Theresa Mondale, a broker with United Country Real Estate in western Montana, says her sales of off-grid, "survivalist" properties have risen by 50 percent over the last several years. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In The Rural Northwest, A Growing Market For Survivalist Homes

A Montana couple is looking to meet a growing demand in the real estate business, at least in the rural Northwest: off-grid properties that include bunkers and secret rooms.

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Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

It sounds like science fiction, but it's a very real and contentious debate that is making its way through the U.N. Advocates of a ban want all military weapons to be under "meaningful human control."

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Why Chobani Gave Employees A Financial Stake In Company's Future

Workers at the yogurt-maker got a potential windfall when the company said it would give them shares that could be worth up to 10 percent of the firm. The move reflects a rising trend in employee ownership.

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Cybil Preston, chief apiary inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture, does a training runs with Mack: She sets up fake beehives and commands him to "find." He sniffs each of them to check for American foulbrood. If he detects the disease, he is trained to sit to notify Preston. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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Keeping Bees Safe: It's A Ruff Job, But This Doggy Detective Gets It Done

Mack is the newest addition to the Maryland Department of Agriculture's apiary inspection team. He uses his superior sniffer to find hives infected with a contagious disease that kills bee colonies.

Jerrod Carmichael (shown with actress Amber Stevens West) says that the family debates on The Carmichael Show are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative," he explains. Chris Haston/NBC hide caption

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If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real

Fresh Air

Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative ... in a very healthy way," he says.

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Chinese officials answer questions about a new law regulating overseas non-governmental organizations during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. The new law subjects NGOs to close police supervision. "We welcome and support all foreign NGOs to come to China to conduct friendly exchanges," one official said. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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China Passes Law Putting Foreign NGOs Under Stricter Police Control

China's legislature has passed a controversial law giving police sweeping powers to monitor and control foreign non-governmental organizations that operate in China.

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Randy Berry, the first U.S. special envoy for the rights of LGBTI persons, is shown at a gay pride rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last June. He says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide but recognizes the risks they face in many countries. A gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh was hacked to death this week. Courtesy U.S. State Department hide caption

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For State Department's LGBTI Envoy, Every Country Is A Different Challenge

Randy Berry says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide, but is also aware of risks they face. That was driven home with the killing of a gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh.

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Not A Drone After All? Unclear What Hit That British Airways Plane

The incident prompted calls for more drone regulation, but a U.K. lawmaker now says it probably was not a drone that struck the plane. And an investigation has ended because of a lack of evidence.

Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord on encryption: "Yes, it's used by terrorists. It's also used by people who are looking to voice their opinions on issues and to save lives." Yahoo hide caption

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Yahoo's Security Chief On Encryption Debate: What Is The Greater Good?

When Bob Lord talks about encryption, he invokes the imagery of a whisper — the idea that you should be able to re-create the most private means of physical communication in the digital world as well.

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How A Cheating Man Gave Rise To Nashville's Hot Chicken Craze

The story goes that a woman decided to punish him by heaping hot pepper on his chicken. It ended up tasting really good, and now the popularity of Nashville Hot Chicken is spreading.

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Robert Bates arrives for his arraignment at the Tulsa County Courthouse in Tulsa, Okla., on April 21, 2015. Bates has been convicted of second-degree manslaughter. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Ex-Reserve Deputy Who Confused Gun With Taser, Killing Suspect, Is Convicted

Robert Bates, a volunteer with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in Oklahoma, killed Eric Harris in a sting operation last year. The jury found him guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

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Baltimore Police Chief Discusses Shooting Of Boy Carrying Replica Pistol

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says detectives mistook the replica for a real gun and describes the boy's injuries as nonfatal. The shooting happened on the anniversary of Freddie Gray's funeral.

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Bruce Springsteen's Tribute To Prince Is A Lesson In Public Mourning

The two musicians both emerged in the 1970s and hit simultaneous critical and commercial peaks a decade later. At a show in Brooklyn on Saturday, The E Street Band covered "Purple Rain."