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Furloughed government employees and their families eat a free lunch at a pop-up eatery hosted by chef Jose Andres on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Efforts to support federal workers have popped up across D.C. and the country. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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'Next Round's On Me': Buy A Federal Worker A Beer In New D.C. Initiative

As businesses and government employees feel the impact of the partial shutdown, one website lets anyone buy a beer for an unpaid worker.

The Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower, which remains open during the partial government shutdown, is seen above the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Federal Watchdog Finds Government Ignored Emoluments Clause With Trump D.C. Hotel

The Inspector General for the General Services Administration said agency lawyers decided to ignore the constitutional issues when they reviewed the lease after Donald Trump won the 2016 election.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest his annual State of the Union message to Congress be delayed until the partial government shutdown ends. Wayne Partlow/AP hide caption

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Pelosi Calls For Postponement Of State Of The Union Address Because Of Shutdown

In a letter to President Trump, Pelosi cites security concerns and suggests working together to find another suitable date. Pelosi also gave the president the option to deliver the address in writing.

Even something as simple as chopping up food on a regular basis can be enough exercise to help protect older people from showing signs of dementia, a new study suggests. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images hide caption

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Daily Movement — Even Household Chores — May Boost Brain Health In Elderly

Whether it's exercise or housework, older Americans who move their bodies regularly may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills, even if they have brain lesions and other signs of dementia.

Daily Movement — Even Household Chores — May Boost Brain Health In Elderly

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Only about 50 percent of the Vista Middle School students showed up for class on Tuesday, says Principal Joe Nardulli. Roxanne Turpen for NPR hide caption

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Movies, Worksheets, Computer Time: Inside LA Schools During The Teacher Strike

Los Angeles schools are still open during the strike, staffed by administrators, volunteers and newly hired substitutes. But the school day isn't exactly typical.

Movies, Worksheets, Computer Time: Inside LA Schools During The Teacher Strike

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Protesters in the #MuteRKelly movement gather outside the Sony offices in New York City. Vanessa Ross/Colors of Change hide caption

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The #MuteRKelly Movement Takes Its Protest To The Steps Of His Record Label

In the wake of the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, protesters brought more than 200,000 petition signatures on Wednesday to RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment, calling for the label to drop him.

The #MuteRKelly Movement Takes Its Protest To The Steps Of His Record Label

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Marianne Power set out to live one year of her life according to the advice of self-help books. She tells the story in her new book Help Me! Grainne Flynn/Grove Press hide caption

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Feel The Fear — And Read It Anyway: 'Help Me!' Documents A Year Of Self-Help Books

Marianne Power decided to read one self-help book a month, for a year — and follow the advice in each, to the letter. She says it became a much more intense undertaking than she'd anticipated.

Feel The Fear — And Read It Anyway: 'Help Me!' Documents A Year Of Self-Help Books

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Malindo Air said it is cooperating with authorities after at least one of its cabin crew members was arrested in Australia for allegedly taking part in an international drug smuggling ring. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Airline Cabin Crew Accused Of Acting As Couriers In International Drug Syndicate

Eight people arrested in Australia are linked to an international crime syndicate that police say is responsible for smuggling heroin and methamphetamine.

Andrew Wheeler arrives Wednesday to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Republicans Praise, Democrats Grill Andrew Wheeler In EPA Chief Confirmation Hearing

Wheeler has been serving as acting EPA administrator since Scott Pruitt stepped down amid ethics scandals in July. Prior to his work at the EPA, Wheeler worked as a lobbyist for the coal industry.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a debate before a no-confidence vote on Theresa May raised by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday. Mark Duffy/AP hide caption

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Theresa May's Government Survives No-Confidence Vote In U.K. Parliament

While May withstood the challenge to her leadership, it is yet another indication that Brexit has thrown British politics into chaos. Wednesday's vote comes a day after the stinging defeat of her deal with the European Union.

Sriraja Panich is the brand name of one of two Sriracha sauces created by Saowanit Trikityanukul's family. The family sold the brand to Thaitheparos, Thailand's leading sauce company, in the 1980s. The brand has struggled to gain a foothold in the U.S., where the Huy Fong Rooster brand of Sriracha, created by Vietnamese-American David Tran, reigns supreme. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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In Home Of Original Sriracha Sauce, Thais Say Rooster Brand Is Nothing To Crow About

The Rooster brand, ubiquitous in the U.S., is now being exported to Thailand, where Sriracha was born. But many Thais who taste the U.S. version are not impressed. "I wanted to gag," says one.

In Home Of Original Sriracha Sauce, Thais Say Rooster Brand Is Nothing To Crow About

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