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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, joined at left by Sen. Orrin Hatch, leads a hearing on attempts to influence American elections, with a focus on Russian meddling in the last presidential race. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Politics

Foreign Agents Take Center Stage In Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

As congressional scrutiny of Russian interference expands, the panel began looking Wednesday at the advocacy of foreign governments — though key witnesses did not appear as originally planned.

People look at a forest fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez, as they sit on the beach. Thousands of French firefighters have been battling blazes that consumed swathes of land in southeastern France. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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French Wildfires Force 12,000 People To Flee Coastal Resort Areas

Some 12,000 people — including 3,000 campers — reportedly moved to safety in Bormes-les-Mimosas, east of Marseille.

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Arts & Life

Honey, They Shrunk The World: NYC Exhibition Lets You Tour A Tiny Globe

The miniature models of Gulliver's Gate represent places in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. They're populated by tiny people, pint–size penguins and bitty cars that move.

Honey, They Shrunk The World: NYC Exhibition Lets You Tour A Tiny Globe

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Christian Wade of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune shoots a suppressed carbine. The suppressor, which is the canister on the end of the barrel, turn a painful, deafening noise into simply a loud one. Timothy Lutz and Clarence Wimberly/Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps hide caption

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Back At Base

Military Tries To Cut Through The Noise Of War

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The military wants to reduce the deafening, chaotic roar of firefight noise so that front-line commanders can communicate with their troops.

Military Tries To Cut Through The Noise Of War

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Teachers With Student Debt: These Are Their Stories

If you're a teacher, you have one of the lowest-paid professional jobs in the U.S. Most require a four-year degree, which can require tens of thousands of dollars in loans that some struggle to repay.

Teachers With Student Debt: These Are Their Stories

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"It's not just about making one German astronaut happy with fresh bread," Marcu explains. "There's really a deeper meaning to bread in space." Above, a photo illustration of bread in space. NASA/ Bake in Space GmbH hide caption

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The Salt

3, 2, 1 ... Bake Off! The Mission To Make Bread In Space

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On Earth, crumbs are harmless, but in orbit they can be perilous. But bread is a big deal in Germany, so scientists and engineers there are teaming up to create an oven and dough fit for microgravity.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 troop and leader Giselle Burgess hug after being honored as the first troop exclusively for homeless girls, at a ceremony at New York City Hall on April 25. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Around the Nation

A NYC Scout Troop Provides Homeless Girls A Place Of Their Own

The 28 members of Girl Scout Troop 6000, and its two co-leaders, live in a shelter in Queens, N.Y. The troop that Giselle Burgess started is the first specifically for girls who are homeless.

An NYC Scout Troop Provides Homeless Girls A Place Of Their Own

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Music

Lafayette Gilchrist Plays The 'Blues For Freddie Gray'

The jazz pianist's latest album with his go-go backing band features a powerful song he wrote in tribute to the young Baltimore man who died in 2015 of injuries sustained in police custody.

Lafayette Gilchrist Plays The 'Blues For Freddie Gray'

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Gregg Allman's new album, Southern Blood, comes out Sept. 15. It features his touring band, plus guests Jackson Browne, Buddy Miller, The McCrary Sisters and Greg Leisz. Patricia O'Driscoll/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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All Songs Considered

Gregg Allman's Posthumous 'My Only True Friend' Ain't Just Another Road Song

Allman worked on Southern Blood in the years before his death in May. "I hope you're haunted by the music of my soul, when I'm gone," Allman sings on the first single.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Lamaar Thomas, center, is hit in the head by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Brandon Magee, top, as cornerback Kip Edwards helps make the tackle a 2014 preseason game. Magee was penalized for the hit. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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Sports

Study: Degenerative Disease Found In Nearly All Donated NFL Player Brains

An updated study by the Journal of the American Medical Association on chronic traumatic encephalopathy reveals a striking result among professional football players.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

'Goldwater Rule' Still In Place, Barring Many Psychiatrists From Commenting On Trump

Social media lit up on Tuesday with users believing psychiatrists were now free to offer armchair diagnoses about President Trump. There has been no change to the code of ethics.

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Shots - Health News

Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

High school athletes who tended to focus on one sport were 50 percent more likely to get hurt than those who hadn't specialized. Injuries included ankle sprains, knee tendonitis and stress fractures.

Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

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