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Sylvia Mathews Burwell won Senate approval as the new secretary of health and human services.

Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services

The Senate has voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of secretary of health and human services, where she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who presided over the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

In a 78-17 vote, Burwell, who served most recently as White House budget director, was approved Thursday.

In a statement released by the White House press office, President Obama said he applauded the confirmation of Burwell.

The GPS In Your Head May Work A Lot Better Than That Phone

If I tell you to make your way to NPR's headquarters from the NOMA Metro stop a few blocks away, odds are you'll get yourself here, no problem. But how?

By using two GPS systems in the brain, one that determines the direct distance to the destination, and another that calculates the twists and turns you'll need to take along the way.

'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

Couple Goes High-Tech And Low Cost For Their Big Day

When LeBron James Speaks, Do People Stop And Listen?

Values Collide In Texas Over 'Open Carry' Protests

Pope Francis

Pope Replaces Financial Watchdog's Board

Pope Francis has replaced the Vatican's five-member financial watchdog with a new team from four countries.

A Grasshopper Burger topped with Mexican spice mealworms.

At 'Pestaurant,' Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say 'Yuck'

If you're a scientist and you work for a pest control company, you're used to thinking about bugs as the enemy you're trained to kill.

Now try putting one in your mouth.

It took some mental rearranging for Nancy Troyano, an entomologist for Ehrlich Pest Control. But on Wednesday she did it for the first time in her life.

"I'm used to looking at grasshoppers under a microscope," Troyano tells The Salt. "I know what their internal organs and the spines on their legs look like, so I was kind of thinking about them."

A Texas flag sticks out of the barrel of a rifle belonging to Robert Perez, as he and others with the group Open Carry Tarrant County gathered for a May 29 demonstration in Haltom City, Texas.

'Open Carry' Gun Laws Spark Texas Backlash

Last week, not long after a lone gunman's rampage in California, Texas witnessed an unnerving series of demonstrations.

Groups of young men, armed with tactical long rifles slung across their backs, began showing up at restaurants like Chili's and Chipotle, Sonic and Jack in the Box, to mention a few, as part of their response to another anguished gun control conversation.

Manhunt Underway In Canada After 3 Police Officers Killed

Police are searching for an armed suspect after a rare fatal attack on Canadian police. On Wednesday night, five Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were shot in the city of Moncton, New Brunswick. Three died, and two are hospitalized in stable condition.

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