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Syrian soldiers walk at the entrance of Daraya, a besieged Damascus suburb, on Friday.

After 4 Years Of Siege, Civilians And Rebels Evacuate Syria's Daraya

After four years of siege and bombardment, the evacuation is underway of civilians and rebels from embattled Daraya, southwest of Syria's capital Damascus.

The FDA says that facilities that collect blood donations throughout the United States should be testing donations for Zika within 12 weeks.

All U.S. Blood Donations Should Be Screened For Zika, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that blood banks screen all blood donations in the U.S. for the Zika virus.

It's a major expansion from a Feb. 16 advisory that limited such screening to areas with active Zika virus transmission.

In a statement released Friday, the FDA says all those areas are currently in compliance with blood screening, but that expanded testing is now needed.

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte attends a news conference on Aug. 12 in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian Police Charge Ryan Lochte With Making A False Report

The saga of the swimmer and the robbery-that-wasn't continues: Ryan Lochte has been charged with filing a false police report.

Brazilian police say Lochte and the International Olympics Committee's ethics commission will both be informed of the charges, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro reports.

The charge carries a penalty of up to 18 months in prison and Lochte could be tried in absentia, Lulu says. She notes that the U.S. has an extradition treaty with Brazil but that it's unlikely Lochte would be sent there if convicted.

Stephen Bannon, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign CEO, at Trump's Hispanic advisory roundtable meeting in New York on Saturday.

Reports: New Trump Campaign CEO Faced Domestic Violence Charge In 1996

Reports out Thursday night reveal yet another principal of the Trump campaign in trouble.

Newly appointed CEO Stephen K. Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, was charged in 1996 with domestic violence against his second wife, several news outlets reported. The charges were eventually dropped, and Bannon pleaded "not guilty."

The New York Times noted that, according to the police report of the incident, there were "allegations that he threatened his then wife, the accuser, with retribution if she testified in the criminal case. ... "

Smoke wafts over the highway linking the Bolivian capital of La Paz with the Chilean border during an ongoing clash between striking miners, who are blockading the road, and police.

In Bolivia, Striking Miners Kidnap And Kill High-Level Minister

A high-level government minister in Bolivia has been kidnapped by striking miners and beaten to death, Bolivian officials said.

Rodolfo Illanes, Bolivia's deputy interior minister, was traveling to talk with the miners when he was seized Thursday, according to multiple media accounts.

Hillary Clinton, seen on a TV camera monitor in 2013, has been criticized for not holding more press conferences.

Has Hillary Clinton Actually Been Dodging The Press?

Hillary Clinton has not held a single press conference since the start of 2016, triggering charges that she's trying to duck questions from reporters on the campaign trail.

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty reads to children at the Western Learning Center during a campaign stop in Philadelphia.

Suburban Women Key To Victory In Pennsylvania Senate Race

At a recent campaign stop in Philadelphia, Senate Democratic candidate Katie McGinty faced a tough crowd: 4-year olds.

"Hi! How's everybody doin'?" McGinty said, as she entered the Western Learning Center, an early childhood program for local families.

McGinty stopped here Tuesday to tout her economic agenda with a small group of local parents, but first, it was story time.

Tsukimi Ayano's scarecrows congregate at a bus stop in Nagoro. The village used to be home to about 300 people; now there are 30.

A Dying Japanese Village Brought Back To Life — By Scarecrows

In Japan, you sometimes hear the term "village on the edge." What it means is "village on the edge of extinction."

Japan's population is declining. And the signs of that are easiest to see in rural areas, like the mountainous interior of the southern island of Shikoku. For example, the village of Nagoro used to have around 300 residents. Now it has 30.

Lenroy Watt talks with residents of Miami's Little Haiti about Zika, leaving brochures in Creole about how to prevent the illness, as well as phone numbers for local mosquito control agencies and the county health department.

Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika

In Little Haiti, Liberty City, and a number of other neighborhoods in Miami, canvassers are now walking door to door to spread the word about the risks of Zika, one household at a time — hoping to reach 25, 000 people the next six weeks. In some neighborhoods, these workers aren't sponsored by federal or state health agencies, but by Planned Parenthood.

Frank Mutz, 67, and his son Phil, 36.

When The Family Business Is Keeping Cool, It Pays To Be Warm With People

Frank Mutz's family has been keeping people cool for more than half a century.

It began with his grandfather, who started installing and repairing air conditioners in the 1950s. Now, Frank is the elder in the family trade, running the Atlanta business alongside his own children, including his son Phil.

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