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A traveler walks past a display board showing a canceled flight from Wuhan at Beijing Capital International Airport Thursday. China closed off the city of more than 11 million in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries during the Lunar New Year travel rush. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Chinese Authorities Begin Quarantine Of Wuhan City As Coronavirus Cases Multiply

Transportation in and out of the city of 11 million is being shut down as cases of the coronavirus are being reported throughout China and abroad. Wuhan is believed to be the contagion's epicenter.

An air tanker operated by Canada-based Coulson Aviation drops fire retardant on the Morton Fire burning in bushland close to homes at Penrose, south of Sydney, Australia, earlier this month. Dan Himbrechts/Dan Himbrechts/AAP Image via Reuters hide caption

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Tanker Plane Fighting Australia's Bushfires Crashes, Killing Crew Of 3

The crash occurred south of the capital, Canberra, as Australia continues battling massive fires that have scorched a Pennsylvania-sized section of the country.

Then-Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt.; then-Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., drink glasses of milk in 1999. Senate rules during the impeachment trial of President Trump permit the consumption of milk on the chamber floor, a strange rule that has sparked a conversation on social media. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Got Impeachment Trial Milk? These Senators Do

The Senate's strict rules allow the following on the chamber's floor during the impeachment trial: water, candy and ... milk. The presence of milk during the trial has become a hot topic on social media.

A photograph of Vladimir Munk, (center), taken in March 1938 before the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia. After being imprisoned in concentration camps for years, Munk returned to his hometown of Pardubice, Czechoslovakia in May 1945 (right). Emily Russell/NCPR hide caption

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Holocaust Survivor Returning To Auschwitz: 'It's Like Going To The Family Cemetery'


Vladimir Munk left Auschwitz 75 years ago after the concentration camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers. Now, for the first time, he's going back to a place he calls a burial ground for his family.

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Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (far left) consults with his defense attorneys in the U.S. military courtroom in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a man who waterboarded him, retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell, takes the stand. Janet Hamlin Illustration hide caption

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Architect Of CIA's Torture Program Says It Went Too Far

One of the psychologists who designed the CIA's torture program appeared at war court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday. He testified about an inmate who was waterboarded more than 80 times.

Members of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL) demonstrate in front of the Bloomington-Normal Amtrak station in Illinois to demand the suspension of an Amtrak policy that led to exorbitant fees for removing train seats to accommodate riders in wheelchairs. Later on Wednesday, Amtrak announced it would suspend the policy. Courtesy of Bridget Hayman hide caption

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Amtrak Reverses Course On $25,000 Bill For Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs

The rail carrier Amtrak says passengers who use wheelchairs will no longer have to pay for the added cost of accommodating them.

Amtrak Reverses Course On $25,000 Bill

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(L-R) Rick Richards, Bruce Smith and Fred McNeal of The Georgia Satellites perform onstage in 2018. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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The Georgia Satellites: A Southern Rock Band Lost To The MTV Era

For NPR's One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs series, Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis recommends "Battleship Chains" by The Georgia Satellites, known for "Keep Your Hands to Yourself."

The Georgia Satellites: A Southern Rock Band Lost To The MTV Era

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Planet Money S1

Season 1 of Planet Money Shorts brings the weird stories behind big economic facts, re-enacted and explained by the crew of goofballs over here at National Public Radio.

Marchers raise a rainbow flag during the 2018 Pride parade in Salt Lake City. Late Tuesday, state regulators implemented a ban on "conversion therapy" aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ young people. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Utah Becomes Latest State To Ban Discredited LGBTQ 'Conversion Therapy'

A host of medical experts has rejected the practice — aimed at changing a patient's sexual orientation — as "futile and destructive." In Utah, the ban took effect with a regulatory change Tuesday.

President Trump announces that his administration will add more countries to its travel ban, saying the move is needed for national security. Trump discussed the plan Wednesday during a news conference at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters hide caption

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Trump Says He'll Add 'A Few Countries' To Controversial U.S. Travel Ban

The president confirmed a plan to expand one of the signature pieces of his immigration policy, in a move that could double the number of countries on the restricted list.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14. The two septuagenarians have sparred in recent days about Social Security. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden And Sanders Amp Up Criticism As Polls Show Them Separating From Field

The two Democratic presidential candidates are increasing their scrutiny of each other's long records.

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U.N. Urges Probe Of Reported Hacking Of Jeff Bezos' Phone By Saudi Arabia

U.N. human rights experts said they were gravely concerned by reports that a WhatsApp account held by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was used to hack The Washington Post owner's phone.

U.N. Urges Probe Of Reported Hacking Of Jeff Bezos' Phone By Saudi Arabia

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A man holds a cold-stunned iguana outside an apartment complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. "This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s," the National Weather Service said Tuesday. Saul Martinez/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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When Winter Hits Florida, Iguanas Fall From Trees — And Maybe Onto The Grill

"Verified the iguana warning," the National Weather Service office in Miami says. There are also reports that, much like in 2018, some people see the cold-stunned lizards as free meat.

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