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Shelly and Sam Summers stand with daughter Gabby in front of a makeshift shelter on their rural Bay County property. They opened their backyard to people who were homeless after Hurricane Michael. At the peak, about 50 people lived there. Now, there are 18. "We still have our home," Shelly says. "They have nothing. So if we can at least offer them the comforts of home, it was worth it." William Widmer for NPR hide caption

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Nearly 8 Months After Hurricane Michael, Florida Panhandle Feels Left Behind

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Lucia Lucas, with cast mate Hidenori Inoue, in a dress rehearsal for the Tulsa Opera's 2019 Don Giovanni production. Shane Bevel Photography/Tulsa Opera hide caption

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'They Know That I'm The Real Deal': Transgender Baritone Makes Opera History

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New research shows that daily light walking is important for maintaining health as you age. But if you can't hit 10,000 steps, don't worry. Peter Muller/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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10,000 Steps A Day? How Many You Really Need To Boost Longevity

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Jugs of water for undocumented immigrants sit along migrant trails after being delivered by volunteers for the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths. The number of immigrant deaths, mostly due to dehydration and exposure, has risen as higher border security has pushed immigrant crossing routes into more remote desert regions. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Extending 'Zero Tolerance' To People Who Help Migrants Along The Border

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Zolgensma, a new drug approved by the FDA Friday, costs more than $2.1 million. It's made by AveXis, a drugmaker owned by pharmaceutical giant Novartis. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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At $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever

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A Sapp Bros. gas station in Percival, Iowa, stands in floodwaters from the Missouri River on May 10. Lawmakers have reached a deal on disaster aid that they say President Trump will sign. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Senate Reaches $19 Billion Deal For Disaster Aid Without Border Wall Funding

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Dani Izzie at her home in rural Virginia. More than a decade ago, she slipped in the bathroom and suffered a spinal cord injury that has left her unable to walk. She works as a social media manager for Spinergy, a company that makes high-performance wheels for wheelchairs. Greg Kahn for NPR hide caption

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Many Are Replacing Disability Checks With Paychecks

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The CEO at the Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, Neb., began offering $100,000 signing bonuses to attract doctors to the town. Theo Stroomer for NPR hide caption

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The Struggle To Hire And Keep Doctors In Rural Areas Means Patients Go Without Care

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Heather Burns at Martin Elementary School in South San Francisco, where she now teaches third grade. Burns was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and had to pay for her own substitute while on sick leave. Stephanie Lister/KQED hide caption

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California Teachers Pay For Their Own Substitutes During Extended Sick Leave

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Hillary and Julie Goodridge with their daughter, Annie (center). "It was a lot of stress for all of us, all the time," says Annie, now 23, of her parents' involvement in the lawsuit that made same-sex marriages legal. "When you have to be on all the time, it's hard to turn yourself off." Meredith Nierman/WGBH hide caption

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How Making History Unmade A Family

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Studies have shown that the levels of THC, the main psychoactive compound in pot, rose dramatically in the U.S. from 1995 to 2017. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Highly Potent Weed Has Swept The Market, Raising Concerns About Health Risks

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Tim Conway told NPR in 2010 that he was destined to do comedy. When people inquired about what he might have done other than showbiz, he'd say, "Nothing, because I'm not capable of doing anything else." Conway is pictured here in February 1983. WF/AP hide caption

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Tim Conway, Who Relished The Role Of Comedic Co-Star, Dies At 85

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The CIA had a booth at the recent Awesome Con gathering for movie and comic book superheroes in Washington. It's one quirky example of the way the spy agency is reaching out to a broader potential pool of recruits. Greg Myre/NPR hide caption

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CIA Recruiting Comes Out Into The Open

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Gerry Marrocco, a historical interpreter and guide, gives a tour known as the Liberty Ride at the Battle Green in Lexington, Mass. on May 8, 2019. Tony Luong for NPR hide caption

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In 'The British Are Coming,' Rick Atkinson Turns His Gaze To The American Revolution

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Maria Butina advocates for gun rights in Russia in 2013. Now sentenced to prison, she denies she had any intelligence assignment in the United States. AP hide caption

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Maria Butina Says She Was 'Building Peace.' That's Not How The Feds See It

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