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Mark Harris, the Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, listens to testimony during a State Board of Elections hearing on Tuesday. Travis Long/The News & Observer hide caption

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GOP Candidate's Son Says He Warned Of Potential Illegal Activity In N.C. Election

In a hearing on Wednesday, John Harris said he had spoken to his father, Mark Harris, about his concerns with the collection of absentee ballots. Mark Harris is expected to testify soon.

The National Socialist Movement, a neo-nazi group that has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, held a rally in Newnan, Ga., in April 2018. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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U.S. Hate Groups Rose 30 Percent In Recent Years, Watchdog Group Reports

The Southern Poverty Law Center says many groups are driven by white supremacist ideology and the "hysteria over losing a white-majority nation." Critics accuse the group of overblowing the threat.

33-year-old mother Kim Nelson started a vaccine advocacy group in Greenville, S.C. to help reach vaccine-hesitant families. Here, she prepares vaccine information flyers for public school students. Alex Olgin/WFAE hide caption

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A Parent-To-Parent Campaign To Get Vaccine Rates Up

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A mother in Greenville, S.C., was startled by how many parents were opting not to immunize their kids, so she started her own group to counter misinformation about childhood vaccinations.

A Parent-To-Parent Campaign To Get Vaccine Rates Up

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British politicians Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry (from left to right) announced Wednesday that they were breaking away from their party to join the newly formed, more centrist Independent Group. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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3 Conservative Politicians Abandon Party For Britain's Fledgling 'Independent Group'

"The hard-line, the anti-EU awkward squad that have destroyed every leader for the last 40 years are now running the Conservative party from top to toe," lawmaker Anna Soubry said Wednesday.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, listens to Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing last week. The two will meet tomorrow as negotiations continue. Mark Schiefelbein/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trade Talks With China Continue, As Trump Shies From A Hard Deadline For A Deal

March 1 "is not a magical date," President Trump said this week, about his self-imposed deadline when tariffs would spike. Whether a deal will resolve key structural issues isn't clear.

The family of Nicholas Sandmann, 16, is suing The Washington Post, accusing the newspaper of targeting the Covington Catholic High School student for political purposes. Sandmann is seen here along with Native American activist Nathan Phillips on Jan. 18. Kaya Taitano/Social Media via Reuters hide caption

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Covington Catholic Teen Nick Sandmann Sues 'Washington Post' For $250 Million

His family says the newspaper targeted the student and defamed him for political purposes after the release of a video that appeared to show a standoff between him and a Native American activist.

A Russian sailor checks his smartphone aboard a warship while supervising visitors during Russian Navy day at the Vistula lagoon in Baltiysk, Russia, in 2016. On Tuesday, Russian lawmakers passed a bill restricting service members from using smartphones. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Russia Moves To Mask Military Trail By Telling Troops To Put Down Smartphones

Russian lawmakers have passed a bill restricting social media and smartphone use by service members.

Demonstrators gather near the studio of singer R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music on Jan. 9, 2019 after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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'Surviving R. Kelly' Producer Dream Hampton Takes On Ecosystem That Supported The Star

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The activist, filmmaker and writer chronicles sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly in the six-part docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, even as new allegations against him surface.

Pope Francis has called Catholic leaders from around the world to the Vatican this week for a meeting about clergy sexual abuse. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For 'Bold Moves'

American Catholics have become disappointed as Pope Francis described the meeting as featuring "prayer and discernment" — hardly an ambitious vision for what could have been a momentous event.

As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For 'Bold Moves'

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Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

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