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Grape vines at Korbel vineyards are submerged under floodwater Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, near Guerneville, Calif. The Central Valley produces $17 billion worth of crops every year. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle. Sarah Poser, Meredith Boyter Newlove/CDC via AP hide caption

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Charlottesville activist Don Gathers reflects on five years since white supremacists terrorized his hometown — "all the hatefulness and evilness that transpired here." Eze Amos for NPR hide caption

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The Charlottesville rally 5 years later: 'It's what you're still trying to forget'

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Reagan Gaona stands beside the Unfillable Chair memorial in front of Santa Fe High School in Texas. The memorial is dedicated to the eight students and two teachers killed in a May 2018 shooting. To the left is a sign displaying solidarity with Uvalde, Texas, a city that experienced a similar school shooting in May 2022. Renuka Rayasam/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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The entrance to the FBI headquarters in Cincinnati is shown on Thursday. An armed man decked out in body armor tried to breach a security screening area at the field office, then fled and exchanged gunfire in a standoff with law enforcement, authorities said. Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP hide caption

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The Flint water plant tower is seen on Jan. 6, 2022, in Flint, Mich. A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they couldn't reach a verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint's lead-contaminated water. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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The U.S Postal Service is planning to implement temporary price increases for the upcoming 2022 holiday season. The agency said it will help keep them competitive and cover increased costs for the season. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Emergency crews respond to a house explosion Wednesday in Evansville, Ind. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP) MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP hide caption

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A room in a Planned Parenthood of Illinois clinic in Waukegan, where abortion providers from Wisconsin are helping to provide access to more patients from their home state now that abortion is nearly banned there. Manuel Martinez/WBEZ hide caption

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Abortion is legal in Illinois. In Wisconsin, it's nearly banned. So clinics teamed up

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, where he spoke to reporters about the Inflation Reduction Act. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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Only when the caller cannot or will not collaborate on a safety plan and the counselor feels the caller will harm themselves imminently should emergency services be called, according to the hotline's policy. d3sign/Getty Images hide caption

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Former President Donald Trump departs Trump Tower, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in New York, on his way to the New York attorney general's office for a deposition in a civil investigation. Julia Nikhinson/AP hide caption

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