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A man works in a Florida agricultural field on a hot, humid day in July 2023, one of the hottest months ever recorded in the state. There are no federal heat regulations. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Florida blocks heat protections for workers, just as summer approaches

Miami-Dade County had proposed rules that would give workers breaks, water, and shade when it's too hot. But a new state law prevents cities and counties from doing that.

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Colin Farrell unravels the mystery of the missing woman and himself in the neo-noir 'Sugar'

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Oscar-nominated actor about his new Apple TV+ series, Sugar. Like his character, Farrell says he used to play film clips in his head.

Colin Farrell unravels mystery of the missing woman and himself in neo-noir 'Sugar'

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The U.S. market for domestic mail delivery is by far the largest in the world, and a recent report found its prices are very low compared to other developed countries. The U.S. Postal Service said this week that it wants to raise rates in July. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Forever Stamp is forever rising in price. How does the U.S. cost compare globally?

U.S. stamps are heading for their sixth price hike since 2021. In raw numbers, only four countries in a recent study of 31 developed nations had cheaper stamps than the U.S.

President Biden gestures after speaking about student loan debt relief at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisc., on Monday. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wisconsin's 'Mad City' is a rational choice for Biden's appeal to youth

It is not much of an exaggeration, if it is one at all, that college towns are to the Democrats today what factory towns were through most of the 20th century.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks about the necessity to expand Medicaid in the state during a rally on March 6 in Topeka. Kelly on Friday vetoed a proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors. Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP hide caption

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Kansas governor vetoes proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly also vetoed a measure to require more reporting from abortion providers and what she called a "vague" bill making it a crime to coerce someone into having an abortion.

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Los Angeles needs more early education teachers. It's looking to train parents

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When Dana Carranza started her family, she put her own career goals on pause and needed extra support. Now she has that through a program that funds parents with kids in Head Start to take classes and become teachers in early education.

Preview visitors attend the Neo Rauch exhibition "Begleiter" at Pinakothek der Moderne art museum in Munich, Germany, on April 19, 2010. Johannes Simon/Getty Images hide caption

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Open Wall nights could lead to the next artistic visionary

An art gallery worker lost his job in February after hanging up his own art. NPR's Scott Simon thinks an Open Wall night might be a good way to give artists who are not huge names a chance to shine.

Opinion: Open Wall nights could lead to the next artistic visionary

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Some California users of Google were not able to access local news on Friday after the tech giant restricted news links in the state in response to a bill that would force the tech giant to pay publishers. Don Ryan/AP hide caption

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Google blocks California news in response to bill that would force tech giant to pay

The company on Friday said it has started blocking California-based news outlets to protest a pending bill that supporters say would extend a lifeline to the ailing news industry.

Denise Lee on her last day of chemo. In addition to chemo and surgery, she was treated with immunotherapy. She's currently in remission. Denise Lee hide caption

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After 40 years of smoking, she survived lung cancer thanks to new treatments

Scientific advances in immunotherapy and new targeted therapies have increased survival rates. But screening among former and current smokers still needs to improve to save more lives.

After 40 years of smoking, she survived lung cancer thanks to new treatments

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1 person killed, 13 injured when a stolen semi crashes into a Texas public safety office

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The Texas Department of Public Safety said a man who had been denied a commercial driver's license drove a stolen 18-wheeler into its office in Brenham, about 75 miles northwest of Houston.

Surgeon Christoph Haller and his research team from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children are working on technology that could someday result in an artificial womb to help extremely premature babies. Chloe Ellingson for NPR hide caption

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An artificial womb could build a bridge to health for premature babies

Artificial wombs could someday save babies born very prematurely. Even though the experimental technology is still in animal tests, there are mounting questions about its eventual use with humans.

An artificial womb could build a bridge to health for premature babies

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Pope Francis remains popular among U.S. Catholics, with 75% having favorable views of him, according to a Pew Research report. But many self-identified Catholics disagree with various teachings of their church. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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6 in 10 U.S. Catholics are in favor of abortion rights, Pew Research report finds

Although the Catholic Church officially opposes abortion, the report says there's far greater diversity of opinion among laity in the U.S.

Michael Casey (L) is shown here with U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Timothy Haugh, at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on July 12, 2023. Casey is now the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. counterintelligence head says the list of threats is long and getting longer

Mike Casey tells NPR that the scale of spying against the United States is "impressive and terrifying." He says: "More players are getting into it with more tools, going after more targets."

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Is Israel perpetuating a cycle of radicalization rather than ending it?

For months, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been insisting that the goal of Israel's bombardment in Gaza is to "destroy Hamas." But is it possible that the war could ignite a cycle of radicalization in the region?

Is Israel perpetuating a cycle of radicalization rather than ending it?

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Would you qualify for the jury on a Trump trial? Find out in the quiz

Why is a famous elementary particle in the news? Where is Chechnya and what did it ban? Which prince is Andrew again? If you know these things, you'll get at least a 3 out of 11.

Volunteers with Turtles Fly Too and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center prepare to release rehabilitated and endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the waters off Jekyll Island, Ga. Sofi Gratas/GPB News hide caption

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Sea turtles get a second chance after stranding in cold waters

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Jekyll Island, Georgia, saw it's largest-ever sea turtle release recently. The rehabilitated turtles, which had been stunned by cold waters or injured, returned to the Atlantic Ocean.

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So long, skinny jeans. See you in the next cycle

Skinny jeans are out and looser pants are in. But it's so much more than that. This is the logic and life cycle behind fashion trends.

So long, skinny jeans. See you in the next cycle

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