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Avril Haines, the new director of national intelligence, released a declassified report Friday that says Saudi Arabia's crown prince was responsible for a 2018 killing of a prominent journalist. Haines spoke to NPR in her first interview since taking office last month. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Avril Haines Takes Over As Intelligence Chief At 'A Challenging Time'

As Haines sat down for an interview with NPR, her aides handed out a declassified report blaming Saudi Arabia's crown prince for a brutal killing.

Former slave Felix Haywood, 92 years old when he was photographed in San Antonio in 1937, told an interviewer, "All we had to do was walk, but walk south, and we'd be free as soon as we crossed the Rio Grande." Library of Congress hide caption

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A Chapter In U.S. History Often Ignored: The Flight Of Runaway Slaves To Mexico

As the U.S. Treasury considers putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to honor her role in the northbound underground railroad, new attention is being paid to the often overlooked southbound route.

Electrical grid transmission towers in Pasadena, Calif. Major power outages from extreme weather have risen dramatically in the past two decades. John Antczak/AP hide caption

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It's Not Just Texas. The Entire Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade For Extreme Weather

The Texas blackout is a reminder that climate-driven extreme weather stresses the U.S.'s power system in many ways. Much is needed to harden the grid for the future as the number of outages increase.

It's Not Just Texas. The Entire Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade For Extreme Weather

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Lawmakers and journalists are among those calling for penalties against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi after a U.S. intelligence report finding the crown prince had approved the operation. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Report On Khashoggi Killing Prompts Calls For Penalties Against Crown Prince

Lawmakers and journalists are calling on President Biden to punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a report found he had approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

People with extra weight — those that have a BMI of at least 30 — are at a greater risk of falling severely ill from COVID-19. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Obesity Specialist Says BMI Is A 'Good Measure' For Vaccine Priority Group

As cities offer vaccine appointments for people with a BMI of at least 30 — the medical benchmark for obesity — Dr. Fatima Stanford pushes back against the shame faced by those with the disease.

Obesity Specialist Says BMI Is A 'Good Measure' For Vaccine Priority Group

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Seventeen-year-old Bradley Westlock receives his second COVID-19 vaccine shot. He and other teens in Sitka, Alaska, are eligible now that higher risk populations have already received the vaccination. Katherine Rose/KCAW hide caption

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Alaska Town Now Vaccinating Everyone 16 And Older

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Everyone in Sitka, Alaska, who's age 16 or older can get the COVID-19 vaccination. The tribal health service there has been so efficient, they've already vaccinated those at higher risk.

Alaska Town Now Vaccinating Everyone 16 And Older

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Tenzin Kalsang's in-person story times in Tibetan and English on were held at the Williamsburgh branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system. Brooklyn Public Library's Facebook Page/Screenshot hide caption

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Brooklyn Librarian Becomes Unlikely Star With Her Bilingual Story Time

The pandemic has yielded a silver lining for the Brooklyn Public Library. Tenzin Kalsang's Tibetan story time has been drawing audiences in the tens of thousands.

Chanell Stone photographs places like overgrown lots and green spaces at public housing projects, often including herself in the frame. Above, "In search of a certain Eden," 2019, Brooklyn. Chanell Stone hide caption

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Housing Projects And Empty Lots. How Chanell Stone Is Reframing Nature Photography

Chanell Stone wants to change how people think about nature photography. "As Black people, it feels like these rural spaces aren't for us," she says. "I want to turn that idea on its head."

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