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Protesters disrupted a U.S. side event on the future importance of fossil fuels at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland, on Monday. Separately, U.S. negotiators are helping to write a rule book that will help countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Frank Jordans/AP hide caption

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Dueling U.S. Agendas As U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week

The U.S. hosted an event on coal and refused to endorse the findings of a dire climate science report. And yet, in official negotiations, the U.S. is working out how to implement the Paris agreement.

Planned Parenthood opened its new headquarters in Washington, D.C., in September. The Supreme Court declined to take up a key case that is a big win for Planned Parenthood. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Ducks Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood

Two states had tried to block the use of Medicaid money for non-abortion, pregnancy-related health care services at Planned Parenthood. The action is a big win for the organization.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on the South Lawn of the White House in August 2017. President Trump announced Saturday Kelly would be leaving the administration by the end of the year. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Help Wanted: White House Chief Of Staff

President Trump is hunting for his third chief of staff in less than two years. So far, he's not finding many takers. "You have to wonder who would want to take this job," said one scholar.

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Alt.Latino's Best Music of 2018

It's been another watershed year for Latin music. Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras, Stefanie Fernández, Catalina María Johnson and Marisa Arbona-Ruiz round up the year's best.

Alt.Latino's Best Music of 2018

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Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the new mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone, speaks at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. "For decades, there had been no structure, no focused thinking of a strategy for the city," she says. "The way my brain works is with plans. I have to have a to-do list." Riccardo Savi/Getty Images hide caption

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Break Rules, Clean Up Gutters: The To-Do List Of A Rookie Mayor In Sierra Leone

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the first female mayor in Freetown in years, is trying to clean up the perpetual mess caused by rain and garbage — a first step in her plan to revive the beleaguered city.

The Union Jack flies above the Palace of Westminster, the seat of Parliament in London. U.K. lawmakers are expected to decide soon the fate of a draft Brexit deal negotiated between Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Theresa May Delays Critical Vote On Brexit Deal Amid Fears Of Its Defeat

"If we held the vote tomorrow, the deal would be rejected by a significant margin," the U.K. prime minister admitted, hours after a European Union court ruled the U.K. can still back out of Brexit.

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Boundlessly Idealistic, Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Is Still Resisted

Seventy years ago, the U.N. approved a list of fundamental human rights. But many of those rights are still far from universal today — including, in the U.S., equal pay for equal work and universal health care.

Boundlessly Idealistic, Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Is Still Resisted

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Thomas "Uptown T" Stewart (left), has been shucking oysters at Pascal's Manale restaurant for more than 30 years, about as long as Paula (middle) and Brent Coussou have been going there. Travis Lux/WWNO hide caption

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As Climate Changes, Is Eating Raw Oysters Getting Riskier?

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Tighter regulations on oyster harvesting have helped reduce the number of people affected by the deadly bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, but warming waters have allowed the bacteria to expand and thrive.

For one week in January 2018, hundreds of women and girls told their stories about Larry Nassar's abuse. Emma Winowiecki/Jodi Westrick/Michigan Radio hide caption

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Larry Nassar's Survivors Speak, And Finally The World Listens — And Believes

When Larry Nassar's hearing began in January 2018, it was a local story. By the end, 204 women and girls came forward — and the world paid attention. For his survivors, it was beautiful to be believed.

Larry Nassar's Survivors Speak, And Finally The World Listens — And Believes

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Black Panther, Roma, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Widows, A Star is Born and Eighth Grade all made NPR's favorite-movie list. (Top) Marvel Studios/Netflix/Universal Pictures; (bottom) 20th Century Fox/Warner Bros./A24 hide caption

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NPR's Favorite Movies Of 2018

From the record-breaking hit Black Panther to the melodrama A Star Is Born, our film critics pick their 15 favorite movies of the year.

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