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A rider makes their way along RAGBRAI's route on a foggy morning Wednesday, July 28, outside of Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Day 4 of the annual recreational bike ride across the state of Iowa. Michael Zamora/NPR hide caption

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RAGBRAI: Riding a bike across Iowa isn't for the sane. Sign me up.

The Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa is about to celebrate 50 years of pie, gravel roads and a community eager to make you forget about your troubles.

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His hometown didn't have a veterans memorial, so this teen built one himself

For his Eagle Scout project, teenager Dominique Claseman built a veterans memorial in Olivia, Minnesota. With help from his community, he raised more than $77,000 to complete it.

His hometown didn't have a veterans memorial, so this teen built one himself

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Ron DeSantis, seen speaking to reporters from Fox News in 2018 when he was running for governor of Florida, has been prominent in a recent trend of Republicans ignoring or actively avoiding mainstream press, particularly national outlets. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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Republicans have long feuded with the mainstream media. Now many are shutting them out

A trend of GOP candidates ignoring or actively avoiding legacy media — particularly national outlets — is building this year. That can hamper voters' ability to make informed choices.

Republicans have long feuded with the mainstream media. Now many are shutting them out

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The science isn't entirely settled on whether a rapid antigen test indicates whether a person is still contagious. Massimiliano Finzi/Getty Images hide caption

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Still testing positive after day 10? How to decide when to end your COVID isolation

Nobody wants to infect their friends and family, but do you really have to keep isolating at day 12, 13 or beyond? Unfortunately — and perhaps unsurprisingly — the science is not entirely settled.

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These Ukrainian volunteers recover soldiers' remains to return them to their families

Evacuation 200 is a special volunteer unit that scours the country for the bodies of soldiers left on battlefields. "My job is to accompany these heroes on their last trip home," one volunteer says.

These Ukrainian volunteers recover soldiers' remains to return them to their families

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What a decade of Curiosity has taught us about life on Mars

Ten years ago today, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover successfully commenced its mission to explore the possibility of life on mars. Here's what it has discovered.

What a decade of Curiosity has taught us about life on Mars

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Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers on Friday as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. Arleigh Rodgers/AP hide caption

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Large employers express opposition after Indiana approves abortion ban

Indiana became the first state in the U.S. to pass a new abortion law after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Eli Lilly, which employs thousands in Indiana, said it would look elsewhere to expand.

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The U.S. made a breakthrough battery discovery — then gave the technology to China

Taxpayers spent $15 million on research to build a breakthrough battery. Then the U.S. government gave it to China.

The U.S. made a breakthrough battery discovery — then gave the technology to China

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This 2019 image provided by the FBI shows Stephen Marlow, a suspect wanted in Ohio in the shooting deaths of four people, including a teenage girl, who has been arrested in Kansas, authorities said. AP hide caption

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A suspect wanted in Ohio for the deaths of four people has been arrested

Authorities say 39-year-old Stephen Marlow was taken into custody by local police in Lawrence, Kansas. Chief John Porter said Marlow will be extradited to Ohio to face charges in the slayings.

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