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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., says he hopes a wave of Democratic legislation will see "the light of day" in the Senate, but the divide in that chamber is a big hurdle. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Democrats Control Washington, But That Doesn't Mean Their Agenda Will Pass

House Democrats are introducing a wave of strategic legislation from guns to immigration, including recently passed bills on elections and policing. But the 50-50 Senate puts their future in limbo.

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Democrats Tweak COVID-19 Relief Package In Hopes Of Speedy Senate Approval

The new changes come after leaders agreed to narrow the income eligibility for those getting the next round of stimulus checks, as some moderate Democrats wanted. The Republicans' amendments are expected to fail.

In early September 2020, Seattle, Wash., had some of the worst air quality in the world because of wildfire smoke. The city was among the first to create smoke shelters for the most vulnerable. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Study Finds Wildfire Smoke More Harmful To Humans Than Pollution From Cars

In Southern California, pollutants from wildfire smoke caused up to a 10% increase in hospital admissions. Researchers say there's a need for better air monitoring and public health programs.

Pro-democracy demonstrators gesture with three-fingered salutes outside West Kowloon Magistrates Courts during a hearing for opposition activists charged with violating the city's national security law in Hong Kong Thursday, March 4, 2021. All 47 of the pro-democracy activists in a Hong Kong subversion case returned to custody Thursday after a marathon hearing ended with them being denied bail. Lam Yik/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Beijing Prepares Hong Kong Election Laws, Further Erasing Freedoms

Chinese legislators in Beijing are set to overhaul Hong Kong's elections systems. Once semi-autonomous, mainland China has curtailed freedoms in Hong Kong.

Beijing Prepares Hong Kong Election Laws, Further Erasing Freedoms

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A health care worker in Sydney, Australia receives their COVID-19 vaccination this month. Italian authorities got the European Commission to block a shipment of 250,700 doses of vaccine destined for Australia from Europe this week. Dean Lewins/Getty Images hide caption

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Australia Asks European Commission To Review Italy's Block On Vaccine Shipments

The blocked shipment of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines was the first intervention by the EU since the bloc approved rules that could restrict vaccine exports to non-member nations.

National Guard members examine a terrain model of Capitol Hill on Thursday. U.S. Capitol Police requested the guardsmen stay another two months after threats of further violence emerged. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Capitol Police Call For Extension Of National Guard Help

The Capitol Police is alert for a possible attack from militia members. There are currently 5,200 Guard members in the Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building.

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She Found 'Layers To Forgiveness,' In Befriending The Man Who Killed Her Brother

Tony Hicks was a teen gang member when he killed Tariq Khamisa. At StoryCorps, Tariq's sister Tasreen tells Tony that meeting him 20 years later "made a lot of room in my heart for light to come in."

She Found 'Layers To Forgiveness,' In Befriending The Man Who Killed Her Brother

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Is The Sperm Race A Fairy Tale?

Many of us were taught that conception happens with a survivor-style sperm race — and that the fastest sperm wins. We revisit this misleading narrative and learn how active the egg and reproductive tract are in this process.

Is The Sperm Race A Fairy Tale?

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Capital Gazette: 'I Know He Did It'

The Capital Gazette takes on a new beat: itself. As the shooter's case works its way towards trial, the staff tries to balance coverage obligations with personal feelings.

Capital Gazette: "I Know He Did It"

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Canada Post is providing prepaid postcards to 13.5 million households in the country. This is one of six designs that will arrive in mailboxes this week and next. Canada Post hide caption

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How Canada Post Is Encouraging Folks To Reach Out And Write With Free Postcards

Canada Post is distributing prepaid postcards to 13.5 million households in an effort to encourage people to connect with others through a handwritten note in its #WriteHereWriteNow campaign.

How Canada Post Is Encouraging Folks To Reach Out And Write With Free Postcards

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Levittown: Where The Good Life Begins

For many Americans, Levittown is the prototypical suburb, founded on the idea of bringing Americans into a middle-class lifestyle after World War II. But there was a parallel story in Puerto Rico during a time of great change on the island.

Levittown: Where the Good Life Begins

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Stockton, Calif., resident Susie Garza displays the city-provided debit card she receives monthly as part of a pilot universal basic income program. The program began in 2019, when this photo was taken. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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California Program Giving $500 No-Strings-Attached Stipends Pays Off, Study Finds

Independent researchers found that the first year of a universal basic income experiment in Stockton, Calif., measurably improved recipients' job prospects, financial stability and overall well-being.

Ghana is the first country to receive a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVAX program. Above: The vaccines are unloaded at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on February 24. Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ghana Greets Historic Vaccine Delivery With A Dose Of Skepticism

It's the first country to receive free vaccines from the COVAX program. But that shipment of 600,000 can't protect a nation of 30 million. And conspiracy theories about the vaccine are swirling.

A pumpjack operates in the desert oil fields in southern Bahrain on April 22, 2020. Bahrain and other members of the OPEC+ alliance decided Thursday to keep output largely unchanged as they hope to push crude prices even higher after a recent rally. Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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OPEC And Allies Keep Oil Production Steady As Saudi Arabia Urges 'Caution'

Oil prices have risen remarkably over the last few months. Now the powerful oil cartel is keeping a lid on supply in an attempt to push crude prices even higher.

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A Former Police Chief In Md. Was A 'Serial Arsonist,' Authorities Say

In a stunning turn of events, David Crawford, a law enforcement veteran, is now under arrest and facing dozens of charges in connection to at least 12 fires at homes, garages and cars.

Kevin Chen, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, envisions a time when his insect-sized drone could be used as a search and rescue robot — to find survivors in disaster debris that bigger drones couldn't reach. Kevin Yufeng Chen hide caption

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Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

Scientists are trying to build a tiny drone with the agility of a mosquito. These light but strong flying robots could be used in critical situations, such as finding people in a collapsed building.

Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

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