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At StoryCorps in Littleton, Colo., last month, siblings Lauren Cartaya and Zach Cartaya said they continue to cope with the trauma of the 1999 Columbine shooting. Kevin Oliver/StoryCorps hide caption

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20 Years Later, Sibling Columbine Survivors Reflect

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A Brooklyn judge on Thursday upheld a mandatory measles vaccinations order. On the same day, the United Talmudical Academy, pictured here, reopened after being closed for failing to comply with a Health Department order that required it to provide medical and attendance records amid a measles outbreak. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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The photos of five people slain in the Capital Gazette newsroom adorn candles at a vigil in June. The attack was mentioned in the analysis of Reporters Without Borders' annual World Press Freedom Index. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Union members picket a Stop & Shop in Dorchester, Mass., prior to the arrival of former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday. Scott Eisen/Getty Images hide caption

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The Washington state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would remove the personal belief exemption from the required vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella. Here, people protest the related house bill outside Washington's Legislative Building in Olympia in February. Lindsey Wasson/Reuters hide caption

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The out-of-pocket expense of mammograms, MRIs and other tests and treatments can be several thousand dollars each year when you have a high-deductible health policy. Lester Lefkowitz/Getty Images hide caption

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Heather Martin (left) was a student at Columbine High School in 1999. She met Sherrie Lawson, who worked at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard in 2013 during the shooting there, through Martin's support organization, the Rebels Project. Nathaniel Minor/CPR hide caption

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After Columbine, An Unlikely Friendship Bound By The Trauma Of Mass Shootings

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A U.S. flag sits on the lap of a newly sworn-in citizen at a 2018 naturalization ceremony in Alexandria, Va. A new appeal in one of the lawsuits over the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census could complicate final preparations for the head count. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr decided on Tuesday that asylum-seekers who clear a "credible fear" interview and are facing removal don't have the right to be released on bond by an immigration court judge while their cases are pending. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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President Trump participates in a roundtable on immigration and border security at the U.S. Border Patrol Calexico Station in Calexico, Calif., on April 5. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said Wednesday that if doctors or pharmacists behave like drug dealers, the Justice Department would prosecute them accordingly. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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A student leaves Columbine High School late Tuesday in Littleton, Colo. The school was closed Wednesday while authorities looked for a woman they said presented a credible threat ahead of the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting there. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by a teacher when she was 15 years old. Pictured here, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the headquarters for the archdiocese, in 2013. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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For those who are scared of flying, an array of apps, websites and classes teach relaxation techniques and explain how airplanes work. Francisco Rama/Getty Images/EyeEm Premium hide caption

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After Boeing Crashes, More People Want Help Taming Fear Of Flying

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Karen Baynes-Dunning is the interim director of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center hide caption

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After Allegations Of Toxic Culture, Southern Poverty Law Center Tries To Move Forward

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