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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt claims the new rule will strengthen transparency. Scientific organizations worry it will exclude valuable data from EPA's rule-making process. Jason Andrew/Getty Images hide caption

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Scott Pruitt Proposes New Rule Defining What Science Can Be Used By EPA

The EPA administrator wants to restrict the science used by the agency in its decision-making. Scientists are concerned it eliminates all good science in the process.

Republican Debbie Lesko took no chances as she told her supporters on Saturday that "we are in the fight of our lives," even though the 8th Congressional District is generally safe GOP turf. Bret Jaspers/KJZZ hide caption

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Republicans Defend House Seat In Arizona Special Election

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Republican Debbie Lesko won in a conservative congressional district outside of Phoenix, where national Republicans spent about $1 million to protect the seat vacated by former GOP Rep. Trent Franks.

People walk past the World Bank's headquarters in Washington, D.C. A watchdog says that the World Bank is not adequately monitoring how funds intended for Afghanistan reconstruction are being used. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Watchdog Says Billions In Afghanistan Funding At Risk Of Misuse

Funds in the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund are at risk because the World Bank is not adequately monitoring how they are used. The U.S. has contributed $3 billion to the fund.

Trader Edward Curran (right) works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. As Treasury yields topped 3 percent on Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Interest Rate Increase Unsettles Stock Investors; Dow Falls 425 Points

For the first time in four years, the rate on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note crossed 3 percent. While it signals a stronger economy, it makes bonds more attractive investments, undermining stocks.

The statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett is unveiled Tuesday in Parliament Square in London. Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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London's Parliament Square Gets Its First Statue Honoring A Woman

The monument depicts suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, who fought for decades to secure the vote for all women. The bronze joins 11 statues of men such as Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln.

Allan Monga, a Deering High School junior, won Poetry Out Loud contests at school and at the state level. He was initially denied entry to the national competition because he's an asylum seeker and not a U.S. citizen. Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Asylum-Seeking Student Says Nothing Can Stand Between Him And Poetry

Allan Monga of Portland, Maine, recently won the right to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud festival. He was initially barred because he's an asylum seeker and not a U.S. citizen.

Asylum-Seeking Student Says Nothing Can Stand Between Him And Poetry

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting on peacebuilding at the United Nations in New York, on Tuesday. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iran's Foreign Minister Comes To America, Keeping One Eye On Saudi Arabia

In an NPR interview with Mohammad Javad Zarif, it was apparent how the rivalry with Saudi Arabia is a factor in many Iranian decisions — including the uncertain future of its nuclear deal.

Iran's Foreign Minister Comes To America, Keeping One Eye On Saudi Arabia

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Alex Wagner is a co-host of The Circus on Showtime and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. Above, she speaks at the 69th Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 19, 2017, in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images hide caption

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In 'The New Face Of America,' Journalist Alex Wagner Saw Herself

In 1993, Wagner saw a computer-generated face on Time magazine that reminded her a lot of her own. The journalist searches for answers about her own ancestry in her new book, Futureface.

In 'The New Face Of America,' Journalist Alex Wagner Saw Herself

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Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri was destroyed in June 2017 by ISIS as government forces closed in on the city. The United Arab Emirates will contribute $50.4 million to restore the mosque and other cultural landmarks. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mosul's Famed Mosque And 'Hunchback' Minaret, Destroyed By ISIS, Will Be Rebuilt

The United Arab Emirates says it will contribute $50.4 million to fund the restoration in the Iraqi city. UNESCO called it an "unprecedented cooperation to rebuild cultural heritage in Iraq."

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