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Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of brain cancer could eventually leave the Senate without its irascible military hawk who never holds back.

The Capital City Contemplates The Possibility Of A Washington Without John McCain

Updated at 12:24 p.m. ET

Beltway denizens heading to work on Thursday were forced to contemplate something inevitable but which no one expected anytime soon: the possibility of a Washington without Sen. John McCain.

McCain, the irascible old living legend. McCain, the Vietnam War hero. McCain, the globe-trotting State Department of one. McCain, the outspoken hawk who championed American troops — and Pentagon spending — and also pilloried the defense contractors he felt let them all down.

People who think they're more slothlike than peers may change their behavior to actually become less active.

Just Thinking You're Slacking On Exercise Could Boost Risk Of Death

In a fitness-crazed land of spin classes and CrossFit gyms, Octavia Zahrt found it can be tough to feel as though you're doing enough. "When I was in school in London, I felt really good about my activity. Then I moved to Stanford, and everyone around me seems to be so active and going to the gym every day," she says. "In the San Francisco Bay Area, it's like 75 percent of people walk around here wearing exercise clothes all day, every day, all the time, and just looking really fit."

Body camera footage of a Baltimore police operation released by the public defender's office appears to show an officer hiding drugs and later discovering them.

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

A Baltimore man was held in jail for months after police found a stash of drugs — but the officer who found the drugs also seems to be the one who hid them in that spot, according to footage from his body camera. The public defender's office says the man is now free and it is questioning the officer's involvement in 53 active cases.

The officer has been suspended and two of his colleagues are on administrative duty, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said, as the agency's internal affairs unit looks at the case.

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.

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

At a lunch on Wednesday, President Trump tried to persuade some reluctant senators to endorse repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Bao Phi hopes his poetry book <em>Thousand Star Hotel </em>and his children's book <em>A Different Pond</em> can fill the hole in Asian-American literature that he saw when he was a kid.

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

When Bao Phi's family fled Vietnam in 1975 and settled in Minneapolis with other refugees, he was just a few months old. He was too young to understand the scene at the airport that day: Communist soldiers were firing rockets at planes filled with people trying to escape, incinerating them in the sky. Phi's parent's told him about their family history bit by bit, and he began to form a stronger sense of his own identity.

NPR food editor Rhitu Chatterjee makes khichuri.

'Khichuri': An Ancient Indian Comfort Dish With A Global Influence

My memories of eating khichuri go back to the monsoon seasons of my childhood, when billowy thunder clouds rolled in and soaked us and the parched earth with relentless rains. The monsoons are beloved across India – they are a much-awaited reprieve from several months of unbearable heat. But it can get chilly and damp sometimes – the kind of weather when you crave something warm and filling, like khichuri.

O.J. Simpson during a break in a court hearing in Las Vegas in 2013. Simpson is up for parole after nearly nine years in prison on charges stemming from a bid to retrieve sports memorabilia.

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

O.J. Simpson will find out on Thursday if he soon will be released from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. He has been held there for nearly nine years for convictions on armed robbery and other charges.

The former NFL hero, TV pitchman and movie star, now 70, stands a good chance of being granted parole when he appears before the Nevada Parole Board via video link. No one has registered to testify against him. He will likely try to persuade the board of his good behavior behind bars.

Hundreds of protesters hold signs and chant at a rally in front of the Colorado State Capitol 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.

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

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is speaking to the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, on Thursday in Denver, but protests from left-wing activists and teacher groups started Wednesday.

Hundreds marched from the state Capitol in Denver to the Hyatt Regency, the site of the speech, with signs reading: "Dump Betsy DeVos," "Take Devouchers Elsewhere" and "Stop School Privatization!"

President Trump speaks alongside Republican Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada (left) and Tim Scott of South Carolina during a meeting with lawmakers to discuss the health care bill in the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday.

Fact Check: Trump's Confusing Remarks To Senate Republicans On Health Care

President Trump did not do much to sell the Senate health care bill before its failure. But he gave the sale a shot Wednesday in the White House before cameras and a captive audience of nearly all the Republican senators. His comments were at times confusing, and in some cases, outright incorrect.

It shows the challenge for a president who doesn't dive deeply into policy to sell his agenda.

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.

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

What opportunities are there for a coal-mining community after its main industry has waned?

In Somerset County in southwestern Pennsylvania, that's not an easy question to answer. For this county of roughly 76,000 residents, renewable energy and health care offer hopes for its future. But first it has to attract qualified workers.

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