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A billboard asks Ugandans to abstain from sex until marriage. The photo was taken in 2005 in Kampala.

U.S. Spent $1.4 Billion To Stop HIV By Promoting Abstinence. Did It Work?

In the past 12 years, the U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion funding abstinence programs in Africa. They're part of a larger program — called the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — aimed at stopping the spread of HIV around the world.

Many health officials consider PEPFAR a succes. It is credited with giving lifesaving HIV drugs to more than 5 million people and preventing nearly 1 million babies from getting HIV from their mothers.

Lead in the drinking water in Flint, Mich., has caused a massive public health crisis and prompted President Obama to declare a federal state of emergency there.

Educators In Flint Step Up Efforts To Reach Youngest Victims Of Tainted Water

Thousands of children in Flint, Mich., have been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, creating problems that could last a lifetime.

A new effort is trying to those most at risk.

For weeks, teachers and other volunteers from the Genesee Intermediate School District have been knocking on doors in Flint, trying to recruit kids for early childhood education programs that are critical for the youngest victims of Flint's lead-tainted tap water.

A customer receives a slice of pizza from the prepared food section of the new Whole Foods Market Inc. store in downtown Los Angeles. Prepared foods sold at supermarkets, big-box and convenience stores are a bigger and bigger portion of those companies' profits.

What's For Dinner? The Options For A Fast Answer Multiply

When I was kid, "What's for dinner?" was not a question you asked at the last minute. My mom, Dorothy Glinton, was an expert at planning what she would put on the table.

"I always knew what I was going to cook. I didn't come in running," Ma recalls.

But these days, even she eats out a few times a week. "But I don't go to a restaurant in the evening," she told me. "I do most of my eating in a grocery story right now, picking up a hot soup, going to a salad bar."

Imodium is a popular brand of the drug loparamide. Because loparamide is increasingly being abused by opioid users, some toxicologists think it should have the same sales restrictions as pseudophedrine.

Getting High From This Drug For Diarrhea Can Be Fatal

Some people addicted to oxycodone and other opioids are now turning to widely available diarrhea medications to manage their withdrawal symptoms or get high.

The results can be dangerous to the heart — and sometimes fatal — warn toxicologists in a study recently published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Comedian Larry Wilmore performed at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday night.

Larry Wilmore On 'Breaking Taboos' At The White House Correspondents' Dinner

LANGUAGE ADVISORY: This interview contains language some readers may find offensive.

The reviews are mixed for Larry Wilmore's performance Saturday night at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. The comic, who hosts Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, landed jokes about President Obama, the presidential candidates and the press. But a few of his bits — including his reference to the president as "my n****" — were greeted with some discomfort.

A replica of Capt. James Cook's <em>Endeavour</em> sails into Sydney Harbour in 2012. Researchers believe they may have found the wreckage of the original ship in Rhode Island.

Wreckage Of Capt. Cook's HMS Endeavor May Be In Rhode Island Port

The vessel that British explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail to Australia in the late 1700s may lie at the bottom of Newport Harbor, R.I.

The HMS Endeavor, later called the Lord Sandwich, is believed to be among a group of ships scuttled there as a blockade during the American Revolution. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, a nonprofit that does maritime history and marine archaeology research, says there is an 80 percent to 100 percent chance the Endeavor is still in the port.

Lupita Nyong'o's hair at the Met Gala made headlines. The theme of the ball was "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology."

Lupita Nyong'o Salutes Africa, Not Whoville, With Her Met Gala Hair

The hit of Monday night's Met Gala was clearly actress Lupita Nyong'o's hair.

Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, an avid Lionel Messi fan from Afghanistan, poses in a signed jersey from the Argentinian soccer great on Feb. 26. The boy's father says the media coverage led to threats toward the family.

'Little Messi' And His Family Say Threats Forced Them To Flee Afghanistan

Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi became a worldwide sensation in January when a photo of him wearing a homemade Lionel Messi jersey made from a blue-striped plastic bag went viral.

Women in Yemen — where nearly 4 in 5 people using public services pay bribes — recently protested against corruption and terrorism.

From Police To Courts, Corruption Seen Rising In Middle East

Freedom from corruption, at the lowest and highest levels of government, has often been cited as a spark for the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East. But according to a new report, many people — in one country, more than 90 percent — see corruption rising in the past year.

U.S. service members raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima, Japan, on Feb. 23, 1945. The Marine Corps is investigating whether some of the men in the photo have been misidentified.

Marines Investigating Possible Mistaken Identity In Iwo Jima Flag-Raising Photo

The Marine Corps is investigating whether some of the six men in the photo of the 1945 flag-raising in Iwo Jima, Japan, were misidentified after two amateur historians raised questions about the famous image and statue.

The Marine Corps confirmed the review in a statement emailed to NPR. It adds:

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