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Sahar Nowrouzzadeh (center), speaking at an event at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center in 2018. A report released by the State Department's Inspector General found that Nowrouzzadeh was improperly removed from her government post after articles attempting to smear her appeared on conservative websites. Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center hide caption

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Watchdog Report: Trump Official Punished Public Servant Over Her Iranian Heritage

The State Department's inspector general released a report concluding that Trump officials demoted a national security expert over her Iranian roots and the perception that she was disloyal to Trump.

Watchdog Report: Trump Official Punished Public Servant Over Her Iranian Heritage

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Judges Andrew Adams, Sabrina Bell and Bradley Jacobs were censured by the Indiana Supreme Court for their roles in a brawl outside a White Castle in May. Indiana Supreme Court hide caption

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3 Indiana Judges Suspended After White Castle Brawl That Left 2 Of Them Wounded

The Indiana Supreme Court found that the three had "gravely undermined public trust." The fight apparently started when one of the judges raised a middle finger at two men yelling from a passing SUV.

President Trump met with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as part of the American Technology Council in June 2017. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Amazon Appeals Pentagon's Choice Of Microsoft For $10 Billion Cloud Contract

Amazon cited "unmistakable bias" as it prepares to challenge its loss in federal court. This starts a new chapter in the contentious battle over the biggest U.S. cloud-computing contract, called JEDI.

Justin Ruben of ParentsTogether speaks on Thursday at a press conference organized to deliver 1.5 million petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The petitions are protesting proposed changes to the food stamps program that would also affect the free school lunch program. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Parents Together hide caption

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Activists Protest USDA Changes That Threaten Free School Lunch

Activists delivered a petition with 1.5 million signatures to the agency in an effort to stop a rule change that would end automatic enrollment in free school lunch for nearly 1 million kids.

Former Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson's nomination for a top Pentagon job was withdrawn following smear attacks published on alt-right websites loyal to Trump. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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'Deep, Dark Conspiracy Theories' Hound Some Civil Servants In Trump Era

Some pro-Trump news outlets are singling out federal employees and accusing them of trying to sabotage the president. The targets have often worked for decades in government outside of the spotlight.

In this Pentagon-approved courtroom sketch, defendant Ramzi Binalshibh (center) attends his pretrial hearing along with other defendants at the U.S. military court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on April 14, 2014. Also depicted are Mustafa al-Hawsawi (from right), partially cut off; Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Ramzi Binalshibh, Walid bin Attash and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Janet Hamlin Illustration/AP hide caption

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A Legacy Of Torture Is Preventing Trials At Guantánamo

The CIA's use of torture after the Sept. 11 attacks has led to years of legal battles at the U.S. military court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where 40 accused terrorists are still being held.

A Legacy Of Torture Is Preventing Trials At Guantánamo

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Legend has it that some University of Michigan fans defaced the statue sometime in the 1960s, and that led to members of the Michigan State University band and other students, sitting vigil. Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR hide caption

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At Michigan State, Students Protect Their Mascot From Mischievous Rivals

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Michigan State University band members are standing guard over Sparty, the mascot statue, ahead of the big game against the University of Michigan to prevent it from being dressed in rival colors.

At Michigan State, Students Protect Their Mascot From Mischievous Rivals

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Elizabeth Banks directs the reboot of Charlie's Angel featuring Ella Balinska (from left), Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott — and a whole bunch of wigs. Merie Weismiller Wallace/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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In A Rote, Rebooted 'Charlie's Angels,' Only Kristen Stewart Earns Her Wings

Writer-director Elizabeth Banks' take on the franchise plays "like a campy, under-budgeted 'Mission: Impossible,' " that loses momentum whenever Stewart is off-screen.

Behrouz Boochani, seen last year at the Australian detention center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, where the Kurdish-Iranian asylum-seeker spent years seeking his freedom. On Thursday, the prize-winning author touched down in New Zealand on his way to a literary festival — free for the first time in six years. Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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'I Am Happy Because I Survived': Refugee Writer Is Free After Years In Detention

Behrouz Boochani won Australia's richest literary prize earlier this year — but the asylum-seeker, detained offshore, couldn't accept in person. Now, he has made it to New Zealand with a message.

Top State Department official George Kent (left) and acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor are sworn in to testify during the first public Trump impeachment hearing on Wednesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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7 Moments That Stood Out From The 1st Day Of The Trump Impeachment Hearings

New details emerged during testimony Wednesday from acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and top State Department official George Kent. Watch the highlights — including one exchange that earned a laugh.

"I will be a storyteller 'till the day I die," Reese Witherspoon says. "It's really what I was born to do." Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner Image hide caption

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'From Book To Script To Screen,' Reese Witherspoon Is Making Roles For Women

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Frustrated by the lack of leading roles for female actors, Witherspoon decided to start her own production company. Her new project, The Morning Show, takes on sexual harassment in the news industry.

Getting a handle on evolving vape culture means exploring the complex realm of subspecialists: "cloud chasers," "coil builders" and other people who identify as vape modders. Kiszon Pascal/Getty Images hide caption

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Artisanal Vapers? For Some, The Habit's About Much More Than Quitting Tobacco

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Vaping has produced a diverse community of aficionados with all sorts of subspecialties. One vape-juice "mixologist" sells her recipes for as much as $1,500, while custom-made devices go for $3,000.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are some of the 10 candidates who have qualified for the Democratic presidential primary debate next week on Nov 20. Getty Images hide caption

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10 Democratic Candidates Qualify For Next Week's November Debate

The requirements for the Nov. 20 debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, were stricter than they have been — and December's bar is even higher.

Girls carry containers of water filled from the local communal tap Zimbabwe, which is in the grip of a nationwide drought that has been linked to climate change. The government has appealed for $464 million in aid to stave off famine. Cynthia R. Matonhodze/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Climate Change Poses A Particular Threat To Child Health

A sweeping study in The Lancet finds that longstanding progress in treating diseases and reducing childhood deaths is in jeopardy.

Why Climate Change Poses A Particular Threat To Child Health

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Ken Cuccinelli was President Trump's top choice to lead Homeland Security. Instead, he'll be the deputy to the new acting secretary, Chad Wolf. Cuccinelli is seen here at a Veterans Day ceremony in New York City earlier this week. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images hide caption

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Chad Wolf Becomes Homeland Security's Acting Secretary, Names Cuccinelli As No. 2

Wolf had authored a memo calling for the separation of families at the border. Cuccinelli is an immigration hard-liner who was once seen as President Trump's pick for the top job.

More than 40 states currently have a felony murder law, which juvenile justice advocates believe unfairly impacts young people. Some lawmakers in states such as Illinois and California have sought to enact reform. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Juvenile Justice Groups Say Felony Murder Charges Harm Children, Young Adults

In most states, a person who commits a property crime can face a felony murder charge if it results in someone being killed, even unintentionally. Juvenile justice advocates say the law is unfair.

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Holiday Survival Guide: Family Style

The holidays can be joyful and celebratory. They can also cause stress and unearth familial trauma. Life Kit talks to Dr. Andrea Bonior, a licensed clinical psychologist, to equip you with some strategies that will help you minimize holiday stress that stems from family.

Holiday Survival Guide: Family Style

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After a recanvass of last week's election was largely completed, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is conceding to his Democratic challenger Andy Beshear. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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After Recanvass, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Concedes Race To Democrat Andy Beshear

"We are going to have a change in the governorship based on the vote of the people," the embattled GOP incumbent said Thursday after a recanvass failed to significantly change the race's outcome.

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