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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., is retiring at the end of this year after three decades in the House. The first Latina elected to Congress, she is leaving with a warning for her party about the need to reach out to more women and minority voters. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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First Latina Elected To Congress Retires With A Warning To Republicans

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tells NPR her party is "going backward," focusing on "the white, male conservative" with potentially dire consequences in a changing country.

First Latina Elected To Congress Retires With A Warning To Republicans

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The Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit group formed after the 2012 Connecticut shooting, is training students to spot warning signs in other would–be shooters and to anonymously report concerns through a mobile app. Courtesy Sandy Hook Promise hide caption

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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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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 Opening Their Doors And Inviting Them 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 Opening Their Doors And Inviting Them To Stay

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Grammy-winning singer Nancy Wilson performs in 2003 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York during a concert titled "Nancy Wilson With Strings: Celebrating Four Decades of Music." Stuart Ramson/AP hide caption

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Nancy Wilson, Legendary Vocalist And NPR 'Jazz Profiles' Host, Dies At 81

Wilson, who won three Grammy awards and recorded more than 60 albums, died at her California home Thursday after a long illness. From 1996-2005, she hosted NPR's documentary series Jazz Profiles.

This undated photo shows the death chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson, Ga. Public support for the death penalty has declined sharply in the past two decades, according to polls. Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Executes Inmate As Report Cites 'Continuing Erosion' Of Death Penalty

Both executions and death sentences have declined dramatically since their peak in the late 1990s, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Police officers stand near the place where Cherif Chekatt, the alleged gunman who had been a fugitive since allegedly killing three people at a popular Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, was shot dead by police on Thursday. Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Suspected Strasbourg Shooter Killed By Police, French Authorities Say

The suspect had been the target of a massive manhunt since Tuesday's deadly assault on a Christmas shopping market.

Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina pleaded guilty to serving as an unregistered foreign agent. She sought to build back-channel links to the Russian government with the Trump campaign. AP hide caption

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Maria Butina Pleads Guilty In Foreign Agent Case, Admits Clandestine Influence Scheme

The Russian gun rights activist had sought to establish back-channel ties between the Russian government and leading U.S. conservative groups, including the Trump campaign and the NRA.

Barnie Botone reflects on his 34-year career on the railroad in a StoryCorps interview in Bismarck, N.D., last month. Camila Kerwin/StoryCorps hide caption

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'The Dark Side Of The Railroad': A Locomotive Engineer's Fraught Legacy With The Rails

Barnie Botone's grandmother cried when he told her he was a locomotive engineer because an ancestor had been forcibly relocated by train. "The irony, it was too much to bear," he says at StoryCorps.

'The Dark Side Of The Railroad': A Locomotive Engineer's Fraught Legacy With The Rails

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Cardinal George Pell, shown leaving court in Melbourne in May, was reportedly found guilty of sexual abuse, but Australian media are barred from reporting the news. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images hide caption

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Cardinal George Pell Reportedly Convicted Of Sex Abuse Amid Gag Order In Australia

"The person was found guilty in the Victorian County Court but a suppression order was put in place to prevent the publication of details," a prominent Australian news site reported.

Observers watch Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo take off for a suborbital test flight of the VSS Unity in Mojave, Calif. The company marked a major milestone Thursday as Unity made it to a peak height of more than 51 miles, meeting the Federal Aviation Administration's definition of spaceflight. Gene Blevins/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'An Indescribable Feeling': Virgin Galactic Makes Historic Trip To Edge Of Space

Four years after another test flight ended tragically, the company is celebrating a milestone: Its manned spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 51 miles.

A man was freed after spending two days crammed into a narrow grease vent in San Lorenzo, Calif. Officials say he's not being charged with a crime. Alameda County Sheriff's Office hide caption

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Man Is Freed After 2 Days Stuck In Empty Restaurant's Grease Vent

"He's a pretty slender guy and based on the viscosity of the walls" and the attempt to remove his clothes, "he probably thought he was going to slide ride down," officials said. That didn't happen.

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