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Politics

The Supreme Court: A Winning Issue In The Presidential Campaign?

It's been eight months since Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the Supreme Court short-handed and its future up for grabs in the presidential race.

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Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

Wednesday night's aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution so the green glow would be more visible to people in the capital.

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WATCH: Wells Fargo CEO Face House Panel Over Fake Accounts

Questions for John Stumpf include one about his sale of $13 million in stock, which Rep. Carolyn Maloney called "by far the largest open-market sale of Wells Fargo stock" in the CEO's tenure.

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All Tech Considered

Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90 and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos yet.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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Television

In 'You're The Worst,' Even The Most Flawed Characters Find Love

Fresh Air

Producer Stephen Falk and actress Aya Cash discuss their FXX series about two self-centered people who fall in love. The characters are "stand-ins for the dark parts of all of us," Falk says.

In 'You're The Worst,' Even The Most Flawed Characters Find Love

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'This Is A Life': Hundreds Protest Shooting Of Unarmed Man In El Cajon, Calif.

Police took nearly an hour to respond to a 911 call from a woman who said her mentally ill brother was acting erratically. About a minute after officers arrived on Tuesday, one shot and killed him.

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NPR Ed

They're Creepy And They're Kooky — And Tops Among High School Plays

The Addams Family, Mary Poppins and Almost, Maine top Dramatics magazine's high school theater rankings for the 2015-2016 school year. The magazine has been publishing its list since 1938.

Lucas Siqueira identified himself as mixed race on his application for a job at Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The government decided he wasn't, and his case is still on hold. As part of the affirmative action program in Brazil, state governments have now set up boards to racially classify job applicants. Courtesy of Lucas Siqueira hide caption

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Parallels - World News

For Affirmative Action, Brazil Sets Up Controversial Boards To Determine Race

A quota system for public universities and government jobs was meant to increase the number of Afro-Brazilians. But it has been abused, and now a committee will decide an applicant's race.

For Affirmative Action, Brazil Sets Up Controversial Boards To Determine Race

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First Listen

Preview The New Album From Shovels & Rope, 'Little Seeds'

Parenthood gives the husband-and-wife Americana duo the will to rock on an album that's informed by both birth and death.

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Shots - Health News

Flawed Research Tool Leads To Faulty Medical Findings

Just as natural antibodies help your body find and fight microbial invaders, tailored research antibodies let scientists target and study cancer cells. But too many are poorly made, scientists say.

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The Salt

'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.

'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

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U.S.

Seattle Swings Between Hounding The Homeless And Leaving Them Alone

Some West Coast cities have declared emergencies over the boom in homelessness. But debates have broken out over how much tolerance should be given to illegal camps in public spaces.

Seattle Swings Between Hounding The Homeless And Leaving Them Alone

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