A hospital bed is draped with a flag after a veteran died at the hospice ward at St. Albans VA in Queens, N.Y. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

As the generation that served in World War II and Korea grows older, the demand on the Department of Veterans Affairs for end-of-life care is growing with them. Now, the VA is trying new ways to help.

Waze's police reporting tool is one of several features in the app. Users can also share reports of traffic and construction in real time. Courtesy of Waze hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Officers Ask Map App To Remove Police-Tracking

In the aftermath of the shooting death of two NYPD officers, law enforcement officials are asking the popular navigation app Waze to remove a feature that allows users to see officers' locations.

Water samples at the Clean Water Services brewing competition last year used to compare their high-purity water to other local sources of water. /Courtesy of Clean Water Services hide caption

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The Salt

Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It? OPB

An Oregon company has developed a high-tech process for turning sewage into pure drinking water. Now it's asking the state for permission to give its recycled water to a group of home brewers.

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OPB

Coleen Schaefer (left) and Doni Sprague display a tiger pelt that was confiscated and is being stored at the National Eagle and Wildlife repository on the outskirts of Denver. Some 1.5 million items are being held at the facility. The Asia-Pacific Trade Pact, which is still under negotiation, would punish wildlife trafficking. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?

A proposed U.S.-Asia trade pact calls for incorporating the issue of wildlife trafficking. The goal is to slow the poaching of endangered animals such as elephants, tigers and rhinos.

Rhett Krawitt, 6, outside his school in Tiburon, Calif. Seven percent of the children in his school are not vaccinated. Courtesy of Carl Krawitt hide caption

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Shots - Health News

To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children KQED

A 6-year-old can't be vaccinated against measles because he is recovering from leukemia. He faces a higher risk because parents at his California school have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.

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The California Aqueduct carries water from the Sierra Nevada to Southern California. It is one of four aqueducts in the region that glide across the San Andreas fault. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Environment

Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake SCPR

As if the drought weren't bad enough, four of the area's aqueducts sit on the San Andreas Fault. Engineers are working to protect the water system against the next major earthquake.

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Miss Universe contestants congratulate fifth-place finisher Kaci Fennell of Jamaica. Many pageant watchers on social media argued that Fennell should have won. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Code Switch

Miss Colombia Wins Pageant; Miss Jamaica Wins Twitter?

Days later, bad feelings linger among the Miss Universe pageant viewers who believe that the wrong contestant won. Many watchers on social media say Miss Jamaica should be wearing the crown.

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