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Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues One Day After Voting On Issue

In an overnight operation, workers removed Baltimore's high-profile statues linked to the Confederacy, using cranes and trucks to haul away monuments that honored Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's Dred Scott opinion.

Last year, China banned the sale of commercial elephant ivory to stop poaching. That's when interest in ancient, buried woolly mammoth tusks boomed.

Woolly Mammoths Are Long Gone, But The Hunt For Their Ivory Tusks Lives On

As a substitute for coveted elephant ivory, mammoth tusks can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. A rush is underway to dig them out of the frozen earth in Siberia and sell them, mostly to China. The hunt is making millionaires of some men living in this impoverished region — but it's also illegal.

Photographer Amos Chapple followed a group of tusk hunters in Siberia on assignment for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He recalled his three-week journey with NPR's Ailsa Chang.

A growing number of food videos aim to trigger ASMR — Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or pleasing sensations in the brains of some viewers — by focusing on sounds like chopping and stirring.

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Shhhhh! Come closer. A little bit closer. There you go. That's better. There's a growing food trend we want to tell you about, but it's being done in hushed whispers by video bloggers known as ASMRists.

Steve Hirsch boasts that the fire department in tiny Hoxie, Kan., is fully staffed. But, Hirsch says, if you get in a wreck on a rural stretch of highway nearby, another department may not be.

Fighting Fires For Free, Aging Volunteers Struggle To Recruit The Next Generation

If you pull a fire alarm in any large U.S. city, it's likely that paid firefighters waiting at a nearby station will quickly respond. But seven out of 10 American firefighters are actually volunteers. They cover vast sections of the country, making up an aging network that is increasingly understaffed and overworked.

On a blazing hot day recently in western Kansas, two men have rushed from their jobs to douse a grass fire, for free.

Eclipses aren't just natural marvels - they're still teaching us a lot about the universe.

How Eclipses Changed History

In July of 1878, Vassar professor Maria Mitchell led a team of astronomers to the new state of Colorado to observe a total solar eclipse. In a field outside of Denver, they watched as the sun went dark and a feathery fan of bright tendrils — the solar corona — faded into view.

But the expedition wasn't just about catching a rare and beautiful display.

Several downtown stores have put up signs and placards declaring: "This is Our Town" and "If Equality and Diversity Aren't for You, Then Neither Are We."

Charlottesville Businesses Worry Violent Rally Will Scare Tourists Away

Life in Charlottesville, Va., has been disrupted by the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend. On the eve of the memorial for one of the victims, counterprotester Heather Heyer, President Trump blamed those counterprotesters — what he called the "alt-left" – for stoking the violence.

After Trump's remarks, Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy had to control his anger. He says the president is showing where his loyalties lie.

President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7.

Trump And Russia: Lots Of Talk, But Critics Say There's No Clear Strategy

Most U.S. presidents pursue a two-track policy with Russia: confrontation on some fronts, cooperation on others.

President John F. Kennedy waged a showdown with the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 — and signed a nuclear test ban treaty with Moscow the following year.

Ronald Reagan famously called the Soviets "the evil empire" — and reached a major arms control deal with them.

Barack Obama got Russia to join a sanctions campaign against Iran — and also imposed sanctions against Moscow.

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, rides in on a horse named "Sassy" to vote for himself on Tuesday.

Moore, Strange Advance To Alabama GOP Senate Primary Runoff

The Alabama GOP Senate race is headed to a September runoff, with incumbent Sen. Luther Strange — who had the backing of both President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — set to face-off against conservative favorite Roy Moore.

With about two-thirds of the vote in, the AP reported that the contest was going to a runoff. Moore, a controversial former state Supreme Court chief justice, finished first in Tuesday's balloting, getting 41% of the vote to Strange's 32%. Rep. Mo Brooks was a distant third with almost 20%.

The Department of Justice has issued a warrant for a web hosting company to turn over all records related to the website of #DisruptJ20, a group that organized actions to disrupt President Trump's inauguration in January.

DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

At the intersection where protections against unreasonable search and seizure meet the rights to free speech and association, there's now a web hosting company called DreamHost.

The California-based company is resisting a Department of Justice warrant that demands it hand over all files related to, a website created by one of its customers to plan and announce actions intended to disrupt President Trump's inauguration.

President Trump speaks to reporters in Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday.

Transcript: Trump Shifts Tone Again On White Nationalist Rally In Charlottesville

President Trump shifted his tone again on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., while answering questions from reporters on Tuesday.

He said "there's blame on both sides," referring to the rally-goers — including neo-Nazis and members of the KKK — and the counterprotesters. In clashes on Saturday at least 19 people were injured and a counterprotester was killed.