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House oversight committee Chairman Elijah Cummings talks with reporters at the capital. The Maryland Democrat has launched an investigation into the White House security clearance process. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Oversight Panel Launches Inquiry Into White House Security Clearances

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the chairman, said the White House appeared "to have disregarded established procedures for safeguarding classified information" — and he wants to know more.

Juan Guaidó, head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress, declares himself interim president of Venezuela during a rally against President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas on Wednesda Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaidó Declares Himself President, With U.S. Backing

President Trump recognized Juan Guaidó over Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela's president as protesters flooded the streets. Maduro said U.S. diplomats have 72 hours to leave.

Supporters of Marzieh Hashemi, an American-born anchor for Iran's state television broadcaster, demonstrated Wednesday outside the Washington, D.C., federal courthouse where Hashemi has appeared before a grand jury. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Iranian Journalist Marzieh Hashemi Released By Officials After Grand Jury Appearances

Officials haven't said what the grand jury is investigating. Hashemi hasn't been accused of any crime. She was held as a material witness and now has been released from further grand jury obligations.

Yo-Yo Ma (shown here performing in Washington, D.C., last year) surprised unsuspecting Indians in Mumbai Tuesday with an impromptu roadside performance. Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM hide caption

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Yo-Yo Ma Surprises Bystanders In Mumbai With A Mini Concert

Yo-Yo Ma, the world's most famous living cellist, performed formally and informally in Mumbai this week, part of a long-term project to play Bach's six suites for cello in 36 places around the world.

Yo-Yo Ma Surprises Bystanders In Mumbai With A Mini-Concert

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The Fight For Native Voices To Be Heard

What happened on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last Friday has sparked intense national debate. Reporter Jacqueline Keeler shares what she thinks is being lost in the conversation.

The Fight For Native Voices To Be Heard

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The chairman of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service says the panel's overarching goal is to "create a universal expectation of service" in which every American is "inspired and eager to serve." Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images hide caption

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Should Young Americans Be Required To Do Public Service? Federal Panel Says Maybe

The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service says it is considering how the nation could implement a universal service program, and whether it should be mandatory or optional.

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WATCH: In China, School Principal Leads Students In Dancing To A New Beat

At first the teachers were skeptical, but after two weeks they joined in "because the music is full of energy ... it really gets the happiness flowing," Zhang Pengfei told a local newspaper.

When a former patient died from a lethal combination of methadone and Benadryl, Dr. Ako Jacintho got a letter from the state medical board. Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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California Doctors Alarmed As State Links Their Opioid Prescriptions to Deaths

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The Death Certificate Project aims to weed out doctors who are overprescribing opioids, but some physicians say the investigations are having a chilling effect on the legitimate treatment of pain.

Respiratory therapist Deena Neace checks James Muncy's blood pressure and pulse during a therapy session at the New Beginnings Pulmonary Rehab Clinic in South Williamson, Ky. Muncy is one of thousands of coal miners across Appalachia who are dying of advanced black lung. Matthew Hatcher for NPR hide caption

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'I Figured It Was Going To Be A Horrible Death, And It Probably Will Be'

Thousands of coal miners across Appalachia are grappling with complicated black lung, a disease that has drastically changed their lives, their communities and their families.

'I Figured It Was Going To Be A Horrible Death, And It Probably Will Be'

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