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Pope, Head Of The Russian Orthodox Church Meet For The First Time

Feb. 12
Laura Wagner / NPR
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Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met Friday in Havana. It's the first time leaders of the two churches have met since a schism 1,000 years ago divided Christianity.

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

Feb. 12
Aarti Shahani / NPR
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A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Einstein, A Hunch And Decades Of Work: How Scientists Found Gravitational Waves

Feb. 12
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR
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Behind the headlines and news conferences announcing the discovery were decades of hard work, hundreds of scientists and more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funds.

Ready, Set, Watch: The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today

Feb. 12
Laura Wagner / NPR
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The annual event invites bird-watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyards, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Feb. 12
Andrea Shea / NPR
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Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.

Sometimes It's OK To Feel The Feels, Sweetheart

Feb. 12
Dana Farrington / NPR
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Women are now much more likely to want to use medication to control their moods, psychiatrist Julie Holland says in her book Moody Bitches. But "not every emotion ... needs to be eradicated."

Texas A&M Investigates Report Of Slurs Yelled At Black High School Students

Feb. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR

"Go back where you came from," white college students told black high school students Tuesday. A campus officer reportedly said the students were expressing their First Amendment rights.

Penalty For Home Birth: A Chicken Or A Cow

Feb. 12
Vicky Hallett / NPR
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So that's one way to improve health care in the developing world. Here are some other bright ideas from people who like to shake up the status quo.

Money May Not Buy You Love, But It Sure Helps

Feb. 12
Zhai Yun Tan / NPR
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Someone has to pay for the cocktails on the first date, dinners in that classy restaurant, the wedding by the beach — and that messy divorce. Here are some fun facts on the economics of romance.

Major Powers Call For 'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria — But It's Complicated

Feb. 12
Merrit Kennedy / NPR
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Big questions remain about what this will actually mean on the ground in a country torn apart by five years of war.