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Sir David Attenborough, shown here during a ceremony last September, broke the world record on Thursday for the fastest time to reach one million followers on Instagram. Asadour Guzelian /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An officer of the French National Gendarmerie guards an area near the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where two people were wounded Friday in an attack with a sharp object that one witness described as a hatchet. Arina Lebedeva/TASS/Getty Images hide caption

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"You didn't just rob me and my family, you robbed the world of a queen," Breonna Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, said in a statement read aloud Friday by Palmer's sister, Bianca Austin. In this photo, Ju'Niyah Palmer is seen wiping away tears from her mother's face. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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People at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul watch a news program Friday showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who said he was sorry over the killing of a South Korean fisheries official near the two countries' disputed sea boundary. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Kim Jong Un Says He's Sorry That North Korean Troops Killed A South Korean Man

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An illegal roadside graveyard in northeastern Namibia. People in the townships surrounding Rundu, a town on the border to Angola, are too poor to afford a funeral plot at the municipal graveyard — and resorted to burying their dead next to a dusty gravel road just outside of the town. Brigitte Weidlich/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Civil rights groups and other critics say the social network has not done enough to curb misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression ahead of the U.S. presidential election. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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For Inmates With COVID-19, Anxiety and Isolation Make Prison 'Like A Torture Chamber'

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The clock is ticking for tens of thousands of pilots, flight attendants, reservation agents and other airline employees, who will likely lose their jobs on Oct. 1 if Congress doesn't extend federal aid for the airlines. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Thousands Of Airline Workers Facing Unemployment As Aid Package Stalls In Congress

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Benji Backer, president of the American Conservation Coalition, testifies about climate change during a U.S. House hearing in 2019. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Matthew Fentress was diagnosed with heart disease that developed after a bout of the flu in 2014. His condition worsened three years later, and he had to declare bankruptcy when he couldn't afford his medical bills, despite having insurance. Meg Vogel for KHN hide caption

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his 2018 confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill. That took place in the run-up to her presidential bid. Now, she'll face the spotlight as her party's vice presidential nominee. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

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A Candidate, Not A Prosecutor: Harris' Role In Upcoming Supreme Court Hearings

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A sign promoting participation in the 2020 census is displayed as Selena Rides Horse enters information into a phone for a member of the Crow Indian Tribe in Lodge Grass, Mont., in August. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Court Orders Census Counting To Continue Through Oct. 31; Appeal Expected

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A protester stands in Jefferson Square on Thursday in Louisville, Ky., where hundreds have been holding demonstrations in the aftermath of the grand jury's decision not to charge officers for her death. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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