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Edmund Garcia, an Iraq war veteran, stands outside his home in Rosharon, Texas. Like many vets, he was told if he took a mortgage forbearance his monthly payments wouldn't go up afterwards. Joseph Bui for NPR hide caption

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The VA has its fix for a home loan debacle, but many vets who got hurt won't get help

The VA halted foreclosures after an NPR investigation found thousands of vets were facing foreclosure and it wasn't their fault. Now the VA's unveiling a rescue plan that leaves some out in the cold.

President Biden stands with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on April 3, 2024. Four years ago, Sanders endorsed Biden, and the former rivals worked together to craft policy proposals that bridged Democratic divides. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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4 years ago, Sanders and Biden united Democrats. Biden needs young progressives again

Four years ago, Bernie Sanders dropped his presidential bid and endorsed Joe Biden, helping Biden expand his coalition, including with young voters. Is another "unity" moment possible in 2024?

4 years ago, Sanders and Biden united Democrats. Biden needs young progressives again

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A Ford sign is shown at a dealership in Springfield, Pa., Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Ford is recalling nearly 43,000 small SUVs, Wednesday, April 10, 2024, because gasoline can leak from the fuel injectors onto hot engine surfaces, increasing the risk of fires. But the recall remedy does not include repairing the fuel leaks. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Ford expands a recall of thousands of its Bronco and Escape editions

Nearly 43,000 vehicles are impacted by the recall, including the 2022 Escape and the 2022 and 2023 Bronco Sport editions that have 1.5L engines.

Palestinians visit the graves of relatives killed in the war between Israel and Hamas. The cemetery is in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah. Wednesday marked the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, but it was a somber day throughout Gaza. Abdel Kareem Hana/AP hide caption

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With little fanfare, Gaza's war enters a new stage, from high to low intensity

Fighting in Gaza is down sharply. Aid deliveries are rising rapidly. Israel has withdrawn most of its troops. The Israel-Hamas war has entered a new phase.

With little fanfare, Gaza war enters a new stage, from high to low intensity

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Denise Lee on her last day of chemo. In addition to chemo and surgery, she was treated with immunotherapy. She's currently in remission. Denise Lee hide caption

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After 40 years of smoking, she survived lung cancer thanks to new treatments

Scientific advances in immunotherapy and new targeted therapies have increased survival rates. But screening among former and current smokers still needs to improve to save more lives.

After 40 years of smoking, she survived lung cancer thanks to new treatments

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So long, skinny jeans. See you in the next cycle

Skinny jeans are out and looser pants are in. But it's so much more than that. This is the logic and life cycle behind fashion trends.

So long, skinny jeans. See you in the next cycle

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Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter is charged with stealing $16 million in gambling scandal

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The Dodgers fired Ippei Mizuhara in March after Ohtani's lawyers accused him of stealing millions of dollars from the baseball player to place bets with a bookie.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick, center, posing with baseball fans who attended the Thursday, April 11, ceremony formally accepting the bronze cleats from a Jackie Robinson statue that was stolen and defaced in Wichita on Jan. 25. Lawrence Brooks IV / KCUR 89.3/KCUR hide caption

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Cleats from defaced Jackie Robinson statue get a new home in Kansas City museum

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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum accepted on Thursday the remnants of the vandalized statue. The cleats will be added to an existing exhibit about the first Black American to break Major League Baseball's color barrier.

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Most doxxing campaigns only last a few days. But the effects can be felt for months

Doxxing campaigns have been used to "name and shame" people who have expressed opinions about the Israel-Hamas war.

Most doxxing campaigns only last a few days. But the effects can be felt for months

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A Wisconsin public school board listed 'Christian values' among desires for next superintendent

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"Christian Values" and "conservative politics" were included in a job posting for a new school superintendent in Wisconsin's Sheboygan County.

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On a remote island, a test of wills between the Philippines and China

About 250 Filipinos live on Thitu Island, the largest and most inhabited island of the Spratlys, in the South China Sea. But Chinese ships are never far away.

On a remote island, a test of wills between the Philippines and China

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