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Britney Spears at a movie premiere in 2019. She pleaded with a judge on Wednesday to end a conservatorship that has controlled her personal and business lives for years. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Britney Spears Asks Court To End Conservatorship, Detailing Its Control Over Her Life

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Jonathan Caballero is among the millions of workers who are rethinking how they want to live their lives after the pandemic. He has found a new job that won't require a long commute. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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As The Pandemic Recedes, Millions Of Workers Are Saying 'I Quit'

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John McAfee talks to the media outside Beacon Hotel where he stayed after arriving from Guatemala in December 2012 in Miami Beach, Fla. McAfee was found dead in a Spanish prison cell on Wednesday, according to his lawyer. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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John McAfee, Software Pioneer, Found Dead In A Spanish Prison Cell

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Gloria Majiga-Kamoto, an activist from Malawi, is one of six recipients of the 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize. Majiga-Kamoto has been instrumental in implementing Malawi's ban on thin plastics. Goldman Environmental Prize hide caption

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley pushes back against questions from Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., at Wednesday's hearing. C-Span hide caption

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Top General Defends Studying Critical Race Theory In The Military

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Washington Spirit forward Kumi Yokoyama, shown here in June 2020, said they are transgender, a revelation praised in the U.S. where they play in the National Women's Soccer League but an identity not recognized in Japan. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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President Biden speaks outside the White House with a bipartisan group of senators after meeting on infrastructure Thursday. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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'We Have A Deal': Biden Announces A Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement With Senators

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been suspended from practicing law on an interim basis over his role in pushing false voter fraud claims. He will be afforded a chance for a post-suspension hearing to challenge the court decision. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A memorial stands outside the Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP hide caption

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A COVID-19 vaccination clinic last month in Auburn, Maine. A drop in life expectancy in the U.S. stems largely from the coronavirus pandemic, a new study says. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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The Pandemic Led To The Biggest Drop In U.S. Life Expectancy Since WWII, Study Finds

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The U.S. Supreme Court sided with students in a case involving a cheerleader who dropped F-bombs on Snapchat while complaining about her school. Mark Tenally/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Rules Cheerleader's F-Bombs Are Protected By The 1st Amendment

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Joni Mitchell's Blue, which turns 50 years old on Tuesday, is an inquiry into personal storytelling, a document of the process of sharing heartache that changes every time someone hears it. Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., decided to create a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection after a bipartisan bill to set up an outside commission was filibustered by Senate Republicans. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Launches Select Committee To Probe Jan. 6 Insurrection

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In this handout from NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope is grappled to Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-125 by the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator system May 13, 2009 in Space. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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The advance child tax credit program is part of the Biden administration's $1.9 trillion economic aid package called the American Rescue Plan that was passed in March. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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An illustrated view of the Earth moving around our sun, and the stars that have the right vantage point to view that transit — if anyone's out there looking. OpenSpace/American Museum of Natural History hide caption

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Alien Planet-Hunters In Hundreds Of Nearby Star Systems Could Spot Earth

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Police hold back rioters gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. New body camera footage released by the Justice Department shows the violence of that day from the perspective of the officers themselves. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A teenager enters a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine site this month in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City. Scott Heins/Getty Images hide caption

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