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House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., outside the White House on March 23, the day before GOP leaders pulled a health care bill from the House floor. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Politics

After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

The group led GOP opposition in the Obama years, but after torpedoing efforts to overhaul health care led by President Trump, the Freedom Caucus is sorting out how to work with fellow Republicans.

After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

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China's President Xi Jinping will visit President Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6 and 7. Xi is seen here during meetings in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this week. Lintao Zhang/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Trump Will Host China's President Xi In Florida On April 6

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit President Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., next week, for talks that will reportedly center on economic and other issues.

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Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

The private company plans to launch a satellite Thursday using a rocket that it has launched once before. Reusing equipment could make it cheaper to do business in deep space.

Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin is working with Congress to renew the Veterans Choice program, which allows some veterans to get medical care outside the VA system, and provides money for medical staff. Marian Carrasquero /NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin says preventing suicide among military veterans is his "number one clinical priority," and that he is working to fill some 45,000 open jobs in the agency.

'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

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The Salt

In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, 'Modern Slavery' Persists

A new report highlights victims of human trafficking in the food industry, from farm workers to restaurant cooks and wait staff. Some victims are exploited for both sex and labor.

European Council President Donald Tusk holds up the document from the U.K. in Brussels on Wednesday. Tusk has received a letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May invoking Article 50 of the bloc's key treaty, the formal start of exit negotiations. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

With Brexit Triggered, Uncertainty Continues Over What's To Come

The British are known for understatement, but political observers speak of Brexit in superlatives. They say it could prove transformational for the country — either for good or ill.

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Politics

#BlackWomenAtWork: Women Speak Out After Criticism Of Journalist, Congresswoman

Incidents like the ones involving veteran reporter April Ryan and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters this week are not a rarity for black women in the workplace, says activist Brittany Packnett.

#BlackWomenAtWork: Women Speak Out After Criticism Of Journalist, Congresswoman

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A State Department employee, accused of taking gifts from Chinese intelligence agents and not reporting the contacts, pleaded not guilty in a court appearance Wednesday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Felony Charges For U.S. Diplomat Over Alleged Contacts With Chinese Agents

For years, a State Department employee allegedly received tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from Chinese intelligence operatives and failed to report the repeated contacts to U.S. officials.

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Fishermen Catch 50-Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

MacArthur Park in Los Angeles is not the most picturesque location, but it is where the California Ghetto Carping Club caught a fish "so massive, it was huggable."

Fishermen Catch 50-Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

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At Kemper, Mississippi Power has built an entirely new coal plant from the ground up. But the plant, which uses carbon capture technology, has experienced missed deadlines, cost overruns and other problems. Courtesy of Mississippi Power hide caption

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Energy

Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up

Capturing carbon emissions from coal plants would reduce coal's effect on climate change. But high costs and other factors have stymied efforts to use that technology at more U.S. power plants.

Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up

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Canadians Report More Scrutiny And Rejection At U.S. Border Checkpoints

Immigration lawyers say they've seen a spike in the number of Canadians turned back at the U.S. border since January. But federal officials insist that no policies have changed on the American side.

Canadians Report More Scrutiny And Rejection At U.S. Border Checkpoints

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Hungarian Legislation Threatens American University In Budapest

Central European University is widely considered Hungary's top private university. It was founded by financier George Soros, who has a strained relationship with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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Environment

Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

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After devastating floods, California is looking to spend billions on dams and levees. Some are calling for a new approach to flood control, one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it.

Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

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Shots - Health News

6 Changes The Trump Administration Can Still Make To Obamacare

The Republican overhaul bill died, but the health care drama continues. There are lots of ways the Trump administration can change regulations and how the Affordable Care Act is administered — without congressional approval.

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The Salt

EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

The EPA says it's reversing course and keeping chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on produce, on the market. The agency previously said the chemical could post risks to consumers.

EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

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An M-44 device — also known as a "cyanide bomb" for the way it sprays sodium cyanide — sits nested between two rocks. Several petitions are now calling for the removal of these devices used to protect livestock from predators. Mark Mansfield, father of a boy accidentally sprayed March 16 in Idaho, calls M-44s "neither safe nor humane." Bannock County Sheriff's Office hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Calls Mount For Ban On 'Cyanide Bombs' After Death Of Family Pet

An M-44, which sprays predators with sodium cyanide, detonated on a teen and his dog earlier this month in Idaho. Now the family and others are petitioning the USDA to end its use of the devices.

Michael Sharp visited Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, home to displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during his time in the country. When he was killed, he was part of a U.N. mission. Jana Asenbrennerova/Courtesy of MCC hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Remembering Michael Sharp: He Risked His Life To Make Peace

The death of the 34-year-old Kansan was confirmed this week. Correspondent Gregory Warner met him by chance on a boat and found out how he managed to forge a dialogue with violent rebels.