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Though they're called ice worms, the creatures Hotaling (right) and his colleagues study on the glaciers of Mount Rainier can't handle the slightest bit of freezing. If temperatures dip even slightly below zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), Hotaling says, the worms die. Peter Wimberger hide caption

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It's Summer, And That Means The Mysterious Return Of Glacier Ice Worms

On mountaintop glaciers of Alaska, Washington and Oregon, billions of tiny black worms are tunneling upward to the barren, icy surface. What lures them, and how do they survive the frozen depths?

Miriam McDonald developed postpartum depression after giving birth to her third son, Nicholas. She says she felt sad, disconnected, and indifferent. Keith McDonald hide caption

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Women Say California Insurer Makes It Too Hard To Get Drug For Postpartum Depression

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Used Challengers sit in a long line at a Dodge dealership on Jan. 24 in Littleton, Colo. Used car prices may be peaking and that could help reinforce hopes for easing inflation. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Inflation Is Still High. Used Car Prices Could Help Explain What Happens Next

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Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, has been hit hard by rising temperatures and downstream demands. Luke Runyon /KUNC hide caption

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Amid A Megadrought, Federal Water Shortage Limits Loom For The Colorado River

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Though they're called ice worms, the creatures Hotaling (right) and his colleagues study on the glaciers of Mount Rainier can't handle the slightest bit of freezing. If temperatures dip even slightly below zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), Hotaling says, the worms die. Peter Wimberger hide caption

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It's Summer, And That Means The Mysterious Return Of Glacier Ice Worms

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As criminal courthouses slowly reopen across the country, many have massive case backlogs that could take years to get through. In Chicago, that has prosecutors preparing to drop thousands of what they have designated "low-level" cases because it will be impossible to bring them to trial in time. ftwitty/Getty Images hide caption

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As The Nation's Courthouses Reopen, They Face Massive Backlogs In Criminal Cases

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