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The Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico mysteriously shut down for 11 days in September, citing a security issue. Authorities were investigating a janitor for distribution of pornography. Sunspot Solar Observatory/https://sunspot.solar/ hide caption

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Shutdown Of N.M. Observatory Was Part Of Investigation Into Child Pornography

The observatory suddenly closed, with little explanation, for 11 days this month, fueling rumors its shutdown was because of aliens, UFOs or government surveillance.

Scotland Yard wrapped up a near three-year-long investigation into cats mutilation in the U.K., saying wildlife was the likely culprit. Domokos Marcell / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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London Police Outfoxed, Abandon 3-Year Search For Serial Cat Killer

Scotland Yard is hoping to put fears of a serial cat killer to rest. Authorities now say that scavenging animals, not sadistic humans, are responsible for hundreds of reported cat mutilations.

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Ireland Plans To Offer Abortions For Free, As Ban Is Officially Repealed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

Enric Marco stands next to a Spanish Republican flag at Mauthausen camp in Austria in May 2003. Marco, who was chairman of an association of Spanish Republicans deported from France to Nazi concentration camps during World War II, admitted in May 2005 that his tale of surviving the Flossenbuerg camp was a lie. Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Javier Cercas Uncovers The Truth Behind Spain's 'Impostor'

In his new book, The Impostor, Javier Cercas unravels the lies that created the life of Enric Marco — a man who for years portrayed himself as a Holocaust survivor and Spanish Civil War hero.

Javier Cercas Uncovers The Truth Behind Spain's 'Impostor'

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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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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., works on her cellphone on Capitol Hill. In a recent letter, Sen. Ron Wyden said some senators and Senate staff members were warned that their personal email accounts were targeted by foreign government hackers. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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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."

The average American commute increased to 26.9 minutes in 2017 from 26.6 minutes the year before, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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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.

Kicker Brandon McManus (8) of the Denver Broncos kicks the game-winning field goal during the fourth quarter on Sunday at Broncos Stadium. Eric Lutzens/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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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.

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a sex worker who gets off the streets by becoming an actress in — and then a director of — porn films in HBO's The Deuce. She's also a producer on the series. Paul Schiraldi/HBO hide caption

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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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