The peak of Meru has eluded some of the greatest climbers in the world. The Shark's Fin — a sheer wall of granite — is the central pillar in the formation. Jimmy Chin hide caption

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For 3 Climbers, Summiting Meru Was An 'Irresistible' Challenge

Meru is a 21,000-foot mountain in northern India. Some of the greatest climbers in the world have tried and failed to reach its peak — a sheer granite wall known as the Shark's Fin.

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The Salt

How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed)

Newly released emails from the American Egg Board reveal embarrassing details about its fight against the vegan product Just Mayo. Industry critics say the board's antics may have broken the law.

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The shelf of long-lasting birth control at Children's Hospital outside Denver. The clinic's director said having the devices on hand is crucial, so young women don't have to make a second visit. But that costs money. Scott Horsley/NPR hide caption

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It's All Politics

Colorado's Long-Lasting Birth Control Program For Teens May Not Last Long

Colorado's experiment with long-lasting birth control proved a big success in reducing unplanned pregnancies and abortions. But political backing has been hard to come by.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Image Of Dead Syrian Child Shakes Up Media Coverage Of Refugee Crisis

Photos of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned when his family was attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Greece, had many news outlets struggling with the decision to publish — or not publish.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Year After Surge, Fewer Unaccompanied Minors At Southern U.S. Border

Apprehensions "have declined almost as sharply in 2015 as they surged in 2014," says Marc Rosenblum of the Migration Policy Institute. Researchers say that's partly because of increased efforts by Mexico.

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Music Interviews

In A New Band Of Old Friends, Dan Auerbach Finds A Few Surprises

The Black Keys guitarist and sought-after producer discusses his new album with his band The Arcs. Titled Yours, Dreamily, it finds Auerbach working with some of his favorite past collaborators.

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It's All Politics

Ben Carson, The Other Republican Outsider On The Rise

The retired neurosurgeon has drawn big crowds in Iowa, and he's catching up with Donald Trump in the polls there. Like Trump, he has no background in elected office.

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The StingRay II is a cellular-site simulator used for surveillance purposes. Under a new Justice Department policy, federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology. AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

New Cellphone Surveillance Safeguards Imposed On Federal Law Enforcement

Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy.

Edgar Orea (right) addresses a group of same-sex marriage supporters outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday. Rowan County is set to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

In Kentucky, Long-Awaited Marriage Licenses Could Come Friday

After clerk Kim Davis was found in contempt of court, a federal judge ordered her jailed and then set about finding someone at the Rowan County Courthouse who is willing to issue marriage licenses.

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Officials cut off water to San Quentin State Prison in California to squelch an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Robert Galbraith/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Shots - Health News

What You Need To Know About Legionnaires' Disease

Three outbreaks around the country, including at California's San Quentin prison, have sickened dozens and killed 20. The disease doesn't spread among people. Instead, it's spread in warm water, like that in building cooling towers.

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The casket of Ethel Lance is carried to a hearse following her funeral service on June 25. Lance was one of nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What Is The Psychic Toll Of Gun Violence?

The likelihood that any one of us would be caught up in a mass shooting is low. But anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Is any one of us left unaffected by gun violence?

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Environment

California Considers Sweeping Proposals To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The state is often a step ahead of the status quo when it comes to environmental policy, and climate change is no exception. New legislation includes a plan to cut gasoline use in vehicles by half.

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