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Ten people were killed by a gunman Monday at a Boulder, Colo., grocery store. The trail of dead bodies included one police officer. Authorities said one male suspect was in custody. The attack comes less than a week after shootings at Atlanta area spas left eight people dead.

A safety board overseeing AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trial is raising concerns about the company's data. The AstraZeneca vaccine is not yet authorized for use in this country, but is being used widely around the world.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it would consider whether to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. An appeals court ruled last summer that the original trial judge did not secure an impartial jury for Tsarnaev. 

President Biden promised to "build back better" after dealing with the pandemic. His administration's next legislative push would boost infrastructure spending. But making that plan reality will force key decisions on bipartisanship.

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu learned of a way to stop smallpox from women in the Ottoman Empire in the early 18th century. Trying to persuade her country to do the same proved tricky.
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Three hundred years ago England was in the grip of a smallpox epidemic. As Londoners cowered inside their homes, one woman, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, knew how to end the outbreak. She had learned a technique from women in the distant Ottoman Empire that could stop the pox in its tracks. Listen to the story or read it

The second-oldest colonial city in South Africa, Port Elizabeth, has a new name: Gqeberha. It uses some of the unique linguistics of the Xhosa language, but many South Africans are struggling to pronounce it. Listen to a few of their attempts
 
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As more schools open for in-person learning and some organized sports resume, many kids are returning to the world with extra pandemic body weight. Jumbled routines and unhealthy parental habits have sapped children's fitness. Click here to listen for ways parents can help promote healthier habits. You can read the story here

Thirty years after Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton first introduced a bill for Washington, D.C., statehood, she returned to Capitol Hill to do it again — this time with the broadest support for the cause to date. Hear the story or read it

It's National Puppy Day! Researchers recently found a clue about how dogs interact in homes. Apparently they synchronize their movements with the children in their families about half as much as they do with the adults in their families. Listen to the details

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James E. Ransome, Gospel singers
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Artist James Ransome is well-known and loved for his illustrations, especially for his many children's books. Now, at age 60, he has earned his MFA, and is developing a parallel career as a painter.

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