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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says it found packages of cocaine with a street value of nearly $18 million inside a shipment of bananas. Russ Widstrand/Getty Images hide caption

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A Bunch Of Cocaine: Boxes Of Donated Bananas Contained $17.8 Million Worth Of Drugs

"Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas," says the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "And sometimes, it gives you something you'd never expect!"

National Sawdust is aiming to be the kind of institution that can do what the Metropolitan Opera or the New York Philharmonic does for mainstream artists. Vicente Muñoz/National Sawdust hide caption

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Ex-Sawdust Factory Is Transformed Into A NYC Musical Venue

The non-profit located in Brooklyn functions as performance space, record label and artist incubator. Despite its small size, it has a foundation with a $450,000 fund to develop new work.

Ex-Sawdust Factory Is Transformed Into A NYC Musical Venue

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said a proposed rule being submitted for public comment is designed to ensure that immigrants "are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Will Seek To Limit Green Cards For Immigrants Needing Public Aid

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new rule that would expand Trump administration efforts to restrict immigrants' access to welfare programs.

Pope Francis meets a group of faithful from China at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in April. The Vatican says it signed a "provisional agreement" with China on the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that for decades fueled tensions between the Holy See and Beijing. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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China And Vatican Sign Agreement On Appointment Of Bishops

The "provisional" deal — signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers on both sides — gives the Holy See a say in naming of bishops, and grants the pope veto power over candidates.

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California Launches New Effort To Fight Election Disinformation

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The state's new Office of Election Cybersecurity will focus on combating social media campaigns that try to confuse voters or discourage them from not casting ballots.

California Launches New Effort To Fight Election Disinformation

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How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

"The language of type can be immensely clarifying," says author Merve Emre. In The Personality Brokers she describes how a mother-daughter duo started a multi-million dollar "people sorting" industry.

How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

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A farmer in India piles millet in a field. Grains such as millet and sorghum pack a powerful nutritional punch, but they are overlooked for calorie-laden commodity crops such as wheat or maize. Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Do Healthy Diets Protect The Planet? As The U.N. Meets, A Focus On Sustainability

As United Nations leaders gather in New York, top food and nutrition experts are convening for a forum to talk about how people around the globe can have both a nourished diet and a healthy planet.

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke makes a point as Republican Sen. Ted Cruz listens Friday during a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. O'Rourke is looking to unseat Cruz in November in what polls suggest has become a surprisingly close race. Tom Fox/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Surprisingly Close Texas Senate Race Sparks Testy Debate For Cruz, O'Rourke

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke sparred on immigration, health care, gun control and national anthem protests. The race could tilt the balance of power in the Senate in November.

Michel, a retired first sergeant in the U.S. Army, sits with her pet Blade and service dog Lizzy. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Veterans Struggling After Sexual Assault Increasingly Turn To Service Dogs

Though the VA provides veterinary benefits for service dogs assigned to people with physical disabilities, it does not currently recognize psychiatric service dogs for treatment.

Veterans Struggling After Sexual Assault Increasingly Turn To Service Dogs

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This did not really happen. Cows' heads did not emerge from the bodies of people newly inoculated against smallpox. But fear of the vaccine was so widespread that it prompted British satirist James Gillray to create this spoof in 1802. Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University hide caption

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New Book: Vaccines Have Always Had Haters

That's one of the themes in the new book 'Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity.'

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One Year After The Las Vegas Shooting, 2 Survivors Remember

Two survivors of the Las Vegas shooting: A young man, shot in the lung, hid under a dead body and survived. A police officer who had never before fired his gun on active duty, now trains others.

One Year After The Las Vegas Shooting, 2 Survivors Remember

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Resource Central employees Max Hartmann (left) and Neka Sunlin haul the MacFarland family's vintage toilet out of their Longmont, Colorado home. Luke Runyon/Freelance hide caption

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As West Grows, Water Use Declines Thanks To Better Toilets

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Despite the growth of population in the western U.S., water use in cities such as Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix is going down. The reason? High-tech, low-flow toilets.

As West Grows, Water Use Declines Thanks To Better Toilets

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Then-FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, right, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, second from left, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have been political targets of President Trump. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Rosenstein Denies That He Discussed Recording Trump, Invoking 25th Amendment

The deputy attorney general rejected a story that described him musing about secretly wearing a wire or conferring with members of the Cabinet about invoking the 25th Amendment.

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Secrets Of A Teenage WWII Spy In 'Transcription'

The young protagonist of Kate Atkinson's latest historical novel finds herself working for British intelligence during the war — and suddenly confronting that experience years later.

Secrets Of A Teenage WWII Spy In 'Transcription'

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John Gallagher in his truck in Fayetteville, N.C. "We've just been taking dispatch calls for swift water rescues, rescuing animals, missing persons," Gallagher said. Maddalena Richards/NPR hide caption

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The Cajun Navy: Heroes Or Hindrances In Hurricanes?

President Trump praised the Cajun Navy during a visit to North Carolina. But federal emergency managers say volunteers can put themselves and others in danger if they don't go through proper channels.

The Cajun Navy: Heroes Or Hindrances In Hurricanes?

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