Victoria, a two-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down a 10-meter [11-yard] line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Parallels

In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

An estimated 4 to 6 million land mines are scattered throughout Cambodia, one of the world's worst-affected places. Rats possessing an exceptional sense of smell are being trained to detect the mines.

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StoryCorps

Major Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.

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Politics

Are Donald Trump's Pockets Deep Enough To Fund His Campaign?

Trump says he's rich enough to pay for his own White House bid. But the billion-dollar-plus price tag might be tough, even for him.

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Black Lives Matter activists confronted Democratic candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders at a Netroots Nation event earlier this month. O'Malley used the phrase "all lives matter" twice, which he later apologized for. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Victoria, a two-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down a 10-meter [11-yard] line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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