"This is the best chance in a generation to reform our federal drug sentencing law," Sen. Richard Durbin (center) said Thursday. He and other lawmakers held a news conference about proposed criminal sentencing reform legislation. Al Drago/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption

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Politics

One Last Push In Congress To Change Punishment For Drug Crimes This Year

A bipartisan group of Senators is making one last push to overhaul the way drug criminals are punished before Capitol Hill shuts down this year.

Tracy Smith, 38, and her children Hazel, 8 and Finley, 5 at their home in Houston. Smith is pregnant with twins and says she's a little more worried than usual about the approach of mosquito season. Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media hide caption

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Shots - Health News

In Houston, Pregnant Women And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika

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Mosquitoes infected with Zika haven't turned up along the U.S. Gulf Coast yet, but could thrive in the region's sultry summer weather. Pregnant women and their doctors are already taking precautions.

In Houston, Pregnant Women And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika
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Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya (left) presents an employee with shares of the company on Tuesday at the Chobani plant in New Berlin, in upstate New York. Johannes Arlt hide caption

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The Salt

Why Chobani Gave Employees A Financial Stake In Company's Future

Workers at the yogurt-maker got a potential windfall when the company said it would give them shares that could be worth up to 10 percent of the firm. The move reflects a rising trend in employee ownership.

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Cybil Preston, chief apiary inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture, does a training runs with Mack: She sets up fake beehives and commands him to "find." He sniffs each of them to check for American foulbrood. If he detects the disease, he is trained to sit to notify Preston. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Keeping Bees Safe: It's A Ruff Job, But This Doggy Detective Gets It Done

Mack is the newest addition to the Maryland Department of Agriculture's apiary inspection team. He uses his superior sniffer to find hives infected with a contagious disease that kills bee colonies.

Jerrod Carmichael (shown with actress Amber Stevens West) says that the family debates on The Carmichael Show are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative," he explains. Chris Haston/NBC hide caption

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Television

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real

Fresh Air

Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative ... in a very healthy way," he says.

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real
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Chinese officials answer questions about a new law regulating overseas non-governmental organizations during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. The new law subjects NGOs to close police supervision. "We welcome and support all foreign NGOs to come to China to conduct friendly exchanges," one official said. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

China Passes Law Putting Foreign NGOs Under Stricter Police Control

China's legislature has passed a controversial law giving police sweeping powers to monitor and control foreign non-governmental organizations that operate in China.

China Passes Law Putting Foreign NGOs Under Stricter Police Control
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Randy Berry, the first U.S. special envoy for the rights of LGBTI persons, is shown at a gay pride rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last June. He says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide but recognizes the risks they face in many countries. A gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh was hacked to death this week. Courtesy U.S. State Department hide caption

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For State Department's LGBTI Envoy, Every Country Is A Different Challenge

Randy Berry says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide, but is also aware of risks they face. That was driven home with the killing of a gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh.

For State Department's LGBTI Envoy, Every Country Is A Different Challenge
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A British Airways plane departs London's Heathrow Airport in 2010. Earlier this month, a British Airways plane was hit by an unidentified object but landed safely at Heathrow. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Not A Drone After All? Unclear What Hit That British Airways Plane

The incident prompted calls for more drone regulation, but a U.K. lawmaker now says it probably was not a drone that struck the plane. And an investigation has ended because of a lack of evidence.

Robert Bates arrives for his arraignment at the Tulsa County Courthouse in Tulsa, Okla., on April 21, 2015. Bates has been convicted of second-degree manslaughter. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Ex-Reserve Deputy Who Confused Gun With Taser, Killing Suspect, Is Convicted

Robert Bates, a volunteer with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in Oklahoma, killed Eric Harris in a sting operation last year. The jury found him guilty of second-degree manslaughter.