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This image from television footage shows John Walker Lindh in Afghanistan on Dec. 1, 2001. Lindh was a Taliban soldier who was captured at that time. Having served 17 years of a 20-year sentence, he is scheduled to be released from a U.S. federal prison on Thursday. In the coming years, dozens of Americans linked to extremist groups are in line to be released from U.S. prisons. APTN/AP hide caption

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John Walker Lindh, The 'American Taliban,' Is Released From Prison

Lindh has served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for being a Taliban soldier. In the coming years, dozens of Americans linked to extremist groups are in line to be released from U.S. prisons.

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A Dream Of Modern China

China is a world superpower today, but just over a century ago the country was in complete turmoil. That political chaos inspired Sun Yat-sen to launch nationalist movement that reshaped China as we know it.

A Dream Of Modern China

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A housing development sits nestled in the South Mountain foothills in the Ahwatukee neighborhood, in Phoenix, Ariz. The city saw the biggest jump in population in the U.S. between 2017 and 2018. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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South And West Continue Rapid Growth, According To New Population Data

The fastest growing cities are in Arizona, Texas, Washington and North Carolina. Columbus, Ohio, is the only Midwestern city in the top 15 fastest-growing populations.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will lay out the details of an aid program to help farmers hurt by the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute on Thursday. Here, Perdue walks past the West Wing of the White House. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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White House To Announce $16 Billion In Aid To Farmers Hurt By Trade War With China

The agricultural sector has been hit hard by the U.S. trade conflict with China. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says some of the money will be used to build markets elsewhere.

Denise Brinley is Executive Director at Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Energy. The state produces "playbooks" to highlight ways old coal power plant sites could be redeveloped. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites

Coal-fired power plants keep closing and communities around the country must decide what to do with those sites. Pennsylvania has a plan, aiming to create new jobs where the old ones have been lost.

Linda Taylor, 40, walks with her attorney T. Lee Boyd as they leave the Chicago Civic Center on March 8, 1977, during a recess in her trial. Dubbed the "Welfare Queen," Taylor was charged with bilking the State of Illinois out of $30,000 in bogus welfare payments from 1969 to 1974. Charles Knoblock/AP hide caption

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'The Queen' Reveals The Story Of The Woman Who Became A Symbol Of Welfare Fraud

Linda Taylor rose to infamy during the 1970s, when prize-winning reporter George Bliss brought her criminal activity to light — and then-candidate Ronald Reagan turned her into the Welfare Queen.

Immigrant asylum seekers wait for aid at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after being released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in McAllen, Texas. Migrants told NPR conditions in the CBP holding cells were unhealthy. One 16-year-old Guatemalan immigrant died on Monday. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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'Thank God We're OK.' Migrants Tell Of Conditions In A Texas CBP Holding Facility

The facility was shut down for 24 hours after 32 detainees got sick with the flu. A 16-year-old who had gotten sick there later died at another Border Patrol station.

McDonald's workers are joined by other activists as they march toward the company's Chicago headquarters to protest sexual harassment at the fast food chain's restaurants on Sept. 18, 2018. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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McDonald's Protests Over Sexual Harassment Grow As Shareholders Meet

Protests against alleged sexual harassment of McDonald's employees are planned for 13 cities Thursday. And Democratic presidential hopefuls are targeting the company's shareholder meeting in Dallas.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., says if she becomes president she would only appoint judges and justices who would maintain Roe v. Wade. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Kirsten Gillibrand Says If Trump Wants A War With America's Women, 'He Will Lose'

The New York senator and 2020 presidential candidate tells NPR's Rachel Martin that President Trump and some Republican legislators are taking the country in a direction it does not want to go.

Kirsten Gillibrand Says If Trump Wants A War With America's Women, 'He Will Lose'

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Darrell Patterson, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, says he was fired after he refused to work on Saturday. Dan Weber/Courtesy General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists hide caption

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How The Fight For Religious Freedom Has Fallen Victim To The Culture Wars

Disputes over LGBT rights and religion's role in public life have derailed a previously non-partisan movement.

How The Fight For Religious Freedom Has Fallen Victim To The Culture Wars

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Many of the survivors of the Clotilda voyage are buried in Old Plateau Cemetery near Mobile, Ala. The Alabama Historical Commission announced Wednesday that researchers have identified the vessel after months of work. Julie Bennett/AP hide caption

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Alabama Historians Say The Last Known Slave Ship To U.S. Has Been Found

The Clotilda carried 110 people from present-day Benin to the shores of Mobile in 1860, despite the import of slaves being illegal. Researchers told their descendants about the discovery first.

Joel Ross performs at Lantaren Venster on May 2, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Peter Van Breukelen/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Joel Ross And His (Exceptionally) Good Vibes

The vibraphonist has a "love-hate relationship" with his instrument that has been helpful in perfecting his craft — but it wouldn't mean much without the deep emotional well he pulls from.

Joel Ross And His (Exceptionally) Good Vibes

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Kenneth Feinberg, pictured in 2014 at a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in the wake of GM ignition switch recalls, has been appointed to oversee talks between Bayer's lawyers and plaintiffs' representatives. Lauren Victoria Burke/AP hide caption

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Kenneth Feinberg To Mediate Roundup Settlement Talks Between Bayer And Plaintiffs

The prominent attorney has been tapped to facilitate talks between the company's lawyers and plaintiffs' representatives over the next two weeks.

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