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Opana ER was reformulated to make it harder to crush and snort, but people abusing the drug turned to injecting it instead. And that fueled an HIV outbreak in Indiana. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Flowers and balloons, along with spray-painted police markings, show the spot where Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police in 2013. Officer Randall Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter and investigators said Ferrell, who was unarmed, was shot 10 times. Jeffrey Collins/AP hide caption

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An Off-Camera Police Shooting, A Trial And The Questions Left Behind

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The Shootout At Waco: Bikers Provide A Glimpse Into Club Life

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Opana pills, seen in 2010, before Endo Pharmaceuticals changed the formula in a move intended to deter abuse. Tom Walker/Flickr hide caption

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How A Painkiller Designed To Deter Abuse Helped Spark An HIV Outbreak

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California's long-term drought has significantly dropped the water level at Lake Perris in Southern California. According to local fishermen, all of this sand used to be covered in water. Tom Dreisbach/NPR hide caption

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California's Drought Exposes Long-Hidden Detritus

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Los Angeles' Skid Row contains one of the largest concentrations of homeless people in the United States. Robyn Beck /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Downtown LA Grows, So Does Urgency To Fix Skid Row

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Peter Fonda rides the "Captain America" chopper in Easy Rider. Columbia/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story

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Munich's Mayor Dieter Reiter uses a wooden hammer to pound a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel. "It is not most important mayoral job, but it is the most watched," says Christoph Deumling. Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images hide caption

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Munich Mayor Survives Key Political Test: Tapping The First Keg

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Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, right, embraces attorney Janson Wu, after announcing his application for asylum in May. The U.S. government has now formally recommended Wambere's application for approval. Josh Reynolds/AP hide caption

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Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.

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The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break. A&M Records hide caption

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Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

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Is It ISIS or ISIL? That Depends On Who You're Asking

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The GoPro Fetch can fit dogs as small as 15 pounds and as large as 120 pounds. GoPro hide caption

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New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

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You Know Him As An Actor But Jeff Goldblum Is A Musician Too

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