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Attorney General Jeff Sessions pauses while testifying last month before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Politics

In Wide-Ranging Interview, Trump Lashes Out At Sessions And Comey

Speaking with The New York Times, the president called Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation "very unfair."

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Sen. McCain Faces Brain Cancer; DeVos Talks To Conservative Activists

An outpouring of support is streaming in for Sen. John McCain after it was revealed he has brain cancer. Also, demonstrators plan to protest a speech by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she meets a group that influences conservative legislators.

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Body camera footage of Baltimore police officers released by the public defender's office show them hiding drugs and later discovering them. Baltimore Police Department hide caption

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Baltimore Police Caught Planting Drugs In Body-Cam Footage, Public Defender Says

The officer has been suspended and two others are on administrative duty, Baltimore Police say. The public defender's office is questioning the officer's involvement in 53 active cases.

The morphine-like pain killer Oxycontin is just one of a number of opioids fueling a substance use crisis in the U.S. federal health officials say. And successful treatment for the substance use disorder can be costly. Leonard Lessin/Getty Images/Science Source hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Opioid Treatment Funds In Senate Bill Would Fall Far Short Of Needs

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A Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare includes $45 billion to treat opioid addiction. But it wouldn't make up for deep cuts to Medicaid in that same bill that has funded much of that treatment.

In Somerset County, Pa., coal was once the economic backbone. But as technology advanced, mines around the country began laying off workers, replacing them with machinery. Laura Roman/NPR hide caption

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Economy

As Coal Jobs Fade, A Mining County Struggles To Redefine Itself

Somerset County in southwestern Pennsylvania is deep coal country. For years, it's been looking to remake itself. Wind energy and health care may be its future — if it can attract qualified workers.

Living In Coal Country: Somerset County Residents On The Declining Economy

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Hundreds of protestors hold signs and chant at a rally in front of the Colorado State Capitol Building, in Denver. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to deliver a speech to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which backs school choice policies coast to coast. Ann Marie Awad/CPR hide caption

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Betsy DeVos' Latest Speech Draws Protests, Even Before She Speaks

DeVos has longstanding ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which backs school choice policies coast to coast.

Betsy DeVos' Latest Speech Draws Protests, Even Before She Speaks

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U.S.

After Parole Hearing, O.J. Simpson Could Soon Be Released From Prison

Simpson will find out on Thursday if he will be released from the Nevada prison where he's been held for nearly nine years. He's serving up to 33 years on armed robbery and other charges.

O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Could Lead To His Release From Prison

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Bao Phi hopes his new work — his poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and his children's book A Different Pond -- can fill the hole in Asian-American literature that he saw when he was a kid. Anna Min/Courtesy of Capstone Publishing hide caption

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Code Switch

The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating a 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

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Movie Interviews

'Dunkirk' Director Christopher Nolan: 'We Really Try To Put You On That Beach'

Nolan's latest film marks the first time he has tackled a true story: the heroic evacuation of British troops by civilians in small boats at the beginning of World War II.

'Dunkirk' Director Christopher Nolan: 'We Really Try To Put You On That Beach'

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Say Goodbye To X+Y: Should Community Colleges Abolish Algebra?

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, wants to kick loose the requirement of algebra for non-STEM majors.

Say Goodbye To X+Y: Should Community Colleges Abolish Algebra?

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Arctic sea ice is seen from a NASA research aircraft on March 30, 2017, above Greenland. A top Interior Department scientist who tracks Arctic conditions says he was demoted by the Trump administration for speaking out on climate change. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change

Joel Clement, who was director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis during the Obama administration, says in a newspaper op-ed that he was reassigned to an "accounting office."

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First Listen: Vic Mensa, 'The Autobiography'

On his long-awaited major-label LP, the Chicago MC's personal pain becomes epiphany.

The Autobiography

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Jennifer Ramirez and 14 other young women wearing quinceañera dresses protested on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Wednesday. They protested SB4, an immigration enforcement law. Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News hide caption

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With Speeches And Bright Dresses, Quinceañeras Protest Texas Sanctuary City Ban

With bright skirts flouncing, 15 young women ascended the steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin. "We will not meet this law on its hateful level," declared 17-year-old Magdalena Juarez.

President Donald Trump speaks while flanked by Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach (left) and Vice President Mike Pence during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Washington, DC on July 19, 2017. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Talk Of Voter Fraud Dominates First Meeting Of Election Integrity Commission

"One has to wonder what they're worried about," President Trump said of states that haven't shared data with the commission. "There's something, there always is."

Tymia McCullough is a poised, pageant-winning 11-year-old from South Carolina. She also happens to have sickle cell anemia and relies on Medicaid to pay for medical care. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Her Own Medical Future At Stake, A Child Storms Capitol Hill

The Republican health care bill failed in part because of opposition to shrinking Medicaid. An 11-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia went to Washington, D.C., to make sure that wouldn't happen.

Her Own Medical Future At Stake, A Child Storms Capitol Hill

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Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. The illustration above is from Presto and Zesto in Limboland, a book he completed with his friend Arthur Yorinks more than 20 years ago. Sendak died in 2012. Copyright 2017 by The Maurice Sendak Foundation hide caption

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Author Interviews

Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

More than 20 years ago, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book called Presto and Zesto in Limboland. But they were both busy with other projects, and never bothered to publish it.

Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

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