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Health care workers in Houston, Texas, perform a procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit on Thanksgiving. This past week has seen continued steep growth in cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. Go Nakamura/Getty Images hide caption

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'Extraordinary Acceleration': Takeaways From The Pandemic This Week

Deaths from COVID-19 have jumped nearly 40% this week, and hospitals around the country are straining under their patient load. Here's what happened in the first week after Thanksgiving.

People are pictured demonstrating in June in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrant rights advocates hailed Friday's ruling allowing new applications as a "huge victory for people who have been waiting to apply for DACA for the first time." Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Judge Orders Trump Administration To Restore DACA As It Existed Under Obama

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis instructed the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as soon as Monday.

President Bill Clinton applauds as Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady is welcomed home on June 12, 1995, at the Pentagon. O'Grady's F-16 was shot down on a mission over Bosnia and survived in the woods for six days before being rescued. President Trump recently nominated O'Grady for a senior Pentagon job, though O'Grady has been endorsing baseless conspiracy theories related to the election. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Backing Trump, Some Ex-Military Officers Spread Conspiracies, Urge Martial Law

The former military officers are strong supporters of the president and have backed some of the most outlandish election conspiracy theories and, for some, calls for martial law.

The British Royal Air Force released photos of iceberg A68a on Friday. The massive floe is currently heading in the direction of the island of South Georgia. British Royal Air Force hide caption

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Photos Capture World's Largest Iceberg As It Heads Toward South Atlantic Island

The iceberg is said to be on a collision course with the island of South Georgia, a U.K. territory. The government there released the photos, saying it was keeping a close eye on the situation.

Rescuers adjust an emergency generator at the Diaoshuidong coal mine in southwest China on Saturday after a carbon monoxide leak at the facility left 18 dead. Rescue efforts were underway to reach five others still trapped underground. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Carbon Monoxide Leak Leaves 18 Dead At Coal Mine In Southwest China

Workers were inside the shuttered mine to dismantle equipment when dangerous levels of carbon monoxide began to seep into the air.

Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian from the international animal welfare organization Four Paws International, comforts Kaavan during his examination at the zoo in Islamabad, before Kaavan is transported to Cambodia. Anjum Naveed/NPR hide caption

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'He Will Be A Happier Elephant': Vet Describes What It Was Like To Rescue Kaavan

Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian with Four Paws International, says the "world's loneliest elephant" is settling into his new home in Cambodia. Khalil sang Sinatra's "My Way" to help calm Kaavan.

'He Will Be A Happier Elephant': Vet Describes What It Was Like To Rescue Kaavan

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A U.S. Army soldier, seen at an unidentified location in Somalia earlier this year. The Trump administration announced Friday that most U.S. troops stationed in the country will be pulled out in early 2021. Staff Sgt. Shawn White/Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa via AP hide caption

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Trump Orders The Withdrawal Of Most U.S. Forces From Somalia

"While a change in force posture, this action is not a change in U.S. policy," the Pentagon said. The Trump administration will reassign most of the personnel elsewhere in East Africa.

Alice Marie Johnson, who had her sentence commuted by U.S. President Donald Trump. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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The Truth About Pardons

There's speculation about whether President Trump will issue more pardons as he leaves office. The history of presidential pardons is often surprising — and revealing.

Opinion: The Truth About Pardons

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Diosdado Cabello (left), a candidate in Venezuela's upcoming National Assembly elections, bumps fists with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro during a closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, on Thursday. Venezuelans will vote for a new National Assembly on Sunday. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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Maduro Allies Set To Win Back Venezuela's Congress In Vote Boycotted By Opposition

The president's loyalists are poised to sweep the National Assembly elections Sunday, adding to the litany of woes facing his chief rival, Juan Guaidó.

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In Michel Faber's Latest, The Disappearance (Isappearance?) Of The Letter 'D'

Faber has created a world in which the letter d is starting to fade, imperiling things like dogs, doctors, dentists — and a girl named Dhikilo, who travels to a different world to solve the mystery.

In Michel Faber's Latest, The Disappearance (Isappearance?) Of The Letter 'D'

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Pilar Quilantang Galang was one of more than 100 girls and women raped by members of the Japanese Imperial Army in the village of Mapaniqui on Nov. 23, 1944. She was 9 years old at the time. Even now, in her 80s, when she sees the ruins of the "Red House" (at rear of photo), where the rapes happened, she says, "I feel like I'm losing my mind. I wish it would be destroyed." Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR hide caption

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Why These World War II Sex Slaves Are Still Demanding Justice

The Japanese army forced some 200,000 women into sexual slavery during World War II. They were known as "comfort women." This special report tells the stories of the survivors in the Philippines.

PHOTOS: Why These World War II Sex Slaves Are Still Demanding Justice

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Top: Kinston High School basketball player Taliyah Jones goes up for a shot. The girls basketball team was undefeated in their conference for the 2019-2020 season. Left: Sheriece Jones, Zykia Andrews and Quiaira Powell cheer for their teammates. Right: Sheriece Jones is helped up from the court by teammates Kahlia Hargett and Quiaira Powell during a game. Madeline Gray hide caption

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In A Small Town, Girls' Basketball Team Is 'Another Definition For Family'

In a rural North Carolina town, photographer Madeline Gray paints an intimate portrait of a girl's basketball team.

Four nights onstage in Berlin in 2018 are the subject of Nils Frahm's new concert film and soundtrack album, Tripping With Nils Frahm. Thomas Lallier/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Tripping With Nils Frahm': 4 Sweaty Berlin Nights Captured Onscreen

The new concert film, shot in 2018, shows one of the stars of the electronic and indie classical worlds in his element: a homebrewed nest of traditional and modern instruments working together.

'Tripping With Nils Frahm': 4 Sweaty Berlin Nights Captured Onscreen

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Casuarina McKinney-Lambert with the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation says the group is concerned about the protential for a large spill. Arvind Vallabh /Getty Images hide caption

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Offshore Drilling Set To Begin Off Florida Alarms Environmentalists

The drilling is scheduled to start this month in waters off the Bahamas, just 150 miles from the Florida coast. A coalition of businesses and environmental groups is petitioning the government.

Offshore Drilling Set To Begin Off Florida Alarms Environmentalists

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Wilson County Commissioner Andy Miller says Dr. McKenney created a storm when she criticized President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Jim McLean/KCUR hide caption

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Public Health Workers In Kansas Walk Away Over Pressure From Pandemic Politics

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Public health workers across the country are quitting and the exodus is particularly pronounced in rural Kansas where public opposition to mask mandates and other public health edicts remains strong.

Public Health Workers In Kansas Walk Away Over Pressure From Pandemic Politics

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Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has been pushing for federal decriminalization laws for years and argued Americans already showed support by voting to legalize cannabis in states across the country. House Television via AP hide caption

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House Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana; Bill Will Stall In Senate

The legislation removes cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and expunges low-level convictions and arrests. But the GOP Senate is not expected to take up the bill.

Toren McKnight of Central Point draws on the cement at the vigil for Aiden Ellison outside the Jackson County Courthouse in Medford, Ore., on Dec. 3. Erik Neumann /Jefferson Public Radio hide caption

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Oregon Town Grapples With Shooting Death Of 19-Year-Old Aidan Ellison

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The Black teenager was killed Nov. 23 by a white middle-aged man who confronted him for playing loud music. Ellison's death is causing soul searching in the mostly white community where he lived.

Oregon Town Grapples With Shooting Death Of 19-Year-Old Aidan Ellison

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Elvis Presley receives a polio vaccine in New York City in 1956 in an effort to inspire public confidence in the vaccine. The Ad Council says it will be recruiting trusted influencers for its campaign around the coronavirus vaccine. AP hide caption

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And Now For An Important Message: Convincing You To Get The Coronavirus Vaccine

Some Americans say they don't want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the Ad Council's CEO about public health messaging and ways to reach vaccine skeptics.

And Now For An Important Message: Convincing You To Get The Coronavirus Vaccine

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A woman wears a hijab and an American flag mask during an Election Day celebration at Times Square on Saturday, Nov. 2020 in New York, NY. Joe Biden received a record-breaking 75 million votes during the 2020 Presidential Election against Donald Trump. NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Majority Of Muslims Voted For Biden, But Trump Got More Support Than He Did In 2016

Despite anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies, Donald Trump appears to have gotten more, not less support from American Muslims.

Majority Of Muslims Voted For Biden, But Trump Got More Support Than He Did In 2016

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Marines of the 5th and 7th regiments who hurled back a surprise onslaught by three Chinese communist divisions wait to withdraw from the Chosin Reservoir area circa December 1950. National Archives hide caption

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'God ... Let Us Survive': Remembering Korean War's Chosin Battle And Evacuation

Seventy years on, war participants are drawing starkly differing conclusions from the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The decisive conflict's lasting legacy is still visible on the Korean Peninsula.

'God ... Let Us Survive': Remembering Korean War's Chosin Battle And Evacuation

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