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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo appeared through video conferencing Tuesday during a Senate hearing for her nomination as the next commerce secretary to oversee the Census Bureau. Jonathan Ernst/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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'Take The Politics Out Of The Census,' Biden's Commerce Pick Raimondo Says

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, expected to oversee the U.S. Census Bureau as the next commerce secretary, says she will "rely on the experts" at the agency to ensure the 2020 census is accurate.

Army Capt. Jennifer Peace, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King (center) and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Akira Wyatt attend a hearing on Transgender Service Policy on Capitol Hill in 2019. King and other trans troops have long fought for the right to serve openly prior to Trump's ban, and she hopes there is more legislation to follow Biden's repeal to ensure something like that does not happen again. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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'Time For Us To See Action': A Call To Carry Out Biden's Order On Trans Troops

Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King talks about President Biden's reversal of the Trump-era ban on transgender troops, and what she hopes for the next steps.

'Time For Us To See Action': A Call To Carry Out Biden's Order On Trans Troops

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Local officials escort donkeys carrying election materials on the way to the village of Quali Kuana in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province. From the story "Donkeys Deliver The Vote To Rural Afghanistan," 2009. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Book Showcases The Humanity At The Heart Of David Gilkey's Photojournalism

NPR's David Gilkey was killed in Afghanistan in June 2016 after the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed. Pictures on the Radio collects his photography from conflict zones and beyond.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gestures as he replies to questions ahead of a confidence vote at the Senate on Jan. 19 at Palazzo Madama in Rome. Conte handed in his resignation on Tuesday. Yara Nardi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Italy's Prime Minister Quits As COVID-19 Response Splits Coalition Government

Giuseppe Conte handed in his resignation Tuesday following weeks of political uncertainty and the loss of a coalition partner over his handling of the coronavirus' second wave and economic recovery.

TSA agents clearing passengers at Denver International Airport, June 2020. TSA found twice as many weapons on passengers per million in 2020 than they did the year prior. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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2020 Firearm Catch Rate At Airports Doubled From Previous Year

TSA agents found 3,257 firearms in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints in 2020 — about 10 per million travelers. About 83% of those firearms were loaded, a TSA news release said.

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A Writer Lost His Singing Voice, Then Discovered The 'Gymnastics' Of Speech

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New Yorker writer John Colapinto developed a vocal polyp when he began "wailing" with a rock group without proper warmup. His new book explores the human voice's physicality, frailty and feats.

A Writer Lost His Singing Voice, Then Discovered The 'Gymnastics' Of Speech

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Suzan Mubarak and her boyfriend, Mitch Domier, live only a few miles apart in Bozeman, Mont., yet the pandemic has limited their ability to see each other in person. Louise Johns for KHN hide caption

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The Pandemic Made Their Love Long Distance — From Just A Few Miles Apart

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Everyone is trying to figure out how relationships work in the pandemic. That includes a couple keeping their love alive, ever since their group homes for adults with disabilities went into lockdown.

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How To Set Boundaries With Family — And Stick To Them

Maintaining healthy boundaries is a way of taking care of your closest relationships, but setting those boundaries can be hard. The process starts with asking yourself what you need.

How To Set Boundaries With Family — And Stick To Them

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A field hospital tent stands outside the emergency department of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles earlier this month. California is returning to a tiered restriction system. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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California Health Secretary: December Stay-At-Home Order Was About Protecting Hospital System

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly talked with NPR about why the state eased some COVID-19 restrictions and addressed the relatively slow vaccine rollout.

California Health Secretary On Lifting Stay-At-Home Orders And Vaccinations

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