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Sarah Gilbert, one of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is warning that the next pandemic may more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats. Steve Parsons/AP hide caption

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The 2021 Kennedy Center honorees: (left to right) opera star Justino Díaz, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and Motown founder Berry Gordy. Scott Suchman/Kennedy Center hide caption

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Kennedy Center honors creative excellence in the arts at annual gala

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Activists protesting "greenwashing," in which a company or government appears to do more for the environment than it is, gather outside the JP Morgan premises near the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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Carbon trading gets a green light from the U.N., and Brazil hopes to earn billions

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Mourners grieve at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., on Wednesday, the day after a gunman opened fire at the school, killing four students and wounding seven other people. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Dole was President Richard Nixon's choice to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee. He served from 1971 to 1973. Henry Griffin/AP hide caption

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Bob Dole, longtime GOP senator and 1996 presidential nominee, dies

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Mount Semeru releases volcanic materials during an eruption as seen from Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. The highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java spewed thick columns of ash, searing gas and lava down its slopes in a sudden eruption triggered by heavy rains on Saturday. Trisnadi/AP hide caption

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This 1775 revolutionary-era rifle was Thomas Gavin's undoing. Courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution hide caption

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Thomas Gavin might be America's most prolific artifact thief — but the jig is up

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The holiday shopping season doesn't have to be unsustainable. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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There is an environmental impact each time you hit 'buy now.' Here's an alternative

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Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

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CNN has fired anchor Chris Cuomo after documents were released detailing his efforts to help his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, respond to a sexual harassment scandal. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for CNN hide caption

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A gray wolf in Oregon's northern Wallowa County in February 2017. Officials in Oregon are asking for help locating the person or persons responsible for poisoning an entire wolf pack in the eastern part of the state earlier this year. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP hide caption

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Stewart Indian School students are seen in a classroom in Carson, Nev., in an undated photo. The state of Nevada plans to fully cooperate with federal efforts to investigate the history of Native American boarding schools. Courtesy of Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum via AP hide caption

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Detail of the fabric used on his feet by Marcos Antonio Costa, 27, to climb açaí palm trees to pick its berries in the rainforest near Melgaco, southwest of Marajo Island, state of Para, Brazil, on June 6, 2020. Tarso Sarraf/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Do you know who's picking your açaí berries?

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Margarita Ahuanari, left, and Karina Ahuanari look at posters of their mother. The images were placed where they think she was buried at the mass grave that was later renamed the COVID-19 Cemetery in Iquitos. Angela Ponce for NPR hide caption

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Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gives a press conference following a meeting of prime ministers of central Europe's informal body of cooperation, called the Visegrad Group (V4) in Budapest, Hungary, last month. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A discomfort with Western liberalism is growing in Eastern Europe

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With omicron looming over the holidays, here's how to stay safe

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Meric Long of the Bay Area band The Dodos found his voice in a distinctive guitar style. While writing the new album Grizzly Peak, he watched that ability begin to slip away. Shane Tolentino for NPR hide caption

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