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A statue of former President Ronald Reagan stands in front of a home on Orange County's Balboa Island on Oct. 20, 2018. Reagan's political career and the Republican Party of the 1970s and '80s were long-associated with Orange County but the party was swept out of power there in this year's midterm elections. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats Demolish The 'Orange Curtain' In Orange County

There will be no Republican members of Congress from Orange County, Calif. It is a stunning turn for a county that was once the heart of the state's GOP.

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'It Looked Impossible': New Film Follows Free Climbers Up The 'Dawn Wall'

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Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first to free climb to the top of the southeastern face of Yosemite's El Capitan. "It's as sheer and as vertical as the side of a skyscraper," Jorgeson says.

'It Looked Impossible': New Film Follows Free Climbers Up The 'Dawn Wall'

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How Do Wishes Granted To Very Sick Kids Affect Their Health?

Although researchers acknowledge that many factors could be at play, a recent study suggests that seriously ill children who had once-in-a-lifetime wishes fulfilled also had lower health care costs.

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams talks to a crowd gathered for the "Souls to The Polls" march in downtown Atlanta last month. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images hide caption

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Stacey Abrams Says She Was Almost Blocked From Voting In Georgia Election

Democrat Stacey Abrams isn't backing down from her fight against what she calls voter suppression tactics and election mismanagement after losing the Georgia governor's race.

Stacey Abrams Says She Was Almost Blocked From Voting In Georgia Election

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The rescue ship Aquarius, chartered by aid groups SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, leaves the harbor of Marseille, France, on Aug. 1. The ship has been docked at Marseille since September, when it lost its registration, and Italian authorities are demanding its seizure. Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Italy Wants Rescue Ship Seized, Accuses Doctors Without Borders Of Illegal Dumping

Doctors Without Borders, which operates the Aquarius, "strongly condemns" the request and says allegations of improperly disposed medical and other waste are "unfounded and sinister."

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Work After #MeToo: A Restaurant Company Tries To Change Its Culture

It's been a year since sexual harassment allegations toppled celebrity chef John Besh. His restaurant group, now led by a woman, has been trying to change a toxic workplace one policy at a time.

Work After #MeToo: A Restaurant Company Tries To Change Its Culture

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1 Little Owl: Otherworldly Photos From California's Woolsey Fire

The Los Angeles Times' Wally Skalij discusses how he made the often surreal images, and how covering wars in Iraq and Kosovo prepared him to cover mass shootings and other tragedies in the U.S.

One Tiny Owl: Otherworldly Photos From California's Woolsey Fire

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin last month. Kramp-Karrenbauer is among three leading candidates seeking to run the party next month. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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These Politicians Are Vying To Succeed Germany's Angela Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down as Christian Democratic Union leader next month. Here's a look at the contenders to lead the party — and likely become its next candidate for chancellor.

Volunteers look at ballots during a hand recount in Palm Beach, Florida. The recount decided the election in favor of the Republican candidates for Senate and governor but election experts warn that similar problems could crop up again in 2020 if the state doesn't address them immediately. Saul Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida's Recount Is Over, But Worries About A 2020 Election 'Meltdown' Persist

Florida's recount process was marred by accusations of incompetence, antiquated voting technology and even a ballot design issue that some Democrats believe cost them a Senate seat.

A black trash bag covers a red swastika painted over a mural at Duke University. Dedicated to the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the original mural replaced the yellow star in the Pittsburgh Steelers' emblem with the Star of David and read, "We must build this world from love." The Duke Chronicle hide caption

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Swastika Defaces Duke University Mural Honoring Synagogue Shooting Victims

The Nazi symbol was spray-painted over a Star of David on a campus memorial to the 11 people killed last month at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania.

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Cyril Pahinui, Crown Prince Of Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar, Dies At 68

Pahinui, who succumbed to health complications possibly caused by exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam, was drawn at a young age to the backyard sessions his father regularly held.

"Little Dancer," a sculpture by French artist Edgar Degas, is seen at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on July 16, 2014. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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'Little Dancer' Brings Us To See The Person Behind The Famous Degas Sculpture

Degas's sculpture "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" is known the world over. But who is that young lady he depicts? Camille Laurens aims to find out — and realizes something about herself in the process.

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