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The U.S. will face its first major test in the Women's World Cup Thursday, as it plays Sweden in the final match of the group stage. U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe is seen here during the U.S. game against Thailand. Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Women's World Cup: USA Takes On Sweden In A Game That Means Little — And Everything

Sweden dealt the U.S. a painful loss at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The U.S. squad has spent the past three years working on new strategies to win this time.

Carla Johnson reads one of many condemned notices in the city of Newburgh, N.Y., where tenants say they need universal rent control to force landlords to maintain apartments. Charles Lane/WSHU hide caption

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NYC's Controversial Rent-Control Measure Could Spread To The Rest Of The State

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As tenants embrace protections in New York state's new rent-control measures, critics worry it will chase landlords out of the business and degrade rental housing.

NYC's Controversial Rent-Control Measure Could Spread To The Rest Of The State

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Former Interpol President Meng Hongwei, pictured at an Interpol conference in 2016, pleaded guilty to bribery charges on Thursday, according to Chinese state-run media. Du Yu/Associated Press hide caption

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Former Interpol President Pleads Guilty To Bribery In Chinese Court

First he vanished after sending his wife a knife emoji. Then Chinese officials announced Meng Hongwei had been detained on bribery charges. Now, state-run media says he's admitted guilt.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker should apologize for suggesting he's insensitive to racial issues after recalling how he could put aside differences to work with segregationist lawmakers. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Defends Comments About Working With Segregationist Lawmakers

"You don't have to like the people, in terms of their views," Joe Biden said Wednesday night, as other Democratic candidates piled on criticism.

Director of the National Police General Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, projects a photograph taken of former Boston batter David Ortiz, second from right, on the night he was shot in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Officials say a gunman shot Ortiz after mistaking him for Sixto David Fernández, not pictured. Roberto Guzman/AP hide caption

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David Ortiz Shooting Is A Case Of Mistaken Identity, Dominican Officials Say

Officials say a poorly lit photograph led to a mix-up, resulting in the former Red Sox slugger getting shot instead of a friend who was the intended target.

Volunteers participate in a recent Healthy U leader training in Lander, Wyo. the program provides health skills training to people in rural areas. According to a recent poll, 26 percent of rural Americans said there has been a time in the past few years when they needed health care, but did not get it. Courtesy of Dominick Duhamel hide caption

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When There's No Doctor Nearby, Volunteers Help Rural Patients Manage Chronic Illness

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Many rural people live too far from a doctor to visit one regularly. In Wyoming, volunteers offer health skills trainings to help patients stay on top of chronic conditions.

When There's No Doctor Nearby, Volunteers Help Rural Patients Manage Chronic Illness

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Athletic Brewing Co. co-founders Bill Shufelt (right) and John Walker, here at the company's production plant in Stratford, Conn., have created a range of high-quality nonalcoholic beers to provide people more options when they're out socializing. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Craft Beers Without The Buzz: Brewing New Options For The 'Sober Curious'

More people are choosing to drink less, driven by growing concerns about health and wellness. But there haven't been many high-quality nonalcoholic beers available. Booming demand has forced a change.

Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray and Annie Devine, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party contestants for the state's seats, hold a telegram allowing them onto the House floor during debate. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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Wade In The Water: An Introduction

Produced in 1994 by NPR and the Smithsonian Institution, Wade in the Water is a 26-part documentary series detailing the history of American gospel music and its impact on soul, jazz and R&B.

A few of the great books that our listeners recommend for summer reading. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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Code Switch Book Club, Summer 2019

For this summer reading list, our listeners suggested a lot of great history, compelling fiction, a few memoirs — and Jane Austen, reimagined with brown people!

Code Switch Book Club, Summer 2019

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Secretary of the Army Mark Esper — seen in Ft. Bragg, N.C., in April — will now serve as acting secretary of defense, President Trump announced on Tuesday. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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Acting The Part: Trump Has A Pattern Of Filling Key Posts With Temporary Leaders

The latest acting secretary of defense, Mark Esper, will join an acting secretary of homeland security and other key officials serving without Senate confirmation in the Trump administration.

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