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Donald Trump awards a $100,000 check to a veterans charity in Sioux City, Iowa, during a 2016 event. His use of the Trump Foundation during the campaign raised legal questions about its activities. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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"There's a lot of memories here, some good, some bad," says Smith, while reflecting on his years working at the now defunct Solid Energy mine in Pike County. Rich-Joseph Facun for NPR hide caption

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An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It

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Angela Ponce, Miss Spain (center), is the first transgender contestant to compete for Miss Universe. She and other contestants are seen visiting the Government House in Bangkok last week. Narong Sangnak/AP hide caption

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When Kendra Beaudoin first got to the University of Michigan campus, she didn't understand crosswalks: "Those don't exist where I lived." Diane Weiss for The Hechinger Report hide caption

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Dutch innovator Boyan Slat poses for a portrait next to the anchors of his plastic collecting system in 2017. The trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating is not capturing any garbage. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Sarah Witter fractured two bones in her lower left leg while skiing in Vermont last February. She had two operations to repair the damage. The second surgery was needed to replace a metal plate that broke after it was implanted. Matt Baldelli for KHN hide caption

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Bill Of The Month: $43,208 For Repeat Surgery To Replace Broken Medical Device

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A U.S. park ranger gives a tourist suggestions of other nearby places to visit while Joshua Tree National Park was shut down in 2013. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Here's What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down This Week

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Children and workers are at a tent encampment in June near the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Now Held At Nearly Full Shelters

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The recommendations on discipline form part of a broader effort by the Trump administration and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to back away from Obama-era policies aimed at reducing racial disparities in suspensions and expulsions. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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DeVos To Rescind Obama-Era Guidance On School Discipline

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks at the unveiling of the official portrait of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Alexander said Monday he is not running for re-election in 2020. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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6 Simple Rules For Saving Money

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Ronnie Van Zant in 1975, onstage with Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta. Tom Hill/WireImage hide caption

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Unfurling 'Sweet Home Alabama,' A Tapestry Of Southern Discomfort

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A young man washes a windshield as motorists wait at a red light in October in Baltimore. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Annoyed Baltimore Drivers Want City To Crack Down On 'Squeegee Kids'

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Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz, speaks during a rally for President Trump in October. In response to her appointment, McSally said she was "humbled" and looked forward to working with Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema, her former opponent. Ralph Freso/Getty Images hide caption

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The 46P/Wirtanen comet, as seen through a telescope in France on Dec. 3, is currently making an unusually close pass by Earth. It will be visible, if weather allows, until Dec. 22. Nicholas Biver/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Facebook posting, released by the House intelligence committee, for a group called "Secured Borders." It and others like it were created by Russian specialists posing as Americans. Jon Elswick/AP hide caption

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New Reports Detail Expansive Russia Disinformation Scheme Targeting U.S.

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A Trans Man Steps Into The Ring – And Wins His Debut As A Professional Boxer

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Author Joshua Harris influenced a whole generation of evangelical Christians with his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Now he has a new documentary, called I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye, about his new ideas on dating. Courtesy "I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye" hide caption

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Evangelical Writer Kisses An Old Idea Goodbye

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