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Equifax CEO Retires Following Massive Data Breach

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is in the hot seat, as Senate Republicans appear to be on the precipice of yet another health care failure. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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People have been waiting in line inside cars and on foot with gas canisters since before sunrise on Monday in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Angel Valentin for NPR hide caption

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"At this critical juncture, I believe it is in the best interests of the company to have new leadership to move the company forward," said Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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"All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government-related work," press secretary Sarah Sanders said after reports emerged of senior Trump administration officials using private email. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From left, Bill Wanlund of the Falls Church electoral board, Jessica Wilson of voting machine company Hart InterCivic and David Bjerke, the Falls Church director of elections test the city's new voting machines ahead of this November's election. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Learning 2016's Lessons, Virginia Prepares Election Cyberdefenses

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Officials In Puerto Rico Try To Avoid A Humanitarian Disaster

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Piper Su, seen here with her son, Elliot, lives in Alexandria, Va. She has registered with several transplant centers in hopes of increasing the odds of getting an organ. Courtesy of Piper Su hide caption

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Searching For A Fairer Way To Distribute Donor Livers

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Fisherman Justino Rodriguez Rivera washes clothes with water from a well in Loiza, Puerto Rico, which sustained heavy damage by the destructive path of Hurricane Maria. Rodriguez and his wife evacuated to their church. Angel Valentin for NPR hide caption

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GOP Health Care Bill Appears Dead After Sen. Collins Declares Opposition

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Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., continues to tweak the health care bill he cosponsors in an effort to persuade reluctant senators to back it. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Cars sit along the street in Houston following Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30. Car rental companies made preparations to move vehicles into affected areas even before the storm hit. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Rental Firms' Disaster Readiness May Help Usher The Age Of Self-Driving Cars

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The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones (center), take a knee before the national anthem Monday night in Glendale, Ariz., ahead of the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Marines participate in an exercise during the Infantry Officer Course in August at Quantico, Va. The first female Marine to complete the course graduated on Monday. Master Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen/Office of Marine Corps Communication hide caption

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