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When Mars is "in opposition," it, Earth and the sun are all in alignment. (Note: This is a diagram meant to illustrate the concept of opposition. It is not drawn to scale.) Alyson Hurt/NPR hide caption

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Celestial Lineup Makes For A Very Bright Mars

Mars, Earth and the sun have lined up, a celestial orientation known as opposition. This particular opposition occurs at a time when the orbit of Mars takes it closest to the sun.

An employer in Indiana is piloting a program that offers a path to employment after failing a drug test. Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Now Hiring: A Company Offers Drug Treatment And A Job To Addicted Applicants

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Medicare's proposed changes to doctors' compensation will reduce paperwork, physicians agree. But at what cost to their income? andresr/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Doctors, Patients Balk At Medicare's 'Flat Fee' Payment Proposal

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Speaking at the White House, President Trump called Friday's report of 4.1 percent economic growth in the second quarter "amazing." Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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U.S. Economy Surges To A 4.1 Percent Growth Pace In 2nd Quarter

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Steve Tramell is mayor of West Point, Ga., home to a Kia auto plant that employs thousands. He's worried about the potential impacts that proposed import tariffs on auto parts and cars would have on his town. Johnny Kauffman /WABE hide caption

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Trump's Proposed Auto Tariffs Threaten Kia Plant In Georgia

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When Mars is "in opposition," it, Earth and the sun are all in alignment. (Note: This is a diagram meant to illustrate the concept of opposition. It is not drawn to scale.) Alyson Hurt/NPR hide caption

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Celestial Lineup Makes For A Very Bright Mars

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The Little Sandy Correctional Complex, located on former farmland outside Sandy Hook, Ky., on Dec. 1, 2005. Four correctional officers sued their supervisor and the Kentucky of Department of Corrections in 2014, alleging the supervisor repeatedly sexually harassed and assaulted them and other women for years. Roger Alford /AP hide caption

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In Kentucky, A 'Culture Of Indifference' To Sexual Harassment In Prisons

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Allan Ganz, then 19, poses in front of his dad's ice cream truck. Courtesy of Allan Ganz hide caption

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The 'Babe Ruth' Of Ice Cream Gives The Scoop On His 71-Year Career

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