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Retired astrophysicist Fred Espenak (right) and his wife, Patricia, photographed a total solar eclipse from Jinta, China, on Aug. 1, 2008. He has witnessed 27 such events and plans to be in Casper, Wyo., on Aug. 21 — depending on the forecast. Courtesy of Fred Espenak hide caption

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Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. 'Your First Time Is Always Special'

A small number of passionate "shadow lovers" roam the world to be at exactly the right place when the moon blots out the sun. One man has seen 33 — and calls each "one of the top events of my life."

Photographed in Walden, Colo., in 2013, greater sage grouse perform mating rituals. The Trump administration is revising a conservation plan for the imperiled species. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Revises Conservation Plan For Western Sage Grouse

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Retired astrophysicist Fred Espenak (right) and his wife, Patricia, photographed a total solar eclipse from Jinta, China, on Aug. 1, 2008. He has witnessed 27 such events and plans to be in Casper, Wyo., on Aug. 21 — depending on the forecast. Courtesy of Fred Espenak hide caption

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Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. 'Your First Time Is Always Special'

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This young boy was kidnapped by Boko Haram. He managed to escape, spent months in a government barracks and now lives in a rehabilitation center. He is probably around 6 years old but doesn't know for sure. Jide Adeniyi-Jones for NPR hide caption

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The Little Boy Who Escaped From Boko Haram

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Mayor Megan Barry shakes hands with Judge Richard Dinkins at her inauguration in 2015. Her son, Max Barry (center), died last month of a drug overdose, his parents said. Mayor Barry intends to use her platform to "inspire and encourage other parents out there." Tony Gonzalez/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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Nashville Mayor Mourns Son's Overdose Death, Urges Families To Talk About Addiction

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Retired CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman says Russia intended for Donald Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting with Russians to be discovered. Mary Louise Kelly/NPR hide caption

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Cover Lifted, A CIA Spy Offers His Take On Trump And Russia

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