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Wielding the "insectazooka," Cecilia González prepares to collect mosquitoes from a house in the village of Los Encuentros, Guatemala. Luis Echeverria for NPR hide caption

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Ready, aim, suck up mosquitoes: An 'insectazooka' aims to find the next killer virus

In Guatemala's mosquito-plagued lowlands, researchers use a novel tool to suck up mosquitoes to analyze pathogens in their latest blood meal. The hope is to stop the next pandemic before it starts.

Robert Blanchard, the World Health Organization's team leader in Dubai for emergency operations, stands in one of the organization's warehouses in International Humanitarian City. Aya Batrawy/NPR hide caption

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A look at the impact of delivering aid to Turkey and Syria through Dubai's global hub

A 1.5 million square-ft. zone of Dubai known as International Humanitarian City is the world's largest aid hub, with warehouses for U.N. agencies, Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations and others.

Elián González, pictured in 2014, has been nominated to join Cuba's parliament. Elections are planned for March 26. González was at the center of a bitter custody battle in 2000 between relatives in Miami and his father in Cuba. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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Elián González nearly became an American. Now, he's poised to become a Cuban lawmaker

Nearly 23 years after being ripped from a relative's home in Miami, González has been nominated to become a member of the communist country's parliament.

In this image from video released and partially redacted by the city of Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 27, 2023, Tyre Nichols leans against a car after a brutal attack by five Memphis Police officers on Jan. 7, in Memphis. AP hide caption

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A Memphis officer took and shared photos of bloodied Tyre Nichols, documents show

The Memphis officer stood over Tyre Nichols and took photographs, which he sent to other officers and a female acquaintance, according to documents released by the Tennessee's police standards panel.

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Zoom is the latest tech firm to announce layoffs, and its CEO will take a 98% pay cut

Zoom, a hallmark of pandemic life, is laying off some 1,300 employees, or about 15% of its workforce. CEO Eric Yuan said he and other executives will take pay cuts and forgo bonuses.

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Natalia Lafourcade: How making original music again helped grow her 'inner garden'

Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Natalia Lafourcade to talk about interpreting old songs, taking things slow and releasing her first album of original material in seven years.

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Rescue workers carry 8-year-old survivor, Yigit, at the site of a collapsed building in Hatay, Turkey on Wednesday. He was rescued 52 hours after an earthquake struck the area on Monday. Burak Kara/Getty Images hide caption

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Photos: Searches continue after deadly quake in Turkey and Syria

Winter weather and dozens of aftershocks from Monday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake have slowed rescuers' work to search through the rubble and find survivors in Turkey and Syria.

A woman was pronounced dead at the Water's Edge Rehab and Nursing Center in Port Jefferson, N.Y. — but hours later, workers at a funeral home discovered she was alive and breathing. Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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She was declared dead, but the funeral home found her breathing

"This is an awful situation that has caused unnecessary trauma for the impacted resident and her loved ones," the New York attorney general's office told NPR.

A woman pays her respects as she displays a note near the entrance to a female lavatory at Sindang station in Seoul on Sept. 19, 2022. Seoul Metro employee Jeon Joo-hwan was sentenced Tuesday for stabbing his colleague to death in the metro station's women's public toilet the day before a court was set to sentence him on charges of stalking her. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A South Korean man is sentenced to 40 years in a stalking and murder case

The man was convicted of killing a female colleague in a Seoul subway station last year, a day before he was to be sentenced on stalking charges. This has led to calls for better protection for women.

Starting May 11 most people will have to pay for those at-home test kits for COVID-19, as the federal government's declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency officially ends. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID test kits, treatments and vaccines won't be free to many consumers much longer

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Insurers, employers, taxpayers and other consumers will all be affected as drugmakers move these products to the commercial market in May. How much you'll pay depends on your health insurance.

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Malaysian Airlines shootdown probe finds 'strong indications' Putin approved missiles

Investigators said they found that the Russian president likely approved the supply of heavy anti-aircraft weapons to Ukrainian separatists who shot down flight MH17 in 2014 with a Russian missile.

Residents of southwest Pakistan move through floodwaters in September 2022. People with less wealth are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including more severe rainstorms. Fareed Khan/AP hide caption

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Why the EPA puts a higher value on rich lives lost to climate change

There is one number that the Environmental Protection Agency relies on to decide which climate policies to pursue. So why does that number assume the lives of richer people are worth more?

Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs will play in the first Super Bowl with both teams starting a Black quarterback. Patrick Smith; Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images hide caption

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No matter who wins, the first Super Bowl with 2 Black quarterbacks will make history

With Jalen Hurts under center for the Eagles and Patrick Mahomes helming the Chiefs, Sunday's game will mark a milestone after decades of effort by Black quarterbacks to overcome discrimination.

No matter who wins, the first Super Bowl with 2 Black quarterbacks will make history

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A man walks out of a vaccination bus at a mobile vaccine clinic in Midtown Manhattan, Dec. 6, 2021. New York City is ending its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for municipal employees, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. The vaccine mandate, which led to the firing of hundreds of city workers who declined to get the shots, will end on Friday, Adams said in a news release. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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New York City is lifting its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal employees

New York City began mandating COVID-19 vaccines for municipal employees in July 2021. The mayor said more than 96% of city employees are vaccinated.

Kamila Valieva of Russia competes during the Women Single Skating Free Skate at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 07, 2022. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images hide caption

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One year later, still no medals in disputed Beijing 2022 Olympic team skating event

Skaters from Russia won the team event with the U.S. second and Japan third. But then it came to light that Russian Kamila Valieva had given a positive drug test weeks before the Olympics.

One year later, still no medals in disputed Beijing 2022 Olympic team skating event

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Protesters gather at a rally in support of abortion rights outside a federal courthouse in Santa Fe, N.M., on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Speakers criticized the U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would later overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Morgan Lee/AP hide caption

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Reproductive Rights

New Mexico's attorney general is challenging local abortion bans


Democratic lawmakers and the Attorney General pushing back against local authorities find themselves at the center of a legal debate that some think could even rise to the US Supreme Court.

Cuban American salsa singer Celia Cruz onstage performing at VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin in New York City in 2001. Cruz is being honored on the U.S. quarter in 2024. Scott Gries/Getty Images hide caption

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Queen of salsa Celia Cruz will be the first Afro Latina to appear on a U.S. quarter

Cuban American icon Celia Cruz is being honored along with four other influential American women as part of the American Women Quarters Program.

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