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Steaks on the grill at the Mercado del Puerto in Montevideo. So far there are no figures that show if the table salt ban, which was enacted a few years ago, is actually making a difference in Uruguayans' health. Travel Aficionado/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

The tiny nation has some of Latin America's highest rates of obesity, hypertension and heart disease. The capital Montevideo has tried to intervene by making salt on the table illegal.

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Blowfly Professor Ratbaggy

Displaced Palestinians seek shelter in the courtyard of a United Nations-run elementary school in Jabaliya, a northern Gaza town, in July 2014 — shortly before the school was hit by what the UN says was Israeli artillery. Israel has opened a criminal investigation into the attack. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Will Israel Charge Soldiers In Gaza Civilian Deaths?

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Repetition The Fall

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Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

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Salt Peanuts Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars
Floratone Bill Frisell, Matt Chamberlain
Elvira The Oak Ridge Boys
Fender Bender Boomer Castleman

To study the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership language, senators have to go to the basement of the Capitol and enter a secured, soundproof room in this hallway and surrender their mobile devices. Ailsa Chang/NPR hide caption

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A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only A Few (Or Maybe None)

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Carefully Little People
The Girl Who Stole My Tamagotchi Hot Sugar

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Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

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Charango Morcheeba & Pacewon

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South Carolina Distiller Promises To Make Kentucky Liquor Quicker

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Watching Joan (Christina Hendricks, left) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) navigate the sexism of a 1960s ad agency is part of what has kept audiences hooked on Mad Men. MIchael Yarish/AMC hide caption

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'Mad Men' Writer: Show's Female Characters Aren't Thinking About Feminism

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After Thaw, Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba

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Camerata En Guaguanco Camerata Romeu

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