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Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, arrives at federal court for his sentencing hearing on Wednesday in New York City. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images hide caption

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The Russia Investigations: A Case Still Unproven

This week in the Russia investigations: Headlines and courtroom action are coming thick and fast in the final weeks of the year, but a core "collusion" case remains unproven.

Michal Kurtyka, the Polish official who led U.N. climate change negotiations in Katowice, Poland. On Dec. 15., nearly 200 countries agreed to a set of rules that will implement the landmark Paris agreement. Czarek Sokolowski/AP hide caption

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Nations Agree On Rules To Put Paris Climate Agreement Into Action

Nations agreed on rules to track the promises they made to reduce emissions, but did not set new emissions reduction goals necessary to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

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'Black Love In All Its Different Ways': Regina King On Her 'Beale Street' Role

Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the 1974 James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk is now in theaters. It gives actress Regina King yet another complex character to inhabit.

'Black Love In All Its Different Ways': Regina King On Her 'Beale Street' Role

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Residents take photos and try to touch one of the three Balangiga church bells after a ceremony returning them to the church in the town of Balangiga in the Philippines on Dec. 15, 2018. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Philippines Duterte Praises 'Generous' Americans For Returning Church Bells

The bells return to Balangiga after 117 years in U.S. custody.

Philippines Duterte Praises 'Generous' Americans For Returning Church Bells

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In 'Capernaum,' The Chaos Of Lebanon From A Homeless Child's Perspective

In Beirut, a young boy sues his parents for giving birth to him in poverty. That's the premise of a new film from director Nadine Labaki which features her most unapologetically activist agenda.

In 'Capernaum,' The Chaos Of Lebanon From A Homeless Child's Perspective

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The 2016 viral photo of a couple passed out in a car while a child sits in the back seat triggered a painful moment of self-reflection in East Liverpool, Ohio. The community took steps to address its addiction problem, but progress has been spotty. Ian Brown for NPR hide caption

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'Nowhere To Go But Up ' — A Small Town Confronts Its Addiction Crisis

Two years after East Liverpool, Ohio, gained notoriety from a viral photo of an overdosed couple, the community is coming to terms with its addiction problem — and taking tentative steps forward.

Peter Neaton and his crew unload black cod pots in Homer, Alaska after a November fishing trip in the Gulf of Alaska. Aaron Bolton/KBBI News hide caption

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Alaska Fishermen Hauling A Bigger Catch With Gear They Get To Use For The First Time

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Alaska fishermen who took advantage of new regulations allowing them to fish with a previously banned piece of gear are happy they saved their catch from hungry whales.

Alaska Fishermen Hauling A Bigger Catch With Gear They Get To Use For The First Time

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Opinion: What The Death Of A 7-Year-Old Migrant Says About This Country

A 7-year-old migrant died recently in custody of the U.S. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what this death says about the U.S.

Opinion: What The Death Of A 7-Year-Old Migrant Says About This Country

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Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, will be acting White House chief of staff when John Kelly leaves at the end of the year. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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President Trump Names Mick Mulvaney As Acting White House Chief Of Staff

It's unclear how long the OMB director will serve in the role, succeeding outgoing chief of staff John Kelly. On Dec. 8, Trump announced that Kelly would be leaving the job at the end of the year.

Manager Brian Murray of Jersey Mike's in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The store donated one half of a day's proceeds to a fund for the families of victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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After The Thousand Oaks' Shooting, A Community-Wide Effort To Memorialize And Heal

Since the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last month, there's been more than 70 events - memorials, vigils and fundraisers — for the families of the victims.

After The Thousand Oaks' Shooting, A Community-Wide Effort To Memorialize And Heal

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage

Though best known for his auteur work, the mastermind of Hamilton and In the Heights says it was his dream to be offered a part in someone else's musical.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage

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Downed trees mark the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va., in February. A federal appeals court has blocked development of portions of the pipeline. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail

The federal judges noted "the Forest Service's serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company's deadlines."

Bryan and Helen Lopez (left) had been living in their car before they moved in with Marlene and Michael Rapkin (right) in September. As part of LA's Host Home program, the plan was to stay with the Rapkins for about three months, but they are staying longer. "We're open to extend it as long as they're committed to doing what they're doing, which they are," Marlene says. Liz Kuball for NPR hide caption

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To Help The Homeless, Some In LA Are Giving Them A Place To Stay

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Until recently, Helen and Bryan Lopez had been homeless in LA County. Then they moved in with the Rapkin family as part of a small program that places homeless youth in people's homes, not shelters.

To Help The Homeless, Some In LA Are Giving Them A Place To Stay

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Every summer, downy mildew spreads from Florida northward, adapting to nearly every defense pickle growers have in their arsenals and destroying their crops. Bernd Settnik/Picture Alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Are Fighting For The Stricken Pickle Against This Tricky Disease

Downy mildew, once just a nuisance, has evolved into a devastating adversary to the pickle, as it now quickly adapts to fungicides and pickle hybrids, and can lay waste to crops in a matter of days.

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