter, Cymphonique Miller, and son, Romeo. John Sciulli/Getty Images for VH1/Viacom hide caption

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How Master P Gamed The Music Industry And Laid A Path To Generational Wealth

When one of the biggest hip-hop moguls of all time asks you, "What's 5 percent of $100 million?" you'd better not stutter. He and son Romeo drop family jewels on their extended hip-hop hustle.

Master P and Romeo, Growing Up Hip Hop

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Acclaimed chef Sebastien Bras stands in the kitchen of his three-star restaurant Le Suquet, in Laguiole, France, on Thursday. This week he asked not to be included in the 2018 Michelin Guide. Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Three-Star Chef Asks Michelin Guide To Leave Him Out: 'I Will Be Able To Feel Free'

Sébastien Bras runs Le Suquet, a restaurant in southern France that first won its three stars in 1999. He cited the pressure of anonymous visits from the guide's inspectors two or three times a year.

Rescue personnel work at the scene of Enrique Rebsamen School, which collapsed when an earthquake struck on Tuesday. Reports said workers were looking for a trapped little girl but authorities now say it may be an adult. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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All Children Are Accounted For In Mexico City School, Official Says

A senior official says there is no missing child in the wreckage at the Enrique Rebsamen School, south of the capital, as was widely reported. But an adult may still be stuck in the rubble.

Earthquake Hits Mexican State Of Morelos Hard

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