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In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 photo, a shipyard worker walks to his car at the end of the workday at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. With Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet potential threats from Russia and China. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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The Impact of War

Trump's Budget Proposal Doesn't Cover Major Military Expansion

The $54 billion President Trump's seeking to increase the Defense Department budget this year would represent a funding boost — but not one that would pay for an expansion on the scale he endorsed on the campaign trail.

John R.K. Howard listens during his sentencing hearing Friday at the courthouse in Twin Falls, Idaho. Drew Nash, Times-News / www.magicvalley.com hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

No Jail Time For 19-Year-Old In Idaho Coat-Hanger Assault Case

"Whatever happened in that locker room was not sexual," a judge said as he sentenced a former high school football player to community service and probation. The ex-student was accused of kicking a coat hanger up the rectum of a black, mentally disabled teammate.

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The Salt

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

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Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrive for the Donald Trump's inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. On Monday, Bush weighed in on developments in the nascent Trump presidency. Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Bush Calls Press 'Indispensable To Democracy'

Former President George W. Bush stopped short of direct and blunt criticism of President Trump, but he did discuss some of the issues facing the current occupant of the Oval Office.

Marine One, with President Trump aboard, flies with a decoy and support helicopters to Dover Air Force Base for the dignified transfer of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed in Yemen on January 29. Owens' father says he refused to meet Trump. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Father Of Navy SEAL Killed In Yemen Raid Has Harsh Words For Trump

"I told them I didn't want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him," says William Owens of the chance to meet President Trump. Owens' son died in a raid in Yemen.

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Politics

Black Lives Matter Finds 'Renewed Focus' 5 Years After Trayvon Martin

An emotional Facebook post in the wake of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager became a hashtag, a rallying cry and eventually a protest movement. Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors discusses what lies ahead.

Black Lives Matter Finds 'Renewed Focus' 5 Years After Trayvon Martin

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Lester "J.R." Packingham speaks Monday on the front steps of the Supreme Court. He was convicted of statutory rape in 2002, and arrested years later under a law barring sex offenders from social media platforms. Lauren Russell/NPR hide caption

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Law

Can Sex Offenders Be Barred From Social Media? Justices Lean Toward No

The court heard two cases today: One on whether the government can deport a resident for a statutory rape conviction, and another on whether a state can criminalize social media use for sex offenders.

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Politics

Here's What To Watch For When Trump Addresses Congress

It's not a "State of the Union" address, but Trump's mood about the country will matter, along with whether he gives Congress direction on policy priorities like health care and taxes.

Here's What To Watch For When Trump Addresses Congress

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at his swearing in earlier this month. He said Monday he will focus on issues such as violent crime and police morale. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

In First On-The-Record Briefing, Jeff Sessions Focuses On Violent Crime

The attorney general praised police and sheriffs' deputies as "front-line soldiers" in the mission to protect public safety. He also vowed more consistent prosecution of criminals who carry guns in the course of their crimes.

More than 10 wildfires burned over 200,000 acres in Southern California in October 2003, many of them started by humans. This satellite image shows strong winds carrying smoke over the Pacific. MODIS Rapid Response Team/NASA hide caption

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Humans Are The Leading Cause Of Wildfires In The U.S.

More than 8 in 10 fires are started by people, and researchers say humans are not only causing the vast majority of wildfires, they're extending the normal fire season around the U.S. by three months.

President Donald Trump signs a bill repealing a rule passed last July that required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to overseas governments. The rule was meant to promote transparency. Critics of the repeal argue it served as an important national security tool since corruption often leads to violence, instability and terrorism. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

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A memorial including a photo of Philando Castile is attached to the gate of the governor's residence in St. Paul, Minn., to protest the July 2016 shooting death. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Minn. Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Philando Castile Pleads Not Guilty

The officer entered his not-guilty plea to three charges, including second-degree manslaughter. The aftermath of the controversial shooting went viral as it was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend.

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Music News

The National Symphony Orchestra: NPR's House Band For A Day

NSO conductor Steven Reineke led some 70 musicians in performing the interludes you hear between All Things Considered stories.

The National Symphony Orchestra: NPR's House Band For A Day

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