Wal-Mart's Crime Problem Overwhelms Police Across U.S.

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Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future of 'Birth Of A Nation': Episode 14

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Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

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U.S. Panel Clears Chinese Company's Takeover Of Syngenta

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Berkeley, Calif., passed the nation's first soda tax in 2014. According to a new study, the tax has succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent. Robert Galbraith/Reuters hide caption

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Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

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NLRB Rules Student Assistants At Private Universities Are Employees

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Ian Bradley-Perrin (left) and fellow graduate student Olga Brudastova have been active in the campaign to unionize grad students who work as teaching and research assistants at Columbia University. Karen Matthews/AP hide caption

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The "Green Giant" mechanical tea harvester, one of only a few in the world, does the manual work of 500 people. Wayne's View Photography/Courtesy of Charleston Tea Plantation hide caption

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Chewing gum believed to have been masticated by the notorious gangster John Dillinger, now on display at the History of Pharmacy Museum in Tucson, Ariz. History of Pharmacy Museum hide caption

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Need A Fill Of Drugstore History? Try Tucson's Pharmacy Museum

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NBC's Bob Costas interviews the gold-medal winning U.S. gymnastics team in Rio on Aug. 9: Madison Kocian (from left), Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles. NBC broadcast more than 6,000 hours from the games on various platforms, but TV ratings were down from the 2012 London Games. NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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NBC Declares Rio A 'Media' Success, Though TV Ratings Were Down

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Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia says a pilot project using algorithms to check for racially charged terms has helped cut racial profiling posts by roughly 50 percent. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Social Network Nextdoor Moves To Block Racial Profiling Online

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This Lawson convenience store in Kowaguchi, Japan, sells a selection of prepared meals and fresh vegetables and meats, along with products aimed at the elderly. Many of the store's older customers find it hard to get to the supermarket, the store's manager says. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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Beyond Slurpees: Many Japanese Mini-Marts Now Cater To Elders

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Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum is made from cane grown, cut, distilled and rested on the premises of a 100-acre plantation in Richland, Ga. International awards and gold medals have poured in for this field-to-glass rum. Courtesy of Richland Rum hide caption

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Rental Car Companies Face Challenges In Age Of Ride-Sharing Services

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Juno CEO Talmon Marco talks with driver Fara Louis Jeune. The company recruited drivers by looking at Uber cars with the highest ratings. Juno hide caption

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Uber Competitor In NYC Promises Drivers Benefits, Even Employee Status

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Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 200-meter individual medley final at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 11. A couple of days later, he reported he had been robbed at a local gas station — a story that turned out to be false. Now Speedo, one of his major sponsors, says it's dropping him. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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At Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., riders of the New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster wear VR goggles to play a video game while the roller coaster twists and turns. Courtesy of Six Flags hide caption

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On Six Flags' Virtual Reality Coaster, The Ride Is Just Half The Thrill

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Amber Lakin (front) and colleague Julia Porras work at Central City Concern, an organization that does outreach and job training to combat homelessness and addiction in Portland, Ore. Lakin went through the welfare system and now works with Central City Coffee, an offshoot of the main organization, which uses coffee roasting/packaging as a job training space. Leah Nash for NPR hide caption

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20 Years Since Welfare's Overhaul, Results Are Mixed

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