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Florida state Sens. (from left) Eleanor Sobel, Greg Evers and Rene Garcia discuss a congressional redistricting map on the floor of the Senate in 2014. Phil Sears/AP hide caption

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How Florida's New District Maps Could Give Democrats An Edge

Republicans control the reins of power in Florida, but Democrats think the new maps will help them unseat some GOP incumbents both in Congress and in the state Legislature.

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Neanderthals, represented here by a museum's reconstruction, had been living in Eurasia for 200,000 years when Homo sapiens first passed through, and the communities intermingled. The same genes that today play a role in allergies very likely fostered a quick response to local bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, scientists say. Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Itchy Eyes? Sneezing? Maybe Blame That Allergy On Neanderthals

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How Florida's New District Maps Could Give Democrats An Edge

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Charon's Crossing Beats Antique

Family members of Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted and hanged in Pakistan in August for killing a boy in 2004, waited to receive his body outside the central jail in Karachi. Pakistan executed more than 300 people last year. Fareed Khan/AP hide caption

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Fewer Countries Are Relying On Death Penalty, But They're Executing More

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Pixel Empire Madeon

Bo Sailor watches Thursday as high surf crashes into the seawall before spilling onto Channel Drive in Montecito, Calif. An ocean-water-quality advisory was issued for the area after a number of December and early-January storms pummeled Southern California with heavy rainfall. Mike Eliason/AP hide caption

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U.S. Weather Wet And Wild In 2015, Though No Big Hurricanes

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Pastor Stephen Parson holds one of Donald Trump's books before meeting with the candidate in New York last November. Parson is now one of three pastors who say a new rule in Virginia requiring primary voters to sign a pledge before getting a Republican ballot is discriminatory. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Pastors Say Va. GOP Loyalty Pledge Creates 'Burden Of Fear' For Black Voters

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'Carol' Star Cate Blanchett On The 'Empathetic Connection' Of Acting

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