U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim hold a news conference after meeting Aug. 24 in Ankara, Turkey. While the U.S. and Turkey are close allies, they've been at odds on a number of issues, and the meeting was designed to improve the atmosphere. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nation Engaged

In A Time Of Middle East Conflict, What Is The Role Of U.S. Diplomacy?

The focus has often been on U.S. military action in the Middle East. But diplomacy is also critical. Here is a look at one of America's most important and complicated relationships in the region.

In A Time Of Middle East Conflict, What's The Role Of U.S. Diplomacy?

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Bacteriophages, in red, look like tiny aliens, with big heads and skinny bodies. They use their "legs" to stick to and infect a bacterial cell, in blue. Biophoto Associates/Science Source hide caption

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Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health

Think of it as a gift within a gift. Some beneficial gut bacteria contain viruses called "bacteriophages." And some of these phages now have been associated with good intestinal health in humans.

Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health

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Artist Noah Davis founded The Underground Museum to bring world-class art — for free --€” to a neighborhood in Los Angeles. He was just 32 years old when he died from cancer in 2015. Ed Templeton/The Underground Museum hide caption

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Fine Art

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

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When a person places a finger in the slot on the left, the robot uses an algorithm — unpredictable even to its creator — to decide whether to prick the finger with the pin on the end of its arm. Alexander Reben hide caption

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All Tech Considered

A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.

A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

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The original (P)irate Joe's was once a Romanian bakery. Then it became "Transilvania Trading," the mysteriously labeled storefront where Marty Hallatt sold Trader Joe's items to people who were in on the secret. After Trader Joe's started objecting, Hallatt rebranded as Pirate Joe's. _irate Joe's hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Arrgh: Pirate Joe's And Trader Joe's Are Once Again Locked In Legal Battle

The Canadian reseller of Trader Joe's goods was sued by the grocery chain in 2013; a U.S. district court dismissed the case. But an appellate court found that Trader Joe's had a legitimate suit.

The lightning storm killed 323 reindeer on the Hardangervidda plateau in central Norway. The government estimates that about 2,000 reindeer live in the area. Havard Kjontvedt/Norwegian Nature Inspectorate hide caption

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323 Reindeer Killed In Lightning Storm In Norway

The reindeer died on a mountain plateau in central Norway. "I don't remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before," says a Norwegian environmental official.

Mylan, the maker of EpiPen allergy shots, says it will sell a generic version for $300, a price that consumer advocates say is still too high. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Maker Of EpiPen To Sell Generic Version For Half The Price

Mylan's move comes amid pressure from consumers and Congress to lower the allergy drug's price. In less than 10 years, the price has risen from about $100 to more than $600 for an injector two-pack.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Ross was a fixture on PBS. The Joy of Painting invited viewers to watch over Ross' shoulder as he created small masterpieces in under 30 minutes. Bob Ross Inc. hide caption

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Arts & Life

The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

Don't be fooled by his mild PBS persona; the beloved painter was actually an exacting artist and businessman with — brace yourself — naturally straight hair.

The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

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Careful audits of a representative sampling of bills from 37 Medicare Advantage Programs in 2007 have revealed some consistent patterns in the way they overbill, a Center for Public Integrity investigation finds. Nick Shepherd/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Audits Of Some Medicare Advantage Plans Reveal Pervasive Overcharging

The Center for Public Integrity

Federal audits of 37 Medicare Advantage health plans cited 35 for overbilling the government. Many plans, for example, claimed patients with depression or diabetes were sicker than they actually were.

Researchers are recruiting volunteers to participate in a four-year study trial of cocoa extract. Half of the participants will take capsules containing about as much cocoa extract as you'd get from eating about 1,000 calories of dark chocolate. Dennis Gottlieb/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

Chocolate lovers may agree cocoa is the food of the gods, but how strong is the evidence that it boosts heart health? Researchers are recruiting for a new study aimed at answering this question.

A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

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Residents of Valdivia, Chile, look over wrecked buildings on May 31, 1960. AP hide caption

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Science

When The Biggest Earthquake Ever Recorded Hit Chile, It Rocked The World

In 1960, all of Chile shook violently for more than 10 minutes. That quake along the western coast of South America was so big it changed the way people see the world.

When The Biggest Earthquake Ever Recorded Hit Chile, It Rocked The World

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