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Contractors work to reinforce a section of the U.S. border wall in San Diego where scores of Central American migrants have crossed illegally in recent weeks, shot through the fence from Tijuana, Mexico. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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A judge in Texas on Monday accepted a plea bargain that allows Jacob Anderson, a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party, to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor students. McLennan County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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California Gov. Jerry Brown during a news conference to announce emergency drought legislation in 2015. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Jerry Brown's Exit Interview: Don't Say He Didn't Warn You

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Supporters Ada Yu and Wade Meng (no relation) stand outside the British Columbia Supreme Court on Monday before the bail hearing for Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. Rich Lam/Getty Images hide caption

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Reporter Nate Hegyi helps butcher an elk during a hunting workshop in McCall, Idaho. Michael Hegyi hide caption

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OPINION: What My Dad And I Learned In Hunting Class

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On Tuesday, jurors sentenced James Alex Fields Jr. to 419 years plus life and roughly half a million dollars in fines. A judge will hold a separate hearing on March 29. Eze Amos/AP hide caption

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Charlottesville Jury Recommends 419 Years Plus Life For Neo-Nazi Who Killed Protester

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said members will now consider a criminal justice bill before the end of this year's lame-duck session. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate To Vote On Criminal Justice Bill After Push From Boosters, White House

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The Trump administration wants to limit the scope of a major clean water rule. It says the EPA under President Obama went too far in regulating isolated waters and wetlands far upstream from navigable lakes and rivers. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Trump EPA Proposes Major Rollback Of Federal Water Protections

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After being stalled in negotiations for months, mostly around disputes over SNAP, the farm bill the conference report has been released. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In

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With a partial government shutdown on the horizon, President Trump and Democratic leaders had a heated exchange over border security and wall funding in front of reporters. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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In Fight With 'Chuck And Nancy,' Trump Says He'd Be 'Proud' To Shut Down Government

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More Americans would prefer that President Trump compromise on funding for his border wall rather than risk a government shutdown, a new poll finds. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Maria Butina has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors after she was charged with being an unregistered foreign agent. Her onetime mentor, Alexander Torshin (right), is reportedly retiring. Pavel Ptitsin/AP hide caption

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Maria Butina, Accused Of Being Russian Agent, Reaches Plea Deal With Feds

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A copy of the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News sits in a newspaper box on a street corner in Denver, Colorado. John Moore/John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Starving The Watchdog: Who Foots The Bill When Newspapers Disappear?

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