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Snow gently falls around the James Brown statue during a a rare snowstorm in downtown Augusta, Ga., Wednesday morning, Jan. 17, 2018. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)
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A man walks through steam venting from a building in the cold weather in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. The South awoke on Wednesday to a two-part Arctic mess. First came a thin blanket of snow and ice, and then came the below-zero wind chills and record-breaking low temperatures in New Orleans and other cities.
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Work continues on the Oroville Dam spillway in Oroville, Calif. The city of Oroville plans to sue state water officials for damages caused when thousands of its residents had to be evacuated last year after the Oroville Dam spillways failed. Oroville City Attorney Scott Huber says the city will file the lawsuit Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.
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White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington. Cognitive tests like the one President Donald Trump aced give doctors a snapshot of someone's memory and certain other neurologic functions. They’re one piece of information to help determine if trouble's brewing, but by themselves they’re not enough to diagnose cognitive impairment.
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This photo combo of images shows, clockwise, from upper left: a Google sign, the Twitter app, YouTube TV logo and the Facebook app. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, lawmakers grilled executives from Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter about what the companies are doing to prevent extremists and terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and hate and recruit new followers. Lawmakers acknowledged that the companies, especially Google and Facebook, have come a long way when it comes to weeding out terrorist content. But they said more needs to be done.
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Capt. Robert Johnson is photographed outside of the guard house at the Lee Correctional Institution, in Bishopville, S.C., where he was in charge of preventing contraband from entering the facility before an attempt on his life that was planned with a smuggled cell phone. Federal prisons officials have tested a jamming technology that officials hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with cellphones. Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams told The Associated Press that Bureau of Prisons officials tested the cell signal-blocking technology for several hours on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at a federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland.
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A car approaches a sobriety checkpoint set up along a busy street in Albuquerque, N.M. A prestigious scientific panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.
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– Republican Chris Christie left the New Jersey governor's office with his popularity in tatters, but at least he didn't break a leg. This combination of file photos shows New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, left, leaning on crutches while answering questions about surgery that removed a plate from her right leg implanted after a skiing accident in Switzerland, during a Nov. 8, 1999, ceremony at the Old Barracks in Trenton, N.J.; New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, center, who broke his left leg while vacationing in Cape May, N.J., using crutches as he leaves a lectern following a Feb. 6, 2002, news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J.; and New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine, right, who was seriously injured in an automobile accident on April 12, 2007, using crutches to walk down the steps of Drumthwacket, the official governor's residence, on May 7, 2007, in Princeton, N.J.
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Richard, a 15-year-old neglected pony that is being saved thanks to an online fundraising campaign by Bridgton-based Animal Rescue Unit in Bridgton, Maine. Animal Rescue Unit took over care of the pony that was suffering from cancer, infection and frostbite.
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A packet of DisposeRx. Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets of DisposeRx, which turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. Walmart announced Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies. (Courtesy of Walmart via AP)
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Biologist Rebecca Gillespie holds a vial of flu-fighting antibodies at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Bethesda, Md. Despite 100 years of science, the flu virus too often beats our best defenses because it constantly mutates.
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Made from dashcam video, a brightly lit object falls from the sky above a highway in the southern Michigan skyline. (Zack Lawler/WWMT via AP)
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Sulak Sivaraksa, center, arrives at the outside of a military court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. A Thai military court has dropped royal insult charges against the 84-year old Thai historian who questioned whether a Thai king had actually defeated a Burmese adversary in combat on elephant-back over 500 years ago.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for an FCC meeting on net neutrality, in Washington. A group of 22 state attorneys general has sued to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net-neutrality rules. These rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. Pai’s push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules.
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Workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. Fearing sanctions by the state, some North Dakota oil drillers have begun cutting output to control the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of crude production, industry and state officials say.
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A boy cries as he receives a vaccine against yellow fever at a public health center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that it now considers all of Sao Paulo state at risk for yellow fever, recommending that all international visitors to the state be vaccinated.
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CORRECTS DATE In this photo taken on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, Anastasia Gruzdeva poses for selfie as the Temperature dropped to about -50 degrees (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) in Yakutsk, Russia. Temperatures in the remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia have dropped to near-record lows, plunging to -67 degrees Centigrade (-88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. (sakhalife.ru photo via AP)
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A rare leatherback sea turtle named Yawkey moves off the beach and returns to the the Atlantic Ocean at Isle of Palms, S.C., after it was treated at the South Carolina Aquarium. Federal ocean managers are collecting information and comments until Feb. 5, 2018, on a petition from a fishing group asking it to move the leatherback off the United States list of endangered animals. Leatherbacks live all over the world's oceans and have been listed as endangered by the U.S. since 1970.
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Provided by Aichi Prefectural Government's Department of Health and Public Welfare shows a package containing potentially deadly liver, top right, a purchaser took it to the health center in Nagoya, central Japan. The town freaked out over the sale of assorted blowfish meat packages containing potentially deadly liver, but nobody had died. The regional health ministry office said Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, a supermarket in Gamagori City, Aichi prefecture, sold five packages of assorted fugu meat containing liver, which is toxic and banned. (Aichi Prefectural Government's Department of Health and Public Welfare via AP)
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A health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Pakistani authorities launched an anti-polio campaign in Punjab province as polio remains endemic in Pakistan.
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Dr. Larry Vogelnest, senior veterinarian at Taronga Zoo, checks a wallaby is checked at Taronga Wildlife Hospital in Sydney Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit. The adult male was captured without any apparent serious injury and is expected to be released back into the wild within days. (Taronga Zoo Conservation Society via AP)
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Lava continues to cascade down the slopes of Mayon volcano as seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, at dawn Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Glowing red lava was rolling down the slopes of a Philippine volcano as authorities maintain a warning of a possible hazardous eruption.
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Crews work on clearing Highway 101 in the aftermath of a mudslide in Montecito, Calif. Officials say the possibility of future catastrophic floods will be in mind as Montecito rebuilds following deadly mudslides that devastated the wealthy coastal hideaway.
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This X-ray image provided by the attorney for Glenford Turner, of Bridgeport, Ct., shows a scalpel that Turner claims was left inside him after undergoing surgery in 2013 at a Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut. The army veteran is suing the hospital after the scalpel was only discovered years later and he suffered from long-term abdominal pain. (Courtesy of FAXON Law Group via AP)
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In this image made from video, dark pyroclastic ash cloud rises from Mayon volcano after its eruption as seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. More than 9,000 people have evacuated the area around the Philippines' most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive.