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President Biden speaks from the State Dining Room of the White House on Saturday, following the Senate's passage of his COVID-19 relief package by a 50-49 vote. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Praises Senate Passage Of 'Desperately Needed' COVID-19 Relief Bill

In remarks after a divided Senate approved his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Biden credited dogged lawmakers and widespread public support with getting it across the finish line.

A crowd watches two people dressed in rat and flea costumes to illustrate the creatures that spread bubonic plague, which took millions of lives in India in the early 20th century. The photo was taken on Jan. 1, 1910. Hulton Deutsch/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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How Bubonic Plague Reshaped The Streets Of Mumbai

The scenes that have played out in India's financial capital this year with COVID-19 bear a striking resemblance to what life was like when the bubonic plague hit more than a century ago.

The archbishop of Mosul, Najib Mikhael Moussa, left, waves as he stands next to Pope Francis at the start of a gathering to pray for the victims of war at the Hosh al-Bieaa Church Square, in Mosul, Iraq, once the de-facto capital of ISIS on March 7, 2021. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis Visits Iraqi Region Where Cities And Lives Were Shattered By ISIS

The pope spent the third day of his visit in the north of the country, where the Christian population is dwindling. He also prayed for the ethnic minority Yazidis, who were brutally targeted by ISIS.

Agnes Boisvert, an ICU nurse at St. Luke's hospital in downtown Boise, Idaho, spends every day trying to navigate between two worlds. One is a swirl of beeping monitors, masked emotion and death; the other, she says, seems oblivious to the horrors occurring every hour of every day. Isabel Seliger for NPR hide caption

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COMIC: How One COVID-19 Nurse Navigates Anti-Mask Sentiment

At work every day, Agnes Boisvert attends to ICU patients "gasping for air" and dying from COVID-19. But communicating that harsh reality to her skeptical community has been a challenge.

Agnes Boisvert, an ICU nurse at St. Luke's hospital in downtown Boise, Idaho, spends every day trying to navigate between two worlds. One is a swirl of beeping monitors, masked emotion and death; the other, she says, seems oblivious to the horrors occurring every hour of every day. Isabel Seliger for NPR hide caption

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One Nurse, Two Worlds: Navigating Anti-Mask Sentiment In Boise

At work every day, Agnes Boisvert attends to ICU patients "gasping for air" and dying from COVID-19. But communicating that harsh reality to her skeptical community has been a challenge.

Edith Arangoitia receives a COVID-19 vaccination in Chelsea, Mass., a heavily Hispanic community, on Feb. 16. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Misinformation And Mistrust Among The Obstacles Latinos Face In Getting Vaccinated

Vaccination programs work best when as many people as possible get vaccinated, but Latinos are getting inoculated at lower rates. A group that helps immigrant workers is working to change that.

Misinformation And Mistrust Among The Obstacles Latinos Face In Getting Vaccinated

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From a sampling of Girl Scout Cookies, LA Times food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson says that Samoas (also known as Caramel deLites) are the superior cookie. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Food Critic, Provocateur Definitively Ranks Girl Scout Cookies

Los Angeles Times food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson breaks down his "official" — and very biased — rating system that led him to rate 12 kinds of Girl Scout cookies.

A cuttlefish swims in an aquarium at the Scientific Center of Kuwait in 2016. Cuttlefish showed impressive self-control in an adaptation of the classic "marshmallow test." Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Cuttlefish Are Smarter Than We Thought

Cuttlefish, the squishy sea creatures, showed impressive self-control in an experiment. It means they have something in common with primates.

Why Cuttlefish Are Smarter Than We Thought

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Facebook has promised repeatedly in recent years to address the spread of conspiracy theories and misinformation on its site. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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Far-Right Misinformation Is Thriving On Facebook. A New Study Shows Just How Much

Research from New York University found that far-right accounts known for spreading misinformation drive engagement at higher rates than other news sources.

Far-Right Misinformation Is Thriving On Facebook. A New Study Shows Just How Much

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The late Rep. John Lewis stands on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in 2015, where he was beaten by police on "Bloody Sunday." Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images hide caption

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For The First Time In 56 Years, A 'Bloody Sunday' Without John Lewis

Sunday's anniversary of the day marchers were beaten by police in Selma, Ala., will honor the late civil rights icon. Some 56 years later, former state Sen. Hank Sanders says his work isn't done.

For The First Time In 56 Years, A 'Bloody Sunday' Without John Lewis

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Dilicia Mejia and her 16-year-old, Jorlene, from Honduras, showed up at a migrant shelter in Reynosa three weeks ago. They are part of the new surge of Central Americans hoping somehow they will be allowed into the U.S. under Biden's new immigration rules. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Asylum-Seekers Are Entering The U.S. Again — But Many More Migrants Are Left Behind

Many are fleeing crime and poverty in Central America and rushing to the U.S.-Mexico border. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week called the situation a "stressful challenge."

Asylum-Seekers Are Entering The U.S. Again — But Many More Migrants Are Left Behind

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The author's daughter, Rosy, at age 2 as she does dishes — voluntarily. Getting her involved in chores did lead to the kitchen being flooded and dishes being broken. But she is still eager to help. Michaeleen Doucleff/NPR hide caption

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Are We Raising Unhelpful, Bossy Kids? Here's The Fix

In some cultures, kids roll their eyes when asked to do chores. In others, they'll pitch in without even being asked. Researchers have identified two key practices to raise helpful children.

Annabelle Gurwitch's Mid-Life Maelstrom: Divorce, Cancer, 'Downward Mobility'

You're Leaving When? is a witty memoir of Gurwitch's many middle age misadventures — and it doesn't even cover the stage IV lung cancer diagnosis she received in the midst of the pandemic.

Annabelle Gurwitch's Mid-Life Maelstrom: Divorce, Cancer, 'Downward Mobility'

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An image captured by the navigation cameras of NASA's Perseverance rover shows tracks on the surface of Mars during the rover's first test drive on March 4. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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In First Test Drive On Mars, Perseverance Rover Makes A Short But Significant Trip

The NASA rover traversed some 21 feet of terrain this week, in its first test drive since landing on the red planet. It also captured photos of its touchdown site and the wheel tracks it left behind.

A work called Nyan Cat by Chris Torres sold for $590,000 recently. It's part of growing interest in digital assets, known as non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, that are generating millions of dollars in sales every day. Chris Torres hide caption

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What's An NFT? And Why Are People Paying Millions To Buy Them?

The latest Internet hype is about a thing that doesn't really exist. Some collectors are spending millions of dollars on these digital items called non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.

What's An NFT? And Why Are People Paying Millions To Buy Them?

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Genevieve Villamora, 44, says she suffered hair loss after recovering from COVID-19: Her hands would be covered with hair after a shower. It was "traumatic because as a woman so much of my femininity and self-image is linked to my hair," says the Washington, D.C., restaurateur. Her hair loss began to lessen four months out from her recovery from COVID. Ben de la Cruz/NPR hide caption

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Coronavirus FAQ: Does It Make Your Hair Fall Out?

The term "hair loss" has been googled a lot during this pandemic. What's going on?

Pokémon Legends: Arceus lets players hunt the tiny monsters in a new, open-world setting. The Pokémon Company hide caption

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New Pokémon Game Goes Off The Beaten Path

For years, open-world video games, where players can explore the map rather than following a set path, have been hugely popular. The Pokémon franchise is finally catching up, but how will fans react?

New Pokémon Game Goes Off The Beaten Path

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