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Demonstrators affiliated with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association protested the federal shutdown at a Capitol Hill rally earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Shutdown Has Meant Steep Health Bills For Some Families

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An air traffic controller is just one employee locked into the terms of a health plan because of the ongoing federal shutdown. It's meant his child's hospital bills are "out-of-network."

A curious harbor seal checks out diver Mike Weber as he and his team pick up golf balls in the waters off the coast of Northern California. Courtesy of Alex Weber hide caption

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Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

Alex Weber discovered more than 50,000 balls in the ocean near coastal California golf courses. When golf balls degrade, as these were doing, they release plastic particles and toxic chemicals.

Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

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Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., speaks during a presentation on affordable housing in Bellevue, Wash., on Thursday. Microsoft Corp. said it will spend $500 million to develop affordable housing and help alleviate homelessness in the Seattle area. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Microsoft Pledges $500 Million Investment To Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis

Most of the money will help preserve and build new homes for low and middle-income residents. A smaller portion will go toward homeless services and programs to keep people from being evicted.

In August 1963, African-American girls were held in a Georgia stockade after being arrested for demonstrating segregation. Left to right: Melinda Jones Williams (13), Laura Ruff Saunders (13), Mattie Crittenden Reese, Pearl Brown, Carol Barner Seay (12), Annie Ragin Laster (14), Willie Smith Davis (15), Shirley Green (14), and Billie Jo Thornton Allen (13). Sitting on the floor: Verna Hollis (15). Danny Lyon hide caption

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'I Gave Up Hope': As Girls, They Were Jailed In Squalor For Protesting Segregation

In 1963, more than a dozen girls were jailed for about two months in an old, squalid stockade in Georgia for protesting segregation. At StoryCorps, some of them talk about the experience.

'I Gave Up Hope': As Girls, They Were Jailed In Squalor For Protesting Segregation

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Maggie Rogers' Heard It In A Past Life is on our short list for the best albums out on Jan. 18. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music: 7 Albums You Should Hear Now

It's a brand-new season of New Music Friday and our 2019 debut includes the sparkling, smart pop of Maggie Rogers, swooning love songs from James Blake, new Pedro The Lion, Deerhunter and more.

New Music Friday For Jan. 18: 7 Albums You Should Hear Now

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Travis Scott performs in Austin, Tx. in October 2018. Scott is set to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime show. Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Even With Rappers Set To Perform, Super Bowl's Halftime Show Remains Tone-Deaf

Rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott have agreed to perform at the show while many others have rejected the NFL's request due to its handling of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling controversy.

Even With Rappers Set To Perform, Super Bowl's Halftime Show Remains Tone-Deaf

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Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, acknowledged his involvement in a scheme to inflate online poll results for Trump in order to make it appear he had more political support. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Trump's Ex-Lawyer Cohen Acknowledges Scheme To Rig Polls In Presidential Race

Michael Cohen tweeted about what appeared to be another example of questionable actions he'd taken in order to help Trump's presidential ambitions. He already has pleaded guilty to others.

A security force member walks outside a shuttered restaurant Thursday in Manbij, Syria, the site of a suicide attack that killed more than a dozen people, including four Americans, a day earlier. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Strong Is The Islamic State In Syria?

ISIS has lost almost all its territory, but it claimed a suicide bombing that killed four Americans. The extremist group is still believed to have thousands of fighters who have gone underground.

President Trump called for a beefing up of existing defenses, such as the Aegis ashore system pictured. In addition, he called for research into new advanced concepts. Mark Wright/Missile Defense Agency hide caption

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Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans

The strategy, reminiscent of the Cold War-era Star Wars program, calls for new sensors in space, updated missile interceptors and advanced weapons, including lasers.

Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans

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President Trump's approval rating is slipping, and it's largely because of cracks among his base. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base

During the longest shutdown in history, key parts of Trump's base — from suburban men to white evangelicals to white men without a college degree — have slipped in their support for the president.

Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base

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The rover Yutu-2 is seen in a photo taken by the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe on Jan. 11. Inside the probe is a biosphere harboring, whose seeds China now says have died. AP via China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency hide caption

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China Tried To Grow Cotton On The Moon, But It Didn't Work

The cotton seeds aboard a lunar lander had encouraged hopes that plants could grow on the moon. But days after China boasted of the experiment's success, the tender shoots died.

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