Afghan commandos move through a smokescreen during a training exercise at Camp Commando on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Parallels

With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

With fighting expected to pick up this spring, Afghanistan's security is heavily dependent on elite forces like the commandos. NPR's Tom Bowman profiles the top enlisted man.

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Shots - Health News

Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

Excess fluoride consumption is leading to tiny white marks on many people's teeth. It's mainly a cosmetic problem, but one that could be solved by lowering the fluoride in drinking water.

Migrants crowd an inflatable dinghy as members of the Italian coast guard approach them off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea on April 22. Alessandro Di Meo/AP hide caption

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Parallels

For Europe-Bound Migrants, Desperation Outweighs Risks

At a charity center in Sicily, survivors of the dangerous sea crossings from Libya to Italy face legal and economic limbo and a frosty welcome. But it's still better than the places they fled.