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Paul Smith says he wanted "take a page from the Russian playbook" to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook

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On Wednesday the South Carolina Education Lottery announced it will not be delivering more than $30 million in prizes to players with winning tickets printed as a result of a computer glitch. Fitria Ramli / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Navy Ad Campaign Hopes To Attract New Generation Of Young, Tech-Savvy Recruits

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Companies And Regulators Move Toward Full Ban On Plastic Straws To Help Alleviate Pileup

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National Park Service Finds Permanent Home For Cremains Left At Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Rosanna Arquette arrives at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Arquette: After Rejecting Weinstein, 'I Had A Completely Different Career'

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Trump Administration Plans To Extend Steel And Aluminum Tariffs To Canada, Mexico And EU

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As awareness grows about the environmental toll of single-use plastics, retailers and regulators alike are finding ways to decrease their use. And straws have become a prime target. Barbara Woike/AP hide caption

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Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers

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According to estimates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly a quarter of children growing up in rural America were poor in 2016, compared to slightly more than 20 percent in urban areas. Marc Romanelli/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Ninety-seven years after the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 took place, Oliva Hooker, 103, is thought to be the last surviving witness. Nellie Gilles/Radio Diaries hide caption

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Meet The Last Surviving Witness To The Tulsa Race Riot Of 1921

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti is everywhere, pursuing his case against President Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen. Avenatti says he has more ammunition he has yet to fire. Associated Press hide caption

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Who Is Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti — And Who Is Helping Him?

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Sears Holdings Corp., which operates Sears and Kmart, said Thursday that it is closing 72 more of its stores. Here, shoppers look for deals at the last remaining Sears store in Chicago before it closes this summer. Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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