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President Donald Trump at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on Tuesday. Trump tweeted on Wednesday that "The United States Government will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military." Justin Merriman/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Says Transgender People Can't Serve In Military

"The United States Government will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted. Transgender people already serve in the military.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Republican Whip, speaking at a press conference last month in Washington, DC., has been discharged from the hospital. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Scalise Released From Hospital 6 Weeks After Shooting

Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman who fired on a congressional baseball practice in June, has left a Washington, D.C., hospital to begin a period of intensive rehabilitation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, joined at left by Sen. Orrin Hatch, leads a hearing on attempts to influence American elections, with a focus on Russian meddling in the last presidential race. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Politics

Foreign Agents Take Center Stage In Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

As congressional scrutiny of Russian interference expands, the panel began looking Wednesday at the advocacy of foreign governments — though key witnesses did not appear as originally planned.

People look at a forest fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez, as they sit on the beach. Thousands of French firefighters have been battling blazes that consumed swathes of land in southeastern France. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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French Wildfires Force 12,000 People To Flee Coastal Resort Areas

Some 12,000 people — including 3,000 campers — reportedly moved to safety in Bormes-les-Mimosas, east of Marseille.

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Arts & Life

Honey, They Shrunk The World: NYC Exhibition Lets You Tour A Tiny Globe

The miniature models of Gulliver's Gate represent places in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. They're populated by tiny people, pint–size penguins and bitty cars that move.

Honey, They Shrunk The World: NYC Exhibition Lets You Tour A Tiny Globe

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Christian Wade of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune shoots a suppressed carbine. The suppressor, which is the canister on the end of the barrel, turn a painful, deafening noise into simply a loud one. Timothy Lutz and Clarence Wimberly/Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps hide caption

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Back At Base

Military Tries To Cut Through The Noise Of War

North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC

The military wants to reduce the deafening, chaotic roar of firefight noise so that front-line commanders can communicate with their troops.

Military Tries To Cut Through The Noise Of War

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Teachers With Student Debt: These Are Their Stories

If you're a teacher, you have one of the lowest-paid professional jobs in the U.S. Most require a four-year degree, which can require tens of thousands of dollars in loans that some struggle to repay.

Teachers With Student Debt: These Are Their Stories

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"It's not just about making one German astronaut happy with fresh bread," Marcu explains. "There's really a deeper meaning to bread in space." Above, a photo illustration of bread in space. NASA/ Bake in Space GmbH hide caption

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The Salt

3, 2, 1 ... Bake Off! The Mission To Make Bread In Space

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On Earth, crumbs are harmless, but in orbit they can be perilous. But bread is a big deal in Germany, so scientists and engineers there are teaming up to create an oven and dough fit for microgravity.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 troop and leader Giselle Burgess hug after being honored as the first troop exclusively for homeless girls, at a ceremony at New York City Hall on April 25. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Around the Nation

A NYC Scout Troop Provides Homeless Girls A Place Of Their Own

The 28 members of Girl Scout Troop 6000, and its two co-leaders, live in a shelter in Queens, N.Y. The troop that Giselle Burgess started is the first specifically for girls who are homeless.

An NYC Scout Troop Provides Homeless Girls A Place Of Their Own

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Hip Hop deejays Stretch Armstrong (right) aka Adrian Bartos and Bobbito (left) aka Robert Garcia became legends on The Stretch Armstrong Show during the 1990s. Back then, they were hip hop tastemakers on college station WKCR in New York City. Now they're back together hosting "What's Good? With Stretch and Bobbito," an NPR podcast. Nickolai Hammar/NPR/. hide caption

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Code Switch

Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

The pioneering hip-hop radio duo drop by the Code Switch podcast to talk about making their way in a traditionally black genre and their new NPR interview show, What's Good? with Stretch & Bobbito.

Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

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Music

Lafayette Gilchrist Plays The 'Blues For Freddie Gray'

The jazz pianist's latest album with his go-go backing band features a powerful song he wrote in tribute to the young Baltimore man who died in 2015 of injuries sustained in police custody.

Lafayette Gilchrist Plays The 'Blues For Freddie Gray'

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Gregg Allman's new album, Southern Blood, comes out Sept. 15. It features his touring band, plus guests Jackson Browne, Buddy Miller, The McCrary Sisters and Greg Leisz. Patricia O'Driscoll/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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All Songs Considered

Gregg Allman's Posthumous 'My Only True Friend' Ain't Just Another Road Song

Allman worked on Southern Blood in the years before his death in May. "I hope you're haunted by the music of my soul, when I'm gone," Allman sings on the first single.