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The U.S. could rein in rising drug prices by being more selective about giving patents to pharmaceutical companies for marginal developments, a study concludes.

That's because brand-name drugs with patents that grant exclusivity account for about 72 percent of drug spending, even though they are only about 10 percent of all prescriptions dispensed, according to the study, published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

Just southwest of bustling Charleston, S.C., lies a lush and rural gem called Wadmalaw Island, one of the Sea Islands that dot the shoreline. This is the home of the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only large-scale commercial tea plantation in America.

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Austin Police are not releasing details of Trump's route, but we do know where he's going and when he's scheduled to be there.

Texas Leading Suit Over Federal Transgender Health Policy

Aug 23, 2016

Ramping up its fight over the rights of transgender people, Texas is expected to file a lawsuit 

Tuesday against the federal government over a regulation prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals in some health programs. 

Yellowstone National Park is home to some of the mot dynamic natural events and diverse populations of wildlife in the world. And audio archivist Jennifer Jerrett has the job of preserving the sounds they make. She speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

More audio postcards from Yellowstone National Park.

Hear more from Here & Now‘s national parks tour.

Have you ever wanted to keep track of bank robberies in your neighborhood or city? Or maybe you've always wanted to help the FBI catch a bad guy? As you've no doubt heard before, there's an app for that.

The FBI today released a Bank Robbers mobile app designed to help the public, law enforcement, and financial institutions see and share photos and information about robberies all over the country.

How great would it be to win a brand new car? How horrible would it be to get laid off from your job? Research by psychologist Dan Gilbert at Harvard University suggests, not that great and not that horrible (respectively). Among the many things Gilbert studies is how people make predictions about future events—specifically, how we make predictions about how we'll feel about future events.

Like hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing the long war back home, 25-year-old Firas Awad endured a dangerous sea journey and a long trek through much of Europe to reach Germany, where he's staked his future.

He and his 18-year-old wife, Tamam Aldrawsha, who are both from the city of Homs, now live in what used to be a country inn and restaurant, in a tiny, forested village north of Berlin called Klosterheide, population 280.

With one exception decades ago, Amy Anderson is a steady as they come in voting for president.

"I voted for Jimmy Carter in my first election as a college student and ever since then I've voted Republican," she said with a nervous chuckle outside her St. Paul home last week.

Anderson's long streak is about to come to an end.

"I can't vote for Donald Trump. I just can't," Anderson, 58, said. "It isn't about his policies, it's about his person. I don't think he's trustworthy enough to be the president."

Barrel making booms in northern Minnesota

Aug 23, 2016

The Black Swan Barrel company in Park Rapids is not a quiet place.

Industrial wood planers shape white oak into staves. Workers bind them with steel rings, submerge them in hot water, then sear the inside with fire.

According to business owner Heidi Karasch, it's especially loud right now. Her workers are rushing just to meet the rapidly growing demand for whiskey barrels.

• Photos: Barrel makers give new life to old craft

"We're over 10 months behind right now," she said. "So if you wanted to place an order today, you'd have to wait."

Opening a bookstore in this day in age may not seem like the smartest business idea. But some literary entrepreneurs in Minneapolis are gambling they can make a go of it.

Publisher Milkweed Editions says it will open a nonprofit store this fall in Open Book, a big literary center downtown.

The store's manager is a familiar name for independent bookstore fans. Hans Weyandt has decades of experience, most recently as the co-owner of Macawber Books in St. Anthony Park. He joined Cathy Wurzer to talk about the venture.

The Voynich Manuscript is a singular mystery. But thanks to a small publishing house in Spain, the one-of-a-kind text will soon be more like one-in-900.

The 15th-century document is written in an unknown, apparently encrypted language that has defied every code breaker's efforts. It's illustrated with unknown or imaginary plants and never-seen constellations. The only copy is locked away at Yale University to protect the book; scans online are the closest most mortals can get to viewing its pages.

Austin ISD offers Advanced Placement courses and tests at all of its schools, but the percentage of students who score high enough on the AP tests to receive college credit varies from campus to campus. 

Rudy Giuliani and other Donald Trump surrogates are questioning Hillary Clinton's health, so Clinton opened a jar of pickles on them.

Jimmy Kimmel presented her with the challenge during an appearance Monday on his ABC late-night talk show. He also checked her pulse.

Clinton, 68, chalked the health rumors up to what she called the Trump campaign's "wacky strategy."

The Sellwood Bridge reopens to all traffic Tuesday morning, just in time for the morning rush hour.

The bridge had been closed since Friday evening as crews worked to turn on traffic signals on both ends of the bridge and restripe the road, among other things. Now, for the first time in several years, commuters heading west across the bridge will be able to turn left and head towards Lake Oswego, according to Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen.

The bridge is currently slated for completion in November.