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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., decided to create a select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection after a bipartisan bill to set up an outside commission was filibustered by Senate Republicans. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Launches Select Committee To Probe Jan. 6 Insurrection

After Senate Republicans blocked a bill to create an outside independent commission to investigate the attacks on the U.S. Capitol Pelosi said a special panel needed to lead an investigation.

A memorial stands outside the Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP hide caption

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751 Unmarked Graves Reportedly Found At Another Former School For Indigenous Children

Last month the remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, were found buried on the site of what was once Canada's largest Indigenous residential school near Kamloops, British Columbia.

Jake Shimabukuro, one of President Biden's nominees, performs at Bomhard Theater on Nov. 9, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images hide caption

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Record Label Chief, Theater Director Among Biden's National Council On The Arts Picks

John Prine's widow, Fiona Whelan Prine, and the executive producer of the Apollo Theater, Kamilah Forbes, are among the nominees to the group that advises on National Endowment for the Arts projects.

An oxygen cylinder plant in Kampala, Uganda. The Ugandan army has started producing oxygen for state-run hospitals to ease the burden existing plants as COVID-19 cases — and demand for oxygen for severe illness — keep rising. Nicholas Kajoba/Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Africa Is Running Out Of Oxygen To Treat COVID Patients

As COVID surges, so does demand for oxygen. And oxygen manufacturing plants simply can't keep up. That's bad news not only for severely ill COVID-19 patients but others in need, including newborns.

A drop in life expectancy in the U.S. stems from the coronavirus pandemic. A new study says Black and Hispanic people have been especially hard hit. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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The Pandemic Led To The Biggest Drop In U.S. Life Expectancy Since WWII, A Study Finds

Life expectancy fell by nearly two years between 2018 and 2020, largely due to COVID-19. Declines were most pronounced among minority groups, including Black and Hispanic people.

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Looking For Summer Reading Ideas? Fall In Love With Romance

It's hard not to love romance books. They're flirty, steamy, and by definition, they end on a high note. Life Kit teamed up with NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast to get book recommendations to add to your summer reading list.

Looking For Summer Reading Ideas? Fall In Love With Romance

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Hubble Trouble: NASA Can't Figure Out What's Causing Computer Issues On The Telescope

"It's just the inefficiency of trying to fix something which is orbiting 400 miles over your head instead of in your laboratory," said Paul Hertz, the director of astrophysics for NASA.

Britney Spears at a movie premiere in 2019. She pleaded with a judge on Wednesday to end a conservatorship that has controlled her personal and business lives for years. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Britney Spears Asks A Court To End Her Conservatorship: 'I Just Want My Life Back'

She detailed parts of her life that had been unknown. She said she was being exploited and that she wants another baby, but is forced to keep an IUD in place.

Courtney Blashka, director of community forestry & conservation at Holden Forests & Gardens, tidies up the soil around a newly planted oak tree that's a clone of the tree that Jesse Owens planted. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Cities Are Taking A Fresh Look At Trees For The Planet's Health — And To Address Racism

In Cleveland, as in other cities, a move for "tree equity" is bringing more trees to low-income neighborhoods that often lack them. It also helps neighborhoods stay cooler as the planet heats up.

Bringing Back Trees To 'Forest City's' Redlined Areas Helps Residents And The Climate

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Gloria Majiga-Kamoto, an activist from Malawi, is one of six recipients of the 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize. Majiga-Kamoto has been instrumental in implementing Malawi's ban on thin plastics. Goldman Environmental Prize hide caption

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She Owes Her Big Environmental Prize To Goats Eating Plastic Bags

The demise of the bag-consuming herbivores led Gloria Majiga-Kamoto to push for Malawi to enact a promised ban on single-use thin plastic. Her activism has won her a 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize.

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