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Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, will testify publicly on Capitol Hill next week about payments to women who say they had affairs with Trump. Cohen will report to prison in May for crimes related to those payments. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images hide caption

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After Delay, Michael Cohen To Testify On Capitol Hill Next Week

President Trump's former lawyer is scheduled to appear Feb. 27 before the House oversight committee. Members of Congress are expected to ask him about hush money payments ahead of Election Day 2016.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was supposed to start his "reconciliation tour" on Thursday at a historically black university in Richmond. He cancelled his appearance at the urging of a student leader. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Cancels Appearance At Civil Rights Forum

He was to begin a "reconciliation tour" Thursday at historically black Virginia Union University. A student leader told him his presence would detract from the event and asked him to reschedule.

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.

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The Power Of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Anger

Martin Luther King Jr. dealt with anger in both his personal life and life's work. He often tried to turn his anger into constructive action, but he did occasionally struggle with that balance.

The Power Of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Anger

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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.

Genetically modified "gene drive" mosquitoes feed on warm cow's blood. Scientists hope these mosquitoes could help eradicate malaria. Pierre Kattar for NPR hide caption

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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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Ester Dean arrives for the premiere of Pitch Perfect 3 in Hollywood, Calif. in 2017. Dean's songs give you a three-minute escape from the daily grind. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Women Behind The Songs: Ester Dean

Fun, fearless and freethinking, Ester Dean's vivacious personality comes across in her work. The songwriter has written hits for Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry.

The Women Behind The Songs: Ester Dean

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