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President Trump addresses the crowd during a rally in Houston in support of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Oct. 22,. During the rally, he described himself as a "nationalist," and encouraged his supporters to use the word. Loren Elliott/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: 'Nationalist' Arises, With Myriad Connotations, As The Word Of 2018

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President Trump created a firestorm when he described himself as a "proud" nationalist at a recent rally. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the word carries a specter of racism and belligerence.

Opinion: 'Nationalist' Arises, With Myriad Connotations, As The Word Of 2018

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and China's Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe, stand as the national anthems are played before their meeting at the Pentagon on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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2 Reports On The U.S. Military, 2 Different Messages

The U.S. has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars since 2001, with no end in sight, according to one report. Another says the U.S. needs to ramp up military efforts to counter Russia and China.

Neanderthals are believed to have relied on dangerous close range hunting techniques, using non-projectile weapons like the thrusting spears depicted in this artist's rendition. Gleiver Prieto & Katerina Harvati hide caption

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Maybe Neanderthals Weren't Quite So Nasty And Brutish

New research finds Neanderthals sustained skull injuries at about the same rate as early modern humans. "I definitely think that it's evidence these guys were not beating each other up," one expert says.

Downtown Houston flooded by rain from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017. The buildings in the region exacerbated rainfall from the storm, according to a new study. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly To Blame

The city itself — skyscrapers, homes and factories — snagged the moist air of Hurricane Harvey and caused more rain to fall. Two new studies detail how humans are making hurricane flooding worse.

A member of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office holds an electrical switch device, part of the "bomb-making paraphernalia" recovered from a home in Lake Helen, Fla., where the explosive TATP was also found. Volusia County Sheriff's Office hide caption

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Florida Man Made 'Highly Volatile' Explosive That's Popular With ISIS, Police Say

"The white crystal powder has been referred to as 'Mother of Satan' by terrorist organizations," the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said of the explosive TATP.

Possible Democratic presidential candidates for the 2020 race include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (left), New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and California Sen. Kamala Harris. Jeff J. Mitchell, Angela Weiss/AFP, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Yes, It's Almost Decision Time For 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls

Dozens of Democrats are preparing to run for president in 2020. Advisers to some say that the Thanksgiving holiday next week begins a short window for potential candidates to make decisions.

Yes, It's Almost Decision Time For 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls

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Aretha Franklin, pictured during a television appearance in January 1972, the same month in which the project Amazing Grace was recorded. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images hide caption

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Aretha Franklin Touches The Infinite In The Long-Delayed Film 'Amazing Grace'

It's been worth the long, long wait: Amazing Grace, made in January 1972, is an extraordinary document that depicts an artist at her technical, creative and spiritual heights.

Vice President Mike Pence and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrive for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on Wednesday. Bernat Armangue/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pence Condemns Myanmar's Suu Kyi For Treatment Of Rohingya, Imprisoned Journalists

Speaking at a regional summit in Singapore, the vice president called the persecution of Myanmar's Muslim minority "without excuse." He also called the arrest of two journalists "deeply troubling."

A vigil for Jemel Roberson sprung up in Manny's parking lot. Candles spell out his first name, and a small, brightly colored electric keyboard lay next to them. Miles Bryan/WBEZ hide caption

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Officer Gave Security Guard 'Multiple Verbal Commands' To Drop Gun, Police Now Say

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The agency said Roberson was in "plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a Security Guard." That contradicts what multiple people who say they were witnesses told the media.

Officer Gave Security Guard 'Multiple Verbal Commands' To Drop Gun, Police Now Say

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A Search For New Ways To Pay For Drugs That Cost A Mint

Installment plans and refunds for treatments that don't work are two options getting more attention as ultra-expensive therapies become more common. The financial strains will only grow.

A Search For New Ways To Pay For Drugs That Cost A Mint

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Tyler Barriss at a preliminary hearing in May 2018 for the "swatting" death of Andrew Finch in late December of 2017. Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via Getty Images hide caption

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Man Who Made Fatal 'Swatting' Hoax Call Pleads Guilty To 51 Charges

Prosecutors say Tyler Barriss, 26, made numerous phone calls falsely reporting bombs and other crimes, including one that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed man last year in Wichita, Kan.

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