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Bones In Church Ruins Likely The Remains Of Early Jamestown's Elite

Scientists say remains of four men exhumed from what was once an Anglican church suggest they were well-nourished, "high-status" leaders in the early 17th century colony. And one was likely Catholic.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.

The Salt

Oceans Are A 'Wild West' Where Lawlessness And Impunity Rule

NPR's Audie Cornish spoke with Ian Urbina, investigative reporter for The New York Times, about his four-part series, The Outlaw Ocean. Urbina says the lack of rules contributes to ocean's dire state.

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Dana Bowerman's lifelong best friend Michelle Elliott holds a photograph of the two together. Bowerman is serving a nearly 20-year sentence for federal drug conspiracy charges. She was holding out hope for clemency for nonviolent drug offenders but it is unlikely that she will receive an early release date. Carrie Johnson/NPR hide caption

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