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CBS Backtracks On 'The Activist' After A Backlash, Including From One Of Its Hosts

When CBS announced a competitive reality show pitting activists against one another, critics said the format made a mockery of actual activism. Now, the show will drop the competition element.

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The White House Offered To Answer Nicki Minaj's COVID Vaccine Questions, Not A Visit

The White House said that they've offered such calls with others concerned about the vaccine, part of an aggressive public relations campaign to beat back rampant disinformation.

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U.S. Border Agents Found A Toddler And A Baby Abandoned Along The Rio Grande

With her hair neatly braided, the girl sat next to her baby brother, dressed for an outing, complete with a backpack and note — but their parents were nowhere to be found, the U.S. Border Patrol said.

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.

Olivia Rodrigo performs "good 4 u" during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, 2021. John Shearer/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS hide caption

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Hell Is A Teenage Girl: Olivia Rodrigo, 'Jennifer's Body' And The Joy Of Rage

Rodrigo's spiky "good 4 u" isn't just a breakup song: It inserts her into a tradition of art, including one particularly beloved cult horror film, about the right of teenage girls to get angry.

Sir Walter Raleigh, an English adventurer, writer and explorer of the Americas, founded a colony in North Carolina in 1587 that later disappeared. Archaeologists hope to uncover new clues about what happened. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Sir Walter Raleigh's Colony Vanished Over 400 Years Ago. Scientists Are Still Looking

Archaeologists hope a new search will unearth clues about what happened to 117 men, women and children who vanished from a North Carolina settlement.

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.

Virginia Oliver, age 101, measuring and banding lobsters on her son Max Oliver's boat, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, off Rockland, Maine. The state's oldest lobster harvester has been doing it since before WWII. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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At 101, This Woman From Maine Is Still Hauling Lobsters With No Plans To Stop

At age 101, Virginia Oliver is still trapping lobster off Maine's coast with her 78-year-old son Max. She started in the business a decade before World War II. She has no intention of stopping.

Actress Mayim Bialik and previous winner Ken Jennings will co-host the program through the end of 2021. Amy Sussman/Getty Images ; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Mayim Bialik And Ken Jennings Will Host 'Jeopardy!' Through The End Of The Year

The announcement is the latest development in Jeopardy!'s troubled search for a new host following the November death of longtime presenter Alex Trebek.ReplyReply allForward

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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Charlie Callagan's bone marrow transplant for multiple myeloma was postponed at the last minute because Oregon hospitals are overwhelmed with treating COVID-19 patients. Erik Neumann / Jefferson Public Radio hide caption

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Overwhelmed With COVID Patients, Oregon Hospitals Postpone Surgeries And Cancer Care

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Patients with advanced cancer and heart disease are among those who have had to wait for surgeries and other procedures as critically ill, unvaccinated COVID patients strain the medical system.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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 DOJ Moves To Block The Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Deal That Shields The Sacklers

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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