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Dynamite raises clouds of dust above Guadalupe Canyon, near the New Mexico-Arizona border. The Diamond A Ranch, which is located next to the construction site, has sued the government, claiming the blasting has sent "car-sized boulders tumbling down onto ranch property." John Kurc hide caption

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Contractors Dynamite Mountains, Bulldoze Desert In Race To Build Trump's Border Wall

They're destroying wilderness prized by biologists to construct as many miles of border wall as possible — even though the incoming Biden administration is expected to cancel the barrier.

Dynamite raises clouds of dust above Guadalupe Canyon, near the New Mexico-Arizona border. The Diamond A Ranch, which is located next to the construction site, has sued the government, claiming the blasting has sent "car-sized boulders tumbling down onto ranch property." John Kurc hide caption

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Contractors Dynamite Mountains, Bulldoze Desert In Race To Build Trump's Border Wall

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Workers at the CARECEN Day Labor Center in Los Angeles constructed a makeshift memorial for fellow worker Paulino Ramos, who died of COVID-19 in September. Danny Hajek/NPR hide caption

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A Day Laborer Who Dreamed Of Returning Home To Mexico Dies Of COVID-19

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David Smith (left) and Kenneth Felts in Denver in 2013, the year their friendship began. Felts told Smith that before he came out as gay this year, "I was secretly really envying you, to be able to be yourself." Courtesy of David Smith hide caption

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'Everybody Has Their Own Mountains.' A Coming-Out Journey Made Easier With Friendship

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Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. smiles at a White House swearing-in ceremony for the post of chief of staff of the Air Force. Doug Mills/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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For Air Force Leader, Making Video On Racism He's Faced Was 'The Right Thing To Do'

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A demonstrator holds a sign in the Mission in San Francisco on Nov, 16 calling for shelter-in-place hotel rooms to remain available for unhoused residents. Beth LaBerge/KQED hide caption

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California Struggles To House Thousands Of Homeless Placed In Hotels During Pandemic

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A nurse prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week at a hospital in London. The Food and Drug Administration is considering a recommendation to authorize the vaccine in the United States. Frank Augstein/Pool/AP hide caption

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FDA Adviser: Vaccine To Be OK'd In Days, But 'Normal' May Not Return Until Next Fall

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