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2 Condos Were Illegally Converted Into 18 Micro Apartments In NYC

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A New York City building inspector kneels to show the height of a small door and low ceiling inside of apartment #601, where nine illegal sub-units were carved out of a Manhattan condo.

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U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling to Figure Out A Future Without China

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Recycling material moves along a conveyor belt to be sorted at Waste Management’s Material Recovery Facility in Elkridge, Md. In 2018, China announced it would no longer buy most plastic waste from places like the U.S.

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Want To Know What’s In Your Sweat? There’s A Patch For That

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A sensor developed by scientists at U.C. Berkeley can provide real-time measurements of sweat rate and electrolytes in sweat.

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Planned Parenthood Out Of Title X Over Trump Rule

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Abortion protesters attempt to hand out literature as they stand in the driveway of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indianapolis on Aug. 16.

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In Zimbabwe, An Economic Crisis With 175% Inflation Drives Discontent

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Protesters run from tear gas on Friday in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital.

Tendai Marima for NPR

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Can U.K.’s New Prime Minister Pull Off Brexit? Here’s What To Know

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is determined to bring the U.K. out of the European Union at the end of October, deal or no deal.

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No Mercy: After The Hospital Closes, How Do People Get Emergency Care?

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Mercy Hospital Fort Scott closed in December, leaving Fort Scott Kan., without its longtime provider of emergency medical services.

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Leaked Brexit Document Depicts Government Fears Of Gridlock, Food Shortages, Unrest

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A leaked Brexit document predicts a “catastrophic collapse” of the U.K.’s infrastructure if Britain leaves the EU with no deal. Above, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks outside 10 Downing Street in London in July.

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Thousands Left Homeless In Bangladeshi Capital After Fire Burns Hundreds Of Shanties

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A fire that broke out on Friday night in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has left nearly 10,000 people homeless. The fire destroyed hundreds of shanties in a slum where many people are low-wage garment-factory workers.

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PHOTOS: ‘African Spirits,’ From A Guy On A Bike To Cardi B

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Among the earliest photos on display as part of “African Spirits,” this triptych comes from the Roka photo studio in Mali and dates to the 1960s or ’70s.

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Netflix Curbs Tobacco Use Onscreen, But Not Pot. What’s Up With That?

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Brett Gray (left) as Jamal Turner, and Peggy Blow as Abuela, a lovable, pot-smoking grandma, in the first season of the Netflix teen drama On My Block.

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El Paso Shooting: Hundreds Of Strangers Come To Mourn With Widower At Wife’s Funeral

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Antonio Basco hugs a boy at the memorial service for his wife, Margie Reckard, at La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center in El Paso, Texas. Basco, who doesn’t have many local friends and family, invited the public to attend.

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