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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.
Jericho the lion (right), seen here fighting with Cecil last year, was the subject of competing stories Saturday, as groups in Zimbabwe disagreed over whether he had been killed.
Citing "huge disgust and sadness," a conservation group said the lion nicknamed Jericho had been killed Saturday. But a researcher in Zimbabwe says he doesn't believe it.
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A LEGO Brickumentary explores the enduring global appeal of the little plastic toys.
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A LEGO Brickumentary chronicles how children and adults alike use Legos for work, play and therapy. The documentary also explores the Lego Group's near demise — and meteoric return.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's story "Temperature" — which was found as an unpublished manuscript — appears in the new issue of The Strand Magazine.
The story, called "Temperature," had never been published and was presumed lost. Long after magazine editor Andrew Gulli began his search for the story, he finally found it — and put it in print.
In the spirit of transparency, here's a look at our process.
Chicago hip-hop superstar Chance the Rapper got his name because nobody believed a guy named Chancelor Bennett could rap. In an appearance on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, we see how well he can wrap.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.