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Dozens of people were found to have been smuggled into the U.S. in a tractor trailer that was parked at this Walmart in San Antonio, Texas.

Driver Faces 5 Charges — And Potential Death Penalty — Over Immigrants' Deaths

A federal grand jury has indicted James Matthew Bradley, Jr., on five counts related to the discovery of dozens of immigrants who were crammed into a semi's trailer in a Walmart parking lot during hot weather in San Antonio last month.

Watching an eclipse? Save your eyeballs — rig up a sweet viewing set-up with some help from this video.

Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Hundreds of years before solar viewing glasses were readily available, scientists and casual spectators could still enjoy these rare celestial events without frying their eyeballs. They'd use a combination of pinholes and mirrors to redirect the sun's rays onto a screen.

It took a while to figure out how to build the so-called camera obscura. Ancient Chinese and Greek scholars puzzled over pinholes for centuries before an Arab mathematician and scientist came up with a design.

Migrants rest after being rescued in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, in the port of Tarifa, on Wednesday.

Spain Rescues Nearly 600 People At Sea As Migration Patterns Change

Spanish authorities say they've rescued 593 migrants at sea in just one day.

The Spanish Maritime Safety & Rescue Agency, also called Salvamento Marítimo, said it recovered the people on 15 boats Wednesday in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea, the western part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Brandon Martinez, 16, lies in a hospital bed while his father, Jose de Jesus Martinez, visits in the intensive care unit at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

He Crossed The Border In A Packed, Unventilated Trailer And Survived

Brandon Martinez, 16, was one of nearly 40 undocumented immigrants found on a blistering summer day inside an unventilated trailer parked at a San Antonio Wal-Mart. Ten died, and Brandon barely survived.

Federal officials who interviewed some of the survivors say that the human cargo was assembled and loaded into the truck in the border city of Laredo.

Some had paid smugglers to take them across the Rio Grande in rafts. One immigrant said there were as many as 200 people in the back of the truck.

A U.S. black hawk helicopter flies over the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Aug. 2.

Behind The Scenes, A Major Choice Looms On Afghanistan

President Trump's calculation about Afghanistan boils down to a familiar question in U.S. national security: Of all the bad options, what's the least worst?

Trump, Vice President Pence and other national security team members are scheduled to convene at Camp David on Friday to review the next phase of the nearly 16-year war.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon this week that all options remain in play as the White House weighs a long-awaited new strategy.

Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on June 20.

Robert Mueller May Not Be The Savior The Anti-Trump Internet Is Hoping For

A lot of people are counting on special counsel Robert Mueller.

The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is the highest among affluent nations. Researchers believe that with better education, postpartum nurses could help mothers identify life-threatening complications.

Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

In recent months, mothers who nearly died in the hours and days after giving birth have repeatedly told ProPublica and NPR that their doctors and nurses were often slow to recognize the warning signs that their bodies weren't healing properly.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, pictured here during an interview last month, ended the state's Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood two years ago. He praised the circuit court's decision.

Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court has sided with the state of Arkansas against Planned Parenthood, saying it can block Medicaid payments to the medical provider. It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the state from suspending the money in the wake of a controversial leaked video of Planned Parenthood staff.

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

If you're in desperate need for some good news, look no further.

Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year.

And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.

Binge-drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge-drinking.

With Heavy Drinking On The Rise, How Much Is Too Much?

If one glass of wine takes the edge off, why not drink a few more?

This thinking may help explain the findings of a new study that points to an increase in drinking among adults in the U.S., especially women.

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