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In 1968, Poor Americans Came to D.C. To Protest, Some By Mule

Fifty years ago, photographer and folklorist Roland Freeman hitched his hopes to a humble caravan of mule-driven wagons. The Mule Train left the small town of Marks, in the Mississippi Delta, for Washington, D.C. It was part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last major effort to mobilize impoverished …

Black History

Results Of At-Home Genetic Tests For Health Can Be Hard To Interpret

Rita Adele Steyn's mother had a double mastectomy in her 40s because she had so many lumps in her breasts. Her first cousin died of breast cancer. And Steyn's sister is going through chemotherapy for the disease now. Steyn worries she might be next.<p>"Sometimes you feel like you beat the odds. And …

Molecular Biology

DHS: Nearly 2,000 Children Separated From Adults At Border In 6 Weeks

The Department of Homeland Security says 1,995 minors were separated from their "alleged adult guardians" at the southern border in just over a monthlong period.<p>A DHS spokesman said the separations occurred between April 19 and the end of May under the administration's relatively new "zero …

Immigration

“Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas” Tries to Do Something Fruitful with Anxiety and Despair

Samantha Bee, steaming about politics on “Full Frontal,” is a virtuoso of righteous outrage. John Oliver, fuming behind his desk on “Last Week Tonight,” sputters truth to power. Like those other series, “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas” is an exercise in op-edutainment—a comedian’s para-journalistic …

Dismal Copper River salmon run prompts ‘unprecedented’ shutdown of dipnetting at Chitina

The state is taking the historic action of shutting down Copper River dipnetting at the popular, physically demanding sites around Chitina.<p>The Alaska …

Fishing

'The Perfect Weapon' Tells The Story Of Growing Cyber War That The U.S. Is Fighting

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with David Sanger about his new book <i>The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age.</i> It tells the story of the growing cyber war that the U.S. is fighting in secret.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>This week, we've heard a lot about what was discussed at the summit …

North Korea

Remember Last Year's Hepatitis A Outbreak? This Year It's So Much Worse.

Cases of the potentially deadly liver disease have nearly doubled as outbreaks spread nationwide.<p>A severe but localized hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego last fall has morphed into outbreaks across multiple states ― the latest arising in Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana ― with no signs of the virus …

Public Health

What an official end to the Korean War would mean to those who fought it

Kim Jong-hwan fought along the river near his hometown of Daegu, South Korea, in 1950 to protect a crucial southern port from falling to the North. Sal Scarlato from Brooklyn was just 19 and newly enlisted in the Marines when he sailed in 1952 to join the war against Communism, smoking Lucky …

North Korea

'Beyond The Streets,' And Far From Vandalism: Street Art Gets A Massive Show

Outlaws. That's what they were considered when they spray-painted walls and bombed subway cars with modern-day hieroglyphics. They worked in alleys and train yards, bridges and tunnels. Now, many of them are being celebrated in a massive warehouse near Los Angeles' Chinatown.<p>The exhibition "Beyond …

Streetwear

6 Types of Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Whether you’re tying your tent’s rainfly down in a nasty storm, lashing your kayak to a well-used roof rack, or making some on-the-trail gear …

Handy

Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success?

Ever since he had Lasik surgery two years ago, Geobanni Ramirez sees everything in triplicate.<p>The surgery he hoped would improve his vision left the 33-year-old graphic artist struggling with extreme light sensitivity, double vision and visual distortions that create halos around bright objects and …

Ohio State University

Does the US have a pet tiger problem?

<b>There may be more captive tigers in the US than wild ones in the rest of the world. But in states like Texas that bristle at government interference, no-one really knows how many are being kept as pets.</b><p>Taj was a four-month-old tiger cub when purchased at a Texas truck stop by the driver of an …

Wildlife

Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees

<b>A tree regarded as the icon of the African savannah is dying in mysterious circumstances.</b><p>International scientists have discovered that most of the oldest and largest African baobabs have died over the past 12 years.<p>They suspect the demise may be linked to climate change, although they have no …

Southern Africa

Net Neutrality Has Been Rolled Back — But It's Not Dead Yet

The Obama-era federal regulations known as net neutrality are done – at least for now. Though whether anything will change depends on where you live, and what internet service providers choose to do with their newfound freedom.<p>The net neutrality rules were approved in 2015. Companies couldn't pay …

Net Neutrality

Supreme Court says states can remove voters who skip elections, ignore warnings

WASHINGTON – Failing to vote can lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that probably will help Republicans and hurt Democrats.<p>The court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 that Ohio did not violate federal laws by purging …

Government

Flash Flood Tears Through Maryland Town For Second Time In Two Years

Fast-moving flood waters caused mayhem in Ellicott City, Md., on Sunday, triggering an emergency declaration and urgent messages for residents to seek higher ground. One man remains missing, as crews work to clear the area.<p>Howard County Police say Eddison Hermond, 39, of Severn, Md., is unaccounted …

Weather

More Rain, More Development Spell Disaster For Some U.S. Cities

There's more rain falling on some parts of the U.S. than there used to be, and many towns just aren't ready for the flooding that follows.<p>Ellicott City, Md., is one such community. Nestled in a valley west of Baltimore, the town was founded in 1772, and some Revolutionary War-era buildings still …

Weather

ISIS Wives, With Children In Tow, Are Handed Long Jail Sentences Or Death Penalty

A young woman in a traditional long black cloak and a pink prison shirt holds a baby as she stands before a judge.<p>Then a toddler, becoming agitated in the hallway, is led into the wooden dock to join her mother. The little girl is perhaps 2 years old. She clutches the folds of her mother's black …

Human Rights

What To Watch For As Trump Takes Aim At ACA Protections

The Trump administration is refusing to defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, essentially arguing that federal courts should find the health law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions unconstitutional.<p>The federal lawsuit hinges on the ACA's individual mandate, or the …

Health Care

Trump Administration Move Imperils Pre-Existing Condition Protections

The Trump administration's decision to abandon the Affordable Care Act in an ongoing court challenge could affect some of the most popular pillars of the law — further intensifying the fight over health care in the middle of an election year.<p>It is unusual for the Justice Department to refuse to …

Health Care

CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.<p>Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and …

Mental Health

S.C. Man Pleads Guilty To Enslaving Mentally Disabled Man

A former restaurant manager from Conway, S.C., admitted that he used physical violence, threats and intimidation to compel an intellectually disabled black man to work for more than 100 hours a week for years.<p>Bobby Paul Edwards, 53, has pleaded guilty to one count of forced labor and faces up to 20 …

Crime

Lava From Kilauea Boils Away Freshwater Lake In Hawaii

Green Lake was gone in hours.<p>Lava from Kilauea volcano spilled across highways and into Hawaii's Green Lake — a major source of freshwater on Hawaii's Big Island — and evaporated all the water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.<p>The flow created a huge plume of steam as it hit the lake …

Big Island (Hawaii)

Arizona Police Officers On Leave After Video Showed Them Punching Unarmed Man

Three police officers and a sergeant in Mesa, Ariz., have been placed on leave after the police chief was shown surveillance video footage of multiple officers surrounding an unarmed black man and punching him repeatedly.<p>The beating has prompted protests in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix.<p>Chief Ramon …

Law Enforcement

Fish | The North Slope Borough

More general information on fish<p>This <b>List of Names of Species on the North Slope</b> includes scientific names, common names and <i>Iñupiat</i> names of fish (and …

A Longtime Israeli-Palestinian Friendship Falls Apart

Eight years ago, we introduced two unlikely friends: an Israeli and a Palestinian — who once believed peace could override enemy lines. Dana Levy and Mohammed Saqar met in the late 1990s, as teenagers at a Seeds of Peace summer camp in the U.S.<p>Both had lost family in the region's conflicts, but …

Israel

Coal Miners' Fund Set For Deep Cuts As Black Lung Epidemic Grows

A new government report says that the federal black lung trust fund that helps sick and dying coal miners pay living and medical expenses could incur a $15 billion deficit in the next 30 years. That's if a congressionally mandated funding cut occurs as planned at the end of the year.<p>The cut in the …

Fossil Fuels

Flooding And Rising Seas Threaten America's Oldest Farmland

Bob Fitzgerald lives on the edge of a flat field that's just a few feet above sea level. It's the same spot on Maryland's Eastern Shore where his ancestors settled before the U.S. became a country.<p>"The land grant came into the family in 1666," he says.<p>When he was a child his parents grew tomatoes, …

University of Maryland

So Longhand: Has Cursive Reached The End Of The Line?

<i>Geoff Nunberg (</i>@GeoffNunberg) <i>is a linguist who teaches at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley.</i><p>Is longhand doomed? People were predicting that as early as 1938, when <i>The New York Times</i> warned that writing by hand would soon be swallowed by the universal typewriter. …

University of California

Report: Rural Poverty In America Is 'An Emergency'

The United States does not stack up favorably when compared to other nations with advanced economies when it comes to childhood poverty worldwide, according to a new report, which considered factors such as the lack of access to quality food, high adolescent birth rates and a child dropping out of …

Income Inequality