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This photo provided by Hampton County Detention Center shows Alex Murdaugh. Murdaugh surrendered on Thursday to face insurance fraud and other charges after state police said he arranged to have himself shot in the head so that his son would get a $10 million life insurance payout. The shooter only grazed him. Hampton County Detention Center via AP hide caption

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South Carolina Lawyer Murdaugh Surrenders To Face Charges In $10M Insurance Fraud

Police said Alex Murdaugh arranged to have himself shot in the head so his son would get a life insurance payout. Murdaugh's wife and another son were shot dead in June; the case remains unsolved.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks at a climate event in Madrid in 2019. A recent report of hers warns of the threats that AI can pose to human rights. Ricardo Rubio/Europa Press Via Getty Images hide caption

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The U.N. Warns That AI Can Pose A Threat To Human Rights

A new report by the U.N. human rights office warns that artificial intelligence has the potential to facilitate "unprecedented level of surveillance across the globe by state and private actors."

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You Can Scrap The Password For Your Microsoft Account And Sign In With An App

Microsoft users will be able to access their accounts using an app or a code sent to their phone or email. Company officials say it will make logging on both easier and safer.

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3,000 Health Care Workers In France Have Been Suspended For Not Getting A COVID Shot

French law had set a Sept. 15 deadline for the country's 2.7 million health care workers to get vaccinated. The ones who didn't get a jab were suspended, the country's health minister says.

The chile en nogada — a stuffed poblano pepper covered in a walnut sauce — has become a classic Mexican dish. The version plated here comes from Ricardo Muñoz Zurita's Azul Condesa restaurant in Mexico City. Omar Torres/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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For 200 Years, Chiles En Nogada Has Been An Iconic, And Patriotic, Mexican Meal

In celebration of Mexico's Independence Day, many people will eat the green, white and red dish of stuffed and smothered peppers. Noted chef and cookbook author Pati Jinich is among them.

For 200 Years, Chiles En Nogada Has Been An Iconic, And Patriotic, Mexican Meal

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Philip Morris International is buying Vectura, a large asthma inhaler maker, in a move that health groups have urged Vectura shareholders to reject on both ethical and practical grounds. Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Philip Morris Is Buying An Asthma Inhaler Company. Health Groups Are Suspicious

The purchase "is the latest reprehensible choice from a company that has profited from addicting users to its deadly products," the American Lung Association said.

Two views of the Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation," both captured by Hubble. The left shows the pillars in visible light; the right image was taken in infrared light. NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team hide caption

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NASA Is Launching A New Telescope That Could Offer Some Cosmic Eye Candy

Hubble's iconic images captured the public's imagination. Will NASA's next big space telescope, which sees infrared light, produce astronomy scenes that pack a similar punch?

NASA Is Launching A New Telescope That Could Offer Some Cosmic Eye Candy

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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2021 file photo, Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Zabi Karimi/AP hide caption

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Friction Between The Taliban's Pragmatists And Hard-Liners Is Getting Worse

Friction between pragmatists and ideologues in the Taliban leadership has intensified since the group formed a hard-line Cabinet last week that questions their recent promises of inclusiveness.

Security fencing was reinstalled around the U.S. Capitol Wednesday night ahead of a planned Sept. 18 rally by far-right supporters of former President Donald Trump. They are demanding the release of rioters arrested after the Jan. 6 attack. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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This Weekend, The Capitol Faces Its Biggest Security Test Since Jan. 6

A demonstration is planned in support of defendants charged after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. The FBI says there's no specific threat, but security officials say they're ready no matter what.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., continues to make President Biden's handling of the economy the central theme in the runup to the 2022 midterms. McCarthy is poised to run for speaker if the GOP takes control of the House. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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To Retake Congress, The GOP Plans To Attack Democrats On The Economy

President Biden isn't on the ballot next fall. But Republican lawmakers, campaign operatives and candidates believe his handling of the economy will drive voters' decisions.

To Retake Congress, The GOP Plans To Attack Democrats On The Economy

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Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy with a more than $10 billion plan to settle claims that it fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic by illegally pushing sales of its addictive OxyContin painkiller. The company's headquarters in Stamford, Conn., is shown here in 2019. Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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The Justice Department Moves To Block The Purdue Pharma Sackler Bankruptcy Deal

The DOJ is seeking to block implementation of any part of the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy deal until legal challenges are settled. The deal granted Sackler family members immunity from opioid lawsuits.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, right, addresses Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis in April. Court TV/AP hide caption

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Derek Chauvin Returns To Court For Allegedly Holding A Black Teen Down By The Throat

The former Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd. Now, he's accused of violating the civil rights of a teenager in a separate case that involves a restraint.

Before classes begin for the day, elementary music teacher Penelope Quesada gathers her most commonly used cleaning supplies and places them around the classroom in places of convenience. Natosha Via for NPR hide caption

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She's Been Teaching For 18 Years. She Says This Year Is Her Most Stressful Yet

What does an elementary school classroom look like right now? Photojournalist Natosha Via spent the day with one Louisville music teacher as she adjusted masks and sanitized xylophone mallets.

The move to share U.S. nuclear-powered submarine technology with Australia comes as President Biden has worked to focus his foreign policy on the threat that China poses. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Biden Is Taking The Rare Step Of Sharing Nuclear Submarine Tech With Australia

The Australian navy will be able to patrol faster and farther with the submarine technology. The rare move comes as the United States looks for ways to counter China.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley sought to reassure China's military that the U.S. wasn't planning an attack in the final months of President Trump's term in office, according to a new book. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Gen. Milley Defends His Call To A Chinese General About Trump's Rhetoric And The U.S.

A new book, Peril, says the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was attempting to head off a potential armed conflict when he called his Chinese counterpart twice in Trump's final months in office.

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