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James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court Wednesday in New York. Jackson pleaded guilty to killing a black man with a sword, which prosecutors described as terrorism and a hate crime. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Etchings on the federal courthouse in Boston acclaim a well-administered justice system, but many working in the building say that is getting harder, given the continuing federal shutdown. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Tax season is more stressful this year for filers and IRS workers alike, because of new tax law changes and the partial government shutdown that has left the agency with roughly half its normal staff. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Shutdown Squeezes IRS Workers Just As The Tax-Filing Season Is About To Start

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Juan Guaidó, head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress, declares himself interim president of Venezuela during a rally against President Nicolás Maduro in the capital, Caracas, on Wednesday. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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When a former patient died from a lethal combination of methadone and Benadryl, Dr. Ako Jacintho got a letter from the state medical board. Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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California Doctors Alarmed As State Links Their Opioid Prescriptions to Deaths

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The chairman of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service says the panel's overarching goal is to "create a universal expectation of service" in which every American is "inspired and eager to serve." Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images hide caption

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Video of a school in Shanxi province, China, shows principal Zhang Pengfei leading the students in a major update of the standard calisthenics routine. Screenshot by NPR/China Xinhua News/Twitter hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is trailed by reporters after speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Mayan indigenous people protest against the government of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on the day he gives an address to Congress in Guatemala City, Monday. Santiago Billy/AP hide caption

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Killings Of Guatemala's Indigenous Activists Raise Specter Of Human Rights Crisis

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Respiratory therapist Deena Neace checks James Muncy's blood pressure and pulse during a therapy session at the New Beginnings Pulmonary Rehab Clinic in South Williamson, Ky. Muncy is one of thousands of coal miners across Appalachia who are dying of advanced black lung. Matthew Hatcher for NPR hide caption

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'I Figured It Was Going To Be A Horrible Death, And It Probably Will Be'

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Verlon Jose, vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, says President Trump's proposed wall would devastate his community. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Native American Leader: 'A Wall Is Not The Answer'

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President Trump's proposal to end the partial government shutdown includes not only funding for an expanded border wall, parts of which can be seen from Tijuana, Mexico, but also provisions that further restrict asylum seekers. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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The group Handicap International (now known as Humanity & Inclusion) has provided aid in Burundi for 26 years. (Above) Thierry, age 9, was born without his left leg and received a prosthesis from the group, which is now pulling out of the country. Evrard Niyomwungere/Humanity & Inclusion hide caption

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China has arrested Yang Hengjun, an author and former Chinese diplomat who is now an Australian citizen. He's seen here in a 2014 photo on social media that was taken during a visit to Tibet. Reuters hide caption

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Forensic personnel load the corpse of a man into a van, after he was executed at a shopping mall in Acapulco, Mexico, on April 24, 2018. A new report recorded more than 33,000 homicides in 2018, making it the country's deadliest on record. Francisco Robles/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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