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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken appears during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday before an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kabul on Thursday — a day after President Biden announced that he has decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, ending America's longest conflict. 

While protest continued for the fourth night in Minneapolis, the white former police officer who shot and killed 20-year old Daunte Wright is out on bond after being charged with second degree manslaughter

President Biden is ordering a new round of economic sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow's election interference and a Kremlin-linked computer breach that penetrated numerous U.S. government networks.

A vast network of professional vaccine skeptics on social media have been waiting for a development like the Johnson & Johnson pause. Now experts say they will milk it for all its worth and more.

Capitol Police inspector general Michael Bolton is expected to tell lawmakers today that intelligence failures and a reactionary posture are among the reasons the agency was not ready for the January 6th attack. 

Bernie Madoff, the financier behind one of America's most notorious Ponzi schemes, died on Wednesday in a North Carolina federal prison where he was serving a 150-year sentence. He was 82.

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Syphilis cases in California have contributed to soaring national caseloads of sexually transmitted diseases. Experts point to the advent of dating apps, less condom use and an increase in meth.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new data that says syphilis is raging again around the country. Experts point to the advent of dating apps, condom fatigue and an increase in meth use. These are just a few of the things that have brought cases of sexually transmitted diseases to hit an all-time high for the past six years in a row. Listen to the story here or read it

The U.S. is planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically over the next decade. But many of the positive effects won't arrive for decades. Listen here
 
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White evangelical women are often taught that their calling is to be passive in the church, to be submissive to their husbands, and to stay out of the pulpit. Historian Beth Allison Barr's new book looks at how women's historical importance as leaders of the faith have all but been erased. Listen or read

In France, the search is on for a thousand massive oak trees to provide beams needed to restore Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, which was badly damaged by fire two years ago. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley has the story

Kristen Clarke grew up in public housing in Brooklyn. Now, she's in line to become the first woman and the first woman of color to formally lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. That's if she can get through a closely divided Senate, where Republicans have signaled they will put up a fight. Click here to listen or read the profile

Before You Go

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  • For all the fuss around the viral hit "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," its true message is a tender one: Hell hath no fury like what young queer people go through every day. Click here to read writer Ashon Crowley's personal essay.
  • A video of dancers twerking in hot pants at an Australian military event has sent the country into a spin. (BBC News)
  • Britain's royal family has shared new photos of Prince Philip ahead of his funeral on Saturday. (NBC News)

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