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Staff at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores turned off a 30-foot waterfall and collected all the coins visitors had thrown into the water while making wishes. After cleaning them off, they'll put the money toward the aquarium's expenses. Liz Baird/Courtesy of NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores hide caption

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Aquarium Is Washing Old Wishes To Pay Bills During Pandemic

No coin shortage here: While it's closed for the pandemic, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has drained a 30-foot waterfall and cleaned off 100 gallons of pocket change.

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The Most Important Mail You'll Ever Send: A Ballot

If you're planning on voting this fall — which you should be — you can probably mail in your ballot instead of voting in person. Here's how to do that.

The Most Important Mail You'll Ever Send: A Ballot

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Contact tracer Kandice Childress (right) works at a Harris County Public Health contact tracing facility in June in Houston. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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California And Texas Health Officials: Mistrust A Major Hurdle For Contact Tracers

In Harris County, Texas, about 25% of people are "absolutely unwilling to share anything," says a local health department epidemiologist. Misinformation is one reason for the mistrust, officials say.

California And Texas Health Officials: Mistrust A Major Hurdle For Contact Tracers

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Officials at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga have suspended in-person learning for at least two days following a cluster of virus cases was discovered at the school. Above a crowd of students packs a hallway on Aug. 4. Twitter via AP hide caption

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Coronavirus Outbreak Reported At Georgia School After Classes Resume

North Paulding High School made headlines when images of crowded hallways were posted on social media. The school is now switching to virtual learning for at least two days.

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3 Alternate Numbers To Understand The Roller Coaster Economy (Scream Inside Only)

The economy has followed a wholly unusual trajectory during the pandemic. It hasn't followed a recession and recovery cycle, where a big decline over a year or longer is followed by a slow and steady upswing to the norm.

Roller Coaster Economy (Scream Inside Only)

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"You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America," one of President Trump's campaign ads argued. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Arizona Focus Group Sees Trump's Crime Attack On Biden As 'Far From Reality'

A unique NPR/Marist focus group of Phoenix-area voters weighs in on President Trump's campaign messages, and his handling of the pandemic and race relations.

Arizona Focus Group Sees Trump's Crime Attack On Biden As 'Far From Reality'

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Royal Reporters Chart Harry And Meghan's Journey In 'Finding Freedom'

Royal beat reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have written a sympathetic new book on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.

Royal Reporters Chart Harry And Meghan's Journey In 'Finding Freedom'

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Parasites play crucial roles in keeping ecosystems healthy, as does this larval trypanorhynch tapeworm, which infects fish. Chelsea Wood hide caption

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Save The Whales. Save The Tigers. Save The Tapeworms?

Scientists say parasites are important parts of ecosystems, but many are at risk of extinction. So, they're calling for a parasite conservation movement.

Save The Whales. Save The Tigers. Save The Tapeworms?

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