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A massive explosion in Tianjin, China killed more than 100 people earlier this month. Correspondent Frank Langfitt says the country's corruption and a lack of accountability have endangered lives.

In 1998, Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean. The 47-year-old athlete is planning another historic plunge — this time swimming across the ocean on the other side of the country.

Only one percent of Italians have celiac disease, similar to the rest of the world. But since gluten is everywhere, there's high public awareness about it and more than 4,000 gluten-free eateries.

The number of people sleeping in New York's shelters has been slow to fall after hitting a record high of 59,000 last year. Advocates for the homeless say more New Yorkers are living on the streets.

Early experiments in isolating inmates took place at a Philadelphia prison in the 1800s. Though discredited as cruel, the practice was later revived nationwide during the drug war.

When human remains turn up at the bottom of the lake or in the trunk of a car, often its the bones that hold the answer. One of the best places to learn to read these clues is in Tennessee.

At a time when the U.S. hopes Turkey can be a solid ally against ISIS, the country is facing multiple crises of its own: new elections, Kurdish unrest and a migrant wave.

Many immigration rights activists cringe at the term "alien." But decades ago, that word was embraced as a humane alternative to terms like "undesirable" and even "wetback."

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the United Nations' top humanitarian official Stephen O'Brien about his recent trip to Syria. "This will be a lost generation," O'Brien says of conditions there.

The rise of Donald Trump as a Republican presidential candidate has surprised many pundits, but not conservative commentator Glenn Beck. "He is saying the populist things," Beck says.




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