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The U.K.'s Sky Brown is one of the youngest athletes who will compete at the Tokyo Olympics. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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'Rebel' Skateboarding Is Ready For Its Olympic Debut in Tokyo

Skateboarding is one of four new sports added to the Olympics this year. For skateboarders who have long loved their rebel status, performing in the mainstream Olympics is just a bit different.

'Rebel' Skateboarding Is Ready For Its Olympic Debut in Tokyo

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Author Keri Smith rode out the pandemic in Canada, where she was born. Now she's worried about returning to her home in Northampton, Mass. Jefferson Pitcher/Keri Smith hide caption

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Permanent Residents Who Left The U.S. During The Pandemic Worry They Can't Come Home

Many green card holders are still stuck outside of the country, worried about returning to their lives in the U.S. because of broad disruptions to the immigration system during the pandemic.

Permanent Residents Who Left The U.S. During The Pandemic Worry They Can't Come Home

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President Biden hosts a White House meeting about reducing gun violence on July 12. Violent crime is on the rise in many U.S. urban areas, and Democratic political strategists believe the White House needs to take on the issue of crime directly. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Rising Violent Crime Is Likely To Present A Political Challenge For Democrats In 2022

Violent crime is on the rise in many urban areas across the country, giving Republicans what they believe is an opening in key swing districts that could decide control of Congress next year.

Rising Violent Crime Is Likely To Present A Political Challenge For Democrats In 2022

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Olivia Breen (right), a Welsh Paralympian seen here in 2015, recently recounted a competition official remarking that her briefs were "too short and inappropriate." Here, she, along with Sophie Hahn (from left), Georgina Hermitage and Maria Lyle of Great Britain, celebrate winning gold in the women's 4x100m T35-38 relay final of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in 2015. Francois Nel/Getty Images hide caption

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The Sexualization Of Women In Sports Extends Even To What They Wear

One women's team is in a dispute over having to wear bikini bottoms for their uniforms. An athlete was told her briefs were too short. A lot needs to change to even the playing field, experts say.

Soccer on the sand of Lumley Beach is a big Sunday pastime in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Pick-up games run up and down the shoreline. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Sunday On The Beach With Sierra Leonean Soccer Players

"Our beach is a God-given thing," exclaims one Sierra Leonean. "We have to make use of it!" That means walking, working out ... and lots of soccer in the sand.

Sunday On The Beach With Sierra Leonean Soccer Players

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Well water is pumped into an irrigation system at a vineyard in Madera, California. California is suffering from drought, and farmers in the state's Central Valley are pumping more groundwater from their well to make up for a shortfall in water from the state's reservoirs. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Without Enough Water To Go Around, Farmers In California Are Exhausting Aquifers

California's farmers are pumping vast amounts of water from underground aquifers this year to make up for water they can't get from rivers. It's unsustainable, and the state is moving to stop it.

Without Enough Water To Go Around, Farmers In California Are Exhausting Aquifers

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Frontline workers at a medical center in Aurora, Colo., gather for a COVID-19 memorial on Thursday, July 15, to commemorate the lives lost to the pandemic. New estimates say many thousands more will die in the U.S. this summer and fall. Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows

A new model projects that daily U.S. COVID deaths could more than triple by October as the current surge, fueled by the delta variant, accelerates into the fall.

A farmer holds soybeans from her Nebraska farm in 2019. Today, farmers are struggling to find containers that can ship their products to Asia. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Farmers Have A Big Problem On Their Hands: They Can't Find A Way To Ship Their Stuff

Cargo ships are unloading containers in the U.S. and immediately shipping them out, empty, to Asia. That's frustrating American farmers and exporters who are struggling to get products overseas.

Farmers Have A Big Problem On Their Hands: They Can't Find A Way To Ship Their Stuff

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Alex Morgan (#13) celebrates another Team USA goal against New Zealand with teammate Christen Press (#11) at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday in Saitama, Japan. Francois Nel/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Beats New Zealand In A Much-Needed Olympics Comeback

Team USA scored big, rebounding after a disappointing loss to Sweden. The 6-1 win keeps alive the Americans' goal of becoming the first women's team to take Olympic gold after winning the World Cup.

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R. Kelly, appearing at a hearing in his federal trial in Illinois in Sept. 2019. Kelly currently faces 22 federal charges in two separate indictments: one in New York and one in Illinois. Antonio Perez/Getty Images hide caption

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Prosecutors Say They Have Evidence Of More Abuse And Bribery In The R. Kelly Case

Federal prosecutors in New York filed a request on Friday that they be allowed to enter more evidence of uncharged crimes allegedly committed by the R&B singer in his trial next month.

High schoolers Ethan Lincoln, Kaylee King and Jamin Crow's podcast about their experiences subsistence hunting is a finalist in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The students are pictured here at the KYUK radio transmitter site in Bethel, Alaska. Katie Basile/KYUK hide caption

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When Schools Shut Down In Alaska, These Students Went Moose Hunting

In the remote Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of Alaska, many families practice subsistence hunting to get food on the table. Three students reconnected with that tradition during the pandemic.

When Schools Shut Down In Alaska, These Students Went Moose Hunting

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Left to Right Aliah Cotman, Ashley White, Shakiyla McPherson and Lucia Boursiquot attend The Black Hair Experience at the National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Md. on Saturday July 17, 2021. Dee Dwyer for NPR hide caption

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'The Black Hair Experience' Is About The Joy Of Black Hair — Including My Own

The Black Hair Experience is a pop-up visual exhibit dedicated to the beauty, history and nostalgia of Black hair. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe takes a trip there and chats with its co-founder, Alisha Brooks.

'The Black Hair Experience' Is About The Joy Of Black Hair — Including My Own

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