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The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation's infrastructure a grade of C-minus on it's quadrennial infrastructure report card. Many of the country's roads, bridges, airports, dams, levees and water systems are aging and in poor to mediocre condition. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Potholes, Grid Failures, Aging Tunnels And Bridges: Nation's Infrastructure Gets A C-

The quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers is an improvement from the D+ four years ago, but shows federal investment is still lacking.

Utahraptor skull reconstruction by Rob Gaston of Gaston Design incorporating some material from the Utahraptor megablock. Utah Geological Survey hide caption

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Utah Considers State Park Named For Utahraptor Dinosaur

Utah is considering naming a new park in honor of dinosaurs discovered there. Researchers expect to uncover more Utahraptor bones — provided they can get them out of a massive block of rock.

Utah Considers State Park Named For Utahraptor Dinosaur

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Ethan Nordean, with backward baseball hat and bullhorn, leads members of the far-right group Proud Boys before the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The self-described sergeant-at-arms of the Seattle Proud Boys is facing federal charges over his role in the attack. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Prosecutors: Proud Boys Gave Leader 'War Powers,' Planned Ahead For Capitol Riot

A federal court filing details how Ethan Nordean allegedly recruited members and raised money ahead of the Jan. 6 attack, which prosecutors say he helped coordinate and lead.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is pulling six of the author's books, saying they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong." Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote children's books as Dr. Seuss, is seen here in his La Jolla, Calif. home. James L. Amos/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Seuss Enterprises Will Shelve 6 Books, Citing 'Hurtful' Portrayals

The decision includes books such as And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo. They have been criticized for how they depict Asian and Black people.

Computer-generated unfolding sequence of sealed letter DB-1538. New research describes how "virtual unfolding" was used to read the contents of sealed letter-packets from 17th-century Europe without physically opening them. Unlocking History Research Group hide caption

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Reading A Letter That's Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years — Without Opening It

A signed, sealed, but not delivered letter from 1697 has finally been read with the help of a high-tech scan that looked inside without breaking its seal.

A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. The digital currency's meteoric rise has minted millionaires and energized true believers around the world. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Bitcoin: Revolutionary Breakthrough, Or Mother Of All Bubbles

From 21st century carmaker Tesla to 170-year-old life insurer MassMutual. From banks to the auction house Christie's. They have all opened their doors to cryptocurrency, bringing it to the mainstream.

A Toronto Star newspaper box is seen here in front of the newspaper's Toronto offices. Torstar, the newspaper's owner, says it plans to enter the online gaming business to support its journalism. Mark Blinch/Reuters hide caption

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A Newspaper Casino? Toronto Star Company Is Getting Into The Online Gaming Business

Torstar is "looking at diversifying the revenue model of how we fund and pay for reporters, columnists, and editorial staff," said a gaming consultant hired by the company.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wray Defends FBI's Intelligence Sharing Ahead Of Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

"I didn't see the report myself even until after the 6th, but the way in which it [was] handled ... strikes me as consistent with our normal process," said FBI Director Christopher Wray.

An undated photo of Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw. The Myanmar military detained Zaw and a handful of other journalists Saturday while covering pro-democracy protests. He and five other journalists could face up to three years in prison. Uncredited/AP hide caption

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Journalists Detained In Myanmar Could Face Prison

At least six journalists were arrested Saturday while covering protests against a military coup. They are charged with violating a public order law and could be sentenced up to three years in prison.

False conspiracy theories have always been a part of U.S. history, but experts say they're spreading faster and wider than ever before. Matt Williams for NPR hide caption

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'More Dangerous And More Widespread': Conspiracy Theories Spread Faster Than Ever

While false conspiracies aren't new, experts say their reach is spreading – accelerated by social media, encouraged by former President Trump, and weaponized in a way that is unprecedented.

'More Dangerous And More Widespread': Conspiracy Theories Spread Faster Than Ever

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How The Military Helped Bring Back The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

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The U.S. military and conservation groups forged an unusual alliance to help save the red-cockaded woodpecker, but a Trump-era move to take it off the endangered list could threaten the bird.

How The Military Helped Bring Back The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

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Rohit Chopra, Biden's pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told lawmakers at a remote hearing, "the financial lives of millions of Americans are in ruin." He's pictured here at a hearing in 2019. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Biden's Financial Watchdogs Would Be Tougher Cops On The Beat

Biden's picks to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Securities and Exchange Commission signaled in a Senate hearing they'd be tougher cops on the beat than their Trump era predecessors

Biden's Financial Watchdogs Would Be Tougher Cops On The Beat

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Some states, like California, are hosting mass vaccination sites. In addition, state and local health departments, as well as select medical centers and pharmacies, are giving out shots in many places. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine In Your State

Use NPR's tool to find out where to start when it's your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, helpful advice about how to navigate the system.

How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine In Your State

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