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Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz (right), vicaress general and music director for Dominican Sisters of Mary. On the group's new album, she plays organ and composed three selections. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Life As Prayer: The Singing Nuns Of Ann Arbor

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Cecile Kyenge's appointment in April as integration minister was hailed as a landmark for diversity in Italy. But since then, she's been the target of death threats and vicious racial slurs. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs

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Owen Chilcoat hacking his tablet. "I am just messing around ... trying to break it," he says. Steve Henn /NPR hide caption

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Hacking Real Things Becomes Child's Play At This Camp

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At Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank in Purcellville, Va., dog holder Diane Garcia snuggles with one-year-old Doberman Leon as phlebotomist Rebecca Pearce taps his jugular vein to start the blood draw. Leon's "mom," Carrie Smalser, feeds him peanut butter, to keep him happily distracted and calm. Christopher Connelly/NPR hide caption

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Red Cross For Rover: Inside America's Canine Blood Banks

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Mounting medical debt and struggles with insurers led Shelley Toreson to drop her health insurance. She now pays discounted rates upfront for her medical needs. Pauline Bartolone/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Medical Discount Plan In Nevada Skips Insurers

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The Milky Way dominates the sky over Chile's Atacama Desert, home to the European Southern Observatory. John Colosimo/ESO hide caption

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How To Fall Forever Into The Night Sky

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At a Human Library event at the Santa Monica Public Library, a police detective "book" talks to two "readers." Human Library events and projects, which are held at libraries across the country, allow participants to "check out" volunteers and have conversations about their life experiences. Annie Wyndham Solomon (Wynsolo Photography)/Santa Monica Public Library hide caption

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Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People

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