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Members of Flambeaux — the evangelical Protestant scouting group — walk along a street in downtown Bangui, Central African Republic. Will Baxter/Will Baxter hide caption

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These Scouts Are Prepared For Dirty Dishes — And Keeping The Peace

In Central African Republic, a nation rife with violence, scouts help with public health campaigns, security — and negotiations with rival militant groups. Plus they're trained to do household chores.

Gladys Knight will "give the anthem back its voice," she said in a statement explaining her decision to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII in spite of boycotts by other black artists. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Gladys Knight To Sing The Super Bowl's National Anthem, As A Perilous Fight Endures

In a statement, Knight failed to balm an increasingly pronounced cultural rift that's come to dominate the conversation around this year's big game.

"I'm a teacher, and I brought my son with me to strike," Ed Weber said earlier this week. "If we don't stand up now the quality of our education will continue to be eroded." Weber, pictured with his 8-year-old son, Jasper Weber, has been a teacher in Los Angeles for 23 years. Roxanne Turpen for NPR hide caption

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The Los Angeles Teacher Strike's Class Size Conundrum

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Leaders of LA's teachers union have made class-size reduction a centerpiece of their negotiations. But researchers disagree on whether high price of smaller classes is worth it.

The Los Angeles Teacher Strike's Class Size Conundrum

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Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to Donald Trump, leaves federal court in New York on Aug. 21, 2018. Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Mueller's Office Disputes BuzzFeed Report That Trump Told Cohen To Lie To Congress

The taciturn special counsel's office issued a rare statement faulting a news report that said President Trump had told his former attorney to give a false explanation to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, attends a rally with Angel Families on the East Front of the Capitol, to highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the U.S., on September 7, 2018. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. hide caption

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Why Some Journalists Have A Hard Time Saying The Word 'Racist'

In the fallout of Rep. Steve King's remarks to The New York Times, journalists have been struggling over whether or not to use the word "racist" to characterize his quote.

Why Some Journalists Have A Hard Time Saying The Word 'Racist'

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The key to making the quintessential biscuit of the American South, like these from Callie's Charleston Biscuits Bakery in Charleston, S.C., is more about technique than a specific flour, some bakers say. Brett Flashnick/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Is The Power Of The Flour Really The Secret To Baking The Perfect Biscuit?

While some bakers believe that soft wheat flour, found primarily in the American South, is the best for making light, flaky biscuits, others say the key to better biscuits comes down to technique.

In this Nov. 7, 2018, photo released by the U.S. Army, U.S. soldiers gather for a brief during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij, Syria. Spc. Zoe Garbarino/U.S. Army via AP hide caption

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Opinion: Leaving Syria Is Far Less Risky Than Staying

ISIS may not be defeated, but the U.S. is right to withdraw from Syria, argue Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Richard Sokolsky of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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R. Kelly Has Been Dropped By RCA Records, Billboard Reports

Amid increasing protests following the broadcast of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series, RCA Records has reportedly dropped the singer, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual abuse.

R. Kelly Has Been Dropped By RCA Records, 'Billboard' Reports

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For 15 years, Bob Carr welcomed visitors to his crystal cave and a swap meet he ran in California's Yucca Valley. Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura hide caption

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Joshua Tree Artist Built A Crystal Cave Of Wonder With Chicken Wire, Spray Foam

Bob Carr's man-made world of miniature trees, waterfalls and geological formations delighted children and adults alike — and expressed his "uncontainable joy." Carr died earlier this month.

Joshua Tree Artist Built A Crystal Cave Of Wonder With Chicken Wire, Spray Foam

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American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi sits in a studio in Tehran where she works for Iran's state television. She was arrested Sunday during a visit to the U.S., her family says. She is testifying behind closed doors to a grand jury in Washington, D.C., in an unspecified case, a U.S. judge said Friday. Press TV/AP hide caption

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After Days Of Silence, Court Says Detained Iranian-American Is Testifying

Marizeh Hashemi, a TV anchor in Iran, was arrested Sunday in the U.S. and is testifying before a grand jury in Washington. This is the first time U.S. authorities have commented on her case.

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Mumford And Sons On World Cafe

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The members of Mumford And Sons went through a lot of personal changes that fed into writing the band's fourth album, Delta.

Mumford And Sons On World Cafe

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Justin Dearborn, Tribune Publishing's chairman and CEO, and Ross Levinsohn, CEO of the company's interactive division, are leaving after a series of controversies and a failure to sell the company. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Tribune Publishing CEOs Are Out After A Series Of Controversies

Justin Dearborn, Tribune Publishing's chairman and CEO, and Ross Levinsohn, CEO of the company's interactive division, are leaving after a series of controversies and a failure to sell the company.

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