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This October 2008 photo shows Mercury during the Messenger spacecraft's second flyby of the planet. NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington via AP hide caption

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A Slow Trip To A Hot Planet: Spacecraft Launches For Mission To Mercury

The European Space Agency's BepiColombo will take seven years to reach the innermost planet in our solar system, where temperatures at the surface can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

Protesters on both sides of the abortion debate demonstrated in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in July concerning Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. It is thought that challenge to Roe v. Wade could have a chance of passing now that he's confirmed. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Legal Battle Over Missouri Clinic Could Foretell Abortion Fights In Other States

Two rules have forced closure of all but one Planned Parenthood center in the state. Abortion-rights supporters say it is an example of an "abortion desert" that could result if Roe is overturned.

Paul Manafort, left, departs Federal District Court after a hearing with defense lawyer Kevin Downing on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Washington. A federal judge set his sentencing date on Friday. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Paul Manafort To Be Sentenced In February; Lawyers Cite His Health Woes In Jail

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman continues cooperating with the Justice Department after his plea agreement; it isn't clear when prosecutors might be finished with him.

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After ICE Raid, A Shortage Of Welders In Tigertown, Texas

In August, immigration officials hauled off 150 workers from a northeast Texas plant — one of ICE's largest operations in a decade. Now the employer is pushing back.

After ICE Raid, A Shortage Of Welders In Tigertown, Texas

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When the mines in the North Fork Valley started laying off employees, Eric and Teresa Neal hired and retrained former coal miners to learn how to work with fiber optic cable. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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A Rural Colorado Coal County Was Struggling. Then A Tech Company Brought New Jobs

For the first time in years, Delta County in western Colorado is experiencing population growth, one indicator that rural Americans are increasingly feeling optimistic about their economic future.

A Rural Colorado Coal County Was Struggling. Then A Tech Company Brought New Jobs

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A man does a fascist salute as he stands next to the tomb of Francisco Franco inside the basilica at the Valley of the Fallen monument outside Madrid. Spain's center-left government approved legal amendments that it says will ensure that Franco's remains can soon be dug up and removed. Andrea Comas/AP hide caption

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Spain Plans To Remove Franco's Remains From A Memorial, Angering His Supporters

More than four decades after his death, the dictator Francisco Franco remains a divisive figure. His tomb is situated at a memorial outside Madrid that has become a pilgrimage site of sorts.

Spain Plans To Remove Franco's Remains From A Memorial, Angering His Supporters

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Memory Fuels Art And Activism In Mark Bradford's 'Tomorrow Is Another Day'

Bradford represented the U.S. at the 2017 Venice Biennale. An exhibit of his work is now on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art — where one curator says he may well be the best painter working today.

Memory Fuels Art And Activism In Mark Bradford's 'Tomorrow Is Another Day'

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