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Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives on Capitol Hill on Oct. 11 to appear before lawmakers in closed-door questioning related to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Yovanovitch, Ex-Ambassador To Ukraine, Will Testify In Trump Impeachment Hearing

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A man embraces his daughter after picking her up at Central Park in Santa Clarita, Calif., after a shooting at Saugus High School on Thursday. At least two people died in the attack, according to local law enforcement. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Satellite imagery from Nov. 13 shows rows of airplanes in Wonsan, North Korea. Planet Labs Inc. hide caption

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North Korea Seen Lining Up Military Aircraft For Possible Show

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Justin Ruben of ParentsTogether speaks on Thursday at a press conference organized to deliver 1.5 million petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The petitions are protesting proposed changes to the food stamps program that would also affect the free school lunch program. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Parents Together hide caption

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Judges Andrew Adams, Sabrina Bell and Bradley Jacobs were censured by the Indiana Supreme Court for their roles in a brawl outside a White Castle in May. Indiana Supreme Court hide caption

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After a recanvass of last week's election was largely completed, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is conceding to his Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Former Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson's nomination for a top Pentagon job was withdrawn following smear attacks published on alt-right websites loyal to Trump. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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'Deep, Dark Conspiracy Theories' Hound Some Civil Servants In Trump Era

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters after the first public hearing in the impeachment probe of President Trump. The House is looking into his effort to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Legend has it that some University of Michigan fans defaced the statue sometime in the 1960s, and that led to members of the Michigan State University band and other students, sitting vigil. Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR hide caption

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At Michigan State, Students Protect Their Mascot From Mischievous Rivals

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In this Pentagon-approved courtroom sketch, defendant Ramzi Binalshibh (center) attends his pretrial hearing along with other defendants at the U.S. military court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on April 14, 2014. Also depicted are Mustafa al-Hawsawi (from right), partially cut off; Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Ramzi Binalshibh, Walid bin Attash and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Janet Hamlin Illustration/AP hide caption

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A Legacy Of Torture Is Preventing Trials At Guantánamo

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Behrouz Boochani, seen last year at the Australian detention center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, where the Kurdish-Iranian asylum-seeker spent years seeking his freedom. On Thursday, the prize-winning author touched down in New Zealand on his way to a literary festival — free for the first time in six years. Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor (right) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Alex Brandon/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Ken Cuccinelli had been considered President Trump's top choice to lead Homeland Security. Instead, he'll be the deputy to the new acting secretary, Chad Wolf. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images hide caption

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Ilagan Udaya Kumari (from left), 50, whose husband went missing; Analaxmi Ariaratnam, 70, whose son disappeared; and Sangara Pilay Vanalogini, 53, whose son went missing. Mothers and other relatives of some of the tens of thousands of people who disappeared in Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war have been protesting in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, to raise awareness of their plight. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Sri Lanka's Front-Runner Strikes Fear Among Tamils Who Blame Him For Disappearances

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The writer who wins next year's Aspen Words Literary Prize will join Tayari Jones and Mohsin Hamid on the list of winners of the young award. Erin Baiano hide caption

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