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The WNBA playoffs begin tonight with eight teams chasing the title

The Chicago Sky are attempting to become the first team in 20 years to win back-to-back championships. And Seattle Storm star Sue Bird will be retiring after a 19-year career in the league.

A child receives a polio vaccine in Kampala, Uganda, on Jan. 14, 2022. Nicholas Kajoba/Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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How the U.S. case might tie into the global upswing in polio

Countries in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia are counting more cases of vaccine-derived polio. Now there's a likely U.S. case. Researchers are looking for ways to stop it.

How the U.S. case might tie into the global upswing in polio

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Republican House candidate Harriet Hageman speaks to supporters Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Cheyenne, Wyo., after defeating Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., in the Republican primary. Mead Gruver/AP hide caption

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What you need to know about Harriet Hageman, who defeated Liz Cheney in the Wyoming House race

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Hageman after Liz Cheney broke with fellow Republicans to impeach Trump and criticize his handling of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Palù del Fersina's Mayor Franco Moar stands outside the town hall. The northern Italian village of 160 people is one of 21 villages across Italy that has been granted $20 million to combat population loss and boost the local economy. Palù del Fersina is one of three villages in the northern Trentino region where locals speak the Mòcheno language. Adam Raney/NPR hide caption

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Italy is spending hundreds of millions to save its dying villages

Using pandemic recovery funds from the European Union, Italy is trying to bring back one dying village in each of its regions. The villages will each get $20 million.

Italy is spending hundreds of millions to save dying villages. Will it work?

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A line of petrochemical facilities in St. Charles Parish, La., in 2018. Many people who live near industrial sites, and who are exposed to dangerous pollution, fear that the Inflation Reduction Act will deepen existing environmental inequalities. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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The Inflation Reduction Act will cut emissions, but marginalized groups feel they were sold out

The spending bill is the biggest ever investment to tackle climate change. But there are signs that it could reinforce existing environmental inequalities.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., waits by flags before speaking, on Tuesday, at an Election Day gathering in Jackson, Wyo. Harriet Hageman has won the Republican nomination for U.S. House in Wyoming's at-large Congressional District, beating Cheney. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Liz Cheney weighs a possible a presidential run to stop Trump after losing her House seat

Liz Cheney's sustained criticism of former President Trump made her one of his top political targets. She's now laying out her plans to make sure he never wins back the White House.

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a shake-up of the nation's top public health agency, in a bid to respond to ongoing criticism and try to make it more nimble. Ron Harris/AP hide caption

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After criticism over COVID, the CDC chief plans to make the agency more nimble

The proposed changes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention come amid ongoing criticism of the agency's response to COVID-19, monkeypox and other public health threats.

Football players at Cedar Grove High School in DeKalb County start practice in late July without pads to give them an acclimatization period to get used to the heat. This is a statewide rule from the Georgia High School Association. Matthew Pearson/WABE hide caption

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How Georgia reduced heat-related high school football deaths

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Starting practice at the hottest time of year, football players face dangers from the heat. Georgia high school heat rules have turned the state into a national model.

Author Jamil Jan Kochai and his former second-grade teacher, Susan Lung, were reunited after more than 20 years at a reading for the writer's second book, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, in Davis, California. Jamil Jan Kochai hide caption

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After decades, author Jamil Jan Kochai reunites with the teacher who changed his life

The writer searched for more than a decade for Susan Lung, who taught him to read and write English when he was a 7-year-old in 1999. On Saturday, she surprised him at one of his book readings.

Angela Pike watches her fourth grade students at Lakewood Elementary School in Cecilia, Ky., as they use their laptops to participate in an emotional check-in at the start of the school day, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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For the first time in 20 years, teachers can deduct more for school supplies

Educators eligible for the $300 deduction for classroom expenses include K-12 teachers, principals, teachers' aides or counselors who spend more than 900 hours at a school during the academic year.

Officials removed a cache of documents from former President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Fla., last week. Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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TS/SCI: What an acronym reveals about the files seized from Mar-a-Lago

Most people have heard of top secret documents. After the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents from former President Donald Trump's residence, a less familiar security designation came to light.

A boat cruises along Lake Powell near Page, Ariz., on July 31, 2021. Seven states missed a deadline from the federal government to come up with a plan to use substantially less Colorado River water in 2023. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Colorado River states fail to meet a federal deadline on restricting water use

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The lack of consensus by states in the Colorado River Basin on how to wean off the river's dwindling supply puts the water source for 40 million in the Southwest in jeopardy.

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Wind power gets a boost from the government. But it faces challenges from landowners

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The wind energy industry faces new challenges over the infrastructure to transport that energy to more populated cities and local landowners who don't want the turbines cluttering up their landscapes.

Wind power gets a boost from government. But it faces challenges from landowners

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French cellist Heloise Luzzati, 37, launched La Boite a Pepites to promote the forgotten works of women composers. Alexis Lardilleux/Héloïse Luzzati hide caption

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A new label exhumes forgotten female composers' music

The new record label La Boîte à Pépites is dedicated to raising the profile of female composers whose works have been neglected.

A new label revives forgotten female composers' music

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