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A COVID-19 vaccination clinic last month in Auburn, Maine. A drop in life expectancy in the U.S. stems largely from the coronavirus pandemic, a new study says. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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The Pandemic Led To The Biggest Drop In U.S. Life Expectancy Since WWII, Study Finds

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A teenager enters a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine site this month in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City. Scott Heins/Getty Images hide caption

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After experiencing a suicidal crisis earlier this year, Melinda, a Massachusetts 13-year-old, was forced to remain 17 days in the local hospital's emergency room while she waited for a space to open up at a psychiatric treatment facility. She was only allowed to use her phone an hour a day in the ER; her mom visited daily, bringing books and special foods. Photo courtesy of Pam, Melinda's mother hide caption

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Cleveland's Tree Coalition has set an ambitious goal. It wants to plant hundreds of thousands of trees over the next two decades. So far, though, the city's tree canopy is still shrinking. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Bringing Back Trees To 'Forest City's' Redlined Areas Helps Residents And The Climate

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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, leads some of the Biden administration's efforts to expand Medicaid access. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Imag hide caption

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Staffers distribute the required personal protective gear before they transfer a COVID-positive patient to a hospital. They'll wear a gown, gloves, mask and face shield. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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The Homesick EMTs Of Manila Say A Patient's Smile Makes It All Worthwhile

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The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear, by Kate Moore Sourcebooks hide caption

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Visitors stand outside Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealanders were on edge Wednesday after health authorities said a coronavirus-infected traveler from Australia had visited the museum and other sites over the weekend. Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP hide caption

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A person holds a sign to protest at Houston Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas, over a policy that says hospital employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or lose their jobs. Yi-Chin Lee/AP hide caption

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Cyclists take a break on Glacier National Park's Going-To-The Sun road. Eric Whitley/NPR hide caption

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Blackfeet Nation Welcomes Back Tourists After Risky Shutdown Pays Off

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A motorcycle rider is inoculated with China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at a vaccination center in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine president has threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse COVID-19 vaccination, although other officials noted there's no law allowing that. Aaron Favila/AP hide caption

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Flora Dillard says the help she received in upgrading her house and cutting her energy bills is "a very good program, especially for people that don't have a lot of income." She has lived in the house for 15 years. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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What's The Best Way To Help The Climate And People, Too? Home Improvement

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned on Tuesday of the danger from the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Among those not yet vaccinated, Delta may trigger serious illness in more people than other variants do. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Fauci Warns Dangerous Delta Variant Is The Greatest Threat To U.S. COVID Efforts

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Then-President Richard Nixon explains aspects of the special message sent to the Congress on June 17, 1971, asking for an extra $155 million for a new program to combat the use of drugs. He labeled drug abuse "a national emergency." Harvey Georges/AP hide caption

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50 Years Later, Is America's War On Drugs At A Turning Point?

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