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Historian David McCullough, shown here in 2013, has died at 89. He wrote extensively and compellingly about American history and won two Pulitzer Prizes. Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough has died

He wrote acclaimed books about Harry Truman and John Adams, along with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal. He also was the authoritative voice narrating TV films such as The Civil War in 1990.

Former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai says the Taliban have to correct their mistakes in the country, as does the United States. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Hamid Karzai stays on in Afghanistan — hoping for the best, but unable to leave

When the Taliban reclaimed Kabul last August, the U.S.-backed government collapsed and hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled the country. Former president Hamid Karzai was not one of them.

Hamid Karzai stays on in Afghanistan — hoping for the best, but unable to leave

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Carlie Brown (left) and Molly Pela exchange wedding vows as their friend, Julie Takahashi, officiates the ceremony. Both women said they rushed to get married after reading Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion in striking down Roe v. Wade, in which he suggested also overturning the landmark case that legalized same-sex marriage. Carlie A. Brown hide caption

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Scared after the fall of Roe, these 2 Texas women rushed to tie the knot

Following the Supreme Court's decision, Carlie Brown and Molly Pela rescheduled their wedding for nine months earlier. They fear that without federal protections, their family remains vulnerable.

Since May, authorities have now uncovered four sets of human remains at Lake Mead, as the country's largest reservoir deals with extremely low water levels. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A fourth set of human remains is found at Lake Mead as the water level keeps dropping

The reservoir continues to suffer from a 22-year drought that now has water levels at only 27% of capacity. That's surfaced four sets of skeletal remains in the past four months.

Congregants at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, gather for a Salute to Gospel concert on Sunday, Aug. 7, as part of the community's Eighth of August celebrations. Derek Operle/WKMS hide caption

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Black Kentuckians and Tennesseans celebrate emancipation with 8th of August events

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Many Black Kentuckians and Tennesseans celebrate the Eighth of August as marking their freedom from slavery. These annual celebrations are in the same spirit as Juneteenth, but their roots predate those of the now national holiday.

This video from a Loveland Police Department body camera footage shows Karen Garner on the ground while being arrested on June 26, 2020. A former Colorado police officer who did not stop another officer from being rough with the 73-year-old woman with dementia has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation. Loveland Police Department via AP, File hide caption

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Another ex-officer gets jail time for the brutal arrest of a 73-year-old with dementia

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Daria Jalali was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation for failing to stop the excessive use of force in the 2020 arrest in Colorado. Officer Austin Hopp broke Karen Garner's arm and dislocated her shoulder.

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Robin Thede on the most iconic moments from 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'

Robin Thede, creator of A Black Lady Sketch Show, plays our game about Bob Ross, "A White Dude Painting Show," along with guest host Negin Farsad and panelists Adam Burke, Amy Dickinson and Hari Kondabolu.

Robin Thede on the most iconic moments from 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'

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A dune restoration project underway at the state-owned South Beach in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard is aimed at mitigating beach erosion because intact dunes actually store sand and resupply adjacent beaches. Jenifer McKim/GBH News hide caption

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Want to hit a public beach on the Massachusetts coast? Tough luck unless you live there

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The state invests millions of taxpayer dollars into town-owned beaches, but many are entirely or mostly off-limits to the general public thanks to exclusionary local parking laws.

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