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Protesters disrupt construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in early September. Trespassing near pipelines is now a felony offense in Louisiana, punishable by up to five years in jail. Travis Lux/WWNO hide caption

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Tougher Laws On Pipeline Protests Face Test In Louisiana

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In this file photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, Maria Butina walks with Alexander Torshin, then a member of the Russian upper house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia. Pavel Ptitsin/AP hide caption

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Maria Butina, Accused Of Being Russian Agent, Has Long History Of Urging Protest

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Wendy and Norm Alvarez lost their home to the Carr Fire earlier this summer. Low-income people often face more challenges when it comes to recovering from a natural disaster. Sam Harnett/KQED hide caption

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'Humbled To Ask For Help' — Low-Income Communities Struggle To Recover After A Wildfire

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Columbia Gas employee Brian Jones shines a flashlight so his partner, can shut off the gas in a home on Sept. 14, in Andover, Mass. On Tuesday, lawyers filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of residents impacted by last Thursday's gas explosions and fires triggered by a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston. Winslow Townson/AP hide caption

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A flooded farm stands next to the Lumber River on Monday in this aerial photograph taken after Hurricane Florence hit Lumberton, N.C. Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg /Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Florence Engulfs Hog Farms And Chicken Houses, Thrashing North Carolina Agriculture

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts had blocked a lower court order that would have required politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors. But on Tuesday the full Supreme Court overturned his stay. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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When she was 13, Linda Kay Klein joined an evangelical church that valued sexual purity. She recounts her experiences in the memoir Pure. Jami Saunders Photography/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Memoirist: Evangelical Purity Movement Sees Women's Bodies As A 'Threat'

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If patients are obese, their physicians should refer them to behavior-based weight loss programs or offer their own, a national panel of experts says. Yet many doctors aren't having the necessary conversations with their patients. Tetra Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Physicians face long hours, frustrating paperwork and sometimes difficult patients. But researchers aren't so clear on whether burnout is the right word to describe their problems. ERproductions Ltd/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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People work at tables inside the WeWork co-working space in Washington, D.C., in 2013. The company pioneered the office rental sector known as co-working, where users lease shared workspace by the month. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Under Pressure, WeWork Backs Down On Employee Noncompete Requirements

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Homes in Conway, S.C., are surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence on Monday. Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption

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