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Donald Trump had an awkward exchange Thursday at a New Hampshire event when a woman asked him why the U.S. isn't putting veterans on the border or at TSA instead of these "heebeejabis they wear at TSA." It was an apparent reference to Muslim employees who wear hijabs, or head coverings.

How many times last year did police pull a Taser on suspects nationwide?

Just like the total number of people shot by police, no one knows for sure.

Connecticut is the first state to require police to fill out a form for every time they pull a Taser. And it just released the first-ever statewide report on how police use them.

The U.S. State Department issued its annual Trafficking in Persons report on Thursday, and the big news is the status of Thailand.

We all react differently when a loved one gets ill. But what happens when treating a disease is complicated by cultural stigma? Ray Kwong dealt with this recently when he lost his dad to Alzheimer’s disease at age 92.

"The cultural baggage, the bias, the stigma or the fear of the stigma prevented me from taking him to the doctor," he says. "The fear of humiliation is so strong and so crazy, you know, this old country mentality that prevented him from getting the meds he needed and from even getting the diagnosis."

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A video kept popping up in my newsfeed after the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union.

In the clip, a distraught-looking man is speaking with BBC reporter Victoria Derbyshire. He didn't vote in the "Brexit" referendum — but he says he can't believe the results.

“I’m shocked that we actually have voted to leave,” he tells Derbyshire. “I didn’t think that was going to happen. My vote, I didn’t think, was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain.”

Egypt deports TV host as Sisi's crackdown on dissent continues

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Until Monday, Liliane Daoud was a host for the Egyptian TV station ONTV.

But that changed when eight plainclothes police officers showed up at her house in Cairo and arrested her. She asked that they show her their IDs but they refused. She was taken straight to the airport and put on a plane to Beirut — deported out of the country she has called home for the past five years.

Mornings at the Yousif Kuwa primary school in the Yida refugee camp begin with 2,000 students singing a national anthem of sorts. Their song celebrates the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, a region that’s been under siege by the Khartoum government for the last five years.

The school, just across the border in South Sudan, is named after a famous commander of SPLA North, the rebel movement now in control of large swaths of the Nuba Mountains.

The U.S.-led coalition and the Iraqi military say they have hit two ISIS convoys in Iraq, and they say hundreds of the militant group's vehicles were destroyed.

As NPR's Alice Fordham tells our Newscast unit, "two large groups of ISIS fighters have been hit this week in the western province of Anbar."

Months after he was granted a new hearing because of new evidence, Adnan Syed, whose 2000 murder conviction was a key focus of the hit podcast Serial, has been granted a new trial, according to his attorneys.

Baltimore City Circuit Judge Martin Welch vacated Syed's conviction, saying in a memorandum that his attorney "fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment" in handling his case.

Announcing the news Thursday, attorney Justin Brown tweeted in all-caps: "WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED!!!"

The Tour de France is dope

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The Tour de France starts up again this weekend at Mont Saint-Michel. The Benedictine abbey sits atop a rock perch along the Normandy coast.

Riders will depart from there and pedal to Utah Beach, the spot where Allied forces made the infamous D-Day landing in 1944.

It will be picturesque and windy.

But will it also be full of doped-up riders riding doped-up, motorized bikes?

At least a few riders using drugs seems likely.

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Future Shock by Alvin Toffler was a huge sensation when it was published in 1970. The book perfectly captured the angst of that time and prepared society for more changes to come. Toffler died on Monday at the age of 87. This story originally aired on July 26, 2010, on All Things Considered.

Holding the coffee she received at Los Angeles's Downtown Women's Center, Sylvia Welker steers her electric wheelchair toward the curb. It's at this spot every day that she feeds the pigeons of LA's Skid Row.

"The birds are maimed and deformed and beat and dying and hurting," Welker says. "I'm scared for the birds, but for me, I learned not to be afraid. It doesn't do any good. Fear isn't going to change anything."

By taking care of the birds, the 71-year-old Welker keeps her mind off the dangers she and other homeless women face here.

On Tuesday, three suicide bombers armed with guns and explosives killed more than 40 people at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul.

Less than a day later, the airport was up and running, with workers sweeping away the broken glass and wiping off blood from the ceiling. Two days later, police — who suspect the Islamic State was behind the attack — have arrested 13 suspects and identified the nationalities of the suspected attackers.

And the funerals have begun.