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Protesters gather for a rally Sunday in Hong Kong. Many of the pro-democracy demonstrators have brandished umbrellas, in a nod to a symbol widely used during the semi-autonomous city's massive 2014 protests. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Guide To What's Happening In Hong Kong

For months, Hong Kong has been at a boiling point, teeming with protesters and police officers. Here's an overview of what's been going on and why.

The exterior of the condo building at 165 Henry St in Manhattan's Lower East Side hints at the split-level apartments inside, as air conditioners, at left, are positioned at both upper and lower windows. Google Maps / Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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2 Condos Were Illegally Converted Into 18 Micro Apartments In NYC

"The ceiling heights were 4.5 feet to 6 feet tall on each level, depending on where you were standing," says a spokesperson for the New York Department of Buildings.

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'A Good Provider' Argues Migration Can Be Salvation

Jason DeParle's new book follows one Filipino family for over 30 years. He had originally intended to research slum life — but discovered that migration was what lifted the family out of the slum.

'A Good Provider' Argues Migration Can Be Salvation

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Workers clean the area in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, after French inspectors said workers could return to the fire-damaged site to continue repairs following a lead contamination scare. Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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Notre Dame Repair Crews Are Back To Work, But Paris' Lead Concerns Remain

Environmental and labor groups complain the cleanup should have begun sooner, and they are concerned about health risks in Paris.

Notre Dame Repair Crews Are Back To Work, But Paris' Lead Concerns Remain

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Want To Know What's In Your Sweat? There's A Patch For That

Scientists are getting closer to developing a wearable patch that can measure hydration and other health markers — in sweat. The hope is it could give athletes more data to boost their performance.

Want To Know What's In Your Sweat? There's A Patch For That

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U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

China is no longer taking the world's waste. The U.S. recycling industry is overwhelmed — it can't keep up with the plastic being churned out. This doesn't bode well for our plastic waste problem.

Octavio Dotel, then a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, seen during a 2007 game. Dominican Republic authorities arrested the former MLB player, saying both he and ex-infielder Luis Castillo were linked with an alleged drug trafficker. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Ex-MLB Players Luis Castillo, Octavio Dotel Linked To Alleged Dominican Drug Lord

The Dominican attorney general said Tuesday that the former professional baseball players supported a drug running and money laundering network led by César Emilio Peralta.

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'We Have To Turn The Clock Forward': Andrew Yang On Accelerating Economy And Society

The entrepreneur discussed climate change, automation and being "intimate with defeat" in an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast and New Hampshire Public Radio.

'We Have To Turn The Clock Forward': Andrew Yang On Accelerating Economy And Society

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