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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addresses the constituent assembly earlier this month. The group, which Maduro called for and which enjoys wide-ranging powers, granted itself the ability to pass laws. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela's Pro-Maduro Assembly Seizes Congressional Powers

The move Friday marks a new milestone in President Nicolás Maduro's campaign to consolidate power, giving the lawmaking power of the opposition-packed congress to the legislative superbody he created.

In Netflix's new show The Defenders, Jessica Jones and her superhero friends patrol the grim and gritty streets of a Hell's Kitchen that no longer exists in today's New York. Sarah Shatz/Netflix hide caption

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Marvel Comics Meet Reality On The Not-So-Mean Streets Of Hell's Kitchen

In Netflix's newest Marvel Universe show, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist patrol the dirty streets of a Hell's Kitchen that doesn't exist in today's New York City.

Marvel Comics Meet Reality On The Not-So-Mean Streets Of Hell's Kitchen

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Edward French, 71, was killed in San Francisco on July 11. One of the murder suspects was arrested two weeks before his death for gun possession and parole violations. The suspect was released based on a "public-safety assessment score" — a computer generated score that helps calculate whether a suspect is a flight risk or likely to return to court. Courtesy of Brian Higginbotham hide caption

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Did A Bail Reform Algorithm Contribute To This San Francisco Man's Murder?

The July murder of photographer Ed French is raising questions and concerns about a pretrial risk assessment computer tool used by a growing number of county and city courts.

People gather around a single rose laid on the ground of Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Friday, observing one minute's silence for the victims of the terrorist attack. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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'Today Is A Day Of Mourning': Remembering The Victims Of Spain's Terror Attacks

An American has been confirmed as one of at least 14 people killed. More than 100 others were injured. In all, victims came from at least 34 nations. Here's a portrait of the lives lost.

Bike patrol volunteers give directions to visitors at Acadia National Park. The Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks

The move reverses an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water. The aim was to cut back on plastic litter.

Workers use a crane to lift the monument dedicated to former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney in Annapolis, Md., early Friday. The State House Trust voted Wednesday to remove the statue from its grounds. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Maryland State House Removes Statue Of Judge Who Wrote Dred Scott Decision

The infamous 1857 decision upheld slavery and declared that blacks were not citizens. Maryland's State House Trust voted Wednesday to remove the statue from its grounds, where it stood for 145 years.

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This sequence of images shows the development of embryos formed after eggs were injected with both CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, and sperm from a donor with a genetic mutation known to cause cardiomyopathy. OHSU hide caption

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Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.

Exclusive: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald returns to port after colliding with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. MC1 Peter Burghart/U.S. Navy hide caption

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USS Fitzgerald Leaders Punished; Crew Is Praised After Collision With Cargo Ship

"Through their swift and in many cases heroic actions, members of the crew saved lives," the Navy said. It also blamed an avoidable crash on inadequate leadership and flawed teamwork.

Perceptions of discrimination track closely with voting against Trump, a survey found. Public Religion Research Institute, David Wasserman, Cook Political Report/Danielle Kurtzleben/NPR hide caption

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CHART: The Relationship Between Seeing Discrimination And Voting For Trump

There is an apparent correlation between a state's likelihood of having voted for Trump and whether residents think black, immigrant, and gay and lesbian communities face "a lot of discrimination."

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From Israel, Quiet Efforts Are Underway To Aid Civilians In Syria

The two countries have fought each other in the past and technically remain in a state of war. But both the Israeli military and private organizations are quietly delivering humanitarian aid.

From Israel, Quiet Efforts Are Underway To Aid Civilians In Syria

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Whitney Houston performs in 1988. The new Showtime documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me, includes footage of her world tour in 1999. Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Radiant, Isolated Star: A New Documentary Tells Whitney Houston's Story

Whitney: Can I Be Me is an unauthorized documentary that marshals the voices of Houston's friends and former employees to tell an intimate, tragic story.

A Radiant, Isolated Star: A New Documentary Tells Whitney Houston's Story

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Francine Anderson grew up in a small town in Virginia in the 1950s. She says that when she was 5 years old, she first realized that the color of her skin could put her in danger. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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After 60 Years, Girl's Experience At Whites-Only Gas Station Still Hurts

An African-American woman remembers growing up in segregated Virginia in the 1950s, and being in the car when her father tried to get gas from a whites-only truck stop.

After 60 Years, Girl's Experience At Whites-Only Gas Station Still Hurts

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One student says she's scared to go back to Brentwood High School in Long Island after spending a month in the immigration wing of a county jail. She was suspected of being affiliated with MS-13, but she was released after a judge found there wasn't enough evidence. Frank Eltman/AP hide caption

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Undocumented Teens Say They're Falsely Accused Of Being In A Gang

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The clothes and colors students wear to school, the classmates they speak to and what they're suspended for is being used as evidence in immigration court that students are affiliated with MS-13.

Undocumented Teens Say They're Falsely Accused Of Being In A Gang

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Solar cells sit in the sun at the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in Desert Center, Calif. The people who run California's electric grid expect the solar power output to be cut roughly in half during the eclipse. Marcus Yam/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

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On a sunny day, California gets up to 40 percent of its energy from solar power, so Monday's total eclipse isn't just a scientific spectacle, it's a major concern for the state's power grid.

California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

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