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Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland, pictured on Jan. 7, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for his confirmation hearing.
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President Biden's pick for attorney general, Merrick Garland, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the hearing live beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.

As Texas continues to recover from last week’s deadly winter storms and rolling blackouts, some residents are getting their power back — and sticker shock from their expensive electricity bills. 

The FAA has ordered United to inspect their Boeing 777 jets after Saturday’s engine failure over Denver. United investigators want to find out what happened to the Pratt & Whitney engine that was installed on the aircraft.  

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After the deaths of his father and brother in 1917 and 1918, Duncan Phillips found solace in art. His wife, Marjorie Phillips, was a painter. They opened The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., in 1921. They are pictured in the Main Gallery, circa 1920.

The Phillips Collection

One hundred years ago, America's first museum of modern art opened in a private mansion in Washington, D.C. Founder Duncan Phillips was an early collector of Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh and O'Keeffe. In a city full of world-class museums, the Phillips is a favorite, says NPR's Susan Stamberg. Click here to listen or read the story

At a time when transgender men and women are becoming far more visible in many professions, one trans woman describes coming out while working as a forest ranger in rural upstate New York. Hear the story
 
Bachelor host Chris Harrison, above right, has temporarily stepped away from the show following controversial remarks involving race. The franchise's current season features Matt James, top left, as the show's first male Black lead.
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Fans and contestants alike hoped that the casting of Matt James last year as the first black man to star as The Bachelor would represent a shift for the show. Despite starting this season with the most diverse cast in the franchise's history, the show is again facing criticism around race. Read or hear the breakdown. 

This week's winter storm took a heavy toll on Texas ranchers and farmers. Many are worried about the ripple effect it may have on the food supply. Listen in
 
Mia Farrow with her children Ronan (left) and Dylan.
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For the new HBO documentary Allen v. Farrow, filmmakers spent three years examining records and interviewing people close to Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, investigating the allegations of molestation. NPR's Eric Deggans has a review. Listen or read it here

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