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A technician examines human remains at a morgue in Chihuahua city, Mexico.

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Mexico's justice system battles its own reputation to build trust

When it comes to criminal justice, Mexico is better known for bribery than best practices. But police are receiving better training, and reforms now allow for open trials and presumption of innocence.

Passengers walk across the tarmac at Jose Marti International Airport after arriving on a charter plane operated by American Airlines January 19, 2015, in Havana, Cuba. The Department of Transportation has approved scheduled flights from the U.S. to Cuba,

Scheduled flights to Cuba approved for as early as this fall

The Department of Transportation has authorized six U.S. airlines to schedule round-trip flights from the U.S to some cities in Cuba. The DOT has not yet approved any flights to Havana.

Question 9 on the first page of the 2010 Census form. After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in its surveys. Instead of the term, which was popularized during the Jim Crow era of racial

Should the Census start counting the LGBT population?

There's this long-held belief that one in 10 Americans is LGBT, but the reality is far from that: researchers don't exactly know.

Is the Zika threat enough to delay or end Olympic dreams?

Some Olympic athletes have announced plans to skip the games because of the Zika virus. What's at stake for them and others who are thinking about going to Rio?

Helen Chavez, widow of labor leader Cesar, dies at 88

Helen Chavez played a vital role in helping her husband improve the rights of farmworkers across the country. She died in California Monday.

On D-Day, students bring silent heroes of WWII to life

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, some American high school students are traveling to Normandy, France to make sure the victims of World War II aren't forgotten.

NPR photographer, interpreter killed in Afghanistan

NPR photojournalist David Gilkey and Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday while traveling with an Afghan army on assignment for the network.

Your guide: Copa América brings global soccer giants to SoCal

For the first time, the U.S. is playing host to the Copa América Centenario soccer tournament, bringing the hemisphere's top teams – and some of the world's best players – to U.S. cities.

For a cordial Supreme Court, keep the food and wine coming

When court is in session, most justices lunch together — but absolutely no talking about cases. Wine, however, is not unwelcome at some of their gatherings.

'Burn pits' pose possible health risk for troops

So-called "burn pits" were common at U.S. military outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Legislation in the Senate would create a center to study the effects of breathing their smoke.

In aircraft modelers' friendly skies, drones bring turbulence

Drones are the cool new flying toy, and if there's one group enthralled with things that fly, it's airplane modelers. But will the drone find a home in their hobby or lead to a regulatory crackdown?

Air Force jet crashes after flyover at Colorado Obama speech

An Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed south of Colorado Springs just after a flyover for a graduation of Air Force Academy cadets where President Barack Obama had spoken.

Children's asylum approvals vary by US region

Kids whose applications are handled by the US government's regional offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles are more likely to win approval from asylum officers than those applying in Chicago or Houston, according to data.

A portrait of veterans healing from PTSD

Nearly one in three veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face post-traumatic stress from their military service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive

The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.

Women leaders no longer a rarity in today's Navy

Having women command Navy warships is routine, but it wasn't always that way. And now the last restrictions keeping them from direct combat have been dropped.