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The killer whale J2, better known as "Granny," pokes her head out of the water in the Salish Sea near the San Juan Islands of Washington in July 2016. Granny, who was thought to be about 105 years old at the time, was presumed to have died later that year. Mark Malleson/Center for Whale Research/AP hide caption

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Menopause Mystery: Why Do Female Killer Whales Experience The Change Of Life?

Killer whales are one of only three species known to have menopause. Researchers are looking at the conflict and cooperation between older and younger female whales to understand why.

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Keep Coming Back [The Crossing] Menahan Street Band

Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown at the Kremlin in Moscow during the recording of his recent New Year's message. Putin's spokesman said Wednesday that the Russian government does not gather compromising material, or kompromat, on political rivals, despite a well-documented history of such behavior. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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A Russian Word Americans Need To Know: 'Kompromat'

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The killer whale J2, better known as "Granny," pokes her head out of the water in the Salish Sea near the San Juan Islands of Washington in July 2016. Granny, who was thought to be about 105 years old at the time, was presumed to have died later that year. Mark Malleson/Center for Whale Research/AP hide caption

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Menopause Mystery: Why Do Female Killer Whales Experience The Change Of Life?

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Lying Has To Stop Soft Hair

Helen Dahlke, a scientist from the University of California, Davis, stands in an almond orchard outside Modesto that's being deliberately flooded. This experiment is examining how flooding farmland in the winter can help replenish the state's depleted aquifers. Joe Proudman/Joe Proudman / Courtesy of UC Davis hide caption

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As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

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Three White Horses Andrew Bird

The highly rated variety of medical marijuana known as "Blue Dream" was displayed among other strains at a cannabis farmers market in Los Angeles in 2014. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

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Say When Generationals
International Date Line Ducktails

Publisher Simon & Schuster drew strong criticism after signing conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos — seen here holding a press conference about the Pulse nightclub shootings. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Free Speech Advocates, Publishers Wrestle With Questions Of Censorship

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Brother, Do You Know The Road? Hiss Golden Messenger
Come On DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dave Ghetto

FBI Director James Comey, shown here testifying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, has told friends and employees he had few good choices in the investigation into Clinton's handling of classified information on her private email server. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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DOJ Watchdog To Review Pre-Election Conduct Of FBI, Other Justice Officials

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Superstition Future TOPS

American soldiers are pictured during a welcome ceremony at the Polish-German border in Olszyna, Poland on January 12, 2017. U.S. troops are being deployed in Poland under Operation Atlantic Resolve. The troops will be followed by 87 tanks, 144 Bradley fighting vehicles and 2,500 vehicles being transported by land from Germany. Natalia Dobryszycka/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Troops Arrive In Poland, But Will Trump Keep Them There?

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Kong Bonobo
The Fall Rhye

The puffy taco with beef from Rays Drive-In in San Antonio is a standout for Sutter, but the year has just begun. San Antonio Express-News hide caption

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This Food Critic Will Take The Taco. Again. And Again. And Again.

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Tacos, Enchiladas and Beans Doris Day
Ritchie's Blues Ritchie Valens