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American Icons: Georgia O’Keeffe’s skull paintings

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How Georgia O’Keeffe found her inspiration in the deserts of New Mexico.

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American Icons: Harley-Davidson

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How “Harley-Davidson” became synonymous with “motorcycle.”

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American Icons: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

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How Jimi Hendrix summed up the Vietnam War in a single guitar solo.

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Vertical lunch: To increase food production, crowded Singapore looks up

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A new super-efficient vertical farming system is helping increase food security and reduce the climate impact of food production for the 5 million residents of crowded Singapore.

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How the US is trying to deter migrants from Central America — with music

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A catchy song is getting plenty of play on Central American airwaves, but not everyone knows it was funded by the US government.

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Japanese Americans remember 'darkest hour,' on Pearl Harbor Day (with video)

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As the United States geared up to fight World War II, it forced many Japanese Americans into internment camps. But some of those Japanese Americans decided they'd rather fight to defend the United States, despite being treated like supporters of the enemy.

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Separated from their kids by deportation, these parents raise their family long-distance

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Post-deportation, two parents now back in Mexico parent long-distance, checking in with their children daily on everything from what's for breakfast to schoolwork to paying the mortgage.

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A Pennsylvania steel town reinvents itself with a future beyond steel

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Many one-industry towns have shriveled up and died in recent decades. But not Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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With new album, this Swedish-Senegalese couple shows their family is ‘made of music’

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Sousou is from Sweden. Maher Cissoko, her husband, is from Senegal. It was the kora that brought them together. And now, 10 years and two kids later, they've released a new album called "Made of Music."

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Book tells story 'most famous man most of us have never heard of'

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Many New Yorkers may not know David Hosack's name, but they wouldn't recognize their city without the public institutions he founded or influenced.

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Scientists detected a spike in ozone-depleting chemicals. They'll use the Montreal Protocol to stop the pollution.

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Those who have watched over the Montreal Protocol since its formation have never had to take significant measures to enforce it — until now.

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There’s a fight going on in schools over when history begins

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Across America, millions of high school kids take Advanced Placement classes every year to prep for an exam that could get them college credit. In May, the nonprofit company that runs AP decided to change its world history class, to skip pre-colonial history. In this political climate, that was especially controversial.

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New report forecasts a troubling picture of rising tides, frequent flooding on coasts

Last Updated by Stephen Schmidt, Jenni Doering on

Some Americans think major flooding will not affect the country until decades from now. A recent report says major implications may be arriving much sooner.

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US risks fallout from UAE's prisoner abuse scandal in Yemen

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A new report confirming prisoner abuses in southern Yemen is amping up concern in Washington, DC. "It's just going to further radicalize the Yemeni people," Senator Chris Murphy says.

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After the Egyptian military took away a political satirist's show, he podcasts about his new life in LA

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Bassem Youssef was once called the "Jon Stewart of Egypt." Now the comedian is looking for American fans.

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