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Young entrepreneurs in Africa say that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.
Aug. 3, 2015
New York law requires toy guns made in realistic colors to have a bright, one-inch wide orange stripe "down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel," according to a press release.
Aug. 3, 2015
Cal Fire says almost 3,000 firefighters — using four airtanker planes, 19 helicopters, and 285 fire engines — have been "working aggressively to build control lines."
Aug. 3, 2015
Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.
Aug. 3, 2015
Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.
Aug. 3, 2015
The Koch brothers' political network of wealthy donors this weekend auditioned five GOP presidential candidates, another sign of billionaires' increasing political clout.
Aug. 3, 2015
The official recognition by the International Olympic Committee means that disc sports are now eligible for future Olympic Games.
Aug. 3, 2015
Puerto Rico's default on Monday raises pressure on Washington to step in with help and opens a new chapter in Puerto Rico's relationship with its lenders — one now expected to move to the courts.
Aug. 3, 2015
Host Melissa Block speaks to West Virginia University law professor James Van Nostrand about the impact of EPA power plant rules in his state.
Aug. 3, 2015
If the president's Clean Power Plan survives legal and political challenges, the nation's electricity industry will have 15 years to remake itself and reduce CO2 emissions by a hefty margin.
Aug. 3, 2015
Even before he officially unveiled it, President Obama's plan to cut the carbon pollution produced by power plants faced significant opposition.
Aug. 3, 2015
Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo., officer who shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, spoke with the New Yorker's Jake Halpern. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Halpern about the interviews.
Aug. 3, 2015
Correspondent Don Gonyea tells NPR's Melissa Block that unlike official GOP debates, which will limit the number of participants, all the hopefuls were invited to to appear in Manchester on Monday.
Aug. 3, 2015
HitchBOT, the robot that hitchhiked across Canada and Europe, was found vandalized beyond repair in Philadelphia on Saturday. Its makers hope people remember "all the joy" it brought.
Aug. 3, 2015
Motorists everywhere are noticing: Gasoline prices are dropping again. Some experts expect them to keep falling — down to perhaps $2 by winter. But in Alabama, gas prices are nearly that low already.
Aug. 3, 2015
The drug derived from the venom of cone snails must be injected into the spinal column to get beyond a patient's blood-brain barrier and bring relief. But scientists think they may have a work-around.
Aug. 3, 2015
Foraging bumblebees can pick up nearly half their weight in pollen before heading home to the hive, research shows. All that weight tucked into hollows on their hind legs can complicate flying.
Aug. 3, 2015
She's Miss Wheelchair Nigeria and an activist for the disabled. Today, she introduced President Obama as he spoke to young African leaders. But she still faces discrimination in public bathrooms.
Aug. 3, 2015
Soccer is the national sport. But this was a big weekend for hoops in Johannesburg. Two top local teams faced off and the NBA played its first African exhibition game.
Aug. 3, 2015
Key elements of the Clean Power Plan include a requirement that would cut the power industry's carbon pollution by 32 percent below 2005 levels in the next 15 years.
Aug. 3, 2015

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