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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's suit against The New York Times is expected to put a spotlight on the balance of free speech and defamation claims. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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European carriers are urging the European Union to alter so-called "use it or lose it" regulations forcing airlines to continue flying empty or near-empty flights. Frank Augstein/AP hide caption

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Rapid tests can help you figure out if you have been infected with the coronavirus. But how accurate are they? Scientists trying to find out whether they are less sensitive to omicron and why. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images 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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Joe Rogan, the comedian, TV commentator and podcaster, reacts during an Ultimate Fighting Championship event in May 2020. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images hide caption

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What the Joe Rogan podcast controversy says about the online misinformation ecosystem

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks about the COVID-19 situation while visiting New Plymouth on Thursday. New Zealand is among the few remaining countries to have avoided any outbreaks of the omicron variant — but Ardern said the nation would tighten restrictions as soon as one was detected. Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via 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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In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, a man holds a Bible as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during the Capitol insurrection are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary breed of nationalism. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Christian nationalism is still thriving — and is a force for returning Trump to power

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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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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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Céline Vidal uncovering the ash layer above Omo 1 remains at Omo-Kibish. Christine Lane hide caption

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A prehistoric eruption has helped recalibrate our timeline of human origins in Africa

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A resident receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a health center in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 13. This week, Indonesia started a program to give booster shots to the elderly and people at risk of severe disease. Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Booster longevity: Data reveals how long a third shot protects

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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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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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The Tonga volcano on December 24 2021 as seen from a satellite. The eruption turned explosive, in what nuclear monitors say was the biggest bang they've ever recorded. Maxar hide caption

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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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People rallying in patriotic support of Ukraine hold a 500 meter long ribbon in the colors of the Ukrainian flag outside St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery on Unity Day on Saturday in Kyiv, Ukraine. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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How colleges are dealing with high COVID case counts on campus

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