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San Francisco's Nick Bosa (from left), Cincinnati's Joe Burrow, and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes will play big roles in this weekend's NFL championship games. Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images; Scot Tucker/AP; Jason Hanna/Getty Images hide caption

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4 storylines to watch in this weekend's NFL conference championship games

Can the 49ers' seventh-round rookie QB lead them to the Super Bowl? Did the Eagles' Christmas album put them on Santa's nice list? And just how fast is it possible to recover from a high ankle sprain?

A black bear takes a "selfie" on Nov. 24, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. The image was captured on a motion-sensing camera, which was installed so that officials could track, learn about and protect wildlife. City of Boulder hide caption

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A curious Colorado bear strikes a pose for 400 selfies on a wildlife camera

Photoshoots are an unintended — but amusing — use of the cameras. The Open Space and Mountain Parks department in Boulder, Colo., set up nine of them to learn about and protect local wildlife.

Two young German-Jewish refugees at the porthole of the liner St. Louis finally arrive at Antwerp, after being refused entry to Cuba and Miami prior to the start of World War II. Gerry Cranham/Getty Images hide caption

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A Holocaust remembrance — and lessons we have yet to learn

NPR's Scott Simon wonders why teaching children about the Holocaust is not mandatory in most states and the lessons they are missing.

Opinion: A Holocaust remembrance — and lessons we have yet to learn

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Police tape is seen in front of the home of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on October 28, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Paul Pelosi, the husband of U.S. Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, was violently attacked in their home by an intruder. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Footage of the attack on Paul Pelosi has been released. Here's what it shows

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A court on Friday released graphic video and audio recordings from the night Paul Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked with a hammer in the family's San Francisco home last year.

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Forensic musicologists race to rescue works lost after the Holocaust

The Exilarte Center in Vienna is the world's leading research institution devoted to preserving the work of composers such as Walter Arlen and others, who were exiled or killed during the Holocaust.

Forensic musicologists race to rescue works lost after the Holocaust

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Smaller bottles of Fireball do not contain whiskey, but a blend of malt beverage, wine and additional flavors and colors. Customers are suing the company for fraud, alleging the packaging is misleading. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois hide caption

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There's no whiskey in mini bottles of Fireball, so customers are suing for fraud

Customers began wondering why small bottles of Fireball were being sold in places that typically don't sell liquor in many states, such as gas stations and grocery stores.

United Ukrainian Ballet Company members Liza Gogidze and Oleksii Kniazkov in Giselle, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. Altin Kaftira/The United Ukrainian Ballet hide caption

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Ballet dancers from across Ukraine bring 'Giselle' to the Kennedy Center

The United Ukrainian Ballet Company is made up of dancers taking refuge in the Netherlands. The company travels to Washington, D.C., to perform Giselle, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.

More than 30 years ago, Johnnie Haire, grounds supervisor at Sunset Gardens of Memory cemetery in Millstadt, Illinois, set up a birdbath and purchased angel figurines for a special garden for deceased children called "Baby Land." He carefully painted each angel a hue of brown. He says he wanted the angels to be Black, like many of the children laid to rest here. Cara Anthony/KHN hide caption

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When gun violence ends young lives, these men prepare the graves

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Just outside St. Louis, a cemetery for children sits on a hill. A wooden, weather-worn sign welcomes mourners to "Baby Land." The gravediggers who made the special spot work quietly in the shadows.

A group pauses in 2017, with some in prayer, at a makeshift memorial on a New York City bike path that that honors victims of an attack who were stuck and killed by a rental truck driven by Sayfullo Saipov. The Islamic extremist was convicted of federal crimes on Thursday and could face the death penalty. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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A man who killed 8 bicyclists in Manhattan is convicted and may face the death penalty

Sayfullo Saipov was found guilty of running down riders with a rental truck on a Manhattan bike path in 2017. Prosecutors said the Halloween attack was inspired by his reverence for the Islamic State.

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Her ancestors survived the Holocaust. She returns to Germany to reclaim her identity

In an excerpt from the podcast Memory Wars, a descendant of Holocaust survivors takes back her heritage by moving to her ancestral homeland in Germany.

Her ancestors survived the Holocaust. She returns to Germany to reclaim her identity

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This image shows purified particles of mpox virus, formerly called monkeypox. Viruses like these can be genetically altered in the lab in ways that might make them more dangerous. NIAID hide caption

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Virologists defend their science as officials eye more oversight of risky experiments

Policymakers have long grappled with how to handle experiments that might generate potentially dangerous viruses. Now, officials are considering whether oversight needs to be expanded.

When is it OK to make germs worse in a lab? It's a more relevant question than ever

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Demonstrators burn flares and smoke bombs outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv on June 5, 2020, during a demonstration calling for the interior minister's resignation over corruption suspicion. Sergei Supinksy/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ukraine's fight against corruption isn't new. It's still trying

The Ukrainian government's recent shake-up drew attention to corruption allegations implicating senior officials. Here's a short history of the country's efforts to combat graft.

Jeff Zients removes his mask in this file photo from April 13, 2021. President Biden has decided to choose his former COVID-19 response coordinator as his new chief of staff, replacing Ron Klain. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Biden is getting a new chief of staff. Jeff Zients will replace Ron Klain

Jeff Zients will take over as the White House faces a slew of congressional investigations. Also looming: the special counsel probe into classified documents found in Biden's files.

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House Democrats' new leader Jeffries vows not to 'go off the cliff' on debt ceiling

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries insists the looming debt ceiling crisis will be resolved without his party submitting to demands by Republicans who want to tie government spending cuts to a debt limit hike.

Hakeem Jeffries says Democrats won't pay a 'ransom note' to GOP over debt ceiling

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state rejected the African American studies course because education "is about the pursuit of truth, not the imposition of ideology or the advancement of a political agenda." Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Critics say Florida aims to rewrite history by rejecting African American studies

"One Governor should not have the power to dictate the facts of U.S. history," Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said of GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' move to ban the Advanced Placement course.

Experts say migration could offset falling birth rates — if politics don't get in the way. Didier Pallages/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Migration could prevent a looming population crisis. But there are catches

"Population decline" is a mild way to describe what could be a global demographic crisis, according to experts. But while migration may be the obvious solution, politics could get in the way.

Migration could prevent a looming population crisis. But there are catches

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