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The Dollar General in Moville, Iowa is a stone's throw from the only grocery store in town. Though the grocery has produce and fresh meats, it can't compete with Dollar General on other items. Frank Morris/NPR hide caption

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How Dollar General Transforms Rural America

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Dollar General stores thrive in low-income rural towns, and the deep-discount chain has opened hundreds of new shops in the past year.

How Dollar General Is Transforming Rural America

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Celebrity chef Mario Batali in October in New York City. Batali said Monday he was stepping aside from day-to-day running of his businesses amid allegations of sexual misconduct by women who worked for him. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for NYCWFF hide caption

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Mario Batali Steps Aside From His Restaurants Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Four women described how Batali touched them inappropriately, and others said they witnessed bullying and lewd comments. Batali doesn't deny the allegations, saying they "match up" with past behavior.

In a photo released by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters knock down flames advancing on homes atop Shepherd Mesa Road in Carpinteria, Calif., on Sunday. Mike Eliason/AP hide caption

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Thomas Fire, 5th-Largest In Modern California History, Shows Few Signs Of Slowing

The blaze raging in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties covers more ground than New York City. And as other, smaller fires are reined in, weather forecasts portend the Thomas Fire will spread farther.

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'Godless' Creator Says He Wanted To Embrace Every Single Western Cliché

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Scott Frank packed his Netflix miniseries with train robberies and shootouts, but Godless isn't exactly a typical Western. For one thing, the town at the center of the story is run by women.

'Godless' Creator Says He Wanted To Embrace Every Single Western Cliché

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Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore on Sassy and wife Kayla on Sundance as the couple rides their horses to vote in the GOP primary runoff earlier this year. Hal Yeager/Getty Images hide caption

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The Crazy, Unbelievable Alabama Senate Race Careens To An End

Roy Moore was already a controversial nominee. Then sexual assault allegations roiled the Alabama special election and created a tight contest with Democrat Doug Jones for a critical Senate seat.

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, looks on during an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York City on Nov. 29. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Nikki Haley Says 'We Should All Be Willing To Listen' To Trump Accusers

More than a dozen women have accused President Trump of sexual harassment or assault. The White House says the women are lying. Trump's ambassador to the U.N. took a different tack on CBS on Sunday.

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer. Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

Michele Comisky of Vienna, Va., enrolled her 8-year-old son Jackson in a study to test the value of probiotics in preventing the gut distress often experienced when taking antibiotics. Rob Stein/NPR hide caption

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Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.

Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

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Lilian Garcia braids Melody Vasquez' hair as her daughter Jaohnliz plays with her dog Fanny inside Liberata Iraldo, a middle school in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico where they sought shelter after Hurricane Maria. José Jiménez-Tirado for NPR hide caption

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If A School Becomes A Shelter In Puerto Rico, Where Do Students Learn?

Some middle-schoolers are returning to class for the first time since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September. The students are sharing a school with high-schoolers, and that worries some parents.

Children stand at attention on the first day of school in Hong Kong in 2015. Education is increasingly becoming a political battleground. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

A new proposed curriculum for Hong Kong schools is missing key parts of modern Chinese history. The struggle over education is the latest battle with China over how the city is governed.

Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

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Actor Terry Crews was recognized last week as part of "The Silence Breakers," the group of men and women collectively named Time magazine's Person of the Year. Crews says he was sexually assaulted in 2016 by a Hollywood talent agent. Jordan Strauss/AP hide caption

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Terry Crews On His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: This Is About Accountability

NPR's Michel Martin spoke with actor Terry Crews about sexual assault, how he joined the #MeToo movement and why he is fighting to hold people in Hollywood accountable.

Terry Crews On His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: This Is About Accountability

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About one child a month dies from being entangled in cords from blinds and shades, a study finds. Efforts are underway to get corded blinds off the market, but many will remain in homes. Joanne Dugan/Getty Images hide caption

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Window Blind Cords Still Pose A Deadly Risk To Children

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.

Shoppers walk through a forest of Christmas trees on the Snicker's Gap Christmas Tree Farm in Bluemont, Va., in 2004. This season, a tightened tree supply dates back a decade ago, when fewer trees were planted during the recession. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage Has Roots In The Recession

This season, a tightened tree supply dates back eight to 10 years ago, when fewer trees were planted. Due also in part to an exodus of tree farmers in the industry, prices have more than doubled.

This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage Has Roots In The Recession

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