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UNICEF Picks YouTube Star As Ambassador

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017

Known as "Superwoman" to her 12 million online followers, Lilly Singh represents a new kind of celebrity — and that's exactly why UNICEF's made her the face of its cause.

As Rain Keeps Falling, Sierra Leone Scrambles To Find Mudslide Survivors

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017

Idalia Amaya, an emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, says the top priority is rescuing people trapped in their homes under the mud.

With Heavy Drinking On The Rise, How Much Is Too Much?

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017

Binge drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge drinking.

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Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 4:45 p.m.

It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the state from suspending payments to the medical provider over a controversial leaked video of Planned Parenthood staff.

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Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 3:51 p.m.

Each year more than 600,000 babies die of sepsis. Researchers have found a simple way to prevent it: Feed babies probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.

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OHA To Eclipse Visitors: Beware Of Harmful Algae Blooms In Water

OPB | Aug. 16, 2017 2:24 p.m. | Portland

Eclipse campers might be tempted to find an alternative source for drinking water in lakes or rivers. But the Oregon Health Authority says that's not a good idea.

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Hippos, Anthrax And Hunger Make A Deadly Mix

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 12:16 p.m.

In Zambia, some people were so hungry that they risked their health to eat hippo meat infected with anthrax. Researchers say it reveals how food insecurity can spread disease.

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6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 10:16 a.m.

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knee joints today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 10:15 a.m.

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Visits Hanford Nuclear Site

Northwest News Network | Aug. 16, 2017 7:15 a.m.

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Hanford site outside of Richland, Washington, Tuesday.

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Oregon Expands Abortion, Reproductive Coverage

AP | Aug. 16, 2017 7:14 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill expanding coverage on abortions and other reproductive services to thousands of Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity.

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Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 6:18 a.m.

A growing number of food videos aim to trigger ASMR — Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or pleasing sensations in the brains of some viewers — by focusing on sounds like chopping and stirring.

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CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

NPR | Aug. 15, 2017 1:40 p.m.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that ending what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years.

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