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A tanker helicopter drops water on a wildfire on Tuesday in Oakville, California. At least 40 people were killed with many are still missing, and at least 5,700 buildings have been destroyed since wildfires broke out a week ago. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images hide caption

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Lighter Winds Aid Firefighters Working To Contain California Blazes

Officials say they are increasingly optimistic that the fires are gradually being extinguished, with two of the largest about 70 percent contained.

Rep. Mike Synar, D-Okla., meets with Neal Knox, executive director of the NRA's lobbying arm, in 1981 in this photo archived at the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections at the University of Oklahoma. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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How The NRA Uses Its Political Clout: An Early Lesson In Oklahoma

Rep. Mike Synar, a Democrat, had the National Rifle Association's backing in 1980. But by 1994, his positions had changed, and so had the NRA's. Here's how the group worked to defeat him.

How The NRA Uses Its Political Clout: An Early Lesson In Oklahoma

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 11. The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 23,000 for the first time on Tuesday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Dow Crosses Another Milestone, Topping 23,000 For The First Time

The Dow Jones industrial average topped 23,000 for the first time, crossing another milestone amid better-than-expected earnings reports and concerns that stocks are approaching another bubble.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. special forces, walks on a building near Raqqa's stadium Monday, as they cleared the last positions on the frontline in the fight against ISIS. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

Arab and Kurdish fighters in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces began their offensive four months ago. Now ISIS fighters are reportedly bottled up in a stadium complex in the city.

ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

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Killam (pictured in Los Angeles on Oct. 14) wrote, directed and stars in the mockumentary Killing Gunther. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images hide caption

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Taran Killam Says 'There Was Never Any Common Ground' When Trump Hosted 'SNL'

In November 2015, candidate Donald Trump drew protesters to NBC's New York studio. Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam says, "We could hear the protests during our table read."

Taran Killam Says 'There Was Never Any Common Ground' When Trump Hosted 'SNL'

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Monovithya Kem's father, Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, was jailed in September, after his party fared better than expected in local elections in June. "Dictators see free, fair elections as a threat," she tells NPR. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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'Fear Is Something Constant,' Says Daughter Of Jailed Cambodian Opposition Leader

"Dictators see free, fair election as a threat," Monovithya Kem tells NPR. Her father, opposition leader Kem Sokha, is in jail on charges — which he denies — of trying to overthrow the government.

'Fear Is Something Constant,' Says Daughter Of Jailed Cambodian Opposition Leader

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One of many grocery stores in Venezuela where the shelves are bare. Even in regions such as Latin America that do well overall, there are glaring exceptions, such as Venezuela, where political turmoil has created massive price inflation and food shortages. Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

There have been decades of progress in the fight against hunger. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story.

Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, "If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They're not going to die."

Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

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Executive Producer and narrator chef Anthony Bourdain attends the premiere of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste in New York City. Brent N. Clarke/Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP hide caption

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Anthony Bourdain Urges Americans To 'Value The Things We Eat'

In interview with NPR's Here & Now about his new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, the chef drives home the enormity of the problem and the importance of changing our perspective.

Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti, co-founders of the robotics company, MegaBots, with giant robots MK2 (left) and Eagle Prime. Greg Munson hide caption

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No Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Here: Behold A U.S. Vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel

Engineers Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein have brought science fiction to life. Their giant robot Eagle Prime fights a giant Japanese robot in an epic battle airing on Twitch on Tuesday.

No Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Here: Behold A U.S. Vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel

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President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talk to reporters in the Rose Garden following a lunch meeting at the White House on Monday. The two tried to downplay reports of divisions between them. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump On GOP Failures: 'I'm Not Going To Blame Myself, I'll Be Honest'

The president said on Monday that some lawmakers should be "ashamed" of themselves. Later in the day, he downplayed divisions in a Rose Garden appearance with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Most employers have policies on reporting sexual harassment, and human resource officials are required to investigate those claims. But those filing the complaints can face obstacles, experts say. Shannon Fagan/Getty Images hide caption

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Weinstein Case Highlights Pitfalls Of Workplace Harassment Claims

Most employers have policies on reporting sexual harassment, and human resource officials are required to investigate those claims. But those filing the complaints can face obstacles, experts say.

Harvey Weinstein Case Highlights Pitfalls Of Workplace Harassment Claims

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Albert Einstein receives his certificate of American citizenship from Judge Phillip Forman. A German-American, Einstein came to the United States in 1932. Al Aumuller/Library of Congress hide caption

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'I'm An American' Radio Show Promoted Inclusion Before World War II

Before the U.S. entered the war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted to promote tolerance toward immigrants. So, the government started a radio program featuring celebrity immigrants' stories.

'I'm An American' Radio Show Promoted Inclusion Before World War II

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Police and forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a car bomb believed to have killed journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia close to her home in Bidnija, Malta, on Monday. The force of the blast broke her car into several pieces, witnesses said. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Car Bomb Kills Top Investigative Reporter In Malta

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who revealed the secrets of the wealthy, powerful and corrupt on her widely read blog, died on Monday after her car exploded. She had recently been digging into the Panama Papers.

Members of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Rey Del Rio/Getty Images hide caption

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In New Video, Prophets Of Rage Gives NFL's #TakeAKnee Protest Historical Context

One week after Eminem's anti-Trump tirade, Chuck D's supergroup released visuals for the "Strength In Numbers" anthem, meant to boost support for the NFL's #TakeAKnee protests.

The collision of two neutron stars, seen in an artist's rendering, created both gravitational waves and gamma rays. Researchers used those signals to locate the event with optical telescopes. Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science hide caption

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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

In an astonishing discovery, astronomers used gravitational waves to locate two neutron stars smashing together. The collision created 200 Earth masses of pure gold, along with other elements.