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Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster looks on as President Donald Trump announces him as his national security adviser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Trump Adviser H.R. McMaster Faces An Old Challenge—Iraq

McMaster first made his name as a captain in Iraq in 1991. Then, in 2007, he was a key figure in the "surge." Now, 26 years after he first went to Iraq, he'll be seeking a solution in his new post.

Each year thousands of people from around the world tour the Gomantong Cave. Although scientists have found a potentially dangerous virus in bats that roost in the cave, no one has ever gotten sick from a trip to this cave. Razis Nasri hide caption

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Goats and Soda

The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head

Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.

The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head

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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.

Adults and children return to St. Louis Jewish Community Center on Jan. 18, in St. Louis, Mo., after canine units cleared the building. According to St. Louis County Police, someone called the front desk claiming a device was inside. Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Another Wave Of Bomb Threats Targets Jewish Community Centers

For the fourth time in two months, multiple centers received threats in one day. Headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri have also been vandalized. President Trump called the threats "horrible."

A World Food Program food distribution site in Bentiu, South Sudan. The U.N. says nearly 5 million people in the country do not have enough food, and in one region people are already dying of starvation. Kate Holt/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

In South Sudan, People Are Dying Of Hunger As Civil War Continues

The U.N. says nearly 5 million people do not have enough food, and issued a formal famine declaration for Unity State in the north-central part of the country.

In South Sudan, People Are Dying Of Hunger As Civil War Continues

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A message of "Say no to Trump" is projected on Britain's Houses of Parliament the evening before a Monday parliamentary debate took place on Donald Trump's state visit. Nearly 2 million people signed a petition in support of scrapping or downgrading the invitation. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images hide caption

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At U.K. Parliament, Zingers Fly In Debate Over Trump State Visit

As thousands protested outside Britain's Parliament on Monday, members debated whether President Trump should have the honor of meeting the queen on a state visit. Rhetorical skills were on full display.

Smoke and flames rise after a Beechcraft plane crashed into a shopping center just after take-off from Essendon Airport in suburban Melbourne, Australia. Jordan Fouracre/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Plane Crashes Into Mall In Australia, Killing Pilot And 4 Americans

The plane crashed into the Direct Factory Outlets mall shortly after takeoff, according to media reports. All passengers are believed to have died in the crash, and nobody inside the mall was injured.

Relatives of Sergio Hernández sit in Ciudad Juarez at the U.S.-Mexico border, on the second anniversary of his killing in 2012. Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Supreme Court To Decide If Mexican Nationals May Sue For Border Shooting

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed an unarmed Mexican national from across the border, and the agent was not disciplined. The boy's family says a suit is their only possibility for justice.

Supreme Court To Decide If Mexican Nationals May Sue For Border Shooting

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Taylor Hutchinson says having subsidized health care costs has been critical to being able to start a farm with her partner, Jake Mendell. Kathleen Masterson/Vermont Public Radio hide caption

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The Salt

Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

Vermont Public Radio

There are many challenges to farming: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored: health care costs.

A happy hour event put on by The Adulting School where participants learn how to make craft cocktails at Maine Craft Distilling in Portland, Maine. Other skills taught by the school include changing a flat tire, making deviled eggs and folding sheets. Courtesy of Rachel Weinstein hide caption

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Education

Adulting School Teaches Young Adults Grown-Up Skills

Maine Public

Many young adults struggle with the transition to adulthood, finding it difficult to do things like manage their money and pay their bills on time. This new school in Maine is here to help.

Adulting School Teaches Young Adults Grown-Up Skills

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Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene. Lionsgate hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Behind This Exuberant Dance Number? Planning, Precision And Practice

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene.

Behind This Exuberant Dance Number? Planning, Precision And Practice

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