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William Barr, nominee to be Attorney General, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Not The President's Lawyer': Senators Push Attorney General Pick On Impartiality

William Barr, who served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush, is being grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is full of potential Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls.

An employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co. works at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to decontaminate the area after the 2011 nuclear meltdown. A Vietnamese laborer in Japan on a training program says he was also put to work cleaning up the site, but with inadequate gear. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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As Japan Tries Out Immigration, Migrant Workers Complain Of Exploitation

A Vietnamese laborer tells NPR he was led to believe he would learn construction work but ended up cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear site. Migrant advocates say Japan needs to overhaul the program.

Motorists wait in line for hours to buy gasoline at a Pemex service station in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday. The Mexican president temporarily closed some of the state oil company's pipelines, in a bid to wipe out rampant fuel theft. Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexico's President Fights Gas Crisis, While Mexicans Endure Long Lines With Jokes

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his crackdown on stolen fuel is working, but long waits in several states persist, distribution bottlenecks continue and new acts of gas theft are reported.

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An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste

Every year, 8 million tons of plastic wash into the oceans. The biggest sources are in Asia. In the Philippines, one man is going head-to-head with multinational corporations to stop the plastic tide.

An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste

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Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on Tuesday, where judges dropped the charges against him. Peter Dejong/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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International Criminal Court Drops War Crimes Charges Against Ex-Ivory Coast Leader

Laurent Gbagbo had been charged with crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the wake of his 2010 electoral loss. Charges against his former youth minister also were dropped.

Firemen standing in thick molasses after the disaster in 1919. The Great Molasses Flood in Boston's North End killed 21 people and injured 150. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection hide caption

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100 Years Ago, A Deadly Tsunami — Of Molasses — In Boston's North End

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston resulted in a lawsuit that used expert witnesses for the first time, and was the catalyst for new regulations governing architects and engineers.

A Deadly Tsunami Of Molasses In Boston's North End

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A migrant worker in a Connecticut apple orchard gets a medical checkup in 2017. A proposed rule by the Trump administration that would prohibit some immigrants who get Medicaid from working legally has already led to a lot of fear and reluctance to sign up for medical care, doctors say. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Clinics Struggle To Resolve Fears Over Medicaid Sign-Ups And Green Cards

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Should doctors warn patients of a policy threat that may not come to pass? That's the question pending, as the Trump administration weighs whether to deny green cards to immigrants on Medicaid.

Bidding Farewell To 'Hello, Dolly!': Actress Carol Channing Dies At 97

Channing's big break came in 1949 when she was cast as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But she'll always be remembered for her role as a life-loving matchmaker and "meddler" in Hello, Dolly!

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, center, is welcomed by Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland as she arrives at Pearson International airport in Toronto, Ontario, on January 12. The young Saudi woman who fled her family successfully harnessing the power of Twitter to secure asylum in Canada. Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi Woman Who Fled Country Hopes She Inspires Others To Follow

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun captured the attention of the world in a series of social media posts pleading for asylum. Her family, who she claimed was abusive, has disowned her.

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