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City workers drape a tarp over the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation park in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday. The city council voted to cover the statues to symbolize the city's mourning of Heather Heyer, killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Charlottesville Shrouds Its Robert E. Lee And Stonewall Jackson Statues

The black tarps are a gesture of the city's mourning for Heather Heyer, who was struck and killed by a driver while she was protesting against a white supremacist rally on Aug. 12.

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'Up First' Podcast: White House To Issue Guidelines On Transgender Service Members

The White House is expected to issue new guidelines on President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military. Also, we look at what's dividing President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

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Chuck E. Cheese's recently renovated San Antonio restaurant. The chain has plans to update its look inside and out — and will retire its (animatronic) house band. Darren Abate/AP hide caption

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Say Goodbye To The Pizza Time Players: Chuck E. Cheese Retires Its Band

The CEO of the company that runs Chuck E. Cheese pizza parlors says its animatronic house band simply can't live up to the expectations that kids today have for entertainment.

Say Goodbye To The Pizza Time Players: Chuck E. Cheese Retires Its Band

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When The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz) attaches himself to Arthur (Griffin Newman), no tweezers in the world can separate them. Jessica Miglio/Amazon hide caption

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He's Big, He's Blue, And Now, He's Bingeable: 'The Tick' Returns

The new, 10-episode Amazon series isn't a grim-and-gritty reboot, exactly — but its dark-ish tone will surprise some fans of Ben Edlund's superhero spoof.

He's Big, He's Blue, And Now, He's Bingeable: 'The Tick' Returns

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry at a news conference last month in Washington, D.C. The Energy Department said Wednesday that the government should make it easier and cheaper to operate power plants, including coal and nuclear plants, to strengthen the nation's electric grid. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Coal, Nuclear Power Would Benefit From Energy Department's Power Grid Study

A controversial Energy Department report claims the U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas. Environmentalists doubt the report.

Coal, Nuclear Power Would Benefit From Energy Department's Power Grid Study

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YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us

Young YouTube stars work hard to look authentic and accessible, and they can make millions of dollars doing it. But the pressure to appear perfect while living online can sometimes be too much.

YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us

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First Listen: Hercules & Love Affair, 'Omnion'

Hercules & Love Affair ringmaster and disco-pop savant Andrew Butler's new album finely tunes the music's contemporary and traditional ingredients with guest appearances by Sharon Van Etten and more.

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A Syrian girl walks through an empty, ruined house in Raqqa earlier this month. Many civilians like her have no choice but to stay in the war-ravaged city despite the danger, either because they've been trapped by ISIS fighters or because they don't have the funds to pay smugglers. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Civilians Trapped In Raqqa, Offensive Against ISIS Presents New Dangers

An Amnesty International report depicts the terrors faced by the Syrian civilians trapped by ISIS fighters. Among those terrors: errant airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition pushing to liberate them.

The Department of Justice has narrowed the scope of a warrant it served to web hosting company DreamHost. The government has demanded information about DisruptJ20.org, a website used to organize protests in Washington, D.C., during the Inauguration in January. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Department Narrows Request For Visitor Logs To Inauguration Protest Website

Dropping a request for some 1.3 million IP addresses, the Trump administration says its will instead focus "on evidence of the planning coordination and participation in a criminal act."

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'Good Time' Filmmakers Wanted To Make A Movie That 'Actually Feels Dangerous'

The gritty pulp thriller follows a small-time criminal trying to get his brother out of jail after a bank robbery gone wrong. It's directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.

'Good Time' Filmmakers Wanted To Make A Movie That 'Actually Feels Dangerous'

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In the U.S., the average age for initiating sexual activity has remained around 17 or 18 since the early 1990s, even as people have begun marrying later in life. PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images hide caption

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Abstinence Education Is Ineffective And Unethical, Report Argues

Researchers say that programs advocating abstinence until marriage fail to get teens to delay sexual activity and also prevent them from getting important information about pregnancy and STDs.

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Hope, Rebellion And Empowerment: The Multifaceted Appeal Of Mashrou' Leila's 'Roman'

The Lebanese alternative rock band's hit single has taken on a life of its own this summer: as an anthem for women's empowerment and as a song of hope for troubled political times.

Hope, Rebellion And Empowerment: The Multifaceted Appeal Of Mashrou' Leila's 'Roman'

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