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Teachers and civil rights groups sue over Oklahoma's ban on critical race theory

A group of educators and civil rights groups is challenging Oklahoma's new law limiting public school teachings on race and gender issues in court.


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Dr. Rachel Levine is sworn in as the nation's first transgender four-star officer

Dr. Rachel Levine is once again making history, becoming the first openly transgender four-star officer to serve in any of the country's eight uniformed services.


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House panel on Jan. 6 votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for defying subpoena

Updated October 19, 2021 at 9:13 PM ET

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening unanimously approved a criminal contempt report against Steve Bannon, an ally of former President Donald Trump's, for defying a subpoena from the panel.


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Prosecutors recommend probation for Breonna Taylor's ex-boyfriend

Prosecutors have recommended probation in a plea deal for Jamarcus Glover, the man whose drug dealing led Louisville police to the home of Breonna Taylor in March 2020.

According to court documents obtained by NPR, Glover entered guilty pleas last week. Prosecutors have agreed to drop most of the charges he faced and are recommending up to 8 years of probation.


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Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry is charged with lying to authorities over illegal donations

Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry was charged Tuesday with lying to federal authorities about illegal campaign contributions made to his 2016 reelection campaign.

In a video posted online ahead of the indictment, Fortenberry, a conservative Republican who represents the state's 1st district, alluded to illegal contributions made to his campaign by Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury.


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Moderna won't share its vaccine recipe. WHO has hired an African startup to crack it

Fans of the television series The Great British Bake Off have long marveled at the skill contestants show during the dreaded "technical challenge" — for which they are given a basket with all the ingredients needed to make a highly unusual dish but a set of instructions that are often as vague as, "Bake until ready." Now a team of scientists at a pharmaceutical startup in South Africa is essentially confronting the same type of test — except the stakes are life and death.


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Taliban will allow a national polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan, says WHO

For the first time in three years, the Taliban has agreed to allow health workers from the United Nations to begin a nationwide polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan, according to the World Health Organization and UNICEF.


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Customs and Border Protection nominee pledges to balance security and humanity

President Biden's nominee to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection faced tough questions from a Senate committee about how he would handle the southern border.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus told senators on Tuesday that he would seek to balance border security with humane treatment of migrants.


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A drone company is working to airlift dogs stranded by the volcano in La Palma

Several dogs that are stranded by lava from a volcano on the island of La Palma, Spain, could soon be rescued, if a drone company has its way. Aerocamaras says its team of drone operators has now received the permits it needs to try a unique rescue, in which a drone will drop a net on each dog, then whisk it to safety.


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Abductions have increased in Haiti, but religious aid groups are still going there

The seventeen people from an Christian aid mission abducted in Haiti while returning from an orphanage remain missing, four days later.

Their kidnapping – brazen even in a country where abductions have increased exponentially recently – have cast a spotlight on the work that religious relief organizations undertake in sometimes dangerous conditions.

Indeed, such aid groups are often found in the parts of the world where conditions are most dire.


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