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The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years. Using data reported by states, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in 2018 — a 4 percent hike from 2017 and 35 percent since 2008. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Attorney of Puerto Rico on Wednesday announced 75 alleged gang members have been charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, cocaine, heroine, oxycodone and alprazolam as part of a vicious drug trafficking ring. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Tuesday ahead of his meeting with President Trump. Dutch customs officials say they seized 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka en route to the communist country. Such exports are prohibited under U.N sanctions. Minh Hoang/AP hide caption

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, pictured earlier this month, issued an executive order on Monday recalling all National Guard and airmen troops from the U.S.-Mexico border. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft faces misdemeanor charges over two visits to a Jupiter, Fla., day spa, where police allege that he paid for sex acts. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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A 2017 report on military families released Thursday reveals that a huge swath of more than 600,000 spouses of active duty and Reserve servicemembers faced a variety of challenges due to their spouses' service. Paul J. Richards /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was extradited to the U.S. in 2017 after two successful escapes from Mexican prisons. On Thursday, the Justice Department announced two of his sons have been indicted on a drug conspiracy charge. Both brothers are believed to be fugitives in Mexico. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

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Hassan Shibly, attorney for the family of Hoda Muthana, says she was a "vulnerable young woman who was brainwashed and manipulated." Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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Federal prosecutors say Christopher Paul Hasson had acquired a cache of weapons and ammunition in an attempt to launch a domestic terrorist attack. Over the years, Hasson honed a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures. U.S. District Court via AP hide caption

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U.S. District Court via AP

Veiled women reportedly associated with ISIS walk under the supervision of a female fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria on Sunday. Over the weekend, President Trump demanded European allies repatriate their citizens captured as ISIS fighters. Bulent Kilic /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Police secure the area following a mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Ill., on Friday. A gunman killed five people and wounded five police officers before being fatally shot by police. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Indian security forces inspect the remains of a vehicle following an attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy that killed at least 44 officers and injured several others in Kashmir south of Srinagar on Thursday. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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