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Activists marched to the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand in New York City in Sept. 2017, just before the start of Senate hearings on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Poll Finds Wide Partisan Gaps On America's Biggest Problems

A new Pew poll shows that there are few issues that Democrats and Republicans agree need fixing — and even then, they often don't agree on how to fix them.

University of Oregon scientists used real dust from inside homes around Portland to test the effects of sunlight, UV light, and darkness on bacteria found in the dust. Dave G Kelly/Getty Images hide caption

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Grandma Was Right: Sunshine Helps Kill Germs Indoors

All kinds of bacteria live with us indoors, and some can make us sick. A new study shows that rooms exposed to light had about half the live bacteria found in rooms that were kept in darkness.

The Ross Ice Shelf, photographed in 2003. Researchers found that by monitoring the seismic effects of wind on the surface of a shelf, they could gain insight into its structural integrity. De Agostini Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Learn To Hear The 'Songs' Of Ice Shelves

Scientists have found a new way to analyze the structural integrity of ice shelves at the end of the world, through the songs the winds sing on top of them.

The barley used to make beer as we know it may take a hit under climate change, but growers say they are already preparing by planting it further north in colder locations. Dean Hutton/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Bye-Bye, Beer? Brewers Say They've Got A Plan For Climate Change

A scientific paper published this week predicts climate change will send beer prices skyrocketing and drastically reduce the barley crop. It got tons of media attention. But is beer really doomed?

"There are issues remaining around the backstop," Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters on Thursday, referring to the debate over how to treat Ireland and Northern Ireland when the U.K. leaves the EU. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Brexit Deadlines Loom, May Says U.K. Considering Prolonged Transition Period

EU leaders have called off a planned November summit on the next phase of Brexit discussions, due to a lack of progress.

As Brexit Deadlines Loom, May Says U.K. Considering A Longer Transition Period

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As head of the police in Kandahar, Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq was credited with bringing more security to the southern Afghan city. Raziq died in an attack Thursday; he's seen here in a photo from 2015. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Key Afghan Police Chief Dies in Kandahar Shooting; Top U.S. General Escapes Uninjured

Shooting broke out at the end of a meeting at the governor's palace in Kandahar on how to maintain security during in in Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary elections.

When one of Jose Nuñez' retinas was damaged by diabetes in 2016, the Los Angeles truck driver expected his Medicaid managed care policy to coordinate treatment. But Centene, the private insurer that manages his policy gave him the runaround, he says, and he lost sight in that eye. Heidi de Marco/KHN hide caption

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Private Medicaid Plans Receive Billions In Tax Dollars, With Little Oversight

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More than two-thirds of Medicaid recipients are enrolled in privately run Medicaid managed care programs. Yet the evidence is thin these contractors improve patient care or save the government money.

Mary Kathleen "Kathy" Tyler, an 82-year-old woman incarcerated at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, was sentenced to life in prison in 1978. She is an avid reader, artist and pianist; is employed as a court reporter; and has accumulated a handful of degrees since she was incarcerated. Jessica Earnshaw for NPR hide caption

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Making Prison Work For Women

Something as trivial as an inside-out shirt? That could signify a gang affiliation in a men's prison. In a women's prison, the inmates might just like how it looks. One state is changing the rules.

In Iowa, A Commitment To Make Prison Work Better For Women

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