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Water rises in the Houston Ship Channel on Aug. 27. Some of the largest oil refineries in the world line the channel, which connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of Houston. Scientists are now trying to identify contaminants spread by the storm, including those in mud at the bottom of the Houston Ship Channel.

Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

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Retired Army Capt. Gary "Mike" Rose, who served as an Army special forces medic during the Vietnam War, talks to reporters at the Pentagon last week. Monday, Rose received the Medal of Honor. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Medal Of Honor Awarded To Army Medic For Covert Operation During Vietnam War

Army Capt. Gary Rose is credited with saving the lives of dozens of soldiers during a dayslong operation in Laos as he ran into enemy fire to save the wounded. The mission was classified for decades.

President Trump has an opportunity to refocus on the military with a Medal of Honor ceremony and to congressional priorities as he heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump And The White House Refocus?

The president once again got sidetracked and mired in a controversy of his own creation for a week. He has a chance to move on this week to more pressing things of substance, but can he?

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (center) is escorted to the Ft. Bragg military courthouse after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy on Oct. 16 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Comments Under Consideration During Bowe Bergdahl Sentencing Hearing

The Army judge posed the question of whether Bergdahl could receive a fair trial after the president made comments about the sergeant, including repeatedly calling him a traitor.

Scientists have used a new gene-editing technique to create pigs that can keep their bodies warmer, burning more fat to produce leaner meat. Infrared pictures of 6-month-old pigs taken at zero, two, and four hours after cold exposure show that the pigs' thermoregulation was improved after insertion of the new gene. The modified pigs are on the right side of the images. Zheng et al. / PNAS hide caption

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CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs

Scientists have used the new gene-editing technique to create pigs that can keep their bodies warmer, burning more fat to produce leaner meat.

NBC's "The Good Place" cast during the Aug. 2, 2016. press appearance (left to right): William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson, D'Arcy Carden, Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto. NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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The Good Psychology In 'The Good Place'

Despite skepticism at the outset, for a light and amusing TV sitcom "The Good Place" does a pretty good job with philosophy — and a pretty good job with human psychology, too, says Tania Lombrozo.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off the plane as he arrives in Qatar after returning from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday. Tillerson paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan to meet with President Ashraf Ghani and other officials. Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tillerson Affirms Afghanistan Commitments In Unannounced Visit

In remarks delivered landing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson invited "moderate voices" within the Taliban to renounce violence. He also called on Pakistan to stop providing safe haven to terrorists.

The latest homeless count showed a 64 percent increase in the number of 18- to 24-year-olds on the streets over last year. Authorities are better at counting them but the problem is also getting worse. Anna Scott/KCRW hide caption

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'Nowhere To Sleep': Los Angeles Sees Increase In Young Homeless

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The latest count showed a 64 percent increase in the number of 18- to 24-year-olds on the streets. Authorities are better at counting them, but more foster kids are also aging out of the system.

Japanese Prime Minister and ruling party president Shinzo Abe smiles during a press conference after the general election Sunday in Tokyo. The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images hide caption

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Japan's Prime Minister Isn't Popular, But His Coalition Won A Supermajority

Despite lukewarm support as a leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party handily defeated upstart opponents in a snap general election on Sunday.

Japan's Prime Minister Isn't Popular, But His Coalition Won A Supermajority

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Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

The Gold Star father who made headlines last year after he spoke at the Democratic National Convention has a new memoir, An American Family, about growing up in Pakistan and coming to America.

Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

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A woman wearing a face mask walks on a street as Beijing is hit by polluted air and sandstorms on May 4. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

After decades of doing little about the pollution that has plagued much of the country, China's government is temporarily shutting down entire industrial regions to inspect for violations.

China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

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