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A State Department employee, accused of taking gifts from Chinese intelligence agents and not reporting the contacts, pleaded not guilty in a court appearance Wednesday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Felony Charges For U.S. Diplomat Over Alleged Contacts With Chinese Agents

For years, a State Department employee allegedly received tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from Chinese intelligence operatives and failed to report the repeated contacts to U.S. officials.

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Fishermen Catch 50-Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

MacArthur Park in Los Angeles is not the most picturesque location, but it is where the California Ghetto Carping Club caught a 50 pound carp this week.

Fishermen Catch 50-Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

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At Kemper, Mississippi Power has built an entirely new coal plant from the ground up. But the plant, which uses carbon capture technology, has experienced missed deadlines, cost overruns and other problems. Courtesy of Mississippi Power hide caption

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Energy

Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up

Capturing carbon emissions from coal plants would reduce coal's effect on climate change. But high costs and other factors have stymied efforts to use that technology at more U.S. power plants.

Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up

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Canadians Report More Scrutiny And Rejection At U.S. Border Checkpoints

Immigration lawyers say they've seen a spike in the number of Canadians turned back at the U.S. border since January. But federal officials insist that no policies have changed on the American side.

Canadians Report More Scrutiny And Rejection At U.S. Border Checkpoints

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Gender-neutral signs are posted outside public restrooms at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. The Census Bureau says it is not planning to ask about gender identity or sexual orientation in the 2020 Census. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Census To Leave Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Questions Off New Surveys

"Sexual orientation and gender identity" was listed in a Census Bureau report as a proposed topic for the 2020 Census or the American Community Survey. But the topic was later removed.

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Hungarian Legislation Threatens American University In Budapest

Central European University is widely considered Hungary's top private university. It was founded by financier George Soros, who has a strained relationship Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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After Fleeing An Apocalypse, La Vida Boheme Embraces Its Immigrant Story

The Venezuelan rockers moved to Mexico as protest and corruption were swallowing their hometown of Caracas. Life in a foreign country became the inspiration for their latest album, La Lucha.

After Fleeing An Apocalypse, La Vida Boheme Embraces Its Immigrant Story

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Shots - Health News

Missouri Rejects Federal Money In Order To Set Up Its Own Abortion Restrictions

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Abortion is already heavily restricted in Missouri, but now the state is cutting more funding to organizations that provide abortions, even though it means rejecting millions of dollars from the feds.

Missouri Rejects Federal Money In Order To Set Up Its Own Abortion Restrictions

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Environment

Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

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After devastating floods, California is looking to spend billions on dams and levees. Some are calling for a new approach to flood control, one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it.

Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

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Politics

A 'Nuclear' Senate Showdown Next Week Appears All But Inevitable

If Senate Democrats are determined to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Senate Republicans are just as determined to confirm him.

A 'Nuclear' Senate Showdown Next Week Appears All But Inevitable

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Shots - Health News

6 Changes The Trump Administration Can Still Make To Obamacare

The Republican overhaul bill died, but the health care drama continues. There are lots of ways the Trump administration can change regulations and how the Affordable Care Act is administered — without congressional approval.

European Council President Donald Tusk holds up the document from the U.K. in Brussels on Wednesday. Tusk has received a letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May invoking Article 50 of the bloc's key treaty, the formal start of exit negotiations. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

With Brexit Triggered, Uncertainty Continues Over What's To Come

The British are known for understatement, but political observers speak of Brexit in superlatives. They say it could prove transformational for the country – either for good or ill.

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The Salt

EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

The EPA says it's reversing course and keeping chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on produce, on the market. The agency previously said the chemical could post risks to consumers.

EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

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An M-44 device — also known as a "cyanide bomb" for the way it sprays sodium cyanide — sits nested between two rocks. Several petitions are now calling for the removal of these devices used to protect livestock from predators. Mark Mansfield, father of a boy accidentally sprayed March 16 in Idaho, calls M-44s "neither safe nor humane." Bannock County Sheriff's Office hide caption

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Calls Mount For Ban On 'Cyanide Bombs' After Death Of Family Pet

An M-44, which sprays predators with sodium cyanide, detonated on a teen and his dog earlier this month in Idaho. Now the family and others are petitioning the USDA to end its use of the devices.

Michael Sharp visited Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, home to displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during his time in the country. When he was killed, he was part of a U.N. mission. Jana Asenbrennerova/Courtesy of MCC hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Remembering Michael Sharp: He Risked His Life To Make Peace

The death of the 34-year-old Kansan was confirmed this week. Correspondent Gregory Warner met him by chance on a boat and found out how he managed to forge a dialogue with violent rebels.

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Code Switch

Sanctuary Churches: Who Controls The Story?

This week on the podcast, Adrian Florido tackles this debate: When immigrants facing deportation seek sanctuary, should they make their stories public? Do they decide or does the church?

Sanctuary Churches: Who Controls The Story?

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First Episode Of 'All Things Considered' Is Headed To Library Of Congress

The NPR program's inaugural 1971 broadcast has been added to the National Recording Registry, alongside other "aural treasures" like Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow." Take a listen to the first show!

First Episode Of 'All Things Considered' Is Headed To Library Of Congress

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