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In this photo taken on Jan. 20, a beach resort in Tonga, on the outskirts of the capital of Nuku'alofa, shows the impact of the tsunami that hit the island nation in the wake of an underwater volcanic eruption. Aid efforts have been complicated by the pandemic — with only one case of COVID on record, Tonga is wary of outsiders who might bring the virus. Xinhua News Agency via Getty Ima hide caption

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Why Tonga is opting for 'contactless' humanitarian aid

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Mrs. Doubtfire is one of the Broadway shows that reopened but then had to shut down for a while after cases of COVID spread among cast and crew. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images hide caption

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Omicron hampers Broadway. Fewer tourists are there for just a score of shows

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How colleges are dealing with high COVID case counts on campus

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Bark beetle larvae grip the ground with their claws in order to build up energy to accomplish their acrobatics. Adrian Smith/Matt Shipman hide caption

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Simone Biles has a rival — a tiny bark beetle (but it can't stick the landing)

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Andre Leon Talley speaks during a Q&A during the 21st SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD hide caption

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Tarawa atoll, Kiribati, is pictured in 2004. The Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Samoa have announced rare COVID-19 lockdowns after dozens of international travelers tested positive for the virus. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was censured for siding with Senate Republicans to protect the filibuster, effectively dooming the passage of major voting rights legislation. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the armed forces, train in a city park in Kyiv. Tensions remain high between Ukraine and Russia as the United States and its NATO allies have tried to intervene diplomatically. Efrem Lukatsky/AP hide caption

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Sen. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, speaks at the well in the Mississippi Senate Chamber in Jackson on Thursday. Blackmon was among the Black lawmakers who walked out of the Senate Chamber in protest on Friday. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Brian Laundrie speaks with an officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito near the entrance to Arches National Park in August. The Moab Police Department via AP hide caption

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Architect Clive Wilkinson's design for the famed Googleplex set a high bar for other Silicon Valley companies eager to keep employees at home in the office. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Architect behind Googleplex now says it's 'dangerous' to work at such a posh office

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In the main Olympic media center, a promotional image anticipates the Beijing Games. Throughout the Olympic venues, organizers anticipate the threat of COVID-19. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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China's Olympics aim to keep COVID at bay with armpit sensors, robots and more

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Rupali Limaye is a behavioral and social scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health hide caption

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Avah Lamie is in fifth grade and lives in Hartford, Vt. The pandemic brought a big loss of stability for kids, experts say. Michele Abercrombie/NPR hide caption

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What life is like for an 11-year-old

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Amadou Diallo's murder became symbolic of the NYPD plainclothes excesses. Courtesy of the Diallo Family. hide caption

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New Yorkers want gun violence to end. A controversial police unit returns to help

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Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh arrives for a great chanting ceremony at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City in 2007. Nhat Hanh, who helped pioneer the concept of mindfulness in the West, died at age 95 on Saturday. AP file photo hide caption

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