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A woman carries her pet dogs as residents are evacuated on rubber boats through floodwaters in northern China's Hebei province in August 2023 amid severe flooding from Typhoon Doksuri. 2023 was the hottest year ever recorded, scientists say. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Public libraries reveal their most borrowed books of 2023

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Clockwise from upper left: B.A.Parker at Somerset Place plantation as a child; Bad Bunny exalts Puerto Rico in his music of resistance; Chefs Reem Assil and Priya Krishna; Race is also a part of our taxes and who gets audited; Originally from Rwanda, Claude Gatebuke came to Nashville 30 years ago; Hank Azaria (left) and Hari Kondabolu speak since their fallout in 2017. B.A.Parker, Getty Images, NPR, Getty Images//LA Johnson/NPR, Joseph Ross for NPR, PR Agency hide caption

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2023 has been a wild year. This composite image shows some of the subjects of our most popular stories: Fireball Whiskey, a Steller's jay, a Yellowstone visitor attempting to help a stranded bison calf, and Tucker Carlson. David Becker/Getty Images; Mick Thompson/Flickr Creative Commons; Hellen Jack/National Park Service; Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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"Although clearly a desirable quality, authentic is hard to define and subject to debate," wrote Merriam-Webster about its word of the year. Joanne K. Watson/handout via Getty Images hide caption

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5 New Year's resolutions to reduce your carbon footprint

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