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Thu, 08/06/2015 - 21:03

It has many names: Montezuma's Revenge. Delhi Belly. And there are about as many misconceptions about traveler's diarrhea as there are names for it. We're here to explain what actually will help.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 20:26

With the very first question, Donald Trump says he won't pledge that he will support the eventual GOP nominee and leaves open the possibility of running as an independent.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 19:28

Umm Sayyaf has been transferred from U.S. custody to the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Interior.

A fighter with Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, takes down a picture of Syria's President Bashar Assad in the northwestern city of Ariha in May. Jabhat al-Nusra is strong in this area, and recently captured Syrian fighters trained by the U.S.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 17:17

A few dozen moderate rebels were recently sent into northern Syria. But before they could go on their first mission, several were captured. It's the latest sign of trouble with the program.

Ricardo "Cobe" Williams, wearing the cap, served time for attempted murder before joining CeaseFire as a "violence interrupter." Above, he talks with Lil Mikey in a scene from the documentary <em>The Interrupters.</em> Lil Mikey, who'd also been in prison, went on to become an outreach worker with the organization.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:55

Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin has taken the lessons he's learned fighting TB and HIV/AIDS and applied them to stop the spread of gun violence. Because like those diseases, violence is contagious.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:51

A Stradivarius violin, which was stolen and hidden for 35 years, has now been found. It belonged to the late virtuoso Roman Totenberg — the father of NPR's Nina Totenberg. Nina tells the story.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:51

The vast majority of Democratic voters believe that something needs to be done to combat climate change. So, the party's presidential candidates have been racing to tout their environmental plans — and to court environmentalist megadonor Tom Steyer.

Sam's Meat Market was looted and vandalized at least three times during the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., last year.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:51

Last year, many businesses in Ferguson, Mo., were looted and vandalized in unrest that gripped the city. Customers are starting to return, but some owners don't feel positive about staying here.

The Matterhorn mountain (left in distance) after sunrise seen from the Eggishorn mountain, in Fiesch, Switzerland, last month.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:45

The remains of two Japanese climbers reported missing on the iconic Alpine peak in 1970 have been positively identified by Swiss police.

NPR has learned that Netflix's new policy of year-long parental leave applies to employees of its streaming business, but not those in Netflix DVD distribution centers.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:43

Netflix made headlines this week with the announcement. But NPR has found the policy doesn't extend to people who work at Netflix DVD distribution centers.

Republican presidential candidates from left, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and George Pataki take the stage for a pre-debate forum at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Seven of the candidates have not qualified for the primetime debate.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:23

Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore didn't make the prime-time debate. Instead, they took shots at the people they wanted to debate.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 15:07

Egypt has opened a major extension of the Suez Canal, doubling the number of ships that can pass through it. As the shortest route between Asia and Europe, the canal is most lucrative route in the shipping industry.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 15:07

The first official GOP presidential debate is Thursday night in Cleveland. The top 10 candidates — according to an average of five recent national polls — will be on stage. And the seven other candidates will participate in a forum before the debate.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 15:07

Oil and gas are part of the Texas' DNA. But a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline in far West Texas has roiled residents and galvanized deep community opposition.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, took office in 2013.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:41

Prosecutors say Kathleen Kane leaked confidential information from a grand jury to a newspaper in order to embarrass political opponents.

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