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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home Wednesday in Chevy Chase, Md. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday following an allegation of sexual misconduct from when was in high school. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Kavanaugh Accuser Open To Testifying About Sexual Assault Allegations

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s, is open to appearing before a Senate panel next week.

Supporters celebrate the result of the May 25 referendum in which voters backed the repeal of Ireland's abortion law. The country's health minister predicts the services will be free when they're offered in 2019. Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters hide caption

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Ireland Plans To Offer Abortions For Free, As Ban Is Officially Repealed

"Yes, it is my intention that the services will be free," Health Minister Simon Harris said, adding that the goal is to ensure access and not force women to travel for the procedure.

Singer Alberto Carrión performs Amanecer Borincano, his song about sunrise over Puerto Rico, at the point where Hurricane Maria made landfall one year ago. Adrian Florido/NPR hide caption

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Where Hurricane Maria First Made Landfall, Songs Memorialize The Tragedy

At 6:15 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall on the shores of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. One year later to the minute, and at the same spot, a choir memorialized that tragedy with song.

Where Hurricane Maria First Made Landfall, Songs Memorialize The Tragedy

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Google Warned Senators, Aides Of Hacking Attempts On Personal Emails

In a recent letter, Sen. Ron Wyden said some senators and Senate staff members were warned by a major tech company "that their personal email accounts were targeted by foreign government hackers."

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Stuck In Traffic? You're Not Alone. New Data Show American Commute Times Are Longer

Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Americans have spent an extra two and a half hours commuting last year compared to the year before.

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What Are The Odds? FanDuel Reverses Course, Will Honor Huge Payouts After Error

The Denver Broncos were about to beat the Oakland Raiders — but for 18 seconds, the bookmaker FanDuel said the team was a 750-1 underdog. Some eagle-eyed fans saw a chance for a win of their own.

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Octopuses Get Strangely Cuddly On The Mood Drug Ecstasy

The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It's one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots.

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In The U.K.-EU Faceoff, Neither Side Is Blinking

British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to her European counterparts, trying to preserve Britain's access to the EU's single market after the Brexit. But EU leaders are playing hardball.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes On The Power Imbalance Of Sex Work In 'The Deuce'

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When the creators of HBO's The Deuce approached Gyllenhaal about starring as a sex worker on the show, she accepted the role — but only if she could produce as well as act.

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Between Chaos And Desire: A Conversation With Christine And The Queens

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Talia Schlanger chats with pop music's weird cousin about the new album Chris and its blurred distinctions between aggressive and vulnerable, masculine and feminine, identity and presentation.

Christine and the Queens On World Cafe

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In Lab Turned Casino, Gambling Monkeys Help Scientists Find Risk-Taking Brain Area

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have identified a brain region in monkeys that influences their desire to take big risks. When this area is inactivated, the monkeys tend to hedge their bets.

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