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Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption

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Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

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Scientists use a microscope to see if the genetic modification is spreading. Immature modified mosquitoes glow red with yellow eyes when illuminated with a laser. Pierre Kattar for NPR hide caption

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U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, left, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, after concluding a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, in May. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Kamel Guemari is a manager of a McDonald's in a neighborhood in Marseille, France, that's known for crime and drug gangs. He has been leading an employee charge to save the restaurant, which has become a vital community anchor in an under-resourced immigrant neighborhood. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Save The .... McDonald's? One Franchise In France Has Become A Social Justice Cause

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A Bradley Fighting Vehicle was involved in the training accident that killed three soldiers at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, on Sunday. Above, a Bradley is stationed to support a patrol mission by U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad. Liu Jin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Stumo and his wife Nadia Milleron, whose daughter was killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight crash, attend a House committee hearing June 19. They and other victims' families have been a driving force in the campaign to keep the Boeing 737 Max grounded. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Crash Victim's Family Pushes To Keep Boeing 737 Max From Flying Again Too Soon

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Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Sunday that his words were taken out of context when he acknowledged on Thursday that military aid to Ukraine was being tied to President Trump seeking a political favor. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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The Paris Zoological Park is home to Physarum polycephalum, better known as "the blob," a unicellular organism capable of learning despite its lack of neurons. Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'The Blob,' A Smart Yet Brainless Organism Fit For Sci-Fi, Gets Its Own Exhibit

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This notice on a cigarette packet in Thailand shows the potential impact of reduced blood circulation to extremities because of smoking. Such pictorial warnings are among the anti-smoking measures that are more likely to be found in countries that have limited Big Tobacco's influence on their politics, according to the new Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index. Apichart Weerawong/AP hide caption

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Addario's coverage of maternal mortality took her to a remote village in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan in 2009, where she photographed a midwife giving a prenatal check in a private home. "In these areas someone will announce that a doctor and a midwife are coming, and any pregnant and lactating women within a certain radius come if they want prenatal or postnatal care," she says. Lynsey Addario hide caption

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Cardinal Health was one of a handful of corporations to strike a last-minute settlement with two Ohio counties, to avoid the first major trial in the landmark federal litigation effort concerning the opioid health crisis. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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Opioid Trial: 4 Companies Reach Tentative Settlement With Ohio Counties

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A PET scan shows metabolism of sugar in the human brain. Science Source hide caption

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Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk

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Supporters of gun control measures gather at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, N.H., in August, to urge Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to act after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Michael Casey/AP hide caption

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The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity, Axton Betz-Hamilton Grand Central Publishing hide caption

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Firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo holds a Burmese python. In 16 years of snake wrangling, he says he has been bitten more than 20 times but helping people desperate to get rid of snakes in their homes "makes me happy." Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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