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CBP is testing autonomous surveillance towers like this one, parked at the Border Security Expo in San Antonio, to improve the tracking of illegal crossers. Critics of the border wall say the government should favor virtual technology over steel and concrete. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Border Patrol Faulted For Favoring Steel And Concrete Wall Over High-Tech Solutions

The Department of Homeland Security watchdog has criticized Border Patrol for not looking for a cheaper alternative to President Trump's border wall, such as cutting-edge surveillance technology.

World leaders pledged $298 million to assist Lebanon in the aftermath of last week's catastrophic blast during a virtual summit on Sunday. French President Emmanuel Macron organized the virtual summit. Christophe Simon/AP hide caption

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At Virtual Summit, World Leaders Pledge $298 Million In Aid To Lebanon

World leaders, including President Trump, attended a virtual donor summit Sunday for recovery efforts after last week's blast. The event was co-hosted by the U.N. and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Parasites play crucial roles in keeping ecosystems healthy, as does this larval trypanorhynch tapeworm, which infects fish. Chelsea Wood hide caption

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Save The Whales. Save The Tigers. Save The Tapeworms?

Scientists say parasites are important parts of ecosystems, but many are at risk of extinction. So, they're calling for a parasite conservation movement.

Save The Whales. Save The Tigers. Save The Tapeworms?

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The Youngstown Vindicator published its last paper last August after 150 years in circulation. A new site, Mahoning Matters, has launched in its wake and hopes to be a home for local watchdog journalism. The Washington Post/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Youngstown, Ohio, Lost Its Only Paper. A 'Zombie' News Site Wants To Fill The Void

Nearly one year since The Vindicator went out of business, the new site Mahoning Matters is hoping to become a destination for local watchdog journalism.

Every now and again, a young jazz musician turns up out of nowhere to take the whole scene by surprise, and then by storm. That's exactly what we're seeing right now from Micah Thomas. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Micah Thomas Is A Jazz Pianist With A Lot Of Runway

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A recent graduate of Juilliard, pianist Micah Thomas has made some serious waves this season with his debut album, Tide, and several prominent sideman gigs.

Micah Thomas Is A Jazz Pianist With A Lot Of Runway

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Is Singing Together Safe In The Era Of Coronavirus? Not Really, Experts Say

Schools, faith and community groups as well as professional musicians are all struggling with the risks of singing. Experts present the most recent research and offer strategies to mitigate the risks.

Is Singing Together Safe In The Era Of Coronavirus? Not Really, Experts Say

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Now Is The Time To Start Biking

Lots of people are buying bikes and hitting the road during COVID-19. So if you've thought about getting a bike, now's the time. In this episode, we'll talk about what you need to get started, and some strategies to stay safe.

Now Is The Time To Start Biking

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A man wearing a protective mask walks next to travelers as they line up to board a boat in Stockholm, Sweden. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us

Herd immunity. It makes sense theoretically. But the reality, in this coronavirus pandemic, is potentially full of risk and probably unachievable.

Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us

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Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari visits "Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street" at Fox Business Network Studios on October 11, 2019. Kashkari is calling for a return to mandated lockdowns in every state for up to six weeks in an effort to save both lives and the economy in response to COVID-19. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images hide caption

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A National Lockdown Could Be The Economy's Best Hope, Says Minneapolis Fed President

Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, is calling for a six-week lockdown to save lives and the economy.

Dean Black is the GOP Duval county chair, which includes Jacksonville, Fla. American History teacher Monique Sampson recently decided to vote for Joe Biden. Duval county hasn't voted for a Democratic president since Jimmy Carter in 1976. But in recent presidential elections, it's begun tilting more toward the Democratic party. Asma Khalid/NPR hide caption

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How This Conservative Florida County Became A Surprise 2020 Battleground

Duval County in northeast Florida hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976, but this year might be different.

How This Conservative Florida County Became A Surprise 2020 Battleground

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After she contracted COVID-19, Linda Harrison, right, was able to cast an emergency ballot in Texas' primary with the help of an intern and a doctor's note. Her husband, Vernon Webb, was also sick and wasn't able to vote. Courtesy Linda Harrison and Vernon Webb hide caption

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'It's Ridiculous': States Struggle To Accommodate COVID-19 Positive Voters

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In Texas, COVID-19 positive voters can be put in the position of choosing between their right to vote and the public's health.

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