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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (left) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city and county of Los Angeles, plus four other cities, were joining California's lawsuit over the 2020 census citizenship question in May. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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California Legal Challenges To Census Citizenship Question To Continue

A federal judge in San Francisco has rejected the Trump administration's motion to dismiss two lawsuits over the 2020 census question. A potential trial could start in January 2019.

This still frame from a video released earlier this week by Cal Fire shows the "fire tornado" forming over Lake Keswick Estates near Redding, Calif., on July 26. Cal Fire via AP hide caption

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WATCH: Massive 'Fire Tornado' Revealed In Footage Released By Officials

California authorities say the behemoth killed a firefighter battling the Carr Fire last month. Larger than three football fields, the tornado was unlike anything they'd seen. Now, they have video.

The company behind a privately funded passenger train line in Florida has proposed a route that connects Orlando and Tampa. Here, a Brightline train is seen at the new MiamiCentral terminal during its inaugural trip from Miami to West Palm Beach in May. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Has Convoluted Ties To Rail Company Whose Project He Supports

In 2011, Scott rejected a federally funded rail project; now he supports a privately funded one. He and his wife invested millions with an investment firm that owns the company behind the proposal.

The Satanic Temple unveils its statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday. The group wants to install the statue on Capitol grounds because a monument of the Ten Commandments was placed there in 2017. Hannah Grabenstein/AP hide caption

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Satanic Temple Protests Ten Commandments Monument With Goat-Headed Statue

"It will be a very cold day in hell before an offensive statue will be forced upon us to be permanently erected on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol," Republican State Sen. Jason Rapert said.

Beto O'Rourke speaks at the Texas Democratic Convention in June. Since winning the Democratic primary, O'Rourke has embraced progressive positions — at times, including impeaching President Trump — as he challenges GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's reelection bid. Richard W. Rodriguez/AP hide caption

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To Win Texas, Beto O'Rourke Is Running To The Left

The Democratic congressman is challenging GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. He's making a bet that firing up liberals is the way to win, instead of running to the center as Democrats in red states often do.

To Win Texas, Beto O'Rourke Is Running To The Left

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Spaniards take part in a protest over Spain's stolen babies scandal outside a court in Madrid, on June 26. No Spanish government has acknowledged the alleged cases. Juan Medina/Reuters hide caption

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How Spanish Women Were Allegedly Targeted In 'Stolen Babies' Cases For Decades

A secret adoption network started in Spain in the 1930s as a fascist tactic to purge "communist tendencies" from women who defended the republic, say prosecutors and academics.

How Spanish Women Were Allegedly Targeted In 'Stolen Babies' Cases For Decades

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Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

If the celebrated cellist could soundtrack his life, the music would be J.S. Bach's six Cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma explains why they mean the world to him while he played the music at the NPR offices.

Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

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Houses affected by Hurricane Maria, some covered in tarps and missing roofs, seen in June in San Juan, Puerto Rico's El Gandul neighborhood. Carlos Giusti/AP hide caption

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FEMA Begins Scaling Back Financial Assistance In Puerto Rico

Declaring the island's emergency over, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun scaling back its financial assistance. Puerto Rico's government is not happy about that.

FEMA Begins Scaling Back Financial Assistance In Puerto Rico

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Texas officials are requiring that people who comment at Medicaid meetings on pharmaceuticals disclose more details about their ties to industry. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Tightens Disclosure Rules Following Medicaid Investigation

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Officials in Texas are responding to the findings of an investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity into drugmakers' influence over medication choices for Medicaid patients.

Esteban Santiago leaves the Broward County jail for a hearing in federal court on Jan. 17, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Santiago has been sentenced to life in prison for a Jan. 6 shooting rampage at a Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport baggage claim area. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter Is Sentenced To Life In Prison

Esteban Santiago killed five people and injured six when he opened fire in the baggage claim at a Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017. A federal judge called the attack "85 seconds of evil."

A member of the Myanmar security forces stands guard near a military transport helicopter in Rakhine state last September, about a month into the bloody crackdown on the country's Rohingya Muslim population. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'There Must Be Justice': U.S. Sanctions Myanmar Soldiers For Rohingya Killings

The sanctions target four mid-level commanders and two units — but they failed to satisfy senators and activists alike, who say the U.S. has a ways to go to hold Myanmar accountable for its crimes.

The U.S. says it may impose more sanctions against Turkey, as the diplomatic rift between the two countries deepens. The lira has lost about a third of its value against the dollar since January. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

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U.S. Threatens Further Sanctions Against Turkey Over Detained Pastor

Rising tensions between the two countries have caused Turkey's currency, the lira, to plunge by about a third of its value against the U.S. dollar since January, sparking fears of an economic crisis.

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