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20 Years Ago, Mount Zion AME Was Set On Fire. Last Night, It Burned Again

In 1996, Bill Clinton spoke at the reopening ceremony of this historically black church. On Tuesday, Mount Zion became the latest in a wave of fires at black churches since the Charleston shooting.

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Shots - Health News

Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

In NPR's most recent poll, a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as lifelong lessons.

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U.S., Cuba Formally Resume Diplomatic Relations

The two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana. President Obama calls it a historic step forward after 50 years of hostilities.

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Vince Staples: 'My Job Is To Keep My Sanity'

The Long Beach, Calif., rapper made his debut album, Summertime '06, so that people who hear it will know how he felt then. "That's when we understood the power we had in fear," he says.

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Marta Elsie Leveron, 19, (left) and her brother Freddy David Leveron, 18, have not seen their father since he left El Savador to work in California in 1999. A new U.S. program allows families to reunite if one parent is a legal U.S. resident. The girl in the middle is Liliana Beatriz Leveron, 16, a cousin of the other two. Her parents are in the U.S. and she's seeking to reunite with them as well. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year, fleeing violence in Central America. This year the Obama administration hopes to forestall a new wave with a quiet new program.

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Shots - Health News

Buy A Meth House Unawares And Pay The Health Consequences WFIU

When meth is smoked, toxic chemicals are released into the air that can contribute to lasting health problems. An Indiana law requires disclosure but not mandatory testing.

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The 2 Goals That Gave The U.S. The Win Over Germany

There were a number of hero narratives around Tuesday night's takedown, which gives the U.S. a place in the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday.

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After Supreme Court Decision, What's Next For Gay Rights Groups?

Advocates concede it may be more challenging to rally public support and dollars for causes that may be less obvious or visceral than marriage.

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Toyota's Top Female Executive Resigns After Arrest

Julie Hamp was arrested June 18 for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country's narcotics laws. She has not been charged.

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NPR Ed

A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

Mindy Przeor founded an after-school program in Mesa, Ariz., to get elementary school kids up and running.

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As Panama's Economy Booms, So Do Concerns Over Debt And The Environment

Panama's economy, despite cooling in recent years, is still growing at astonishing rates compared to its neighbors. But environmental damage and huge government debt are part of the package.

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USA's 'Mr. Robot,' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

A flood of some 120 series, both new and returning, are coming to TV sets this summer. So, how to choose which ones to binge-watch by the pool? Our TV critic picks his four favorite new shows.

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Sweetness And Light

All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game may be less starry than usual this year because of Kansas City fans' campaign to get as many Royals players as possible into the game.

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