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A worrying phone call adds to concerns about Sen. Dianne Feinstein's cognitive health

Journalist Rebecca Traister set out to write a profile of the oldest sitting U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein of California, who turns 89 on June 22. And while Traister's feature piece does center on Feinstein's long and storied career, it also evokes questions about the senator's cognitive health.

NPR's All Things Considered spoke with Traister, a writer for The Cut, about a worrying call she had with Feinstein two days after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

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Amber Heard says she doesn't blame the jury that awarded Johnny Depp more than $10M

Amber Heard says she doesn't blame the jury that awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million after a contentious six-week libel trial in her first post-verdict interview.

"I don't blame them," Heard told "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie in an interview clip aired Monday on NBC. "I actually understand. He's a beloved character and people feel they know him. He's a fantastic actor."


Treasure hunters allege the FBI made off with Civil War-era gold and covered it up

The FBI either lied to a federal judge about having video of its secretive 2018 dig for Civil War-era gold, or illegally destroyed the video to prevent a father-son team of treasure hunters from gaining access to it, an attorney for the duo asserted in new legal filings that allege a government cover-up.

Prolific character actor Philip Baker Hall dies at 90

NEW YORK — Philip Baker Hall, the prolific character actor of film and theater who starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's first movies and who memorably hunted down a long-overdue library book in Seinfeld, has died. He was 90.

Holly Wolfle Hall, the actor's wife of nearly 40 years, on Monday said Hall died Sunday surrounded by loved ones in Glendale, Calif. She said Hall had been well until a few weeks earlier, and spent his final days in warm spirits, reflecting on his life.

Jan. 6 panel says Trump fleeced his base and 5 other takeaways from the 2nd hearing

It wasn't in prime time this time, but the Jan. 6 committee held an eyebrow-raising hearing Monday in its second of seven promised ones.

This hearing pulled back the curtain on what life was like on the Trump campaign and in the White House in the days following election night 2020.

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Police in Idaho are getting death threats after arresting Patriot Front members

Following the arrest of members of a white nationalist group called the Patriot Front this weekend, members of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department are getting death threats.

That's according to police chief Lee White who spoke to media during a press conference Monday.


Russia-Ukraine war: What happened today (June 13)

As Monday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:

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Flooding at Yellowstone National Park sweeps away a bridge and washes out roads

HELENA, Mont. — Major flooding swept away at least one bridge, washed away roads and set off mudslides in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, prompting officials to close the entrances to the popular tourist attraction and evacuate visitors.

The flooding hit after recent "unprecedented rains," park officials said on Facebook.

"Our first priority has been to evacuate the northern section of the park where we have multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and others issues," superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement.

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Oakland, Calif., declares racism a public health crisis

Oakland has declared a new public health crisis in the California town: racism.

Last week, members of the Oakland City Council voted without opposition to declare the public health crisis and vow to work on studies and actions that advance racial equity.

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The Jan. 6 panel says the Trump campaign misled donors using election lies

As the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol wrapped up its second day of public hearings, Rep. Zoe Lofgren tied the Trump campaign's false claims about election fraud, and its repeated litigation of the 2020 election, to its fundraising tactics.

"If the litigation had stopped on Dec. 14, there would have been no fight to defend the election and no clear path to continue to raise millions of dollars," the California Democrat said.