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The Bitcoin logo appears on the display screen of a cryptocurrency ATM at the Smoker's Choice store in Salem, N.H. China's central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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China Declares All Cryptocurrency Transactions Illegal

Friday's notice complained Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital currencies disrupt the financial system and are used in money-laundering and other crimes.

In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, a pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, at Queen Anne Healthcare in Seattle. On Thursday government advisers recommended booster doses of Pfizer's vaccine for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans — despite doubts the extra shots will do much to slow the pandemic. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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The CDC Director Backs The COVID Booster Plan And Makes An Additional Recommendation

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday. In addition she also recommended boosters for high-risk workers.

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona accompanies North High School's marching band on the cowbell during a Monday pep rally in Eau Claire, Wis. Tim Gruber for NPR hide caption

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The Education Secretary Plays Hardball (And A Cowbell) To Push For Safe Schools

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has tried to balance optimism around safe, in-person learning with political pugilism aimed at officials who are making it hard for schools to require masks.

The Education Secretary Plays Hardball (And A Cowbell) To Push For Safe Schools

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, The Oldest Republican In The Senate, Will Run For Reelection

The Iowa Republican says that he will run for an eighth term, shooing away calls for his retirement. Grassley made the announcement early Friday morning, a week after his 88th birthday.

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As Germany's Merkel Steps Down, Those Who Guided Her Into Politics Recall Her Fondly

On Sunday, German voters will choose a successor to Angela Merkel, who is stepping down as chancellor after 16 years. Some of those who guided her into politics recall the day in 1990 when they first met her.

As Germany's Merkel Steps Down, Those Who Guided Her Into Politics Remember Her

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Girls gather at a gender-segregated school in Kabul on Sept. 15. When older secondary students returned to classes, female students were told to wait. Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An Aid Official Warns Of A Bleak Situation In Afghanistan As Winter Approaches

The head of Save the Children in Afghanistan says that it has been difficult to operate under the Taliban and its restrictions on women. Without humanitarian aid, he predicts serious casualties ahead.

Steve Bannon is among four former Trump officials who have been issued subpoenas by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images hide caption

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The House Panel Investigating The Jan. 6 Riot Subpoenaed Steve Bannon And 3 Other Ex-Trump Officials

The subpoenas compel four former officials to produce sought-after documents, relevant to the Jan. 6 attack, by Oct. 7 and then sit for a deposition the following week.

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NASA's Got A New, Big Telescope. It Could Find Hints Of Life On Far-Flung Planets

The James Webb Space Telescope will let scientists study small, rocky planets around distant stars in more detail than ever before. After decades of work, it could head into orbit later this year.

NASA's Got A New, Big Telescope. It Could Find Hints Of Life On Far-Flung Planets

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House Democrats on Tuesday passed a bill that would suspend the U.S. debt ceiling through December 2022 and temporarily fund the government to avert a shutdown. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Congress Is Seeking (Its Own) Permission To Borrow Another Trillion Or Two

Increasing the debt ceiling used to be procedurally easy — and hardly newsworthy. That changed when control of Congress flipped to the GOP in 1994 and Newt Gingrich became House Speaker.

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A Florida Lawmaker Is Proposing A Restrictive, Texas-Style Abortion Bill

The bill would ban most abortions as early as around six weeks, allow people to sue anyone who helps end a pregnancy after that point and fine physicians $10,000 for each such abortion they perform.

The Washington National Cathedral has chosen contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall, renowned for his wide-ranging works depicting African-American life, to design new stained-glass windows with themes of racial justice. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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The National Cathedral Will Replace Confederate Stained Glass With Racial Justice Imagery

The cathedral chooses a contemporary artist known for his works depicting African American life to design the new windows. They will replace a set with Confederate imagery that were removed in 2017.

A United States Border Patrol agent on horseback uses the reins as he tries to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021. PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Biden Administration Will No Longer Use Horses At A Texas Border Crossing

Images of Border Patrol agents on horseback corralling a group of mostly Haitian migrants at a makeshift camp drew widespread criticism, including from members of the Biden administration.

Mohd Ali, right, of Selangor, Malaysia, lost his job due to the pandemic. The family's favorite foods — fried chicken, eggs, fruit and bread — are now typically out of reach. When they can afford chicken, they give most of it to their daughter, Hosna. Annice Lyn for NPR hide caption

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PHOTOS: How Struggling Families Manage To Feed Their Kids In A Pandemic

For millions, the pandemic has meant a loss of income even as food prices are rising. The challenge for parents and grandparents is how to feed the youngsters in the family — and themselves as well.

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The Education Department Will Reimburse A School District That Had Its Funds Held Over Mask Mandates

The U.S. Department of Education has made good on its promise to reimburse a Florida district that is being penalized for defying its state's mask mandate ban.

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