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This laser unit is one of six that repel thieving birds from the blueberry fields of Meduri Farms near Jefferson, Ore. Tom Banse/Northwest News Network hide caption

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The Salt

Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds

Laser beams that sweep erratically across crops have shown promise in protecting harvests from loss caused by birds. But researchers are still studying whether the beams may harm the animals' retinas.

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V.S. Naipaul, Controversial Author And Nobel Laureate, Dies At 85

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Eve Clark, 10, and Maggie Berry, 17, help with chores at Vision Aire Farms. They are seen in the barn, adjacent to the milking parlor. Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism hide caption

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For Wisconsin's Dairy Farmers, Tariffs Could Reshape The Race For The Senate

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Absent-Minded Calm Shores
Cover The Waterfront
Nova Amon Tobin
Appalachian Rain Mountain Hollow Music
Picking in the Moonlight Mountain Hollow Music
Opposing Bodies Lymbyc Systym
Geometer Lymbyc Systym

A voter in Sandy Springs, Ga. on May 9, 2018. Georgia is one of 14 states that use electronic voting machines that don't produce a paper trail to verify results, which concerns many security experts. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Election Security Becomes A Political Issue In Georgia Governor's Race

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Angela Lang, executive director of BLOC, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities sits for a portrait in front of her childhood home Aug. 7, 2018 Milwaukee. BLOC, a community based group works in Milwaukee neighborhoods with a purpose of uniting and informing its citizens of current issues along with political insight to better their community. Darren Hauck for NPR hide caption

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Wisconsin Political Activists Hope A 'Silent Canvass' Will Win Back Black Voters

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Everything City of the Sun

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Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds

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Our Path To.. MIAOU
When I'm Not Around Junior Boys

Former Guantanamo guard Steve Wood, right, flew to Mauritania this spring to visit Mohamedou Ould Slahi — the detainee he once spent his days guarding. Slahi was released from Guantanamo in 2016. Courtesy of Mohamedou Slahi hide caption

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A Guantanamo Guard And His Detainee Reunite

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Maria Bobby Sanabria
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