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A woman removes debris from a cafe that was destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants Aug. 5 in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, in the region of Donetsk.

Ukraine Forces Near Rebel City As Russia Escalates Border Exercises

Russia and Ukraine are holding large military exercises along their shared border as the Ukrainian military claims to be closing in on rebel strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk, NPR's Karoun Demirjian reports from Moscow.

Government troops and separatists have been fighting for months for control of eastern Ukraine, Karoun says, and Ukrainian leaders say Russia has been supplying the separatists with weapons and strategic assistance — a charge Moscow denies.

When is no choice a good choice?

Health Law Calls For Automatic Enrollment Of Some Workers

Newly hired employees who don't sign up for health insurance on the job could have it done for them under a health law provision that may take effect as early as next year.

How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

So many nations are breaking up. Ukraine is in pieces. Moldova is teetering. Libya has no government to speak of. Sudan broke in two last year; now both sides are fighting. Yugoslavia is seven countries. Nigeria has a Christian/Muslim split; Myanmar a Muslim/Hindu split. Syria has split so many ways it's barely there. Even Scotland is thinking of ditching Great Britain. With every break, we get new lines, new fences, new borders — further evidence of our failure to amalgamate, to get along.

Bears can eat like pigs, hibernate for months and still be healthy. This seems so unfair.

Why Fat Grizzlies Don't Get Diabetes Like We Do

Sometimes nature comes up with elegant solutions to difficult problems, like how to gain weight and not get diabetes.

Take, for instance, the grizzly bear. How does this 750-pound mammal survive long, lean winters? Well, it just gets really fat beforehand and then sleeps the hungry season away.

Grizzly bears can easily double their body fat in the months leading up to hibernation. For us humans, this kind of weight gain could result in some pretty serious health consequences — one of the most common being Type 2 diabetes.

Although food entrepreneur Tim West's family legacy is in Doritos chips, he wants to shake up the food system — with sustainable, healthful food.

Doritos Inventor's Grandson Sees Dollar Signs ln Healthful Food

Tim West's grandfather invented Doritos chips and was an executive at the global snack food giant Frito-Lay.

The younger West ate plenty of junk food growing up. But lately, he's been much more interested in kale, quinoa and tree-ripened fruit.

And the 30-year-old Bay Area food entrepreneur now wants to completely reinvent what we eat and how it's produced.

Yonta, 6, rests with her sister Montra, 3, and brother Leakhena, 4 months, under a mosquito net in the Pailin province of Cambodia — an epicenter of drug-resistant malaria.

Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Southeast Asia

Back in 2008, doctors in Cambodia made a worrisome discovery. They were having a hard time curing some people of malaria.

Even the most powerful drug wasn't clearing out the parasite from patients' blood as quickly as it should. Malaria had evolved resistance to the last medicine we have against it, a drug called artemisinin.

Rep. Steve King discusses immigration with Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas.

In A Video, A Frank Back-And-Forth Between 'DREAMers' And Congressman

We usually don't post videos driven by politics. But there is one video making the rounds today that shows a tense conversation between two undocumented young people and Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa.

There are no fireworks and no truly controversial things are uttered by either side. But on display is the truly complex issues that come up when we talk about immigration.

Television trucks converged on Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Monday after it announced that it was screening a patient for Ebola virus.

Why U.S. Hospitals Are Testing People For Ebola Virus

If you show up at a hospital emergency department with a high fever and you just happen to have been traveling in Africa, don't be surprised if you get a lot of attention.

Hospitals are on the lookout for people with symptoms such as a high fever, vomiting and diarrhea who had been traveling in parts of West Africa affected by Ebola, following instructions from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Monday, New York's Mount Sinai Hospital announced that it was evaluating a patient who had recently been in West Africa.

<em>Game of Thrones</em> author George R.R. Martin signs autographs during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention at the San Diego Convention Center.

Book News: George R.R. Martin Will Republish Children's Book From 1980

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Nimco Ali was 7 when her parents took her Djibouti to have her genitals mutilated. Now the 30-year-old is a leading activist against the practice in England.

Fighting Genital Cutting Of British Girls: A Survivor Speaks Out

When Nimco Ali was 7, she thought her family was going on vacation. They flew from their hometown in Manchester, England, to Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.

Ali doesn't remember the exact location. But she clearly remembers what happened there.

The young girl found herself in a dingy room, with a woman dressed in all black, standing over her. She didn't know what was going on at the time. But she fell asleep. And when Ali woke up, she was confused.

The woman had mutilated her genitals.

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