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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

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On Jan. 13, 2016, a cashier sells Powerball tickets in San Lorenzo, Calif. Later that day, three winning tickets split the record $1.6 billion jackpot. Wednesday's $758 million jackpot is the largest grand prize won by a single lottery ticket in U.S. history. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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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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A Village Voice newspaper stand lays on the ground next to garbage in New York City's East Village on Tuesday. The Village Voice, one of the oldest and best-known alternative weeklies in the U.S., announced that it will no longer publish a print edition. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Peter Madsen's private submarine sits on a pier in Copenhagen's harbor. Danish police have identified a headless, limbless torso that washed ashore Monday as that of Kim Wall, the journalist who joined Madsen on his sub earlier this month to report a story. Jens Dresling/AP hide caption

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Walmart customers will be able to place an order by simply saying it out loud, using either the voice-activated speaker Google Home (left) or the Google Assistant app. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Hervé Zarka uses a tool called a simoussi to rake up salt in his marshland on the island of Noirmoutier in France. He says there are many minerals in natural sea salt, such as magnesium and potassium, that aren't in industrial salt. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Harvesting Salt By Hand Is Making A Comeback In France

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White nationalist Richard Spencer's free speech fight against Google, Facebook and other tech companies has some unlikely support from the left. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

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President Trump speaks with newly sworn-in White House chief of staff John Kelly at the White House on July 31. Kelly is one of four former generals who were appointed to top administration positions. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Donald Trump Likes To Surround Himself With Generals

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Ten Chinese and Russian companies as well as six individuals are targeted by a new round of U.S. sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang's weapons program. This follows a round of U.N. sanctions. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Unveils Sanctions To Curb North Korea's Weapons Program

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Greenpeace activists hang a banner from the rafters at a bank shareholders' meeting earlier this year in Zurich, calling for it to "STOP DIRTY PIPELINE DEALS!" Also on the banner are hashtags supporting Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kelp plants grow on a 30-foot-long, white PVC pole suspended in the water. If this is successful, instead of just one row, there would be a whole platform, hundreds of meters across and hundreds of meters deep, full of kelp plants. Courtesy of David Ginsburg/Wrigley Institute hide caption

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Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean

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In Alaska, One Man Fights To Save Oil Fund As Reserves Dry Up

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A California jury awarded a woman $417 million in a case against Johnson & Johnson. The woman claimed that her use of Johnson's Baby Powder led to terminal ovarian cancer. Scientists disagree on how strong a link there is between talc and ovarian cancer. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? A Jury Says Yes. Scientists Aren't So Sure

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