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To Fight Coastal Damage, Louisiana Parishes Pushed To Sue Energy Industry

Louisiana has a $90 billion plan to fight coastal erosion. Gov. John Bel Edwards says suing oil and gas firms, which have contributed to the damage, will help foot the bill. But he faces obstacles.

On the left, President Trump takes the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. On the right, protesters attend the Women's March on Washington the next day. Crowd estimates for both events were in the 100,000s but varied considerably. Scott Olson/Getty Images; Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics Aside, Counting Crowds Is Tricky

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Our Hearts Are Wrong Jessica Lea Mayfield
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Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, a Palestinian shoemaker from Hebron, filmed an Israeli soldier shooting a badly wounded Palestinian attacker in the head last year. A military court convicted the soldier of manslaughter. Abu Shamsiyeh says he's gotten death threats for filming the attack. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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In West Bank, Witnesses To Conflict Are Using Video To Document What They See

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Invasive Fern In Florida Threatens To Take Down More Than Just Trees

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All That Glitters Death in Vegas

Siphiwe Baleka (left) says he gained 15 pounds when he first started driving a truck; food was comfort and exercise was tough to come by. Trucking, he says, is "the most unhealthy occupation in America." Alex Smith hide caption

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Athlete-Turned-Trucker Works To Improve Truckers' Health

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Somehow To Keep it Going Cotton Jones
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Something Biblical Andrew Bird
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Another Day Little Children
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The village of Volendam, north of Amsterdam, enjoys almost full employment. It overwhelmingly supports the far-right, anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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A Prosperous Dutch Village Hopes For A Right-Wing 'Bit Of Revolution'

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Melissa Morris outside her home in Sterling, Colo. She quit using heroin in 2012, and now relies on the drug Suboxone to stay clean. She's also been helping to find treatment for some of the neighbors she used to sell drugs to. Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

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To Fight Coastal Damage, Louisiana Parishes Pushed To Sue Energy Industry

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