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Senior Airman Frances Gavalis tosses unserviceable uniform items into a burn pit at Balad Air Base, Iraq in 2008. The military destroyed uniforms, equipment and other materials in huge burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some veterans say those pits are responsible for respiratory problems they are now experiencing. Senior Airman Julianne Showalter/USAF hide caption

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U.S. Veterans: 'Burn Pits' Created Toxic Clouds That Led To Ailments

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, open-air pits were used to incinerate refuse including plastics and human waste. Now, U.S. veterans are claiming these burn pits caused chronic ailments.

A flag reading "Refugees welcome here" greets visitors to London's Immigration Museum, located on Princelet Street in an East End building that housed immigrants from the early 18th century onward. Today the museum, in need of structural repairs, is open only on certain days and by appointment for groups. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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As European Migrants Face British Backlash, A Reminder: They're Not The First

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Spirit of Peace (A Variation on a Theme by Popul Vuh) My Education
99 Luftballons [2009] Nena

Senior Airman Frances Gavalis tosses unserviceable uniform items into a burn pit at Balad Air Base, Iraq in 2008. The military destroyed uniforms, equipment and other materials in huge burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some veterans say those pits are responsible for respiratory problems they are now experiencing. Senior Airman Julianne Showalter/USAF hide caption

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Veterans Say 'Burn Pits' Created Toxic Clouds That Made Them Sick

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Nocturne 1985 Rhian Sheehan
Boîte Á Musique Rhian Sheehan
Trippin' Inside A Bubble The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Poet Jan Lundgren Trio

The Graffiti Education and Mural Arts program in San Diego aims to keep kids off the streets — and maybe even make art like this, an example of the famous chicano artists murals found on a series of freeway overpasses, someday. Don Tormey/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Preventing Juvenile Detention With A Blank Canvas And A Can Of Spray Paint

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Without Words Josh Vietti
Street Violin Josh Vietti

Paula Pell has "a very toned joke-writing muscle," says comedian Tina Fey. "She can just go and go and go." John Lamparski/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedy Writer Paula Pell Says You Don't Have To Go Far For Good Material

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Yoda Weird Al Yankovic
Lola [Instrumental] The Kinks

Ricardo Robleño Llorente and his wife, Laura Silva Kirkpatrick, show their college degrees at home in Madrid. Even though they have two bachelor's degrees and a master's between them, they were unable to find permanent work through most of their 20s, during Spain's economic crisis. "Why bother going to college at all?" Silva Kirkpatrick asks. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Spain's Economy Is Expanding, But Most New Jobs Are Temporary

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Echoes of Spain Biel Ballester solo
Barcelona Nights Ottmar Liebert
Brand New World Hudson Mohawke
Castle (Original Mix) Kidcult (aka Maicon Villa)
Let it go (Instrumental Piano Version) [From Frozen] Moises Nieto
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Dance With My Father Nuttin' But Stringz

Attorney General Eric Holder (right) listens to Viola Murphy, mayor of Cool Valley, Mo., before his meeting with local community leaders in August 2014. Murphy is a vocal critic of new municipal regulations. Pablo Martinez-Monsivais /Getty Images hide caption

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After Ferguson, Unintended Consequences Of Municipal Overhaul

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