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Yufei Zhang of Team China competing during the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Zhang won four medals in Tokyo including two gold and now is among 23 Chinese swimmers embroiled in a doping scandal. Tom Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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'Ban them all.' With Paris Games looming, Chinese doping scandal rocks Olympic sport

The World Anti-Doping Agency acknowledges it knew of doping concerns involving 23 Chinese swimmers before the 2021 Tokyo Games but failed to alert others. Some of those swimmers later won gold medals.

'Ban them all.' With Paris Games looming, Chinese doping scandal rocks Olympic sport

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Tiny Desk Premiere: Hot Chip

The electro-pop group performs some of its enduring classics at the Tiny Desk.

Christians hold a candlelight procession in Jerusalem outside the Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of Gethsemane, on March 28. This year, Easter, Purim and Ramadan overlapped for the first time in three decades. Ayman Oghanna for NPR hide caption

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Photos: Jerusalem's sacred crossroads endures in a time of war

The convergence of three Christian, Muslim and Jewish holidays this spring led to fears of violence. But the city central to these major religions has remained largely peaceful.

Ukrainian soldiers carry shells to fire at Russian positions on the front line, near the city of Bakhmut, in Ukraine's Donetsk region, on March 25. The outgunned and outnumbered Ukrainian troops have been struggling to halt Russian advances. Efrem Lukatsky/AP hide caption

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In Ukraine, the vote to renew U.S. aid was cheered. But unease for the future remains

Congress moved a step closer on Saturday toward finalizing long-delayed military assistance for Ukraine. But relief among Ukrainians has been mixed with uneasiness over future U.S. assistance.

A woman holds the ballot to vote in a referendum proposed by President Daniel Noboa to endorse new security measures aimed at cracking down on criminal gangs fueling escalating violence, in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, April 21, 2024. Dolores Ochoa/AP hide caption

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Ecuadorians vote in referendum to approve toughening fight against gangs

Ecuador's president got a resounding victory Sunday in a referendum that he touted as a way to crack down on criminal gangs behind a spiraling wave of violence.

A new version of the popular board game Catan, which hits shelves this summer, introduces energy production and pollution into the gameplay. Catan GmbH hide caption

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How do you build without over polluting? That's the challenge of new Catan board game

A new version of the popular board game Catan aims to make players wrestle with a 21st-century problem: How do you develop and expand without overly polluting the planet?

How do you build without over polluting? That's the challenge of new Catan board game

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Lisa Winton, co-founder of Winton Machine Company, sees herself as fiscally conservative but socially liberal. She is currently undecided, and would like to see a better solution. Winton Machine Company hide caption

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4 'American Indicators' share their view of the U.S. economy — and their politics

The economy is a top voting issue for many Americans. Four "American Indicators," people reflecting different sectors of the economy in different parts of the country, talk about their politics.

Ask Dalí at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., allows visitors talk to the famous surrealist artist via an AI-generated version of his voice. Martin Pagh Ludvigsen/Goodby Silverstein & Partners hide caption

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An AI Salvador Dalí will answer any question when called on his famous 'lobster phone'

Ask Dalí, a new AI installation based on a copy of Dalí's iconic sculpture, allows visitors to pick up the crustacean-shaped receiver, ask a question, and hear Dalí's response.

Although matzo sold in supermarkets is typically square, the round matzo is believed to be the earliest form of this unleavened bread that is eaten during the Passover holiday as a symbol of both suffering and freedom. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Matzo — Passover's bread of affliction and freedom — is a timely tradition

Bread — and the lack thereof — plays a role in many corners of the world facing a crisis, from Israel and Gaza to Ukraine to Afghanistan to Sudan.

At Sinai Temple in west Los Angeles, blue ribbon marks off more than 130 seats that stand as reminders of the hostages who remain in Gaza following the Oct. 7 attack on Israel Jason DeRose hide caption

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Gaza hostages raise painful reminders as Jews prepare for Passover

Among the themes of Passover is freedom from captivity. For many Jews this year, the holiday brings up the pain of knowledge that hostages are still captive after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

On Taylor Swift's 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department, her artistry is tangled up in the details of her private life and her deployment of celebrity. But Swift's lack of concern about whether these songs speak to and for anyone but herself is audible throughout the album. Beth Garrabrant /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets' is written in blood

With The Tortured Poets Department, the defining pop star of her era has made an album as messy and confrontational as any good girl's work can get.

Conductor Andrew Davis, right, raises his arms as he takes a bow, accompanied by Renee Fleming, and Peter Rose, center, during the final dress rehearsal of Richard Strauss's Capriccio in the Metropolitan Opera at New York's Lincoln Center, March 25, 2011. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Conductor Andrew Davis, who headed orchestras on 3 continents, dies at 80

Davis led the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Britain's Glyndebourne Festival, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera in Chicago.

A law enforcement official monitors the perimeter of the Swan Creek Boat Club after a driver crashed a vehicle through a building where a children's birthday party was taking place, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Berlin Township, Mich. Kathleen Kildee/AP hide caption

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Siblings, 8 and 5, killed as suspected drunk driver crashes into children's birthday

A young brother and sister died and several people were injured, some seriously, when a vehicle driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a young child's birthday party at a boat club.

This undated photo released by and taken from the official website of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, shows a SH-60K chopper. Two Japanese navy helicopters of the same type crashed in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo during a nighttime training flight after possibly colliding with each other, the country's defense minister said Sunday, April 21, 2024. AP hide caption

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2 Japanese navy helicopters crash in the Pacific Ocean — 1 dead and 7 missing

Two Japanese navy helicopters carrying eight crew members crashed in the Pacific Ocean during a nighttime training flight after possibly colliding with each other.

Kevin Bacon returned to Payson High School outside of Provo, Utah, on Saturday for a day of charity. The school is where his 1984 hit "Footloose" was filmed. Ciara Hulet /KUER hide caption

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Kevin Bacon returns to Payson High, the scene of 'Footloose,' for a day of charity


It took years of planning to get Bacon back to Payson High School, where his 1984 hit Footloose was filmed. His visit was more than just a nostalgic, fun time — it also benefits Utah communities in need.

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