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Then-Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Lucy Flores and then-Vice President Joe Biden at a rally on Nov. 1, 2014 in Las Vegas. Flores accuses Biden of acting inappropriately during that visit. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards, an event related to combating campus sexual assault, on Tuesday. Activist and former candidate Lucy Flores says Biden touched her in 2014, in an encounter that "wasn't violent or sexual, it was demeaning and disrespectful." Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis, pictured earlier this week, unveiled a new mandatory-reporting edict on Friday. It requires any Vatican official who learns of an allegation of abuse within the city-state or by Vatican officials to report it to Vatican prosecutors. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Days after footage showed Pope Francis refusing to let lay Roman Catholics kiss the papal ring, the pontiff explained it was an attempt to stop the spread of germs. On Wednesday Francis allowed 85-year-old Sr. Maria Concetta Esu to kiss his hand during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Three of the Saudi Arabian women released on Thursday appeared in court in Riyadh a day earlier. They have been detained since May and say they have been subjected to physical and sexual abuse. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters battled a massive fire at the St. Louis Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on Tuesday. The museum houses some of collector David Karpeles' collection of original manuscripts, one of the largest in the world. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after arriving with her daughter Keana to the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong this week. She is one of several Hong Kong-based refugees who helped Edward Snowden hide in Hong Kong after his leaks exposed U.S. global surveillance programs. Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Evaldas Rimasauskas pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges on Wednesday for his part in orchestrating a scheme to swindle Google and Facebook out of more than $100 million. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, pictured earlier this month, has settled a lawsuit by same-sex couples who argued their rights were violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don't want to work with gays and lesbians. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Former Brazilian President Michel Temer, pictured in 2018, was arrested Thursday on corruption charges. He faced similar charges of bribery in 2017, during his brief stint in office. The 78-year-old denies any wrongdoing. Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images hide caption

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A jury in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday concluded that Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer. The company denies the connection. Haven Daley/AP hide caption

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In the wake of the college admissions scandal that has ensnared a slew of wealthy parents, college coaches and others in the world of academia, USC has placed a hold on the accounts of students allegedly connected to the scheme. Allen J. Schaben/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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A man leads two young boys into Friday prayers as Muslim worshippers arrive for prayer following the mosque attacks in New Zealand at the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington. Joshua Roberts/Reuters hide caption

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