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U.S.-Russia Deal: Syria Has A Week To Detail Chemical Arsenal

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S and Russia have agreed on a plan to rid Syria of its chemical weapons by the middle of 2014. But the plan gives Syria only a week to detail its chemical arsenal.

In Flooded Colorado, Rescue Amid The Rain

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from flooded areas of Colorado, which on Saturday saw a brief break in heavy rain. But with more rain in the forecast, lives and homes remain in danger.

New York Underground: Exploring City Caves And Catacombs

Urban explorer Steve Duncan goes underground, examining the hidden infrastructure of major cities all over the world: their tunnels, subways and sewers. Late in 2010, NPR's Jacki Lyden joined Duncan and a group of subterranean adventurers in New York. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 2, 2011.)

Cold War Flashback? Vienna Villa Alleged To Be NSA Post

Austrian news reports say a stately villa in Vienna serves as a sophisticated listening post that spies on the city's residents. But the U.S. and Austrian governments say the facility is merely for gathering open source information.

How 'J-Lho' May Keep Democrats Out Of New York Mayor's Office

Republican Joe Lhota wants to be the next mayor of New York. He faces long odds — Democrats outnumber Republicans 6-to-1 in the city. But New Yorkers haven't elected a Democrat mayor in more than two decades. And with the general election just seven weeks away, Democrats facing a potential runoff don't yet have a nominee.

At Fashion Week, Color Pops And Models Call For Diversity

Famed fashion icons Bethann Hardison, Iman and Naomi Campbell have joined a coalition that presses for more diverse representation on the runway. The group has sent a letter to the governing bodies of the fashion world calling out specific designers for their lack of diversity.

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.

Colorado Gets Brief Break From Flood Warnings; Rain Is Forecast

The rains that brought severe flooding have eased, allowing people who in northern and central Colorado a chance to regroup before more rain comes, possibly as soon as Saturday afternoon. The floods have been blamed for four deaths.

Hotline Responders Answer Veterans' Desperate Calls

Employees at the Veterans Crisis Line work to stop suicides by helping veterans in crisis. A mother of two service members struggles through calls with young veterans, while another responder knows first-hand what it feels like to have a flashback.

D.C. Wants To Make Sure You Truly Want That Tattoo

The Washington, D.C., health department has proposed a 24-hour tattoo waiting period. A spokeswoman says it's designed to help customers avoid ink they'll later regret. But NPR's Scott Simon notes that for many, the whole appeal of tattoos is that they are painful — and permanent.