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Democrats Push 'Abolition Amendment' To Fully Erase Slavery From U.S. Constitution

Congressional Democrats seek to remove the "punishment" clause from the 13th Amendment which allows members of prison populations to be used as cheap and free labor.

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks during a Senate hearing earlier this year. On Thursday, Collins called on religious leaders to keep their worship spaces closed, despite rising protests from some church leaders. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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NIH Director Tells Churches To Do The "Altruistic, Loving Thing" And Stay Closed

His comments came even as the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a federal district court to reexamine its previous support for restrictions on indoor religious services in California.

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In His Final Weeks, Trump Could Dole Out Many Pardons To Friends, Allies

The president could shield his allies from some prosecution. Critics say Trump is trying to help cronies — and maybe himself — escape accountability.

In His Final Weeks, Trump Could Dole Out Many Pardons To Friends, Allies

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'We're All Just In A Mess': Jobs Growth To Slow Sharply Amid Pandemic Hit

The Labor Department is expected to report Friday a sharp slowdown in job growth in November as a surge in coronavirus cases weighs on many businesses.

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'Americans For The Arts' Promises More Racial And Cultural Equity

The arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts responded to criticism that it's been a roadblock to inclusion by agreeing its efforts "have not been enough."

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UK's Approval Of Pfizer Vaccine Should 'Give People Hope', Vaccine Expert Says

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was developed fast. But a leading vaccine expert says its important for consumers to know the companies "haven't cut corners" in the clinical science.

Nofa Khudeda (left) and a neighbor in the village of Tel Qasab on the day Khudeda and her husband returned after six years in a camp for displaced Yazidis. Khudeda and her husband, Ali Edo, repaired and renovated the house, which had been looted by ISIS fighters and then militias that fought ISIS. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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With No Options, Displaced Iraqi Yazidis Return To Homes Destroyed In ISIS Fight

Thousands of Yazidis who were in displacement camps in northern Iraq's Kurdistan Region have returned to Sinjar. "It's a beautiful feeling to be home," says a Yazidi woman who recently arrived.

With No Options, Displaced Iraqi Yazidis Return To Homes Destroyed In ISIS Fight

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'Time' Names Its Kid Of The Year: Water-Testing Scientist Gitanjali Rao

Rao, a Colorado teenager who has won praise for her innovation in detecting lead levels in water, said, "I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it."

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Kenosha Protest Shooting Suspect Kyle Rittenhouse Ordered To Stand Trial

The teenager is accused of killing two people and injuring another during demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed.

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Trump Rushes To Lock In Oil Drilling In Arctic Wildlife Refuge Before Biden's Term

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The Jan. 6 auction was set before the end of the comment and nominations period. If leases are finalized before Joe Biden takes office, they could be difficult to revoke.

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