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Ukrainian flags fly in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 19, marking the graves of soldiers killed in action following the Russian invasion earlier this year. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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A journalist's plea to the West: 'Pay attention to Ukraine and its fate'

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Invasion author Luke Harding began reporting from Ukraine in December 2021 and was in Kyiv the night before the Russian invasion began. "There is no mood inside Ukrainian society to yield," he says.

Gregg Berhalter, head coach of United States team, looks on during a training session on Monday in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. faces Iran in a crucial match on Tuesday. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images hide caption

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What's at stake as the U.S. faces Iran at the World Cup

The U.S. has to beat Iran to advance, while Iran only has to tie. The match comes after controversy over flags, Iran's national anthem, and ongoing protests in Iran.

What's at stake as the U.S. faces Iran at the World Cup

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Improv can build confidence. Here's how to apply it to your everyday life

Improv comedy is about more than making people laugh. It can help performers be more creative and self-assured — and combat anxiety, both on and off stage.

The rules of improv can make you funnier. They can also make you more confident.

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President Joe Biden meets with congressional leaders to discuss legislative priorities for the rest of the year on Tuesday at the White House in Washington. From left: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Biden urges Congress to avert a rail strike

President Biden warned that congressional action was likely needed to avert a rail strike. His remarks came as bipartisan House and Senate leaders met to talk about legislative priorities.

People wait in line to vote early on Election Day 2020 in Tombstone, Ariz., in Cochise County. The county's Republican-led leadership has voted to delay certifying its 2022 election results, despite a state deadline on Monday. Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Counties in Arizona, Pennsylvania fail to certify election results by legal deadlines

Around 164,000 people's votes for the midterm elections are at risk after Arizona's Cochise County and Pennsylvania's Luzerne County failed to certify local results by their states' deadlines.

Law enforcement has used robots to investigate suspicious packages. Now, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a policy proposal that would allow SFPD's robots to use deadly force against a suspect. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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San Francisco considers allowing law enforcement robots to use lethal force

From sci-fi to the streets, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a policy proposal on whether or not the San Francisco Police Department has the authority to use robots as a deadly force.

San Francisco considers allowing law enforcement robots to use lethal force

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before a Senate subcommittee on Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill on May 04, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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A fight over how to enforce immigration laws reaches the Supreme Court

The Biden administration wants immigration authorities to focus on threats to public safety, but a lower court said its guidelines went too far. Now the high court is hearing arguments in the case.

A fight over how to enforce immigration laws reaches the Supreme Court

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Here is what scientists are doing to save Florida's coral reef before it's too late

Florida's barrier reef has lost 95% of its coral over the last half-century. Researchers, activists and government agencies are working to restore the reefs and ensure their long-term survival.

Here is what scientists are doing to save Florida's coral reef before it's too late

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Nearly two years after the FDA issued a policy denouncing the marketing of fruit-flavored vape juice and other vape products to young people, the products are still widely available in stores. But experts hope that could be about to change. Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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The chase is on: Regulators are slowly cracking down on vapes aimed at teens

The advent of vaping revived nicotine addiction among young people after a dramatic decline. The FDA seems poised to at last yank some products aimed at teens from the market. Will it work?

The northern long-eared bat is the third bat species recommended for endangered status this year due to white-nose syndrome. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources/AP hide caption

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The northern long-eared bat, devastated by a fungus, is now listed as endangered

The Biden administration declared the northern long-eared bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save a species driven to the brink of extinction by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease.

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