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Smallpox virus, colorized and magnified in this micrograph 42,000 times, is the real concern for biologists working on a cousin virus — horsepox. They're hoping to develop a better vaccine against smallpox, should that human scourge ever be used as a bioweapon. Chris Bjornberg/Science Source hide caption

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Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

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Tribal leaders worry that they will be left out of discussions surrounding major decisions affecting tribes and their land, like that of the Navajo Nation which covers parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Jeff Overs/BBC News for Getty Images hide caption

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Tribal Leaders: Infrastructure Bill Should Include Indian Country Priorities

"Tribal infrastructure is American infrastructure," the president of the National Congress of American Indians said in response to Trump's proposal for investing in U.S. infrastructure.

FBI director Christopher Wray attends the International Conference on Cyber Security on Jan. 9. The FBI says that someone called into its tipline to report concerns about Nikolas Cruz, who has told police he killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla. The bureau failed to follow protocols to assess the threat. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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FBI Received A Tip Last Month About Florida Shooting Suspect — But Nothing Was Done

The caller spoke of Nikolas Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts, according to the FBI. The information was never forwarded to the FBI's Miami field office.

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter (left), White House chief of staff John Kelly and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner cross the White House South Lawn in August. Kelly on Friday outlined new security clearance protocols after questions were raised about Porter's access. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Chief Of Staff Kelly Wants New White House Security Clearance Rules

John Kelly's memo follows criticisms that lax clearance procedures allowed an aide accused of domestic violence to remain on job.

During the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last April, Mr. Okra drove his iconic produce truck and called out to customers. Erika Goldring/Getty Images hide caption

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Goodbye, Mr. Okra: New Orleans Remembers Its Singing Vegetable Vendor

Arthur James Robinson, known as "Mr. Okra," died this week. But New Orleans residents will never forget his distinctive inventory call and his brightly-painted truck, winding through the city.

Listen to Mr. Okra’s Call

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Revelers celebrate during the Carnival street parade of the Bloco das Carmelitas in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week. Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rio Carnival: When Brazil Lets Out Its Mysterious 'Inner Chicken'

"There are people who go through life until they are 80 or 90 years old, desperate to let out their chicken. They die without doing so, which is a mistake," a Carnival reveler says.

Rio Carnival: When Brazil Lets Out Its Mysterious 'Inner Chicken'

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In Disney Channel's new original movie-musical ZOMBIES, a high school is integrated with zombie students, including the charismatic Zed (played by Milo Manheim). John Medland/Disney Channel hide caption

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Why The Zombie Craze Still Has Our Undying Affection

Disney Channel's new high school zombie musical; The Walking Dead's ratings reign; the buzz for the new book Dread Nation: In pop culture, the undead persist after our brains.

Why The Zombie Craze Still Has Our Undying Affection

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'Freshwater' by Akwaeke Emezi. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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In 'Freshwater,' A College Student Learns To Live With Separate Selves

Akwaeke Emezi's debut novel follows the spiritually receptive student, Ada. The author pulls from her own experience with what she says "is like a cloud of selves that are shifting."

In 'Freshwater,' A College Student Learns To Live With Separate Selves

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T'Challa's sister Shuri wears a more modern silhouette. Ruth Carter/Marvel Studios hide caption

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'Black Panther' Costume Designer Draws On 'The Sacred Geometry Of Africa'

Ruth Carter is the costume designer for the Marvel's Black Panther movie. She talks about how she grounded the movie's futuristic look in the history and traditions of tribes from all over Africa.

'Black Panther' Costume Designer Draws On 'The Sacred Geometry Of Africa'

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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, performing with female dancers during this year's Grammy telecast, is a topic on this week's show. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS hide caption

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Reggaeton In The Age of #MeToo

This week, we had a thoughtful discussion of the genre's sometimes controversial depiction of women.

Reggaeton In The Age of #MeToo

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Lana Del Rey's fourth studio album, Lust for Life, is available now. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lana Del Rey On World Cafe

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The pop star talks working with Stevie Nicks, the impact of #MeToo, when fame invites physical danger and why she's less comfortable with some of her lyrics today than when she wrote them.

Lana Del Rey On World Cafe

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