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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (left) and then-Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James scramble for a loose ball during game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Beck Diefenbach/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Explain A Common Fight In Basketball

Are players just pretending to be so certain the ball is out on their opponent? Or could there be a difference in how they experience the event that has them pointing a finger at the other player?

This year, the U.S. canceled visas for Chinese government-linked scholars over concerns that such exchanges are conduits for peddling influence and for espionage. Increased scrutiny has delayed visas to hundreds of Chinese students. Meanwhile, American academics are having difficulty receiving visas to China. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Visas Are The Newest Weapon In U.S.-China Rivalry

This year, the U.S. canceled visas for prominent Chinese scholars with government links and has delayed visas to hundreds of Chinese students. Meanwhile, U.S. academics fail to receive visas to China.

Visas Are The Newest Weapon In U.S.-China Rivalry

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Texas Executes Man Convicted In 1998 Murder Of James Byrd Jr.

John King was convicted of the 1998 killing of James Byrd, Jr. It was one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history. Twenty-one years later, Jasper residents still struggle with what happened.

Texas Executes Man Convicted In 1998 Murder Of James Byrd Jr.

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Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, seen in Council Chambers in 2015, originally introduced the measure that requires city contractors to fully disclose any sponsorship of, or contract with, the NRA. The gun rights group is challenging the ordinance. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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NRA Sues Over LA Law Requiring Contractors To Disclose Ties To The Gun Rights Group

Los Angeles wants to know whether city contractors also do business with the NRA. An attorney for the gun rights group calls it "McCarthyism."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to reporters at a news conference on Wednesday. She announced New Zealand and France will lead a global effort to end the use of social media as a tool to promote terrorism. Phil Walter/Getty Images hide caption

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Global Effort Begins To Stop Social Media From Spreading Terrorism

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her country and France will lead a meeting with world leaders next month. Social media is now a "centerpiece" for terrorist outreach, an expert says.

Relly Brown in their one room apartment near L.A.'s Koreatown. They were housed in a rapid re-housing program for the homeless which provides short-term rental vouchers for apartments. Bown now has to begin paying their own rent. Amy Ta/KCRW hide caption

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Rental Vouchers for LA's Homeless Provide Short-Term Fix For Long-Term Problem

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Los Angeles has a large and growing homeless population. A program called "Rapid Rehousing" gets people into homes quickly. But it isn't a long-term fix to the region's larger housing crisis.

Rental Vouchers for L.A.'s Homeless Provide Short-Term Fix For Long-Term Problem

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The Libro de los Epítomes, a guidebook to the 16th century library of Hernando Colón, recently turned up in a manuscript archive in Denmark. Suzanne Reitz/Arnamagnæan Institute, University of Copenhagen hide caption

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Christopher Columbus' Son Had An Enormous Library. Its Catalog Was Just Found

In the 16th century, Hernando Colón assembled one of the greatest print-media collections the world had ever known. For centuries, its reference book was missing — until it turned up in Denmark.

Christopher Columbus' Son Had An Enormous Library. Its Catalog Was Just Found

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Iowa state Rep. Andy McKean, the longest serving Republican in the legislature, confirms to reporters his switch from the Republican to Democratic Party. Katarina Sostaric/Iowa Public Radio News hide caption

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Blasting Trump's 'Unacceptable Behavior,' Iowa Lawmaker Leaves GOP After 40+ Years

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Iowa state Rep. Andy McKean says the Republican Party has changed and he no longer wants to be a member. He was first elected to the legislature in 1978.

Weyes Blood's latest album Titanic Rising goes from nostalgic and abstract to deeply personal. Kathryn Vetter Miller/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Weyes Blood Meditates On Climate Change And Learns To Cope With Loss

Weyes Blood is the project of musician Natalie Mering. Her latest album, Titanic Rising, covers topics of climate change, loneliness and life in an age mediated by screens.

Weyes Blood Meditates On Climate Change And Learns To Cope With Loss

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