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The scene was predictably awkward, even painfully so. But as NPR's Ari Shapiro reported for today's Morning Edition, the visit also brought a moment of grace for many of those involved.

A federal judge gave preliminary approval to a concussion settlement involving thousands of former NFL players. Host Michel Martin learns more about what it could mean for players and the game.

To say Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany stunned the host country would risk giving the impression that its fans aren't feeling intense pain at this loss.

Google is mining its search data from the World Cup games, trying to make factoids that go viral. Its "newsroom" is focused on happy thoughts, not sad ones like Brazil's brutal defeat.

Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort.

Flint Dollar had to leave a Catholic school after officials learned he plans to marry his partner. Federal anti-discrimination laws don't cover sexual orientation, so he's fighting back another way.

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, that evolved to help us, turn toxic?

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro watched Brazil's World Cup semifinal against Germany in a bar in Sao Paulo. She speaks to Robert Siegel about the game and the devastation it sowed among Brazilian fans.

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities.

In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.

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