Ari Shapiro

A sinking cargo ship off the coast of Sri Lanka is causing an environmental disaster for the country that looks set to have long-term effects.

The X-Press Pearl caught fire on May 20 and burned for two weeks, but the fire appears to have mostly burned out. The crew was evacuated. The ship is now partially sitting on the seabed with its front settling down slowly.

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If you haven't already heard...

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SHAPIRO: ...Brood X cicadas are still singing across parts of the U.S. including here in Washington, D.C.

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On the campaign trail last summer, candidate Joe Biden promised to make his running mate, Kamala Harris, the last voice in the room before he made important decisions. And in March of this year, he joked about what he meant by that.

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An elephant's trunk is amazingly versatile, used for all types of things.

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You might not know it, but this...

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CHANG: ...Is the sound of a hotly debated issue in Florida.

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