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Democrat Mike Espy and Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith participate in a televised Senate debate Tuesday night in Jackson, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Racial Controversy Stirs Mississippi Senate Runoff

At a debate Tuesday night, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith apologized to anyone offended by her "public hanging" remark. Her African-American opponent Mike Espy said she reinforces stereotypes about the state.

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Thousands Of Fire Evacuees To Spend The Holiday Without Homes

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Democrat Mike Espy and Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith participate in a televised Senate debate Tuesday night in Jackson, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Racial Controversy Stirs Mississippi Senate Runoff

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What Will Persuade Rice Farmers In Punjab To Stop Setting Fires In Their Fields?

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A statue of former President Ronald Reagan stands in front of a home on Orange County's Balboa Island. Reagan's political career and the Republican Party of the 1970s and '80s were long associated with Orange County, but the party was swept out of power there in this year's midterm elections. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats Demolish The 'Orange Curtain' In Orange County

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Amazon boxes are scanned on conveyor belts. AI systems keep track of all items in the warehouses, which can be as vast as 1 million square feet. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Optimized Prime: How AI And Anticipation Power Amazon's 1-Hour Deliveries

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