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Big Brutus is the world's largest electric shovel. It stands 16 stories high amid the fields of rural southeast Kansas. The coal strip mine it helped clear of rock and dirt has long been shut down, and Brutus has been turned into a museum. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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'Big Brutus,' World's Largest Electric Shovel, Turned Into Museum

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Cheerleaders encourage the Independence Community College Pirates as they play the Coffeyville Red Ravens in Kansas. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Despite Economic Troubles, Residents Of Kansas Town Remain Proud

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The Rahimov family at home. Erkin and Limara with their two sons, Rasool, 7, and Murad, 16. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Uzbek Family Starts A New Chapter In Its American Journey

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With Trump Tapping Into Economic Fears, Wisconsin Turns Red For First Time Since 1984

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Frances Kolarek turns 99 next week. She was born three years before women won the right to vote. This election she cast her ballot for Hillary Clinton. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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View From Nearly 99: Frances Kolarek Reflects On Politics And Change

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A lighthouse built in 1858 stands on Loggerhead Key, Fla., an uninhabited tropical island. Artists Paula Sprenger and Carter McCormick participated in a monthlong artist residency here. Courtesy of Paula Sprenger and Carter McCormick hide caption

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Making Art Off The Grid: A Monthlong Residency At A Remote National Park

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Surge Of Cuban Migrants Arrive On U.S. Shores

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Cuban migrants Arnalbis Rogel (left) and Modesto Morales arrived on a boat in Florida on Sept. 7. Morales was the navigator. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

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American Margaux Isaksen smiles during the women's fencing in the Modern Pentathlon on Aug. 19 at the Rio Olympics. She finished fourth in London in 2012 and 20th in Rio. "It makes you feel sort of worthless," Isaksen says of her performance. She calls this current period a "post-Olympic depression." Rob Carr/Getty Images hide caption

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After Going For Gold, Athletes Can Feel The Post-Olympic Blues

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USA's Claressa Shields (left) fights against Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Second Gold, Boxer Claressa Shields Looks Ahead To What's Next

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A Farewell From Rio, Where The 2016 Games Are Set To Wrap Up

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Brazil Men's Soccer Redeem Loss To Germany For Olympic Gold In Penalty Kick Shootout

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Gabriella Szucs of Hungary battles with Courtney Mathewson of the U.S. during the women's water polo semifinal match on Wednesday. The U.S. won, 14-10, to advance to the gold medal game against Italy on Friday. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Women Look To Defend Gold In Water Polo On Friday

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U.S. Sisters To Compete For Gold In Women's Water Polo

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