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One of the new characters in the latest Star Wars, BB-8, is one adorable droid. With only a sketch of the final product, its creators didn't know how much fuss would come from the harmless robot.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been under scrutiny recently, but not for the reasons you may suspect. As NPR's Scott Simon notes, this time it's for his unusual gait.

Access to the DNC's voter files is available again to the Bernie Sanders campaign. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NPR's Ron Elving about how this spat could play out on the debate stage Saturday night.

Rival governments in Libya have signed a U.N. peace agreement. After years of unrest, there is now hope for a unified government. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Claudia Gazzini of the International Crisis Group.

Students at Roosevelt High School in Chicago are boycotting the free cafeteria food, which they say is unhealthy. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with reporter Monica Eng in Chicago.

Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise, and Muslim women wearing hijabs can be particularly vulnerable. That has prompted two women in New York to organize an all-female class for observant Muslims.

Middlemen, messy currencies and questions galore allude to the price of banking in Cuba — but that's not stopping Stonegate, the first to offer customers a debit card they can use across the strait.

The book's outside cover boasted poems by a disgraced writer. But inside was page after page of handwritten recipes for alcohol — the secretly preserved know-how of a Prohibition-era doctor.

Lawmakers tried to rein in ticketing after the protests that followed Michael Brown's death. But small, predominantly African-American communities may take a bigger hit than cities like Ferguson.

For a generation of young Spaniards, temporary employment has become the new normal. As voters head to the polls on Sunday, many are wondering if that should really count as recovery.




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