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Musi, an African elephant, is one of Fresno Chaffee Zoo's five elephants enrolled in the Elephant Welfare Initiative. Courtesy of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo hide caption

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Fitness Trackers Aim To Improve The Health And Happiness Of Zoo Elephants

OK, so they're not using Fitbits. But zoos across America are using software to minutely track the activity, behavior and physiology of captive elephants, and using that data to improve zoo life.

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Yacoub Youssef, in charge of the small city of Jalawla in northern Iraq, stands on a bridge rebuilt by residents after it was blown up by ISIS. The city was heavily damaged and is in disputed territory – claimed by both the Iraqi and Kurdish governments. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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In Disputed Iraqi Territory, Rebuilding A City Means Doing It Yourself

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The Trump Organization spent $200 million to renovate the historic Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., transforming it into the Trump International Hotel. But several companies say they haven't been fully paid for that work. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

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This painting by David Pulphus, Untitled #1, was chosen to hang in the Capitol as part of the Congressional Arts Competition. Zach Gibson/AP hide caption

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Student Painting Depicting Cops As Animals Sparks Tensions On Capitol Hill

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Fitness Trackers Aim To Improve The Health And Happiness Of Zoo Elephants

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Nonperishable food is restocked in Maggie Ballard's "blessing box" in Wichita, Kan., several times a day. Deborah Shaar/KMUW hide caption

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A New Type Of Food Pantry Is Sprouting In Yards Across America

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