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Pamela Adlon plays plays Sam, a single mom raising three daughters (from left, Olivia Edward, Hannah Alligood and Mikey Madison) in the FX comedy series Better Things. Pamela Littky/FX hide caption

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Pamela Adlon Started Working At Age 9, But 'Better Things' Happened At 50

Adlon has four titles in the credits of the FX comedy series Better Things: actress, writer, director and producer. "I want to elevate the mundane ..." she says. "This is the way I live my life."

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?

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Pamela Adlon plays plays Sam, a single mom raising three daughters (from left, Olivia Edward, Hannah Alligood and Mikey Madison) in the FX comedy series Better Things. Pamela Littky/FX hide caption

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Pamela Adlon Started Working At Age 9, But 'Better Things' Happened At 50

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Anhydrous ammonia tanks in a newly planted wheat field. Walmart has promised big cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases. To meet that goal, though, the giant retailer may have to persuade farmers to use less fertilizer. It won't be easy. TheBusman/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

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Chronixx's debut album, Chronology, showcases his unique sound — what he calls "black experimental music." Che Kothari/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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It's Not Just Reggae, Says Chronixx: Call It 'Black Experimental Music'

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