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Judge Drops Charges Against Anti-Abortion Activists Behind Covert Recordings

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt used fake IDs to try to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. They were indicted for tampering with government records, but the charges were dismissed on technical grounds.

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Tesla's Ambitions Run Into The Realities Of Making Cars

Tesla, which has roots in the tech world, is facing the challenge of becoming a successful car company amid scrutiny over its autopilot technology.

Tesla's Ambitions Run Into The Realities Of Making Cars

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Helen Gurley Brown in her office at Cosmopolitan magazine in the 1960s .The legendary editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)." Santi Visalli/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells — and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."

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Politics

Michelle Obama: I Want A President 'Who Is Worthy Of My Girls' Promise'

At the Democratic convention, the first lady said the election is about making a better future for young people. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate "who I trust with that responsibility," she said.

A French police officer stands guard by Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray's city hall following a hostage-taking at a church in the small town on Tuesday. Two men with knives attacked the church, killing a priest, police say. Police said they killed two hostage-takers in the attack in the Normandy town, 77 miles north of Paris. Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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2 Men Take Hostages, Kill Priest In French Church

The attackers, armed with knives, were shot to death by police. ISIS has claimed responsibility.

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Was That A Russian Spy, Or Am I Getting Paranoid?

Journalists, dissidents, human rights workers all tell stories of being followed and harassed by Russia's security services. They range from the comical to the frightening.

Was That A Russian Spy, Or Am I Getting Paranoid?

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Somali soldiers stand guard next to the wreckage of a car bomb outside the U.N.'s office in Mogadishu on Tuesday. At least 13 people were killed in twin bombings near U.N. and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist al-Shabab group claimed as a suicide attack. Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Suicide Bombings In Somalia's Capital Kill 13 Near Peacekeeping Base

Car bombs detonated at checkpoints near the entrance to one of the African Union bases in Mogadishu, killed more than a dozen people. The base is used by the Union's peacekeeping troops.

The mother of Fabiana Flosi, seen here with her husband, Formula One racing Bernie Ecclestone, has reportedly been kidnapped in Brazil. Flosi and Ecclestone are seen here in 2014, after a court proceeding in Germany. Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images hide caption

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Formula One Boss Bernie Ecclestone's Mother-In-Law Is Kidnapped In Brazil

The billionaire's wife is Brazilian; kidnappers are asking for a $37 million ransom. The abduction sent shock waves through the sporting world.

In 2016, Mesa Verde National Park officials closed Spruce Tree House because of crumbling rock. Previous restoration efforts and more extreme temperature swings, which may be connected to climate change, are two reasons why staff here thinks rock is crumbling. Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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To Protect History, A National Park Preps For Climate Change

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Climate change is affecting what's in Mesa Verde National Park that visitors see. Over the last decade, scorching wildfires have destroyed archaeological artifacts — and have also revealed new ones.

To Protect History, A National Park Preps For Climate Change

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After His Assassination, A Pakistani Artist's Family Keeps His Song Alive

The famed qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was shot down last month in Karachi, Pakistan, apparently by the Taliban. The vocalist's family is pledging to keep his home a refuge of, and for, music.

After His Assassination, A Pakistani Artist's Family Keeps His Song Alive

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New drugs like Harvoni effectively cure hepatitis C, but they haven't yet been approved for use in children. Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Children Exposed To Hepatitis C May Be Missing Out On Treatment

WHYY

Now that there are better treatments for hepatitis C in adults, doctors hope the drugs soon will be approved for use in children who were infected at birth. But many at-risk infants don't get tested.

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Problems After Using Hair Conditioner Prompt An FDA Warning

After more than 100 consumers complained about symptoms like itchiness and balding, the FDA says hair conditioner is a potential culprit. But doctors warn against jumping to conclusions.

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

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Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

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