A doctor's mother loved medicines and their potential for miracles, but she always sought to ditch them the moment she felt better. Her mental health problems eventually overwhelmed her.
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Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house in Lower Lake, Calif., on Friday. More than 5,000 firefighters are now battling large blazes in the state; hundreds of residents are under evacuation orders in affected areas.
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Nine of the largest fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres each. A firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one large blaze in Northern California.
Refugees line up to apply for asylum at a reception center in Berlin. Figures released last week showed that about 180,000 asylum applications were filed in the first six months of 2015, more than twice as many as in the same period last year.
Germany has struggled with a record number of refugees, prompting calls for increased deportations. But German businesses see an opportunity in these newcomers to ease a shortage of skilled workers.
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Kira Grunberg, seen here competing last summer, was severely injured in a training accident this week. Doctors say she is now a paraplegic.
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Doctors say the fall has left Kira Grunberg, 21, a paraplegic — a development that shocked the sports world in Europe and brought offers of emotional and financial support.
Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller take the stage on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre.
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The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
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A crane goes to work on a foundation jacket installed by Deepwater Wind just off the coast of Block Island, R.I.
Rhode Island is trying to have more success than a similar project off the coast of Massachusetts. But some residents worry the farm will disrupt the ocean view.
Debris from an airplane that was found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been transported to France, where technicians will try to determine whether it is from a missing airliner, Flight MH370.
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After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."
Concerns about pollution in the waters around the city have prompted the group to take action ahead of next year's Olympic Games. Here, garbage crowds the banks of Guanabara Bay in Rio earlier this year.
The International Sailing Federation says the move is prompted by concerns over athletes' health and safety, after reports of raw sewage and trash in the water around Rio de Janeiro.
Middle school boys participate in the Minority Male Makers summer program at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
A summer program in Baltimore has black middle-schoolers coding, designing apps and altogether hooked on engineering.
Demonstrators protest the death of Michael Brown last summer in Ferguson, Mo.
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How do you curate a museum exhibit about the protests in Ferguson, Mo.? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open next fall.
Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.
What will cancer look like in the near future?
Cancer is merciless. It can strike any time, spread without warning and return unannounced. In this hour, TED speakers reframe not only how we treat cancer but how we can live with it and survive it.
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For Faded Gloryville, country artist Lindi Ortega's inspiration ranges wide — including Jeff Bridges' bruised character in the movie Crazy Heart.
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It's hard to believe a sound so country and Americana is coming out of Ontario. With her new album, singer Lindi Ortega finds inspiration in the music of performers who may be past their peaks.
This gargantuan beauty was built during the 1999 Delaware State News Sandcastle Contest. The castle was lost all too soon in a tragic high-tide incident.
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Famed architect Renzo Piano is best known for his massive skyscrapers and innovative designs. But the sandcastle enthusiast also has thoughts on how to plan a building that's a bit more ephemeral.
Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D.
Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
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Author Vu Tran's debut novel reflects his own experiences escaping Vietnam as a child. He tells NPR he was drawn to crime fiction as a way to dig into the sometimes-untold stories of immigrants.
Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word for more than 30 years.
For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.
Ramona Martinez is under no illusion that this selfie is a work of art.
Ramona Martinez is a production assistant at NPR who worked on an All Things Considered story earlier this week about the culture and meaning of selfies. She offers a selfie postscript.
Hillary Clinton listens to questions during a campaign stop on Tuesday in Nashua, N.H.
Lots of questions about coats, how to send better email and Clinton's attire, new batch of email reveals the often-mundane inner workings at the State Department.