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Scientists are in the early stages of developing new tests that could predict accurately if a woman is at risk of delivering her baby early. Steve Debenport/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Search For Causes Of Preterm Birth And Better Ways To Test For Risk

Preterm birth, a leading cause of death in infants, remains stubbornly hard to prevent. Researchers are on the hunt for a better understanding of what causes it and better ways to diagnose risk.

Police officers use a mirror to see inside a Trader Joe's store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday. Los Angeles police say 28-year-old Gene Evin Atkins took hostages in a three-hour standoff at the store. Christian Dunlop/AP hide caption

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Gunman Faces Murder Charges After LA Trader Joe's Standoff Left 1 Dead

Police say the 28-year-old gunman surrendered three hours after he barricaded in the store and held dozens of bystanders hostage in the city's Silver Lake neighborhood.

Roman marbles are on display in the San Giovanni metro station, part of Line C of Rome's subway, in 2017. Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rome's Subway Expansion Reveals Artifacts From The Ancient Past

Construction on a new subway line has uncovered marble busts, frescoes, mosaics, even ancient peach pits, dating back nearly 2,000 years. Archaeologists have also found an ancient military barracks.

Rome's Subway Expansion Reveals Artifacts From The Ancient Past

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Milo Cress says straws are among the most common disposable plastic items, along with bottle caps, that can be found polluting oceans and beaches. Milos Bicanski/Getty Images hide caption

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One Child's Outsized Influence On The Debate Over Plastic Straws

One of the most common statistics that comes up in conversations around plastic straw waste comes from a study conducted by Milo Cress when he was just nine years old.

One Child's Outsized Influence On The Debate Over Plastic Straws

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"As long as I'm investing my time, effort, energy and attention to these things, I think there's no question that I can make them better," T.I. says. Zach Wolfe/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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T.I. Is Dreaming Big For Atlanta's Future

The Atlanta rapper wants to tackle big issues affecting his native city, from affordable housing and employment opportunities to better education.

T.I. Is Dreaming Big For Atlanta's Future

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Texas Attorney General candidate Justin Nelson leads a pub crawl across three congressional districts in downtown Austin - the Pub Crawl to End Gerrymandering. Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT hide caption

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After Supreme Court Punts On Gerrymandering, Democrats Make It A Campaign Issue

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Democrats around the country are mobilizing around the issue of gerrymandering. But whether it's enough to excite voters who often sit out midterm elections is another question.

After Supreme Court Punts On Gerrymandering, Democrats Make It A Campaign Issue

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Jose and Elaine Belardo's lives were upended last year when he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption

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How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer's?

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Only about half the people with Alzheimer's symptoms get a diagnosis, partly out of fear of an incurable decline, doctors suspect. But Jose Bolardo says facing the future allows him to plan for it.

How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer's?

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Loxie Loring walks with a group of marchers to remember her daughter, Ashley Loring, who went missing from the Blackfeet Reservation more than a year ago. Nate Hegyi/Yellowstone Public Radio hide caption

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Doctoral Student Compiles Database Of Indigenous Women Who've Gone Missing

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A Southern Cheyenne woman found no solid data on the many indigenous women in the U.S. and Canada who have gone missing or been killed under suspicious circumstances. So she compiled it herself.

Doctoral Student Compiles Database Of Indigenous Women Who've Gone Missing

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President Trump drew widespread criticism for his remarks at a joint press conference in Helsinki on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Xinhua News Agency/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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After Trump's Helsinki Comments, Ohio County GOP Chairman Resigns With 'No Regrets'

Chris Gagin, former chairman for the Republican Party in Ohio's Belmont County, stands by his choice to resign after President Trump appeared to back Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After Trump's Helsinki Comments, Ohio County GOP Chairman Resigns With 'No Regrets'

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Matthew Caruana Galizia (left) and Paul Caruana Galizia, the sons of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, attend a vigil outside the Maltese High Commission in London on April 16, six months after she was assassinated. Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mastermind Behind Malta Journalist Killing Remains A Mystery

Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb last October. The final words on her blog were: "There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate."

Mastermind Behind Malta Journalist Killing Remains A Mystery

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People walk past tributes to the victims of MH17, placed on signage for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia in 2014. Several AIDS activists on their way to the conference were killed. Scott Barbour/Getty Images hide caption

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4 Years After MH17 Downing, Advocates Urge Continued Attention To AIDS Crisis

It's been four years since the attack on a flight in Ukraine killed several AIDS prevention advocates. Ahead of a conference, one advocate says they would have wanted to keep attention on the fight.

4 Years After MH17 Downing, Advocates Urge Continued Attention To AIDS Crisis

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Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer of President Donald Trump, taped their conversation about payments to Karen McDougal. The former Playboy model hoped to publish an account of her alleged affair with Trump. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Cohen Recorded A Conversation With Trump About Paying An Ex-Playboy Model

The FBI found the secret recording after a raid on the lawyer's office in April. His lawyer says, "Suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it will not hurt Mr. Cohen."

In the White House briefing room, Sarah Sanders often moves quickly from one news outlet to the next, cutting off follow-up questions and ending press conferences with many reporters' questions unanswered. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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In The White House Press Room, Sarah Sanders Channels President Trump

Sarah Sanders is marking one year as White House press secretary, a job that requires her to understand and reflect Trump's combative style.

In The White House Press Room, Sarah Sanders Channels President Trump

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A member of the Russian protest-art group Pussy Riot is escorted by stewards during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Act Of Bravery At The World Cup

NPR's Scott Simon recounts an act of bravery in the World Cup championship game that happened in President Putin's Russia.

Opinion: An Act Of Bravery At The World Cup

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The way cows digest food takes a lot of energy and generates a lot of heat. This makes them lose their appetite and produce less milk. Mose Buchele/KUT hide caption

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As Milk Production Cools In Summer, Farmers Try To Help Cows Take The Heat

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From fans and misting water to creating a whole new breed of cow, farmers and researchers are fighting rising temperatures to keep the dairy industry from losing millions of dollars to "heat stress."

As Milk Production Cools In Summer, Farmers Try To Help Cows Take The Heat

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