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Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, arrives at federal court for his sentencing hearing on Wednesday in New York City. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images hide caption

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The Russia Investigations: A Case Still Unproven

This week in the Russia investigations: Headlines and courtroom action are coming thick and fast in the final weeks of the year, but a core "collusion" case also looks weaker than it ever has.

Downed trees mark the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va., in February. A federal appeals court has blocked development of portions of the pipeline. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail

The federal judges noted "the Forest Service's serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company's deadlines."

Manager Brian Murray of Jersey Mike's in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The store donated one half of a day's proceeds to a fund for the families of victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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After The Thousand Oaks' Shooting, A Community-Wide Effort To Memorialize And Heal

Since the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last month, there's been more than 70 events - memorials, vigils and fundraisers — for the families of the victims.

After The Thousand Oaks' Shooting, A Community-Wide Effort To Memorialize And Heal

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Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, will be acting White House chief of staff when John Kelly leaves at the end of the year. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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President Trump Names Mick Mulvaney As Acting White House Chief Of Staff

It's unclear how long the OMB director will serve in the role, succeeding outgoing chief of staff John Kelly. On Dec. 8, Trump announced that Kelly would be leaving the job at the end of the year.

Actress Eliza Dushku reached a $9.5 million settlement with CBS last year after she alleged she was written off a show after she made a sexual harassment complaint against the show's lead. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images hide caption

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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million After Alleged Sexual Harassment, Termination

Days after confronting actor Michael Weatherly, a huge star for the network, Dushku was written off of Bull. An investigation determined the company often protected itself at the expense of victims.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage

Though best known for his auteur work, the mastermind of Hamilton and In the Heights says it was his dream to be offered a part in someone else's musical.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage

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Bryan and Helen Lopez (left) had been living in their car before they moved in with Marlene and Michael Rapkin (right) in September. As part of LA's Host Home program, the plan was to stay with the Rapkins for about three months, but they are staying longer. "We're open to extend it as long as they're committed to doing what they're doing, which they are," Marlene says. Liz Kuball for NPR hide caption

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To Help The Homeless, Some In LA Are Giving Them A Place To Stay

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Until recently, Helen and Bryan Lopez had been homeless in LA County. Then they moved in with the Rapkin family as part of a small program that places homeless youth in people's homes, not shelters.

To Help The Homeless, Some In LA Are Giving Them A Place To Stay

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Got Rats? Join The Club

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Business is booming for East Coast exterminators as residents are seeing rats in new places. Experts blame human behavior and mild winters.

Got Rats? Join The Club

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"The Lion King," released in 1994 and one of the top grossing U.S. films of all time, is celebrated at a Disney fan event in Anaheim, Calif. Image Group LA/Disney via Getty Images hide caption

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Swahili Speakers Debate Disney's Trademark of 'Hakuna Matata' For T-Shirts

The song title from the film The Lion King has been trademarked by Disney since 2003. In recent weeks, Africa media has launched a discussion on whether that's cultural appropriation.

Every summer, downy mildew spreads from Florida northward, adapting to nearly every defense pickle growers have in their arsenals and destroying their crops. Bernd Settnik/Picture Alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Are Fighting For The Stricken Pickle Against This Tricky Disease

Downy mildew, once just a nuisance, has evolved into a devastating adversary to the pickle, as it now quickly adapts to fungicides and pickle hybrids, and can lay waste to crops in a matter of days.

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'It's Preventable': Sandy Hook Parents Promote App For Reporting School Threats

"We just keep knocking head against wall, [saying] 'the warning signs are there,'" says Mark Barden, who lost his son in the Sandy Hook shooting six years ago.

'It's Preventable': Sandy Hook Parents Promote App For Reporting School Threats

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Facebook employees talk to visitors at a one-day Facebook pop-up kiosk in Bryant Park in New York City on Thursday. The company was fielding questions about its data-sharing practices and teaching users how to understand its new privacy controls. The next day, Facebook announced that a "bug" that had inappropriately shared users' private data — this time, their photos. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Facebook Says Some Users' Private Photos Were Accidentally Shared With Developers

In September, a Facebook "bug" allowed developers to access images people shared with friends on Facebook Stories — or images users had not even posted. Up to 6.8 million users may have been affected.

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