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Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke makes a point as Republican Sen. Ted Cruz listens Friday during a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. O'Rourke is looking to unseat Cruz in November in what polls suggest has become a surprisingly close race. Tom Fox/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Surprisingly Close Texas Senate Race Sparks Testy Debate For Cruz, O'Rourke

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke sparred on immigration, health care, gun control and national anthem protests. The race could tilt the balance of power in the Senate in November.

Because of a recent court decision, the size of the financial incentive your employer offers you in hopes of motivating you to lower your cholesterol or lose weight may soon shrink. Molly Cranna/Refinery29/Getty Images hide caption

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Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

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Uncertainty over federal standards for these cost-saving programs could trigger different perks for employees, and change what they must do to qualify.

Michel, a retired first sergeant in the U.S. Army, sits with her pet Blade and service dog Lizzy. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Veterans Struggling After Sexual Assault Increasingly Turn To Service Dogs

Though the VA provides veterinary benefits for service dogs assigned to people with physical disabilities, it does not currently recognize psychiatric service dogs for treatment.

Veterans Struggling After Sexual Assault Increasingly Turn To Service Dogs

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Then-FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, right, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, second from left, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have been political targets of President Trump. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Rosenstein Denies That He Discussed Recording Trump, Invoking 25th Amendment

The deputy attorney general rejected a story that described him musing about secretly wearing a wire or conferring with members of the Cabinet about invoking the 25th Amendment.

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How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

"The language of type can be immensely clarifying," says author Merve Emre. In The Personality Brokers she describes how a mother-daughter duo started a multi-million dollar "people sorting" industry.

How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

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John Gallagher in his truck in Fayetteville, N.C. "We've just been taking dispatch calls for swift water rescues, rescuing animals, missing persons," Gallagher said. Maddalena Richards/NPR hide caption

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The Cajun Navy: Heroes Or Hindrances In Hurricanes?

President Trump praised the Cajun Navy during a visit to North Carolina. But federal emergency managers say volunteers can put themselves and others in danger if they don't go through proper channels.

The Cajun Navy: Heroes Or Hindrances In Hurricanes?

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Resource Central employees Max Hartmann (left) and Neka Sunlin haul the MacFarland family's vintage toilet out of their Longmont, Colorado home. Luke Runyon/Freelance hide caption

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As West Grows, Water Use Declines Thanks To Better Toilets

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Despite the growth of population in the western U.S., water use in cities such as Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix is going down. The reason? High-tech, low-flow toilets.

As West Grows, Water Use Declines Thanks To Better Toilets

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The onetime home of the "Internet Research Agency" in Saint Petersburg. Its pro-gun messaging was unusually consistent as part of influence operations against the U.S. Naira Davlashyan/AP hide caption

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Russia's Divisive Twitter Campaign Took A Rare Consistent Stance: Pro-Gun

An analysis of Twitter accounts associated with Russia's influence campaign shows how supportive it was of gun rights and how influential the National Rifle Association's messaging was.

The U.S. is sanctioning China's military for buying equipment from Russia that included fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles. Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) is show with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Russia earlier this month. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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China Fires Back Against U.S. Sanctions For Purchases Of Russian Weapons

The U.S. imposed sanctions after China's military bought new fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system. Trade and military ties are increasing between Russia and China.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department oversees the Census Bureau, approved adding a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Judge Orders Commerce Secretary To Testify About Census Citizenship Question

A federal judge in New York has ordered Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to face questioning under oath over his decision to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Eric, an endangered eastern black rhinoceros, was born and bred at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. He was recently transported to a wild animal reserve in Tanzania where he will be eventually released. Mike Veale/San Diego Zoo Safari Park hide caption

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San Diego Rhino Finds A New Home In Tanzania

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An 8-year-old eastern black rhino bull, born and raised in San Diego, recently made a 68-hour journey to Tanzania where he will eventually be released into the wild.

San Diego Rhino Finds A New Home In Tanzania

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The New York Public Library's Riverside branch is piloting a program called "Grow Up Work Fashion Library," which lends out ties, briefcases and handbags for those with limited resources. Courtesy of New York Public Library hide caption

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If You Have A New York Public Library Card, You Can Now Borrow Ties And Handbags

The New York Public Library's Riverside branch is testing a pilot program that lends out ties, briefcases and handbags to those going on job interviews.

"I found that I feel more empowered and stronger singing with this strange voice that I have," Anthony Roth Costanzo says. Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR hide caption

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Anthony Roth Costanzo: A Countertenor For The 21st Century

The resourceful singer is unafraid to bring opera — and his high-flying top notes — to unlikely places, from sixth-grade classrooms to the offices of NPR.

Anthony Roth Costanzo: A Countertenor For The 21st Century

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Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry Sameer A. Khan hide caption

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Lorraine Hansberry: Radiant, Radical — And More Than 'Raisin'

A new biography of the African-American playwright shows that she was so much more than her most famous work: A Raisin in the Sun.

Lorraine Hansberry: Radiant, Radical — And More Than 'Raisin'

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