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Shanghai Subway Crash Renews Questions About Safety In China

There's been another train crash in China — this time a collision of subway trains in Shanghai earlier today. The accident injured more than 200 people.

It's yet another blow to China's image.

As NPR's Louisa Lim reported Monday on All Things Considered in a piece about the recent collision between high-speed trains, China's "Great Leap Forward" mentality toward development may be "clashing with questions of safety."

Today's crash, ABC News adds, has some Chinese "Netizens" incensed:

"Because Twitter is blocked in Mainland China, many people have turned to its Chinese counterpart, Sina Weibo, to vent their anger.

" 'Last time one train on Line 2 went into the wrong direction,' a Sina Weibo user named 'China' wrote. 'They said they were fine-tuning it, and there would be no crashes. How could they explain it now?'

" 'Accidents one after another, what happened to China!' Sina Weibo user 'Jiaboshi' wrote.

" 'Faulty products are threatening our lives!' 'Kanlai9851' wrote."

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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