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Animal Rights Activist On Trial In Canada For Giving Water To Pigs

Aug. 26
Merrit Kennedy / NPR

Anita Krajnc is facing charges of criminal mischief because she gave water to pigs bound for the slaughterhouse. If convicted, she could be sentenced to six months in jail or a $5,000 fine.

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'Southside With You' Has Us Asking: Where Is The Love In Black Movies?

Aug. 26
Leah Donnella / NPR

The movie Southside with You is opening in theaters. The film follows Michelle and Barack Obama's very first date, and shows something we don't get too see too often in film: black romance.

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'Mystery Shoppers' Help U.S. Regulators Fight Racial Discrimination At Banks

Aug. 26
Chris Arnold / NPR

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending undercover operatives to ferret out racial discrimination. They're called "testers" or "mystery shoppers" and pose as customers applying for loans.

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Police Break Up Zimbabwe 'Mega-Demonstration' In Defiance Of Court Order

Aug. 26
Merrit Kennedy / NPR

Police fired tear gas and deployed water cannons to disperse a demonstration, that represented a united opposition front against longtime ruler Robert Mugabe.

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LISTEN: Maine's Governor Unleashes Obscenities On Lawmaker Who Criticized Him

Aug. 26
Camila Domonoske / NPR

Maine Rep. Drew Gattine said it was unhelpful when Gov. Paul LePage made "racially charged" statements. In response, LePage told Gattine, "I am after you" — along with much more vulgar remarks.

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Judge In Stanford Sex Assault Case Is Transferring To Civil Court

Aug. 26
Richard Gonzales / NPR

Judge Aaron Persky's controversial six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman continues to cast a shadow over his deliberations.

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Guess How Many Zika Cases Showed Up At The Olympics?

Aug. 26
Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR

Before the games, computer scientists weren't worried about the spread of Zika. But some public health experts were. What does the data show?

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A New Course At Arkansas Colleges: How To Not Get Pregnant

Aug. 26
Jennifer Ludden / NPR

Arkansas, a Bible Belt state that emphasizes abstinence-only in high school, is launching a mandatory program in its colleges and universities on strategies to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

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Top French Court Suspends Riviera Town's Burkini Ban

Aug. 26
Jason Slotkin / NPR

France's Council of State said the town of Villeneuve-Loubet breached several "fundamental freedoms" by forbidding the swimwear on its beaches. Some 30 towns have instituted such bans this summer.

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Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

Aug. 26
Maria Godoy / NPR

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.