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Cairo has lost more than half of its population in recent decades. Today, there are just under 3,000 people left. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved

There's a lot of talk about reviving small towns — especially in the rural Midwest, which Donald Trump carried easily. But many such towns, like Cairo, Ill., would see steep cuts in aid if the president's budget gains traction.

Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved

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Micah White, co-creator of the Occupy Wall Street movement, now lives in Nehalem, Ore., where he's active in local politics. "There are no big businesses here. These are all my neighbors. You can't block traffic," he says. Trav Williams hide caption

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Politics

Message To 'Resistors' From Occupy Co-Creator: Stop Protesting. Run For Office

Micah White helped spark the Occupy Wall Street protests that spread worldwide. The activist and writer now says street protest is futile. Progressives, he says, should go rural and run for office.

Message To 'Resistors' From Occupy Co-Creator: Stop Protesting. Run For Office

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Tirsha Lizotte, a room attendant at the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, tidies a second floor room in March 2015. Establishments like the Meadowmere (pictured) and the Beachmere Inn hire many foreign workers in positions like Trisha's over the course of the summer through the H-2B visa program. Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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With Fewer Available H-2B Visas, Employers Struggle To Find Seasonal Workers

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The number of H-2B visas available to foreigners seeking work in the U.S. is down from last year. A Maine hotel owner is among those worried about finding enough workers to stay open over the summer.

With Fewer Available H-2B Visas, Employers Struggle To Find Seasonal Workers

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A viral image last week claimed 14 girls of color went missing in 24 hours in D.C. — though police say that's untrue. But the facts are startling, with very real consequences. Metropolitan PD, Washington DC hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

D.C.'s Missing Teens: A False Number That Spurred A Real Conversation On Race

A viral image last week claimed 14 girls of color went missing in 24 hours in Washington — though police say that's untrue. But the facts are startling, with very real consequences.

Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Joshua Holt, who has been jailed in Venezuela, at her home in Riverton, Utah. "Eventually," she says, "he'll come home and we'll be able to go back to our normal lives. And I can stop crying every night." Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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For Utah Newlywed, An 'Egregious' Prison Stint In Venezuela

Joshua Holt, a Mormon missionary and former Eagle Scout, was settling down with his new wife and family last year when he was arrested in an anti-gang operation. He's been in jail since. The U.S. has called for his release on humanitarian grounds.

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Attorney General Threatens To Withhold Funds From 'Sanctuary Cities'

Jeff Sessions said that in order to receive federal funds, state and local jurisdictions must certify they are complying with federal immigration laws. The Justice Department's order to withhold $4.1 billion in federal grants could affect major cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

The "We Are Not This" slogan is posted at the entrances to Bull McCabe's Irish Pub in May 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. The sign is protesting a law that has been in place for a year now; the AP estimates it will cost the state some $3.7 billion in business over 12 years. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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AP Calculates North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Will Cost More Than $3.7B

The Associated Press tallied up business lost because of the controversial law, based on interviews and public records. The AP says its estimate of $3.76 billion over 12 years is probably low.

Wang Fei, 35, from southwest China's Chongqing region, drove cars for Didi Chuxing, China's main ride-hailing service, from last July until January, when new local rules banned out-of-town cars and drivers, and Didi cut bonuses to drivers. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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All Tech Considered

In China, Like In The U.S., The Fight Over Ride Hailing Is Local

Until recently, migrant workers, lured by bonuses, drove for China's largest Uber-like service. But some local governments banned out-of-town drivers, apparently to protect local jobs and curb growth.

In China, Like In The U.S., The Fight Over Ride Hailing Is Local

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Inmates from the Eastern Correctional Facility listen as professor Delia Mellis leads a class on the Cold War. More than 300 students are enrolled in the Bard Prison Initiative each semester, within a curriculum that offers over 60 courses. Cameron Robert/NPR hide caption

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College Classes In Maximum Security: 'It Gives You Meaning'

A privately funded program provides higher education to about 300 students in New York state prisons. Graduates are less likely to get in legal trouble after prison, but getting hired is a challenge.

Large German bank KfW says it quickly recovered money it had mistakenly sent to four other banks. Here, one of its Berlin offices is seen in a 2015 photo. ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

$5 Billion Error Made By Bank Once Derided As 'Germany's Dumbest'

It's not the first stumble for state-owned KfW, which mistakenly sent hundreds of millions of dollars to Lehman Brothers on the day it went bankrupt.

The United Airlines terminal is viewed at Newark Liberty Airport on July 8, 2015 in Newark, N.J. The airline was criticized on Sunday for enforcing its buddy pass dress code, barring from the plane two girls in their early teens who were wearing leggings. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Outrage, Explanations After United Turns Away Girls From Flight For Wearing Leggings

A woman live-tweeted in disbelief on Sunday as two young girls were turned away for wearing leggings. Why? United, like many airlines, has an enforced dress code for people flying on "buddy passes."