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U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, speaks during a news conference in June after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Commander Of Navy's 7th Fleet Dismissed After Series Of Ship Mishaps

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, was relieved of command on Wednesday after four accidents involving Navy ships.

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Trump Holds Rally In Arizona; Haitians Leave The U.S. In Droves

President Trump held a rally in Phoenix and defended his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Also, thousands of Haitians are leaving the U.S. to seek asylum in Canada, creating a refugee crisis there.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

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Glenn Simpson, a former reporter who later helped found a private investigation firm, sat down with Senate Judiciary Committee staff behind closed doors on Tuesday, congressional aides told NPR. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption

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Researcher Behind Unverified Trump Dossier Meets Senate Investigators

Glenn Simpson, whose political research business digs up dirt for political campaigns to use against each other, talked with the Judiciary Committee about the infamous Trump-Russia file.

Monica Callan (right) marches with first-year cadets. Callan has seven years on these 18-year-old cadets, who have nicknamed her "Mom-ica" and who she calls "my kids." Tom Kimmell/Courtesy of The Hechinger Report hide caption

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An Air Force Cadet At 25: A Sign Of The Times In Higher Education

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Many students heading to college this fall won't be the traditional 18-year-olds. At the nation's military academies, more cadets are coming from life — or military service — and not high school.

President Trump speaks with newly sworn-in White House chief of staff John Kelly at the White House on July 31. Kelly is one of four former generals who were appointed to top administration positions. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Donald Trump Likes To Surround Himself With Generals

High-level military brass may be able to bring discipline and order to an administration that sometimes has appeared to lack them.

Why Donald Trump Likes To Surround Himself With Generals

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Across the state of Maine, the number of prescriptions for painkillers is dropping. But some patients who have chronic pain say they need high doses of the medication to be able to function. Fanatic Studio/Getty Images hide caption

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Intent On Reversing Its Opioid Epidemic, A State Limits Prescriptions

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Maine is among a handful of states putting limits on the painkiller dose that doctors can prescribe a patient. Some doctors and patients say the law is helping, while others say it goes too far.

White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks earlier this month to select media in Alexandria, Va. Spencer is head of the National Policy Institute and self-described creator of the term "alt-right." Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

After big tech companies took action to take down white supremacist content, there have been calls for the government to step in to protect free speech from the right and left.

Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

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The 1988 Carter High School football team won that year's Texas state championship. Filmmaker Adam Hootnik says, "For a lot of people, that's the top." Courtesy of ESPN Films hide caption

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'What Carter Lost' Tells The True Story Of 'Friday Night Lights' Football Rivals

Carter High School is really an afterthought in Friday Night Lights — the thug-like football team that stole the state title. A new film follows Carter's rise to the top, and its fall from grace.

'What Carter Lost' Tells The True Story Of 'Friday Night Lights' Football Rivals

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Department of Justice on Aug. 4. The Justice Department is being sued by multiple cities, including now Los Angeles, over its stance on "sanctuary cities." Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Los Angeles Sues Justice Department, Joining Other 'Sanctuary Cities'

LA is among the jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with federal authorities on immigration enforcement. The Trump administration has threatened to cut millions in funding to those communities.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, joined by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, about Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Governors Preparing Bipartisan Health Care Plan For Congress To Consider

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Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper and Ohio Republican John Kasich are nearing completion on a plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act exchanges that they will present to the Senate next month.

A California jury awarded a woman $417 million in a case against Johnson & Johnson. The woman claimed that her use of Johnson's Baby Powder led to terminal ovarian cancer. Scientists disagree on how strong a link there is between talc and ovarian cancer. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? A Jury Says Yes. Scientists Aren't So Sure

Scientists have found an association between talc and ovarian cancer, but they don't agree on exactly what that means.

Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? A Jury Says Yes. Scientists Aren't So Sure

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One recent example of a musician prominently mentioning a brand in a song: Kendrick Lamar with a jar of Grey Poupon in the music video for "Humble." YouTube hide caption

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From Rolls-Royce To Grey Poupon, A Look At Brand Mentions In Chart-Topping Songs

Musicians love to sing about cars — but they've also referenced mustard, bandages and chocolate. Bloomberg reporter Kim Bhasin talks about analyzing the lyrics of popular songs for brand mentions.

From Rolls-Royce To Grey Poupon, A Look At Brand Mentions In Chart-Topping Songs

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This month, The state of Maryland announced a $4 million pilot program to dredge behind the Conowingo Dam. The dam has been holding back pollution for nearly a century, but recent research shows it has filled up with sediment faster than expected. Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr hide caption

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Pollution Buildup At Conowingo Dam May Harm Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

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A Maryland dam has been helping to clean up the Chesapeake Bay by holding back sediment that can harm aquatic life. But now the dam's sediment pools have filled up earlier than projected.

Pollution Buildup At Conowingo Dam May Harm Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

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Kelp plants grow on a 30-foot-long, white PVC pole suspended in the water. If this is successful, instead of just one row, there would be a whole platform, hundreds of meters across and hundreds of meters deep, full of kelp plants. Courtesy of Maurice Roper/Wrigley Institute hide caption

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Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean

International research labs are using seaweed to make biofuel, but little progress has been made in the U.S. Now scientists in California are developing a prototype to enable vast open-ocean farming.

Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean

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