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Watch NASA’s new autonomous helicopter take flight on Mars

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The Hog Baron

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Amy Klobuchar takes aim at 12 vaccine misinformation influencers

Senators have written to Facebook and Twitter to ask about vaccine misinformation superspreaders.

Why South Africa is still so segregated

How centuries of division built one of the most unequal countries on earth.

Biden’s climate leadership will be tested at the Earth Day summit

China, Russia, and India may be reluctant to reengage on US terms at the climate summit.

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America awaits a verdict

Arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin have wrapped after a brutal week for policing in America. Minnesota Public Radio’s Jon Collins shares his reporting from Minneapolis.

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