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A burned helmet lying on the ground of the hospital in Martakert, a day after shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Voters fill out their ballots in Miami this week. Pandemic-driven changes to voting have led to a flood of disinformation about the election process. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A University of Washington research coordinator holds up a swab after testing a someone for coronavirus on Oct. 23 in Seattle. The U.S. recorded a record high number of new daily cases Friday. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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In 1921, smoke billows over Tulsa, Okla., the scene of one of the nation's most brutal race massacres. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./Library of Congress Via AP hide caption

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Ryan and Jennifer Montano search through the remains of their Vacaville, Calif., home, destroyed in the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in August. Lauren Sommer/NPR hide caption

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How Much Do You Really Know About Your Flood Or Wildfire Risk?

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Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologists used radio trackers to find a nest of invasive Asian giant hornets in the cavity of a tree. The state now plans to destroy the nest. Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture hide caption

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President Trump speaks to the leaders of Sudan and Israel on Friday as he announces Sudan will normalize relations with Israel at the White House. The U.S. is taking Sudan off its terrorism sponsor list and helping with Sudan's massive debt. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Real Women Radio, an Internet radio station created by and for African American women in Pensacola, Fla., is using these posters to help get out the vote. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Rayon Edwards rallies protesters during a march Thursday for Marcellis Stinnette, who was killed by police in Waukegan, Ill. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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The U.S. has returned to an alarming height in new coronavirus cases, topping 70,000 for the first time since July. Here, people watch a movie curated by the Tribeca Film Festival in socially distant pods, as New York City continues its effort to reopen following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus. Noam Galai/Getty Images hide caption

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At left: Becky and Mike McKenney (right) visit VanSumeren while he was incarcerated. The couple are the parents of VanSumeren's former girlfriend, Jillian, who has also remained close to him. At right: The McKenneys join VanSumeren on the day of his swearing-in as a lawyer. Courtesy of Bob VanSumeren hide caption

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A High School Dropout Finds Support On Road From Prison To Law School

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Mark McClellan, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, told NPR that Americans should feel confident in the FDA's approach toward a vaccine. Mannie Garcia/Reuters hide caption

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FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Process Is 'Thoughtful And Deliberate,' Says Former FDA Head

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A health worker injects a woman during clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine last month in Hollywood, Fla. Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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New York City, as seen here from Jersey City, N.J. in May, is suing the Trump administration over its "anarchist" designation. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Sales of previously owned homes jumped more than 20% in September from a year earlier, but sales of homes costing more than $1 million more than doubled. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Housing Boom: Sales of Million-Dollar Homes Double

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Eric Parker of the Real 3%ers Idaho attends a convoy training exercise in western Idaho on Jan. 25. NPR has followed Parker's political evolution as he joins a wave of "patriot movement" figures seeking – and sometimes winning – public office. Jim Urquhart for NPR hide caption

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Militia Leader Known As The 'Bundy Ranch Sniper' Seeks A New Title: State Senator

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