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Paul Smith says he wanted "take a page from the Russian playbook" to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook

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At a news conference on Thursday in Kiev, Arkady Babchenko answered critics of his staged death. Authorities had announced that he had been fatally shot at his home on Tuesday. Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On Wednesday the South Carolina Education Lottery announced it will not be delivering more than $30 million in prizes to players with winning tickets printed as a result of a computer glitch. Fitria Ramli / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (seen here with President Trump in October) on Thursday called the argument that U.S. steel import tariffs were necessary for national security reasons an "affront" to Canada. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rosanna Arquette arrives at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Arquette: After Rejecting Weinstein, 'I Had A Completely Different Career'

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Trump Administration Plans To Extend Steel And Aluminum Tariffs To Canada, Mexico And EU

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When Scientists Develop Products From Personal Medical Data, Who Gets To Profit?

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Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer for President Trump, leaves federal court in New York City in April. His legal troubles may test his loyalty to Trump, which has been built over years of protecting his boss in part by using legal threats. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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LISTEN: How Michael Cohen Protects Trump By Making Legal Threats

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Women wearing the niqab sit in the audience at the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen on Thursday, as a bill that bans face coverings in public passes by a majority vote. Mads Claus Rasmussen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As awareness grows about the environmental toll of single-use plastics, retailers and regulators alike are finding ways to decrease their use. And straws have become a prime target. Barbara Woike/AP hide caption

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Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers

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So Longhand: Has Cursive Reached The End Of The Line?

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A Somali fisherman carries a fish to the market near the port in Mogadishu. One of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals calls for the world to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development." Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A road sign on Hamburg's Max-Brauer-Allee warns motorists that older diesel vehicles are banned from using this stretch of road. Hamburg is the first German city to ban older diesel vehicles. Daniel Bockwoldt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Could A Diesel Ban In Hamburg, Germany, Cause More Pollution? Some Residents Worry

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