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In Bolivia, Striking Miners Kidnap And Kill High-Level Minister

The country's deputy interior minister was on his way to talk with the miners about their demands. Officials say he was seized Thursday and then beaten to death.

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Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika

The organization is going door to door in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The goal: Reach 25,000 households in six weeks with information about Zika prevention and family planning services.

Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika

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The Salt

America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.

America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

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Teaching Medical Teamwork Right From The Start

Kaiser Health News

Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic are collaborating to better integrate the training of student doctors, dentists, nurses and social workers. One goal: Reduce medical errors.

Teaching Medical Teamwork Right From The Start

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Cursive Law Writes New Chapter For Handwriting In Alabama's Schools

Troy Public Radio

Schools in Alabama were already required to teach cursive writing, but a new law now requires schools to provide cursive instruction by the end of the third grade, and report proficiency levels.

Cursive Law Writes New Chapter For Handwriting In Alabama's Schools

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When The Family Business Is Keeping Cool, It Pays To Be Warm With People

More than six decades since Frank Mutz's grandfather started in the air conditioning business, Frank runs the same company with his children. They've also passed down common sense and personal warmth.

When The Family Business Is Keeping Cool, It Pays To Be Warm With People

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "

At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

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Volkswagen Has Tentative Deal To Compensate U.S. Dealers In Emissions Scandal

The negotiations follow VW's installation of software in its diesel vehicles that cheated on pollution tests. The dealers' sales plummeted on the news. VW will give them cash payments under the deal.

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Goats and Soda

New Virus Breaks The Rules Of Infection

A virus is generally like a little ball with a few genes. Now scientists have found one that's broken up into five little balls — as if it were dismembered.

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Pop Culture

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

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Around the Nation

Cleanup Crews Roll Through Baton Rouge After Louisiana Flooding

In flood-ravaged Louisiana, a cleanup contractor that specializes in disaster recovery operations helps Baton Rouge clean up debris. Cleanup crews say the destruction is much worse than reported.

Cleanup Crews Roll Through Baton Rouge After Louisiana Flooding

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In 1959, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time by an all-Chinese orchestra and sung in Mandarin. Courtesy of China National Symphony Orchecstra hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

The composer's music and life story are deeply woven into China's cultural, social and political fabric, inspiring revolution and providing comfort.

Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

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