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In one study, participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time. They also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day. Jenny Dettrick/Getty Images hide caption

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Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

The late Aaron Hernandez, #81 of the New England Patriots, lost his helmet during this play against the New York Jets in 2011. Hernandez killed himself in 2017, and after death his brain was studied; based on the pathology report, researchers said he'd had one of the most severe cases of CTE ever seen in someone his age. Elsa/Getty Images hide caption

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Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

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Abdullah Shrim, a former beekeeper, is credited with rescuing more than 300 Yazidi women and children held captive by ISIS. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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This Man Has Freed Hundreds Of Yazidis Captured By ISIS. Thousands Remain Missing

His phone rarely stops ringing. Most calls and messages are from other Yazidis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, asking for help to find their relatives. Others are from people threatening to kill him.

This Man Has Freed Hundreds Of Yazidis Captured By ISIS. Thousands Remain Missing

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This map shows Earth's average global temperature from 2013 to 2017, as compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980, according to an analysis by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Yellows, oranges, and reds show regions warmer than the baseline. NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio hide caption

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2017 Among Warmest Years On Record

The planet's global surface temperature last year was second warmest since 1880, NASA says. And scientists say the five warmest years on record have been since 2010.

Wes Studi, pictured here in 2014, says he got into acting through community theater. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney hide caption

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Wes Studi On His Cherokee Nation Childhood And How He Discovered Acting

Studi says he was a Vietnam veteran looking for a rush when he got into community theater and "rediscovered that huge wall of fear." He plays a Cheyenne chief in the new film Hostiles.

Wes Studi On His Cherokee Nation Childhood And How He Discovered Acting

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First Listen: Dream Wife, 'Dream Wife'

On its debut album, the London-based punk band combines sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance.

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An Agni-V, the style of intercontinental ballistic missile fired Thursday, is displayed at a Republic Day parade in New Delhi in 2013. Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India Tests Long-Range Missile, Lauding 'Major Boost' To Military Capability

The intercontinental ballistic missile has a range of some 3,100 miles. Its launch Thursday comes at a particularly fraught time in India's relationship with neighbors Pakistan and China.

Hugh Wilson arrives at a WKRP In Cincinnati Reunion at The Paley Center for Media on June 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wilson, who created the sitcom, has died at 74. Joe Scarnici/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Director Hugh Wilson, Creator Of 'WKRP In Cincinnati,' Dies At 74

Wilson also worked in movies, directing the first Police Academy as well as Guarding Tess and The First Wives Club. Wilson had lung cancer and emphysema.

An NPR investigation finds that people with intellectual disabilities suffer one of the highest rates of sexual assault — and that compared to other rape victims, they are even more likely to be assaulted by someone they know. Cornelia Li for NPR hide caption

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From The Frontlines Of A Sexual Assault Epidemic: 2 Therapists Share Stories

Two psychologists both have a rare specialty: counseling sexual assault survivors who have intellectual disabilities. The stories of sexual violence in their clients' lives have striking similarities.

From The Frontlines Of A Sexual Assault Epidemic: 2 Therapists Share Stories

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President Trump listens to President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan during a joint press conference in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Majority Of Americans See Trump's First Year As A Failure

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey finds Americans believe Trump has divided the nation in his first year as president. But people who backed him in 2016 continue to be firmly behind him.

Majority Of Americans See Trump's First Year As A Failure

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An unidentified U.S. soldier rides horseback, carrying a dead goat, as part of the traditional game of buzkashi near Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, in December 2001. A small team of U.S. forces on horses worked with Afghan rebels to defeat the Taliban in northern Afghanistan just a month earlier. Those exploits are the focus of a new film out this week, 12 Strong. Maxim Marmur /AP hide caption

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'12 Strong': When The Afghan War Looked Like A Quick, Stirring Victory

Many Americans may be weary of the war in Afghanistan. But a new movie is betting big on the true story of Green Berets on horseback who made the early days of the fight look deceptively easy.

This March 29, 2017, photo obtained by The Associated Press, shows Robert Murray of Murray Energy, right, meeting with Energy Secretary Rick Perry at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington. Simon Edelman/AP hide caption

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Photographer Says He Lost His Job After Leaking Pictures Of Rick Perry And Coal CEO

Former Department of Energy photographer Simon Edelman is filing a federal whistleblower suit after he leaked the photos of a private meeting between the energy secretary and Robert Murray.

China's manufacturing sector helped boost the country's GDP, in statistics released on Thursday. Here, a worker at a Ford manufacturing plant uses a laptop next to a car body on an assembly line in Chongqing. Shi Tou/Reuters hide caption

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China Reports Its Fastest Economic Growth In 7 Years

China's economy, the second-largest in the world, grew by 6.9 percent in 2017. It's the first time since 2010 that the speed of China's economic growth went up rather than edging down.