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Republican Greg Gianforte (right) welcomes Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, onto the stage at a rally in East Helena, Mont., on May 11. Gianforte, a businessman, is embracing his party's president in his race for the state's open congressional seat. Bobby Caina Calvan/AP hide caption

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Politics

Republican's Altercation With Reporter Shakes Up Montana Race On Eve Of Voting

Montana Public Radio

Montana voters fill their one seat in the U.S. House on Thursday, which was vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. It's an unexpectedly close race in this heavily Republican state.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies during a hearing on the proposed Department of Education budget. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR Ed

Here's What Betsy DeVos Said Wednesday On Capitol Hill

There were few fireworks as the education secretary testified before a House subcommittee on the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal, which slashes $10.6 billion from after-school programs, teacher training, and federal student loans and grants.

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NPR Ed

Preschool, A State-By-State Update

The National Institute for Early Education Research has a new state-by-state report on preschool funding, enrollment and teacher quality. The findings are both encouraging and sobering.

Preschool, A State-By-State Update

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Some 55 percent of families with kids that receive food stamp benefits are earning wages. The problem is, those wages aren't enough to actually live on. Whitney Hayward/Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work

Some 55 percent of families with kids on SNAP have jobs — they just don't earn enough to live on. Many states where reliance on SNAP is heaviest voted overwhelmingly for Trump last November.

A rig digs deep underground into oil-rich shale in North Dakota's Bakken oil patch. Today, 49 rigs are operating in North Dakota up, from just 28 a year ago. Amy Sisk/Prairie Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Energy

High Times Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC

Prairie Public Broadcasting

The oil industry is coming out of a two-year slump after OPEC cut production. In oil-rich North Dakota, there are more energy jobs than available workers and local businesses are seeing a revival.

Boom Time Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC

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In the second season of the Netflix series Master of None, Aziz Ansari's character falls in love with his Italian friend Francesca, who is already engaged. Netflix hide caption

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Television

Aziz Ansari On 'Master Of None' And How His Parents Feel About Acting

Fresh Air

Now that the second season of his Netflix series is out, the comic is looking forward to some down time. "Forget season three of Master of None," he says. "I'm ... doing season 34 of Aziz Ansari."

Aziz Ansari On 'Master Of None' And How His Parents Feel About Acting

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Laura Ramadei (center) as Annie, who gets involved with a different couple in every episode of the web series Unicornland. Courtesy of Unicornland hide caption

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Television

It's Polyamorous Polysaturation — Unconventional Relationships Abound On TV

Unconventional relationships are all over TV. Open marriages and three-ways have driven stories on scripted shows like House of Cards, Transparent and Orphan Black — and reality TV isn't far behind.

It's Polyamorous Polysaturation — Unconventional Relationships Abound On TV

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Shots - Health News

Miami's Zika Outbreak Began Months Before It Was First Detected

Travelers infected with the Zika virus in the Caribbean brought it to South Florida multiple times before officials realized it had reached the U.S., an analysis of virus genomes finds.

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The Salt

Eating Chocolate, A Little Each Week, May Lower The Risk Of A Heart Flutter

The latest evidence that a chocolate habit may lower your risk of heart disease: A study finds people who ate small amounts of chocolate several times a week had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.

Eating Chocolate, A Little Each Week, May Lower The Risk Of A Heart Flutter

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The empty frame (center) from which thieves cut Rembrandt's Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee remains on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2010. The painting was one of more than a dozen works stolen from the museum in 1990. Josh Reynolds/Associated Press hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Hot Tip On Old Heist Could Be Worth $10 Million, Gardner Museum Says

It's been 27 years since thieves made off with more than a dozen works of art from the Boston museum. But trustees of the Gardner Museum hold out hope — and have doubled the bounty on the masterpieces.

Philippine security forces escort Marawi City evacuees at a checkpoint near a neighboring city on the southern island of Mindanao on Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the island, and government have been trying to drive militants from Marawi since they began occupying it Tuesday. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

After Botched Raid, Philippines Tries To Reclaim A City Under Siege

With an island under martial law and civilians escaping Marawi City, which is occupied by ISIS-linked militants, President Rodrigo Duterte struck a hard line Wednesday: "If you fight us, you will die."

Astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted it on Sept. 28, 2014, writing: "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange," according to NASA's website. Reid Wiseman/NASA hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What Does An Expanding Universe Really Mean?

Cosmic expansion stretches space itself, as if space were made of some kind of stretchy rubber material; there is no physical border, only stretching space, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Researchers had participants wear the fitness trackers while walking or running on a treadmill and while riding an exercise bike to determine how well the trackers measured heart rate and energy expenditure. Paul Sakuma/Courtesy of Stanford University School of Medicine hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

A study of seven popular fitness trackers found they have a degree of inaccuracy that found that up to 93 percent of the time the worst-performing device was wrong in measuring the number of calories a person burned.