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Farmer Kevin Sullivan put solar panels on a portion of his property in Suffield, Conn. Patrick Skahill/WNPR hide caption

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For New England Farmers Looking To Make Ends Meet, The Sun Provides A Harvest

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News Brief: Transgender People In The Military, Mattis In Middle East

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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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YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us

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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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In her second ruling on the Texas Senate Bill, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos said changes made to 2011 voter ID law did not "fully ameliorate" its "discriminatory intent." LM Otero/AP hide caption

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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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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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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, who was killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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