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Roundup: Here's What People Are Saying About Barbie's Diversity Makeover

Feb. 5
Hanna Choi / NPR
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Mattel is rethinking how the Barbie brand could represent women of all colors, shapes and sizes. Some are buying it. Others, not so much.

Two Grad Students Use Science To Bust The Dinner Hoax Of The Century

Feb. 5
Angus Chen / NPR
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In 1951, members of the scientific Explorers Club thought they had dined on prehistoric meat dug out of the Alaskan tundra. The meal became legend. Now two Yale students have unraveled the deception.

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera Has Charlotte's Latino Community Fired Up

Feb. 5
Michael Tomsic / NPR
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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is the second Latino head coach in Super Bowl history. And Charlotte's Latino community is talking about football like never before.

San Diego Heirs Of Jewish Art Collector Get California Attorney General's Support

Feb. 5
By City News Service
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California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris asked a federal appeals court to reinstate a case brought by San Diego heirs of a Jewish art collector forced to give up a valuable Pissarro painting by Nazi functionaries.

Gone Mot: The French Uproar Over Removing Some Circumflex Accents

Feb. 5
Merrit Kennedy / NPR
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Publishers in France are altering the spellings of around 2,400 words in textbooks and will drop the hat-shaped circumflex accent in some cases. That's causing outrage.

'Boy In The Bubble': Marco Rubio Taking Punches From All Corners In N.H.

Feb. 5
Asma Khalid / NPR
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"When everyone's attacking you, you must be doing something right," Rubio told reporters in Manchester this week.

Survey: One In Five Californians Favor Faulconer For Governor

Feb. 5
By City News Service
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A survey found 20 percent of possible voters favor Mayor Kevin Faulconer for governor of California in 2018. That's despite the fact that he hasn't said he intends to run.

Zika May Not Spread In Saliva Or Urine, Health Officials Say

Feb. 5
Rob Stein / NPR
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Discovery of Zika virus in the saliva and urine of infected people is concerning but may not mean the pathogen can actually be transmitted through those fluids, experts caution.

Calif. Official Says Leaking Gas Well Might Be Sealed As Soon As Next Week

Feb. 5
Camila Domonoske / NPR
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An adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown says the well that has been leaking since October could be capped in days — sooner than the end-of-February target that had been set by the utility that owns the well.

High Costs For Drugs Used By A Few Are Starting To Add Up

Feb. 5
Pauline Bartolone, CALmatters / NPR

A cystic fibrosis drug that is expected to be taken by only a few hundred people may drain almost $36 million from California's general fund over two fiscal years.

Is It Time To Stop Using Race In Medical Research?

Feb. 5
Angus Chen / NPR
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Medical researchers often use race to define health risks. But a geneticist and a sociologist say racial categories don't accurately reflect who people are, and that science has to change.

Mapping Zika: From A Monkey In Uganda To A Growing Global Concern

Feb. 5
Marc Silver / NPR
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The virus was first identified in 1947 in a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest. Our maps show how it spread slowly at first, then last year began a rapid invasion of the Americas.

Sheriff Department's Body-Cam Pilot Program Gets Underway

Feb. 5
By City News Service
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Sworn personnel with the sheriff's department are taking part in the three-month trial period of the cameras, which record video and audio records of law enforcement officers' interactions with the public.

Hillary Clinton's Emails: 5 Questions Answered

Feb. 5
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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Clinton's use of a private email server has become an issue in her presidential bid. Here's what we know about the FBI's investigation, whether she could be charged with a crime and what happens next.

Don Coryell Again Among Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists

Feb. 5
By City News Service
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The late San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell and two alumni of San Diego high schools, Terrell Davis and John Lynch, are among the 18 finalists who will be considered Saturday for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dave Mirra, A Superstar Of BMX, Has Died In What Police Say Was Suicide

Feb. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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"We love you, Dave Mirra. We're going to miss you," says the mayor of Greenville, N.C., the town where the legendary X Games athlete lived for years.

Roundtable Spotlights Foster, Spanos, Televangelist and Body-Cam Videos

Feb. 5
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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Marne Foster pleads guilty and resigns as San Diego school trustee. Chargers' Dean Spanos reconsiders San Diego. The district attorney deals with tons of body-cam videos. And a televangelist wants to build a Christian resort in Mission Valley.

Manhattan Crane Collapse Kills At Least 1 Person

Feb. 5
Merrit Kennedy / NPR
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At least two people were seriously injured when the crane collapsed early Friday, the New York City Fire Department says. Several cars in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood were crushed.