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President Trump is due to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Japan this weekend, raising hopes the two leaders might call a truce in their trade war. The White House has downplayed expectations of a deal. Damir Sagolj/Reuters hide caption

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Deal Or No Deal? The Stakes Are High For Trump-Xi Trade Talks

President Trump is due to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping this weekend, raising hopes the two leaders might call a truce in their trade war. The White House has downplayed expectations of a deal.

Deal Or No Deal? The Stakes Are High For Trump-Xi Trade Talks

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Customers buy products at the Harvest Medical Marijuana Dispensary in San Francisco in 2016. Illinois has joined California and nine other states in legalizing the recreational use of the drug. Haven Daley/AP hide caption

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Illinois Governor Signs Law Legalizing Recreational Use Of Marijuana

The state becomes the 11th in the country to legalize recreational pot. The Illinois law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, also expunges the criminal records of some 800,000 past offenders.

Lesley Gore and producer Quincy Jones at work in the studio. The two collaborated on "You Don't Own Me" and a handful of other 1960s hits. Donaldson Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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'You Don't Own Me,' A Feminist Anthem With Civil Rights Roots, Is All About Empathy

Ever since a 17-year-old Lesley Gore sang it in 1963, the coolly mutinous song has moved women to reject passive femininity. Its writers, though, say there are layers of resistance in its words.

'You Don't Own Me,' A Feminist Anthem With Civil Rights Roots, Is All About Empathy

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Two San Francisco ordinances would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in brick-and-mortar stores and ban online sales to shipping addresses in the city. Mauro Grigollo/Cultura RF/Getty Images hide caption

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San Francisco Bans Sales Of E-Cigarettes

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San Francisco supervisors say they need to protect kids and teens from becoming addicted to nicotine. The dominant vaping company, Juul, is headquartered in the city and hopes to overturn the ban.

Chef Jay Fai wears a wool cap and bug-eye safety goggles to ward off the heat from the charcoal fires in in the alley where she cooks all of the restaurant's meals. She is so much a perfectionist that she doesn't let anyone on her staff do the cooking. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Meet The 74-Year-Old Queen Of Bangkok Street Food Who Netted A Michelin Star

Chef Jay Fai cooks everything herself over two blazing charcoal fires in the alley, using only the highest-quality ingredients to serve customers who are willing to wait several hours to nab a table.

Meet The 74-Year-Old Queen Of Bangkok Street Food Who Netted A Michelin Star

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Southwest Airlines Network Operations Center is the heart and mind of the largest domestic carrier in the country with a 4,000 flight dance card every day. Wade Goodwyn/NPR hide caption

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A Whole Lot Of Improv: Southwest Readjusts To A World Without The Boeing 737 Max

Southwest Airlines is the biggest operator of Boeing's 737 Max in the U.S. While the plane remains grounded following two fatal overseas crashes, Southwest has had to juggle its flight operations.

Drag queen and songwriter Trixie Mattel's roséwave playlist includes songs by Dusty Springfield, The Zombies and a handful of musical drag queens. Cyriel Jacobs/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lashed, Lacquered And Buzzed: Trixie Mattel's Pink Drink Makeover

For Pride Month, the drag queen and songwriter presents the antidote to a mundane makeover: a roséwave playlist, featuring Kesha, The Go-Go's and several former RuPaul's Drag Race competitors.

The Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, has voted to restore Russia's voting rights. They were suspended after Russia seized Crimea five years ago. Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe's Top Human Rights Organization Restores Russia's Voting Rights

The Kremlin calls it "a victory of common sense." It is also a big step forward for Moscow to normalize relations with European member states after annexing Crimea in 2014.

As Thanos dominates the universe in Avengers: Endgame, so Disney dominates the box office — for the foreseeable future. Marvel Studios hide caption

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'Endgame' Nears All-Time Record, And The Age Of The Disney Mega-Blockbuster Is Upon Us

Critic Bob Mondello reviews the history of movie blockbusters and tracks how Disney's ownership of mega-blockbusting franchises is reshaping the multiplex.

'Endgame' Nears All-Time Record, And The Age Of Disney Mega-Blockbusters Is Upon Us

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Under a plea deal brokered in 2007, Jeffrey Epstein served just 13 months and was granted work release. He is seen here at a New York City event in 2005. Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Image hide caption

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Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Offender Plea Deal Must Stand, Federal Prosecutors Say

Attorneys representing sex abuse victims have argued for years that their clients weren't informed of the once-secret deal beforehand or given the opportunity to testify about it in court.

President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. Bellavia received the award for conspicuous gallantry while serving in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Medal Of Honor Awarded To Iraq War Veteran

Retired Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia received the nation's highest medal for heroism for saving his squad in Fallujah, Iraq. Bellavia is the first living veteran of that war to be so honored.

Medal Of Honor Awarded To Iraq War Veteran

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The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., was the scene of the confrontation that became known as Bloody Sunday. William Widmer for NPR hide caption

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Decades After A Murder, A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

In the investigative podcast's final episode, we speak both to the Rev. James Reeb's descendants and to those of one of his attackers, exploring how a civil rights-era killing and the lies that followed it affected both families.

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