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Justino DeLeon, 58, stands in front of his home in Pharr, Texas. A former watermelon picker; he retired from farm work when he fell off a melon truck and hurt his arm.

In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

If you watch a watermelon harvest you may never think about the pink summery fruit again the same way.

Two pickers walk the rows. They bend over and grab the 20-pound gourds and pitch them to a man perched on the side of a dump truck, who heaves them up to another catcher in the truck bed. The pickers have arms like Popeye and the timing of acrobats. They like this crop because the bigger the melons the more they can earn.

A roofer works on a home in Chapel Hill, N.C.  A rebound in spending on home remodeling is a good sign for the U.S. economy. But a shortage of skilled workers is restraining activity.

There's A Home Renovation Boom, But Good Luck Finding A Contractor

With rising home prices and low interest rates, Americans are spending a record amount of money fixing up their kitchens, bathrooms and man-caves. And business would be booming more but there aren't enough carpenters and tradespeople to do all the work.

Nathaniel May survived the housing crash, but just barely. He's a general contractor who does home renovations in the Boston area. And even just 4 years ago, he and his partner we're feeling a little desperate.

Time trial champion Kristin Armstrong of the U.S. calls her life as a working mom the "secret weapon" that helped her win Olympic gold Wednesday.

'Because I Can': Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Wins Third Gold Medal At Age 42

Cyclist Kristin Armstrong has a regular job and a son. And as of today, she also has three Olympic gold medals. After becoming the only cyclist – male or female – to win three consecutive golds in the same discipline, Armstrong, who turns 43 Thursday, said she hopes to inspire other moms.

After calling this victory at Rio's Summer Olympics "the most gratifying" of her three individual championships, Armstrong urged other female athletes not to let negative ideas seep into their minds about what they're capable of.

She said:

Marijuana grows beneath lights at Alternative Solutions, a medical marijuana producer, on April 20 in Washington, D.C.

DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana

The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes.

Steve Knowlton wipes his eyes as he talks about his mother Mary Knowlton who was fatally shot in Punta Gorda, Fla., by an police officer who mistakenly used live ammunition during a citizens academy "shoot/don't shoot" role-playing exercise.

Florida Policeman Kills Volunteer in "Shoot/Don't Shoot" Demonstration

A role-playing exercise by Punta Gorda, Florida police designed to show the public how officers have to make tough, split-second decisions ended tragically as a 73-year old former librarian was mistakenly shot and killed by an officer firing live ammunition.

A state investigation is underway to determine why a live round was used when police say they thought only blanks were available for the demonstration.

Japan's Kohei Uchimura performs on the horizontal bar during men's individual all-around final on Wednesday. Uchimura, widely considered to be the best male gymnast ever, repeated as the gold medalist in the event.

Rio Highlights: Japan's Uchimura, World's Best Male Gymnast, Shows Why

With a dramatic performance on the high bars, Japan's Kohei Uchimura defended his Olympic title in the men's individual all-around on Wednesday and added to his lustrous reputation as the best male gymnast ever.

Uchimura, who has won every all-around title at the world championships or the Olympics since 2009, was heavily favored. But after five of the six events, he was slightly behind Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev.

The Christ the Redeemer statue stands in the mist above Summer Olympics host city Rio de Janeiro last month.

'At Least It Works': Our Unique Shower In Rio Becomes A Hit Online

There are eureka moments in life that can change human history – and then there are eureka moments that give us a window into the complexities of the human situation. That's how I think about the shower in my hotel room here in Rio, which can be turned on via the sink faucets (!).

Evidently, what struck me as a small eureka moment also resonated with many people: Since I tweeted a video showing the shower head being controlled from the sink taps this weekend, it's been retweeted and liked by people every day. The Daily Mail got in touch; so did CNN.

A man looks to a mural on June 23 in the area where riots broke out after the funeral for Freddie Gray last year in Baltimore.

'Lock Up All The Black Hoodies': DOJ Report Details Abuses By Baltimore Police

In a damning report released Wednesday, the Department of Justice details the ways in which the Baltimore Police Department has violated the rights of the people its officers are sworn to protect.

The problems detailed in the 163-page report are broad and deep. But they're specific, too: a "pattern or practice" of discrimination is, of course, made of moments.

To be clear, the report emphasizes that this is not a case of a few bad apples. The problems are systemic — supervisors, policies, weak investigations and officer culture all play a role, the DOJ found.

Greta Horner holds a photo of her and her husband Ed taken a few months before he died.

Fines For Meat Industry's Safety Problems Are 'Embarrassingly Low'

On the worst day of Greta Horner's life, she was dressed in a burlap robe, waiting by the window for her husband to come home from work.

Ralph Horner, or Ed as his family calls him, should've been pulling in the driveway any minute that morning in June 2014, home from his overnight shift as a maintenance employee at the beef plant in Greeley, Colorado. It's owned by JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, with its North American headquarters a short drive from the Horners' home.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses the media from the Ecuadorian embassy in central London in February.

WikiLeaks Offers Reward In Search For Democratic Party Staffer's Killer

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is crafting a new storyline about who may have provided the material he published that caused an implosion in the Democratic National Committee's leadership this summer.

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