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This painting of Virginia Hall hangs in one of the main hallways near the entrance of CIA headquarters. The painting shows her making radio contact with London from an old barn in France to request supplies and personnel. Power for her radio was provided by a bicycle rigged to power an electric generator. Courtesy of CIA hide caption

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'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due

Virginia Hall was an American spy who worked for Britain and the U.S. and played a key role in undermining the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Her story was rarely told — until now.

'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due

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The photos of five people, who were slain in the Capital Gazette newsroom last year, adorn candles at a vigil in June. On Thursday, Reporters Without Borders ranked the U.S. no. 48 in its World Press Freedom Index, citing attacks and threats. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Now Ranks As A 'Problematic' Place For Journalists

"Never before have US journalists been subjected to so many death threats," Reporters Without Borders said in its annual World Press Freedom Index, adding that President Trump "exacerbates" the problem.

Heather Martin (left) was a student at Columbine High School in 1999. She met Sherrie Lawson, who worked at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard in 2013 during the shooting there, through Martin's support organization, the Rebels Project. Nathaniel Minor/CPR hide caption

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After Columbine, An Unlikely Friendship Bound By The Trauma Of Mass Shootings

Over the past 20 years, mass shootings have resulted in communities of survivors. Heather Martin, who was a senior at Columbine High School in 1999, runs a nonprofit that connects them.

A map shows earthquake faults in part of Southern California. Scientists using hundreds of graphics processors found that the region experienced 1.81 million temblors over a decade-long span — 10 times more than what had previously been detected. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Tiny Earthquakes Happen Every Few Minutes In Southern California, Study Finds

A new catalog of Southern California earthquakes is 10 times larger than its predecessor list. The details of frequent, small quakes help scientists study what triggers large, destructive ones.

The out-of-pocket expense of mammograms, MRIs and other tests and treatments can be several thousand dollars each year when you have a high-deductible health policy. Lester Lefkowitz/Getty Images hide caption

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High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment

Her employer offered only a high-deductible health plan; that meant she'd have to pay up to $6,000 out of pocket each year. Advocates for patients say this sort of underinsurance is snatching lives.

Grounded planes of Jet Airways are pictured at Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Thursday after the airline announced it was shutting down due to financial problems. Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mounting Debt Forces Hard Landing For India's Jet Airways

The country's oldest private airline once boasted the largest fleet in the subcontinent. But it lost altitude in recent years amid fierce competition from regional low-cost carriers,

A bowl of creamy cheese grits. Food writer Erin Byers Murray hopes that exploring the story of grits will help spur more discussion about how food shapes our culture, as humble ingredients are elevated into expensive dishes even as we come to terms with long-lost, or ignored, origin stories that deserve recognition. Lauri Patterson/Getty Images hide caption

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Saving The Story Of Grits, A Dish Born Of Poverty Now On Fine-Dining Menus

Interest in grits is rising because of heirloom corn varieties and the backing of master chefs. But the Southern staple has deep roots that wind through economics, race, politics — and nostalgia.

Rod Williams, a Purdue University associate professor, holds a hellbender that he and a team of students collected in southern Indiana's Blue River in 2014. The Eastern hellbender salamander is set to be Pennsylvania's official state amphibian. Rick Callahan/AP hide caption

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Snot Otter Emerges Victorious In Vote For Pennsylvania's Official Amphibian

The Eastern hellbender salamander may not be a looker. But its sensitivity to pollution and changing water conditions makes the creature a useful indicator for water quality in rivers and streams.

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