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An arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen, also known as Percocet, in New York. A new report finds a link between workforce participation and the prescription rate of opioids in the U.S. Patrick Sison/AP hide caption

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Some 80 plastic bags extracted from within a whale are being laid out in Songkhla, Thailand, in this still image captured from video footage. Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources/Social Media/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS hide caption

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The health insurance company Anthem has introduced a policy discouraging patients from "avoidable" emergency room visits. Patients and doctors are pushing back against the program. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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The series finale of the television comedy Seinfeld aired 20 years ago Monday. The '90s TV juggernaut followed the antics of 30-something New Yorkers Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. Getty Images/Getty Images hide caption

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A street sign tells out-of-towners to keep off a side street in Leonia, N.J., where officials are trying to redirect commuters on their way to the nearby George Washington Bridge into New York. David Porter/AP hide caption

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A group of people with connections to two cities in North Carolina and Alabama have been diagnosed with a rare eye cancer called ocular melanoma. Medical experts are trying to determine the cause of the cases. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Steam rises from the vents of Porcelain Basin in Yellowstone National Park's Norris Geyser Basin. Steamboat Geyser, which lies in the Norris Geyser Basin, has erupted three times in the past two months. Sean Sperry/AP hide caption

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Yellowstone's Largest Geyser Erupts 3 Times, Puzzling Scientists

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Beyond A Failed Nominee: Whistleblower Retaliation Another Problem At The VA

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A dust storm moves across the barren plains of northern Kenya in March 2006. Viruses are swept up into the atmosphere via dust storms and ocean spray, and then fall back down to the surface. Chris Jackson/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign notifies people they are standing on the Hayward Fault in the children's zoo area of the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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Quake On Bay Area Fault Could Kill Hundreds, USGS Simulation Shows

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Young people take a photo in front of the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, known as the "Heart of Chechnya," and large letters reading "I love Grozny" in central Grozny, Russia, in 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Greenland ice sheet, the second largest body of ice in the world which covers roughly 80 percent of the country, has been melting and its glaciers retreating at an accelerated pace in recent years due to warmer temperatures. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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A tourist takes photos of Tower 101 in Taipei in 2013. Policy experts say the Taiwan Travel Act is a provocation for China because more visits to Taiwan by high-ranking U.S. officials could help boost the island's international profile. Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A vehicle of U.S. troops passes on a street in Manbij, Syria on Saturday. President Trump's unscripted public declaration this week about pulling out of Syria "very soon" while at odds with his own policy are unnerving for the Kurds in this context. Hussein Malla/AP hide caption

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A Tesla Model S electric vehicle is charged at a car dealership in Shanghai, China, in March 2015. Johannes Eisele /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Established Automakers Announce Bold Moves In Electrification

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