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Capitol Police personnel step off an Air Force bus waiting on the plaza of the Capitol after President Donald Trump used his executive power to deny military aircraft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit troops abroad, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.
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Father and son John, left, and Johnny Nagel were dressed for the cold temperatures on Friday while shoveling snow outside their north Bismarck, N.D., home Friday, Jan. 18, 2019,. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
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Salmon researcher Greg Ruggerone, one of a group of scientists who noticed a startling trend about the deaths of endangered southern resident orca whales, stands with a chart showing various salmon species his office Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Seattle. For years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. The researchers were perusing data on the website of the Center for Whale Research, when they noticed that for the past two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years, corresponding to a pattern related to pink salmon, which return to the waters between Washington state and Canada in enormous numbers every other year.
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Earth starts to cast its shadow on the moon during a complete lunar eclipse seen from Jakarta, Indonesia. Starting Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 2019, all of North and South America will be able to see the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 from start to finish this weekend.
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Provided by Juan Oliphant, Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and advocate, swims with a large great white shark off the shore of Oahu. Ramsey told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 17 that images of her swimming next to a huge great white shark prove that these top predators should be protected, not feared. (Juan Oliphant via AP)
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Herself with her fiance Daniel Jastrab and their sons Jameson, right, and Silas. Tool, an ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon, says she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown. Tool is now scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. (Jasmine Tool via AP)
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Defendant Liane Shekter-Smith, 57, listens during a preliminary examination in the cases of four defendants, all former or current officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Flint, Mich. Shekter-Smith, Michael Prysby and Stephen Busch of the MDEQ recently accepted plea deals in the Flint water criminal investigation. Some Flint residents are upset, saying key people who could have stopped the lead disaster in 2014-15 are getting off easy. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
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Pastor and activist Evan Mawarire right, arrives at the magistrates courts handcuffed in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. A prominent pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge arrived at court, one of more than 600 people arrested this week. Mawarire has called it "heartbreaking" to see the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe. Mawarire is accused of inciting civil disobedience online.
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Department of Water and Power employees work in the pouring rain to clear a fallen tree from a road in the Hollywood hills in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. The latest in a series of Pacific Ocean storms pounded California with rain and snow Thursday, prompting officials to put communities on alert for mudslides and flooding and making travel treacherous.
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Audience members listen as President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the Pentagon.
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A firefighter battles a fire along the Ronald Reagan Freeway, aka state Highway 118, in Simi Valley, Calif. A group of U.S. senators from around the American West sent a letter to President Trump warning that firefighting academies that provide required annual training for thousands of front-line fire crews are canceling classes because their federally employed instructors are on furlough.
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Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building in New York. A report by BuzzFeed News, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials, says that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress and that Cohen regularly briefed Trump on the project. The Associated Press has not independently confirmed the report.
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An arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York. In a report released on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a birth defect called gastroschisis.
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The Hubble Space Telescope from the space shuttle Atlantis, orbiting the Earth. On Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, the Space Telescope Science Institute says the instrument has resumed observations. It had stopped working on Jan. 8. (NASA via AP)
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Rescue workers carry a victim after a 300-meter (990-foot) wide avalanche that hit the Tamok Valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe, Norway, Thursday Jan. 17, 2019. Norwegian police say they have located the bodies of three ski tourists that were hit by an avalanche in northern Norway on January 2, and a police spokesman said Wednesday they would continue search efforts for the fourth victim weather permitting. (Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/NTB Scanpix)
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The logo for Facebook appears on screens in New York's Times Square. Facebook announced Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, it would invest $300 million over three years in news initiatives with an emphasis in local coverage.
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A smoke column rises from Shindake volcano after its eruption in Kuchinoerabu island, southern Japan, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Japan Meteorological Agency said Thursday's eruption caused volcanic rocks flying out of the crater and pyroclastic flows pouring down but have not reached as far as the residential area 2 kilometers (1.2 mile) away. (Kyodo News via AP)
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The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight over a national privacy law. Privacy organizations on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, suggested sidelining the Federal Trade Commission with a new data-protection agency empowered to police U.S. industry.
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A Caltrans worker covers spilled fuel and liquids with absorbent while cleaning up after a multi-car collision along a foggy Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass near Hesperia Calif., Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
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Michigan State University interim President John Engler listens as he runs his first Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting on campus in East Lansing, Mich. Engler will resign as interim president of Michigan State University amid public backlash over his comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar, a member of the school's Board of Trustees said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)
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Provided by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA),shows the launch of the U.S. military's land-based Aegis missile defense testing system, that later intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile, from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. (Mark Wright/Missile Defense Agency via AP)
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Brother Tomasio Venditti of Steubenville, Ohio, right, holds a Trump-Pence campaign sign as he and Lis Kelly of Notre Dame, Ind., background, wear white gowns depicting the Lady of Guadalupe during an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington during the annual March for Life. The annual march to proteststhe Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion.
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Michigan State University Interim President John Engler speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on "Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes," on Capitol Hill in Washington. Engler will resign as interim president of Michigan State University amid public backlash over his comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar, a member of the school's Board of Trustees said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
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A high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. U.S. health officials are scrambling to keep e-cigarettes away from teenagers amid an epidemic of underage use. But doctors face a new dilemma: there are few effective options for weening young people off nicotine vaping devices like Juul.
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The OroBOT, based on an Orobates Pabsti fossil. Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create the moving robot model of prehistoric life. (Tomislav Horvat, Kamilo Melo/EPFL Lausanne via AP)