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Hurricane María's 150-mph winds destroyed the tropical rainforest's canopy and stripped trees bare. Scientists believe as many as one-fifth of the forest's trees may eventually die from the storm's effects. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Post-María, A Key Ecosystem In Puerto Rico Faces Slow Recovery

El Yunque National Forest is a world-renowned research site and one of the U.S. territory's top tourist attractions. The hurricane hit the rainforest hard, and it remains closed until further notice.

Participants in a candlelight vigil in 2013 mark the one-year anniversary of the death of a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi. Raj K. Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption

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In Interviews With 122 Rapists, Student Pursues Not-So-Simple Question: Why?

Shattered by the rape and subsequent death of a student in Delhi in 2012, a graduate student in psychology wanted to know why they did it — and if they felt remorse.

As the permafrost thaws, Kongiganak's cemetery is turning into swampland. Community members are now laying their loved ones to rest on raised platforms above the ground. Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK hide caption

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Cemeteries Turn To Swamps As Alaska's Permafrost Melts

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A cemetery in rural Alaska that was built into the permanently frozen layer of soil is at risk now that the permafrost is melting.

Cemeteries Turn To Swamps As Alaska's Permafrost Melts

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A firefighter douses flames around a house that was saved while the property around it burned as winds picked up and pushed the fire west Saturday in Montecito, Calif. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Southern California Fire Forces New Evacuations, Threatens Coastal Communities

The Thomas Fire has raged for nearly two weeks and on Saturday, new evacuation orders were issued in Santa Barbara County. A local zoo was preparing to move some of its animals out of the danger zone.

Office holiday functions do serve a legitimate business purpose: They can boost morale and reward workers for jobs well done. mediaphotos/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Holiday Parties Gone Wrong: Careful Where You Hang The Mistletoe

This year some employers are more nervous than usual about making sure holiday parties are free of any sexual harassment. Employment attorneys are advising clients on how to avoid problems.

Holiday Parties Gone Wrong: Careful Where You Hang The Mistletoe

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An adolescent female Japanese macaque on the back of a male sika deer. Researchers have looked into some macaques' attraction to the deer. Courtesy of Noëlle Gunst hide caption

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Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Researchers witnessed adolescent female Japanese macaques mounting sika deer in ways that were "sexual in nature." The scientists have several theories for why but say more research is necessary.

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She Escaped The Shooter's Bullets In Las Vegas, But Her Mental Scars Remain

Melissa Barham went to the Jason Aldean concert with her family. They all escaped without physical injury, but Barham is wrestling with the emotional aftereffects, especially during the holidays.

She Escaped The Shooter's Bullets In Las Vegas, But Her Mental Scars Remain

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Farmers pick crops at Soul Fire Farm in New York state. It's run by Leah Penniman, a farmer and activist working to diversify the farming community and reconnect people to their food. Soul Fire Farm hide caption

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Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

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More than nine of 10 farm owners in the U.S. are white. A movement to change that is selling farming to people of color as a healthy lifestyle — and a way to fight discrimination.

Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

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