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Politics, Skittles and a massive humanitarian crisis don't mix very well.

Taste The Outrage: Donald Trump Jr.'s Tweet Compares Refugees To Skittles

Social media have become home to two things in recent years: memes and public shaming.

Both came into play Monday night when Donald Trump Jr. tweeted an image of a bowl of Skittles, comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned candy. "If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you three would kill you, would you take a handful?" the meme asks. "That's our Syrian refugee problem."

A Florida Department of Health employee processes a urine sample to test for the Zika virus on Sept. 14 in Miami Beach.

Reporter's Notebook: Pregnant And Caught In Zika Test Limbo

I'm the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I'm a pregnant woman.

When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who took him up on the offer.

Second-grader Kadija Noor's family came to the U.S. from Somalia. She says being a part of Growing Colorado Kids has led her to eat more healthful foods, although she still prefers the garden's strawberries to its vegetables.

A Colorado Farm Helps Refugee Kids Put Down Roots In A New Home

Two years ago, Paw Hser Moo's mother started pushing her and her sisters to join a group called Growing Colorado Kids. As Moo recalls, at first, she was far from thrilled by the idea.

"I was like, 'Oh my gosh, no! I have to wake up early!' " says Moo — a pretty typical reaction for a 14 year old. Wake up early on Saturdays just to catch a van up to rural Adams County, about a half-hour drive from Denver, only to spend hours outside gardening? It was hardly her first choice for her weekends.

Here's How Schools Can Support Students' Mental Health

About one in five children in the United States shows signs of a mental health disorder — anything from ADHD to eating disorders to suicide.

And yet, as we've been reporting this month, many schools aren't prepared to work with these students. Often, there's been too little training in recognizing the problems, the staff who are trained are overworked, and there just isn't enough money.

Last Thursday, Donald Trump stated he believes President Obama was born in the United States after years of questioning his place of birth.

With Donald Trump's Birther Spin, He's Crossed A Line

You may or may not have noticed, but the 2016 presidential campaign has entered a new phase — perhaps even a new dimension. It is new, not just for this year's already extraordinary campaign, but for American political discourse.

That is because on Friday, Donald Trump brought forth what may well be the most preposterous falsehood anyone has attempted to peddle in our political life. Think that is hyperbole? Feel free to counter with something to match it. Seriously.

John Stumpf, chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo. Stumpf testifies today before the Senate Banking Committee about his bank employees opening unauthorized customer accounts.

Wells Fargo CEO Discusses Secret-Accounts Scandal In Senate Hearing

Wells Fargo has been feeling the heat since news broke earlier this month that it was being fined $185 million to settle allegations that thousands of employees secretly opened unauthorized accounts for customers in order to meet sales goals.

On Tuesday, Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf apologized for betraying customers' trust during testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.

President Obama addresses U.S. troops during a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in 2014.

Patient Diplomacy And A Reluctance To Act: Obama's Mark On Foreign Policy

For nearly eight years, President Obama has been putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy both by what he's done and by what he chosen not to do.

His legacy includes achievements like the international climate agreement.

It also includes festering problems like the Syrian civil war.

Obama is summing up that legacy himself Tuesday, as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly for what's likely to be the last time as president.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, pictured earlier this year, says $5 million will be distributed to job programs for people recently released from jail.

Administration Aims To Fight Crime With Job Training

The Labor Department will hand out $5 million in grants to fund job centers for people coming out of jails, part of a broader Obama administration initiative to help reduce recidivism, NPR has learned.

"The earlier you start investing in people who are incarcerated, the better the odds of a successful outcome," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.

The new batch of funding means that 41 such grant projects in a number of states have now won federal funding, known as Linking to Employment Activities Pre-release.

NPR Battleground Map: A Path To The Presidency Opens Up For Trump

A month ago, there were "Road Closed" signs up on all of Donald Trump's potential paths to the White House.

But now, less than a week before the crucial first debate of this presidential race — and as a terrorism bombing investigation continues in New York and New Jersey — a viable route has emerged for the Republican nominee, according to the latest NPR Battleground Map.

A motorist who found an Atlanta gas station had run out of fuel calls a nearby gas station Monday to see if they have any left. Gas prices spiked and drivers found "out of service" bags covering pumps as the gas shortage in the South rolled into the work week, raising fears that the disruptions could become more widespread.

Gas Shortages, Price Spikes Seen Across The South Following Pipeline Spill

After a 330,000-gallon spill shut down a gasoline pipeline in Alabama Sept. 9, fuel shortages and high gas prices are occurring across the southern United States this week, NPR member stations report.

Emily Siner of Nashville's WPLN tells NPR's Newscast that prices there have risen about 20 cents per gallon since Thursday, and officials are urging drivers not to fill up unless they need to.

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