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Since his election Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka has tried some unusual tactics to battle crime. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in to see how his methods are going over with the citizens and the police.

Some U.S. banks are closing the accounts of certain businesses along the Mexican side of the border. It's part of an effort to stay in line with anti-money laundering regulations.

Congregants at Trinity Episcopal Church come from many countries, including in West Africa. No one had visited the virus-stricken nations, yet fearful worshippers began skipping services.

By the summer of 2014, a third of Iraq was under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State or ISIS, and people worried the capital might be next. Six months on, that's changed.

The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is over 58 and climbing. But in places like Maine, a growing number of under-35 farmers see an opportunity for better lives growing food for their communities.

Getting basic health care to rural areas has always been difficult, and delivering specialized care even harder. One doctor is raising money to bring palliative care to patients in rural California.

The Civil Rights Restorative Justice Project wants to document every racially motivated killing in the American South between 1930 and 1970. The project's director says it's a race against the clock.

Some drug users in Philadelphia are reselling syringes they get for free at needle exchanges. That's illegal, but researchers say the practice still helps prevent the spread of diseases like HIV.

The Mars rover Opportunity is getting on in years. It has been on Mars' surface for over a decade, and now it's having memory problems. NASA has come up with a plan to fix it.

College football has a championship coming; the NBA's LeBron James is out with injuries, and the NFL playoffs are starting. ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Eric Westervelt what to watch for.

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