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Environment
6:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow?

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Goats and Soda
6:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

A woman receives the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine at a clinical trial in Conakry, Guinea. The vaccine appears effective after only one shot.
Cellou Binani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

Doctors Without Borders is calling it a "champagne moment." The World Health Organization says it's a "game changer."

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of participants who were at high risk for the virus. Although the results are preliminary, they offer new hope of finally stamping out the virus in West Africa — and preventing the next epidemic.

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Law
6:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

Sgt. Barbara Johnson and Corrections Lt. Robbin Preston run the Tuba City Juvenile Detention Center on the Navajo Nation.
Laurel Morales NPR

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

State courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes such as truancy and alcohol use than any other racial and ethnic group, according to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. And juvenile detention facilities around the country have a disproportionately high number of Native American youth, according to an Indian Law and Order Commission report.

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World News
5:56 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Threats to press freedom are on the rise in Latin America

Hundreds of Mexican journalists silently marched in downtown Mexico City in protest of the kidnappings, murder and violence against journalists perpetrated by drug cartels. 

Courtesy of the Knight Foundation

Bad news for journalists in Latin America. There's been an increase in the number of violent attacks against reporters throughout the region. A recent report by the watchdog group Freedom House points out that government harassment of reporters is also up in many Latin American countries.

One country in particular tops the list as one of the most dangerous places for journalists today: Mexico.

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World News
5:53 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Did Gisele Bündchen hide from the Paparazzi by wearing a burqa?

Brazilian top model Gisele Bündchen poses before the showcase of the Colcci Summer 2016 Ready To Wear collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week.

Jose Patricio/Reuters

On a trip to her plastic surgeon in Paris, international supermodel Gisele Bündchen reportedly chose to go incognito — by covering herself in a black burqa. During the month of Ramadan, no less.

Burqas have long been controversial in France, especially since the country banned them from the public in 2010.

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The Two-Way
5:48 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Zimbabwe Official Calls For Extradition Of American Lion Hunter Walter Palmer

Zimbabwe is seeking the extradition of Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed a famous lion named Cecil, which was being tracked in a university study.

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The Two-Way
5:47 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Decades Of Limbo Ends For Some Indians, Bangladeshis Along Border

At the stroke of midnight, tens of thousands of Indians and Bangladeshis living near the border between the two countries got their own country for the first time in 70 years.

As part of an agreement between the two nations, the fate of just under 15,000 people living in 51 Bangladeshi enclaves inside India and more than 37,000 in 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh has finally been determined. Most will stay where they are, but change their nationality. Some are moving, and some of them are leaving behind family members.

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World News
5:39 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Project to translate 'Walden' into Farsi becomes a cultural exchange

Replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.

Shirin Jaafari

Alireza Taghdarreh never forgets the first time he heard about Henry David Thoreau.

It was back in 1982, in Iran.

"I [heard it] on a $1 pocket radio. ... It said 'the man who goes alone can start today but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready,'" he recalls.

His reaction to the words could be described as love at first sound.

They sounded just like lines from the beloved Iranian poets his grandfather constantly recited to him.

And so he set out on a journey. He wanted to learn as much as he could about Thoreau.

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It's All Politics
5:26 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Hillary Clinton Releases 8 Years Of Tax Returns

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Iowa earlier this week.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:16 pm

This post was updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton released eight years worth of tax returns Friday, showing that she and her husband Bill Clinton earned $139 million since 2007. They paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes during that period. The couple's effective federal tax rate ranged from 25 percent in 2007 to 36 percent last year.

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Music Interviews
5:24 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

What Does It Mean To Be A Child Prodigy In Jazz?

Joey Alexander, 12, recently released his debut album.
Rebecca Meek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

What do Mozart, Herbie Hancock and Michael Jackson have in common? For one, their musical talent was discovered early — they were all considered child prodigies.

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