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Temperatures are up and ice cover is down in the Arctic this year. Scientists say climate change is altering the region faster than other parts of the planet. Greenland Travel via Flickr hide caption

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Scientists Report The Arctic Is Melting Even More Rapidly

Scientists meeting in San Francisco issue their 2016 report card. "The Arctic as a whole is warming at least twice as fast as the rest of the planet," one says, and it is getting progressively worse.

Across the Ohio River from Powhatan Transportation Center — owned by Murray Energy — is a power plant that services mines in West Virginia. Jessica Cheung/NPR hide caption

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In Ohio Coal Country, Job Prospects Lie With Neither Coal Nor Trump's Promises

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Senate Republicans will move "right after the first of the year" on a resolution to replace the Affordable Care Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Monday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Obamacare's Demise Could Be Quicker Than Republicans Intend

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President-elect Donald Trump is filling out his Cabinet with a lot of people who have spoken out against the missions of the agencies they are set to lead. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Trump's Cabinet Picks 'Take The Establishment And Shake It Upside Down'

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to reporters after the annual Exxon Mobil shareholders meeting in 2014. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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For Trump's Top Diplomat, Questions Loom About Conflicts Of Interest

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Joe Ligon of The Mighty Clouds of Joy performs in Nashville in 2013. "He was the type of singer that would never sit down until he had torn the house up," says gospel singer Pastor Shirley Caesar. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA hide caption

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'He Was Just That Anointed': Remembering Gospel Star Joe Ligon

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Temperatures are up and ice cover is down in the Arctic this year. Scientists say climate change is altering the region faster than other parts of the planet. Greenland Travel via Flickr hide caption

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Arctic Is Warming At 'Astonishing' Rates, Researchers Say

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