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Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina pleaded guilty to serving as an unregistered foreign agent. She sought to build back-channel links to the Russian government with the Trump campaign. AP hide caption

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Maria Butina Pleads Guilty In Foreign Agent Case, Admits Clandestine Influence Scheme

The Russian gun rights activist had sought to establish back-channel ties between the Russian government and leading U.S. conservative groups, including the Trump campaign and the NRA.

In these images, E coli bacteria harbor proteins from a bacteria-killing virus that can eavesdrop on bacterial communication. At left, one protein from the virus has been tagged with a red marker. At right, the virus has overheard bacterial communication indicating the bacteria have achieved a quorum; it sends its protein to the poles of the cell (yellow dots). Bonnie Bassler and Justin Silpe, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University hide caption

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A Virus Can Eavesdrop On Bacterial Communication

A researcher had an idea about viruses that was wild. And it turned out to be true.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler, Jr. speaks at the school's convocation ceremony in 2013. Mohler, who has led the seminary for 25 years, commissioned a report on the role racism and support for slavery played in its origin and growth. Bruce Schreiner/AP hide caption

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Southern Baptist Seminary Confronts History Of Slaveholding And 'Deep Racism'

In a 71-page report, Southern Baptist leaders are documenting their dark history, as if by telling the story in wrenching detail, they may finally be freed of its taint.

"[M]y former boss used this photograph on Twitter and quoted Nelson Mandela to comment on the awful events today in Charlottesville. 'No one is born hating another person because of the color of this skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.' " Pete Souza hide caption

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Obama Photographer Uses 'Shade' To Contrast Presidents, Political Landscapes

On Instagram and in his latest book, former White House photographer Pete Souza juxtaposes images of the 44th president as critical counterpoints to headlines and tweets generated by the 45th.

Isela was denied life insurance because her medication list showed a prescription for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone. The Boston Medical Center nurse says she wants to have the drug on hand so she can save others. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

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The U.S. surgeon general has called on "bystanders" to be equipped with the opioid reversal drug to save lives. But when a nurse answered that call, her application for life insurance was denied. Why?

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

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Richard E. Grant plays Jack Hock, the sidekick to literary forger Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Mary Cybulski/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Richard E. Grant Barely Survived Childhood. Now He's Thriving As An Actor

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The self-described "lifelong character actor" plays an alcoholic sidekick in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? Through Grant is allergic to alcohol, he grew up in Swaziland with an alcoholic father.

Richard E. Grant Barely Survived Childhood. Now He's Thriving As An Actor

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A man walks toward the smoke rising from a fire at the Independent National Electoral Commission's warehouse in Kinshasa on Thursday, 10 days ahead of the presidential election. John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Voting Equipment Goes Up In Flames In Congo's Capital As Election Approaches

The blaze destroyed voting machines and booths for 19 of Kinshasa's 24 polling stations. But with 10 days to go, the Democratic Republic of the Congo plans to proceed with its presidential election.

Joseph Kabila, the outgoing president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sits in a garden at his personal ranch on Monday. John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Congo Does Not Take Any Orders From Anybody': An Interview With President Joseph Kabila

Kabila is barred from seeking a third consecutive term as president of Congo, where elections are scheduled later this month. But he doesn't rule out running again in the future.

'Congo Does Not Take Any Orders From Anybody': Interview With President Joseph Kabila

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Thousands of public school teachers and their supporters protested against a pension reform bill at the Kentucky state Capitol in April. The state's Supreme Court has now struck down the law. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Down Pension Law That Sparked Teacher Protests

The decision is a major victory for state employees, as well as for state Attorney General Andy Beshear as he runs to unseat Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the controversial law.

The DPAA is starting by bringing out eight sets of remains every two weeks. The digging takes place early on Sundays, before many visitors arrive at the cemetery. Elyse Butler for NPR hide caption

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Major Project To Identify Long Nameless Korean War Dead Begins

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Advances in DNA and other forensics now make identification of Americans who died in the Korean War highly likely. The Pentagon is exhuming hundreds of remains in a Honolulu military cemetery.

Major Project To Identify Long Nameless Korean War Dead Begins

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Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani (left) and head rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (right) shake hands under the eyes of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, during peace talks Thursday at Johannesberg Castle in Rimbo, Sweden. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Warring Sides In Yemen Agree To Cease-Fire In Key Port City

After week-long peace talks at a castle in Sweden, the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels have agreed to a cease-fire in Hodeidah, a strategically significant city held by the rebels.

Children and workers seen at a tent encampment in June near the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Now Held At Nearly Full Shelters

With government shelters across the country nearing capacity, officials are considering a range of options from releasing the children more quickly to building more tent cities.

Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Now Held At Nearly Full Shelters

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Kurt Vile On World Cafe

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There are few people who can spin a tale like Kurt and it shows on his latest record. Hear a live studio performance of songs from Bottle It In.

Kurt Vile On World Cafe

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The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys along with dozens of unions, immigrant rights organizations, and community groups held a rally on December 7, 2017 at Brooklyn Borough Hall to call on the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to prohibit Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents from entering state courthouses, and to end coordination with ICE. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests

Courts should be added to the list of "sensitive locations" that ICE officials are to avoid, judges say, arguing the justice system depends on safe and equal access to the court system.

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