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Every Day, Tons Of Viruses Are Swept Into The Sky And Fall Back Down To Earth

For the first time, scientists measured the quantity of viruses that are swept into the Earth's atmosphere and then fall back down. The study explains why similar viruses are spread across the globe.

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Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Is Already Happening, Immigrant Rights Advocates Say

Muslim immigration to the U.S. is down sharply in the past year. The Supreme Court is weighing the legality of the president's travel ban this week.

Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Is Already Happening, Immigrant Rights Advocates Say

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In Intense Arguments, Supreme Court Appears Ready To Side With Trump On Travel Ban

The court's conservatives were clearly leaning in the government's favor Wednesday in the long-anticipated travel ban case. It would be a big win for one of the pillars of the president's politics.

On Tuesday, California State University, Fresno, announced that no disciplinary action would be taken against Randa Jarrar, pictured last year, over her controversial tweets about Barbara Bush. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Professor Who Called Barbara Bush An 'Amazing Racist' Will Keep Her Job

It came down to freedom of speech, according to Fresno State President Joseph Castro. He noted Randa Jarrar made the remarks in a "private capacity," even as he called her conduct an embarrassment.

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U.S. Negotiator's Plan For Iran Nuclear Deal: Tweak, Don't Delete

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Brian Hook, the U.S. diplomat who is leading negotiations with the Europeans over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to make it more palatable to the Trump administration.

U.S. Negotiator's Plan For Iran Nuclear Deal: Tweak, Don't Delete

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White House: VA Nominee 'Deserves A Fair Hearing' As Senators Weigh Allegations

The president met Tuesday with Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, a White House official confirmed to NPR. The official said Jackson wants to keep fighting and that Trump supports his decision.

Tourists walk along a beach in Malay town, Boracay, on April 17. President Duterte's decision to close Boracay has rocked the island. The Philippines is set to deploy hundreds of riot police to keep travelers out and head off potential protests ahead of its six-month closure to tourists. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Philippines Shuts Down A Popular Tourist Island, Residents Fear For Their Future

President Rodrigo Duterte called Boracay island a "cesspool." It draws 2 million visitors a year but isn't equipped to accommodate them. Residents agree there's a problem, but worry about losing jobs.

As Philippines Shuts Down A Popular Tourist Island, Residents Fear For Their Future

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Supporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2017. A federal judge on Tuesday became the third judge to rule against the administration's plans to end DACA after federal judges in California and New York handed down similar decisions. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Federal Judge Upholds DACA, Calling White House Decision To Rescind It 'Capricious'

The U.S. District Court judge put his decision on hold for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security time to provide a better explanation as to why the program is unlawful.

Spiritual leader Asaram Bapu has been sentenced to life in prison over a sexual assault case involving a 16-year-old girl. He's seen here arriving at the district session court for hearing in 2016. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Influential Guru Asaram Bapu Given Life Sentence For Raping Teenage Girl

The teen's parents had been followers of the guru, who is in his late 70s, and had brought her to one of his ashrams to receive spiritual instruction. A court in India found him guilty.

"I put over 50,000 miles on my Jeep this race alone," said Richard Ojeda, a Democrat running for Congress in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District. Asma Khalid/NPR hide caption

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'Tea Party Liberal' Promises To Bring A Blue Wave To West Virginia

Richard Ojeda is a progressive Democrat from coal country who campaigns in combat boots. Supporters say he's the kind of Democrat who might be able to win in a solid Trump state in 2018.

'Tea Party Liberal' Promises To Bring A Blue Wave To West Virginia

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A Jewish man wears a kippa, or Jewish religious skull cap, during a meeting on "the German and French perspectives on immigration, integration and identity" organised by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) this week in Berlin. Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's Jewish Community Responds After Man Attacked For Wearing Yarmulke

A 21-year-old Israeli Arab who says he isn't Jewish, but only conducting an "experiment" by wearing a skullcap, took video of the attack last week in Berlin.

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