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(Left) A close-up view of a spirally fractured mastodon femur bone. (Right) A boulder discovered at the Cerutti Mastodon site in San Diego County thought to have been used by early humans as a hammerstone. Tom Demere/San Diego Natural History Museum hide caption

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New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought

Until now, the earliest signs of humans in the Americas dated back about 15,000 years. But new research puts people in California 130,000 years ago. Experts are wondering whether to believe it.

Looters load up a car at the Viva shopping center near a billowing fire during the rioting that erupted in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992, after a jury found four Los Angeles Police Department officers not guilty in the beating of Rodney King. Ron Eisenbeg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The Los Angeles Riots, 25 Years On

When LA Erupted In Anger: A Look Back At The Rodney King Riots

This week 25 years ago, policemen were acquitted in the savage beating of African-American Rodney King. Five days of riots, arson and looting ensued, fueled by deep-rooted tensions that persist today.

From The Archives: NPR Reports On Looting

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Pope Francis speaks in a video at the TED2017 conference Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia. The audience gave him a standing ovation after the talk, which stressed the importance of humility among the powerful. Ryan Lash /TED hide caption

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In Surprise TED Talk, Pope Francis Asks The Powerful For 'Revolution Of Tenderness'

The pontiff's message seemed to be directed at the audience in the room. "The more powerful you are," he said, "the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don't, your power will ruin you."

The few fertile women remaining in the oppressive Republic of Gilead must serve as reproductive surrogates for powerful leaders in the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale. George Kraychyk/Hulu hide caption

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Television

'Handmaid's Tale' Wants You To Feel Like 'This Could Happen Here'

Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley star in Hulu's TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel — in which fertile women become reproductive surrogates for powerful men and their barren wives.

'Handmaid's Tale' Wants You To Feel Like 'This Could Happen Here'

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Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2012 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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After Back-And-Forth, Ann Coulter Speech Is Off At UC Berkeley

It's disputed who actually canceled the conservative commentator's appearance. The university had called it off before due to security concerns, but backtracked after she vowed to come anyway.

Zola Cervantes (center) and her brother, Tines, travel across the border regularly to visit their father, Gilbert, in Mexico. Courtesy of Misty Cervantes hide caption

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Youth Radio

With A Deported Father, California Teen Lives Life Between Borders

Zola Cervantes knows firsthand the impact deportation can have on a family. The 17-year-old has been traveling across the border to see her father in Mexico, since he was deported six years ago.

With A Deported Father, California Teen Lives Life Between Borders

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Police officers escort detainees in Kayseri, Turkey, on Wednesday. Turkish authorities say the countrywide raids were aimed at people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Olcay Duzgun/AP hide caption

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Turkey Arrests More Than 1,000 In Massive Purge Of Its Police Forces

Just over a week after a vote consolidating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's power, his government has undertaken a new nationwide operation to detain alleged supporters of last year's failed coup.

Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, stands for his close-up in a paddock last year at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. If Tinder users swipe right on Sudan's profile, they're taken to a page asking for contributions to help him reproduce. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Single White (Rhino) Male Defies Age Stereotypes, Joins Tinder

Sudan has tender eyes, a craggy snout — and not long left to save his subspecies. So, a conservancy posted a Tinder profile for the elderly northern white rhino to raise money for fertility research.

Scientists placed two clusters of cultured forebrain cells side by side (each cluster the size of a head of a pin). Within days, the "minibrains" had fused and particular neurons (in green) migrated from the left side to the right side, as subsets of cells do in a real brain. Courtesy of Pasca lab/Stanford University hide caption

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Shots - Health News

'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

Poultry workers at major U.S. meat-processing plants are highly susceptible to repetitive-motion injuries, denied bathroom breaks and are most often immigrants and refugees. Earl Dotter/Oxfam hide caption

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The Salt

Tyson Foods Promises Better Conditions And Safety For Meat Workers

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Meat-processing employs more than a half-million people. An investigation found they've got some of the most dangerous factory jobs in America and suffer from injury, low pay and lack of work breaks.