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Kevin and Ranae Dietzel, owners of a small dairy herd near Jewell, Iowa, named their signature cheese after this cow, Ingrid.

How Fancy Cheese May Save Some Small-Scale Dairies

On a clear, cold winter evening, the sun begins to set at Lost Lake Farm near Jewell, Iowa, and Kevin Dietzel calls his 15 dairy cows to come home.

"Come on!" he hollers in a singsong voice. "Come on!"

Brown Swiss cows and black Normandy cows trot across the frozen field and, in groups of four, are ushered into the small milking parlor.

(From left) Ryan Zinke, the nominee for interior secretary; Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Judge Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

Beyond DeVos, What 5 Key Trump Appointees Could Mean For Schools

The action in the U.S. school system is overwhelmingly local. But the federal government, and the courts, have an important hand in many issues that touch classrooms — from civil rights to international programs of study. We looked at the records of some of President Trump's key appointees to see how they might affect education in the years to come.

Jeff Sessions, attorney general (confirmed)

Is Michael K. Williams being typecast?

THIS WEEK IN RACE: Walls, ID Laws And Getting Typecast

Do Voter ID Laws Hurt Minority Turnout? Study says: Absolutely.

Roy Ebihara and his wife, Aiko, at StoryCorps in Oberlin, Ohio. Both were in Japanese internment camps in the 1940s.

Couple Moves On From Silence About Time In Japanese Internment Camps

This weekend marks 75 years since President Roosevelt's executive order that sent Japanese-Americans to internment camps.

Roy Ebihara and his wife, 82-year-old Aiko, were children then, and both were held in camps with their families.

At StoryCorps, 83-year-old Roy told Aiko about what happened in his hometown of Clovis, N.M., in the weeks just before the executive order was issued.

At 70, Donald Trump is the oldest person to become president.

As Presidents Live Longer, Doctors Debate Whether To Test For Dementia

In a series of recent interviews, President Donald Trump's longtime personal physician Dr. Harold N. Bornstein told The New York Times that our new commander in chief has what amounts to a pretty unremarkable medical chart.

A Canadian police officer offers a hand to a migrant crossing the U.S.-Canada border near Champlain, N.Y. on Wednesday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting surges in illegal crossings in Canada in recent months.

Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting a flurry of illegal crossings into Canada in recent months. Officials say Quebec province has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in snowy, remote areas in northern New York.

One illegal crossing area that has become particularly popular among immigrants is in Champlain, N.Y., in the northeast corner of the state.

Demonstrators march through downtown Austin, Texas, on Thursday. Protesters are targeting recent immigration raids around the country.

ICE Detains A Victim Of Domestic Abuse At Texas Courthouse

Federal immigration agents last week detained a woman in the U.S. illegally just after she received a protective order against an abusive boyfriend, in an El Paso County courthouse.

El Paso County Attorney Joanne Bernal said the ICE arrest inside a courthouse was "unprecedented and stunning."

"To my knowledge, and others I have spoken to, no one has a recollection of immigration officials acting like this in a courthouse," Bernal told NPR.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, walks with Vice Adm. Robert Harward, center, the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, and Col. Kelly Martin, the vice commander of 6th Air Mobility Wing, after landing at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla., March 21, 2013.

Robert Harward Turns Down Job As National Security Adviser

Retired Navy vice-admiral Robert Harward has turned down the position of National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, a White House official tells NPR's Mara Liasson.

Harward was offered the job after Michael T. Flynn, the former general, resigned Monday after just 24 days on the job. Trump said his confidence in Flynn had eroded after Flynn misled then-Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Rep. William "Bill" Huizenga, R-Mich., says House Republicans "know the direction we want to go and sort of the destination" with replacing Obamacare.

Republican Health Care Proposal Would Cover Fewer Low-Income Families

House Republicans are debating a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act that would give consumers tax credits to buy insurance, cut back on Medicaid and allow people to save their own money to pay for health care costs.

The outline plan is likely to take away some of the financial help low-income families get through Obamacare subsidies, and also result in fewer people being covered under the Medicaid health care program for the poor.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's position against the enforcement of Trump's immigration policies could jeopardize some federal funding.

Louisiana Immigrant Rights Groups Organize Against Trump Policies

As the Trump administration moves to step up deportations, immigrant rights groups are organizing a resistance.

"No papers, no fear" is the message at a meeting of the Congress of Day Laborers in New Orleans. A mostly Latino crowd is packed in the sanctuary of a church. They encourage one another to stand up for their rights.

"Fear is our fuel," says speaker Leticia Casildo as the audience cheers.

She says they're fighting for their families.

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