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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.
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For Inca Road Builders, Extreme Terrain Was No Obstacle

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian highlights the engineering prowess of the Inca, whose great road once spanned mountains, deserts and forests in 6 South American countries.
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High-Profile Russian Trials Bring International Criticism

The conviction of a Ukrainian filmmaker is one of several cases in Russia that have drawn protests from human-rights groups and Western governments, including the U.S.
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Tropical Storm Erika Falls Apart; Dominica Deaths At 20

The storm caused devastating flooding and landslides on the tiny island earlier this week, but poses less of a threat to Florida, according to National Weather Service forecasts.
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Scientist Who Wrote Protest Song About Canada's PM Is Put On Leave

Tony Turner wrote and sang "Harperman," leading a (barefooted) choir through lyrics that ask questions such as "Who squashes all dissent?" and "Who muzzles all the scientists?"
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On Wall Street: Not Much Fun, But It Sure Was Interesting

Markets have been seeing some of the biggest stock-price swings in years. And economists say the extreme volatility is starting to weigh down consumer confidence.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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How Europe Is Grappling With The Realities Of The Migrant Influx

Several European countries are coming under criticism for their response to a recent surge of migrants. Peter Sutherland, a special representative for the United Nations, discusses the situation.
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By Boat, By Bus, By Any Way Possible: One Refugee's Perilous Journey

Munzar Omar, a teacher from Syria, left his wife and children behind as he searches for a safer home for them. He's one of hundreds of thousands fleeing war in Syria and heading towards Europe.
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Doctors Without Borders To Take Legal Action Against Bollywood Film

The aid organization also known as Médecins Sans Frontières says that Phantom portrays a worker for a "confusingly similar" group who helps track down a terrorist.

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