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In A Florida County, Overdose Epidemic Is 'More Like A War'

Manatee County, on Florida's west coast, has seen a huge jump in heroin overdoses this year. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Michael Dunn, a fireman in Bradenton who responds to overdose calls daily.
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'All You Can Do Is Pray': Wildfire Rages In Northern California

The Rocky Fire continues to grow as crews struggle to protect homes and businesses.
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Drought Drives California Fires To Unprecedented Speeds

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Mark Ghilarducci with the state emergency services office about the wildfires tearing across California.
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Doctor Who Crusaded For Coal Miners' Health Dies At 87

Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen worked on behalf of coal miners in Appalachia and helped create a national movement against black lung disease.
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Urban Shootings Are On The Rise, But Officials Fail To Pinpoint A Cause

Law enforcement officials discussed a recent increase in shootings in several major cities at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.
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Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'

The Met says it is committed to "colorblind casting" and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.
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Family Of Sandra Bland Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

The federal lawsuit accuses the Texas state trooper who arrested Bland of depriving her of her constitutional rights. Bland was found hanging in a jail cell three days later.
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Just How Arbitrary Is Fox's 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff?

The top 10 candidates, as determined by Fox's analysis of polls, will debate Thursday. But even when you average polls together, it's tough to tell the difference between the lower-ranked hopefuls.
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Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."
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Straighten Your Hair Without Frying It? Engineers Are On The Case

Heat can turn curly locks into a sleek 'do — and can also damage hair permanently. Engineers at Purdue are figuring out how hot is just hot enough when it comes to wielding that flat iron.

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