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National Zoo Welcomes Two Fishing Cats

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The National Zoo is celebrating a milestone with the birth of two fishing cats. Officials say the twin kittens were the first fishing cats to be bred and produced at the zoo.

The kittens were born last month and are classified as an endangered species.

The mother and the kittens are being monitored through a closed-circuit camera to allow them time to bond, and will make their public debut later this summer.

Officials say the kittens will become valuable breeders because their genes are not well represented in the captive population.

The zoo says fishing cats are disappearing from their native habitats in India and Southeast Asia due to water pollution, poaching and shrimp farming. In 2008, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified the species as endangered.

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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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