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The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years. Using data reported by states, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in 2018 — a 4 percent hike from 2017 and 35 percent since 2008. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Cardinal George Pell at the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday. He was convicted of child sex abuse, but journalists who reported on the case could face jail time for disobeying a gag order. Andy Brownbill/AP hide caption

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Why Snowpack Forecasts Are Important In California

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'No More Deaths' Volunteers Face Possible Jail Time For Aiding Migrants

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President Trump Thinks Kim Jong Un Is Not Responsible For Otto Warmbier's Death

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Virginia first lady Pam Northam is facing criticism after asking Senate pages to imagine being enslaved cotton-pickers during a tour of the Executive Mansion. Alex Edelman/Getty Images hide caption

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A combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella protects kids against all three illnesses with one shot. Courtney Perry/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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States Move To Restrict Parents' Refusal To Vaccinate Their Kids

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A vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., in a photo from December. Pacific Gas & Electric says its equipment may have ignited the 2018 fire. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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The House passed a background check bill that would allow federal authorities more time to conduct background checks on would-be gun purchasers. The bill faces long odds of being adopted in the Senate. Andy Clement/Getty Images hide caption

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Floods Turn Northern California Towns Into Islands: 'Our World Is Getting Smaller'

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Report: Child Poverty Could Be Cut In Half Over 10 Years, At A Hefty Price

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Honoring The Chapel Hill 9

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