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What Scientists Predicted 2018 Would Look Like 50 Years Ago

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N.J. Bill Would Require Outside Prosecutors To Investigate Deaths Involving Police

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Driver's Licensing Processes May Put Undocumented People At Risk Of Deportation

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Journalist Jerry Mitchell Discusses Decades Investigating Civil Rights Era Killings

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President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis at the White House in October. Mattis will be replaced by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Two senior officials at the U.S. Government Publishing Office, based in Washington, D.C., betrayed "public trust" and eroded employee morale by hiring unqualified workers, including an official's son, the agency's Office of Inspector General said in an internal report. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Cronyism, 'Wasteful' Spending Accusations Roil Government Publishing Office

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A menorah is installed outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the first night of Hanukkah.The synagogue was the site of a mass shooting in October. It was one of a number of tragedies and revelations that made 2018 a difficult year for the city of Pittsburgh. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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For Pittsburgh, A Difficult Year Reveals Long-Buried Problems

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Allen Druffel, 34, of Colton, Wash., stands in front of the co-op silos that hold his unsold chickpeas. Last year he was getting 50 cents a pound for his pulse crop. Now, the going price is 18 cents a pound — well below his cost of production. Anna King/Northwest News Network hide caption

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Chickpeas Sit In Silos As Trump's Trade Wars Wage On

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White Supremacy Fuels Domestic Terrorism, Southern Poverty Law Center Says

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Texas Volunteers Start Pop-Up Medical Clinics To Help Screen Migrant Children

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