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Seema Verma, who is Donald Trump's nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has said that maternity benefits should be optional rather than required. Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

GOP Considers Reduction In Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits

Maternity coverage is a popular target, but other items also might be watered down or eliminated as Republicans look for ways to replace or revise the Affordable Care Act.

This is what failed to happen on Wednesday morning. In this image from April 17, 2015, a robotic arm on the International Space Station grasps a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship during docking. NASA/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

SpaceX Cargo Craft Fails To Dock With Space Station, Will Try Again

The private spaceflight company launched its Falcon 9 rocket Sunday, only to have the rocket's cargo capsule encounter an error in its navigation system Wednesday during a docking attempt.

An illustration from 1875 depicts the survivors of the frigate Cospatrick, which caught fire off South Africa's Cape of Good Hope in November 1874. Of more than 470 people on board, just three ultimately survived, and they were reduced to cannibalism. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues

It's gruesome, but from a scientific standpoint, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal, a new book says. And who knew European aristocrats ate body parts as medicine?

Piles of debris remain at camp. Some of these items were donated by people who support the movement. Others were abandoned by protesters who left camp. Amy Sisk/Inside Energy hide caption

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Clean Up As Deadline Looms

Prairie Public Broadcasting

Protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline have until Wednesday to clean up and go home. Authorities want protesters off the land before the river thaws and floods the camp.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Clean Up As Deadline Looms

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Royal Malaysian Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar addresses journalists in front of a screen displaying the details of North Korean Embassy staffer Hyon Kwong Song, who has been identified for questioning, during a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

North Korean Diplomat Joins List Of Suspects In Kim Jong Nam's Death

It's the latest twist in the inquiry into the killing of Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, who died 10 days ago shortly after being approached by two women at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Memos signed by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, seen at a news conference earlier this month at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, lay out a number of immigration-enforcement measures, such as expedited deportation proceedings for unauthorized immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for up to two years. Denis Poroy/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Homeland Security Outlines New Rules Tightening Enforcement Of Immigration Law

Two memos, signed by Secretary John Kelly, greatly expand the number of immigrants prioritized for removal. The rules do not affect "Dreamers" — people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Typically, by this time in the winter, the ice is thick enough to support an ice road from Bayfield, Wis., to Madeline Island. But for the second year in a row, the ferry will run all winter long. Dan Kraker/MPR hide caption

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Environment

For Islanders In Lake Superior, Warmer Winters Mean They Can't Drive

Minnesota Public Radio

By this time in winter, lake ice is normally thick enough to support a road from the mainland to Madeline Island. But for the second year in a row, islanders will have to rely on the ferry all winter long.

For Islanders In Lake Superior, Warmer Winters Mean They Can't Drive

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History

An Attempt To Save South Carolina's Historical Documents Is Destroying Them

South Carolina Public Radio

Historical documents across the country are facing an issue other than age: An effort to preserve them decades ago is hastening the documents' demise.

An Attempt To Save South Carolina's Historical Documents Is Destroying Them

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At approximately 66 years old, Wisdom, the world's oldest known breeding bird in the wild, is a mother again at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial in Hawaii. Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

World's 'Oldest Known Wild Bird' Hatches Chick, Again

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross who is at least 66 years old, has hatched yet another chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial in Hawaii.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Germany last week and heads to Mexico this week, amid growing questions about how much influence he has in the White House. Brendan Smialowski/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Keeps Low Profile Since Taking Office

Questions are being raised about how much influence Tillerson has with the White House. He was absent from the president's recent meetings with the leaders of Canada, Israel and Japan.

Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Keeps Low Profile Since Taking Office

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Led by women in pink "pussyhats," hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of Washington and other cities in a massive outpouring of opposition to America's new president, Donald Trump. Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Code Switch

Today's Feminism: Too Much Marketing, Not Enough Reality

It seems that "feminism" in 2017 is more concerned with promoting superficial trappings of genuine equality than with doing the tough work to address the hard facts of gender and racial inequality, writes Amy Alexander.