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Louise and David Turpin, seen in photographs provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. District Attorney Michael Hestrin announced Thursday that each parent has been charged with torture and other crimes after their children were discovered emaciated and shackled to furniture. Riverside County Sheriff's Department via AP hide caption

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'This Is Depraved Conduct': Couple Charged With Torture After Kids Found Shackled

Their 13 children, who range from 2 years old to 29, allegedly suffered years of brutal abuse. Now, the Southern California parents could face life in prison. Officials have released new details.

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Accusations Of 'Frat House' Behavior Trail 'LA Times' Publisher's Career

Los Angeles Times CEO and Publisher Ross Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits; female colleagues have challenged his conduct in the workplace at various firms. He has been placed under investigation by the newspaper's parent company in response to NPR's queries about his past behavior.

Teacher Loraine Wilson, top right, helps bundle up pre-kindergarten students as they wait to be picked up at the end of a school day at Lakewood Elementary School in Baltimore on Jan. 9. The day before, Lakewood students were sent back home just after arriving when pipes burst in the school. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Baltimore Schools' Heating Crisis A 'Day Of Reckoning' For The City And State

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After heating problems left some students in 40-degree classrooms, city and school leaders, there's plenty of baggage and blame to go around.

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen star in the eighth and final season of Portlandia, which premieres Thursday. Augusta Quirk/IFC hide caption

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'Portlandia' Is Ending, And Portlanders Are OK With That

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The TV show's early sketches lovingly skewered the city's progressive optimism and "Keep Portland Weird" mindset. It was an image Portlanders embraced, then struggled with.

'Portlandia' Is Ending, And Portlanders Are OK With That

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Vehicles are seen at the toll bridge of the Holland Tunnel as snow covers the road during a snowstorm on Feb. 9, 2017, in Jersey City, N.J. More states are turning to tolls as a way to fund long-standing transportation needs. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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More States Turning To Toll Roads To Raise Cash For Infrastructure

Tight budgets and shrinking infrastructure money from Washington, have more states are hiking tolls and adding tollways to raise money to fix and repair roads and bridges.

More States Turning To Toll Roads To Raise Cash For Infrastructure

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Merrill Garbus and her bandmate Nate Brenner. Tune-Yards' fourth album, I Can Feel You Creep into My Private Life, is out Friday, Jan. 19. Eliot Lee Hazel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tune-Yards' 'Private Life' Is A Public Self-Examination

Merrill Garbus talks ditching the face paint, learning from the Black Lives Matter movement and acknowledging her platform as a white artist on the new album I Can Feel You Creep into My Private Life.

In one study, participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time. They also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day. Jenny Dettrick/Getty Images hide caption

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More Sleep = Less Sweet Tooth (And Vice Versa)

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

Greg Barker's The Final Year finds former President Barack Obama grappling with foreign policy decisions. Figures from left: Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, Secretary of State John Kerry, and President Barack Obama. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters hide caption

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Documentary 'The Final Year' Offers Behind-The-Scenes Look At Obama's Foreign Policy

Greg Barker's film favors candid emotional moments over a meaningful examination of how key policy initiatives were shaped in the closing months of the Obama presidency.

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

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The Department of Health and Humans Services is adding a Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to take part in some kinds of care because of moral or religious objections. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Will Protect Health Workers Who Reject Patients On Religious Grounds

The establishment of the Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom reverses an Obama-era policy that barred health care workers from refusing to treat transgender individuals, or people who have had or are seeking abortions.

"It brings back a lot of shame," Christian Picciolini says of his time fronting a white power punk band. He has since disavowed the white supremacist movement and works to help others disengage from it too. Dennis Sevilla/Hachette Book Group hide caption

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A Former Neo-Nazi Explains Why Hate Drew Him In — And How He Got Out

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Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage.

A Former Neo-Nazi Explains Why Hate Drew Him In — And How He Got Out

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Bottles of Moutai baijiu liquor, seen here in a 2012 photo, have become scarce in many Chinese stores, even as spirits maker Kweichow Moutai has seen its stock soar in the past year. Sheng Li/Reuters hide caption

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The World's Most Popular Liquor Becomes Scarce On Many Shelves

At 106 proof, China's famous Moutai baijiu liquor is getting hard to find, as bottles are being snatched up by speculators. Its brand parent recently became the world's most valuable distiller.

The late Aaron Hernandez, #81 of the New England Patriots, lost his helmet during this play against the New York Jets in 2011. Hernandez killed himself in 2017, and after death his brain was studied; based on the pathology report, researchers said he'd had one of the most severe cases of CTE ever seen in someone his age. Elsa/Getty Images hide caption

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Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

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New Music To Kick Off Your 2018

We've already featured some great on the blog — now we add even more great music on the podcast.

New Music To Kick Off Your 2018

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Wes Studi, pictured here in 2014, says he got into acting through community theater. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney hide caption

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Wes Studi On His Cherokee Nation Childhood And How He Discovered Acting

Studi says he was a Vietnam veteran looking for a rush when he got into community theater and "rediscovered that huge wall of fear." He plays a Cheyenne chief in the new film Hostiles.

Wes Studi On His Cherokee Nation Childhood And How He Discovered Acting

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Dream Wife's self-titled debut album comes out Jan. 26. Hollie Fernando/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Dream Wife, 'Dream Wife'

On its debut album, the London-based punk band combines sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance.

Dream Wife

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An NPR investigation finds that people with intellectual disabilities suffer one of the highest rates of sexual assault — and that compared to other rape victims, they are even more likely to be assaulted by someone they know. Cornelia Li for NPR hide caption

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From The Frontlines Of A Sexual Assault Epidemic: 2 Therapists Share Stories

Two psychologists both have a rare specialty: counseling sexual assault survivors who have intellectual disabilities. The stories of sexual violence in their clients' lives have striking similarities.

From The Frontlines Of A Sexual Assault Epidemic: 2 Therapists Share Stories

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