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President Trump has an opportunity to refocus on the military with a Medal of Honor ceremony and to congressional priorities as he heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Want to get smarter? Brain training games don't seem to help with that. Maskot/Getty Images hide caption

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In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

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The foods on the left contain naturally occurring fibers that are intrinsic in plants. The foods on the right contain isolated fibers, such as chicory root, which are extracted and added to processed foods. The FDA will determine whether added fibers can count as dietary fiber on Nutrition Facts labels. Carolyn Rogers/NPR hide caption

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The FDA Will Decide If These 26 Ingredients Count As Fiber

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Lindsay Cristides, a master's student in oceanography at Texas A&M University, anchors a research vessel in the Houston Ship Channel before taking samples of sediment left behind by Hurricane Harvey floods. The samples will be tested for contaminants including heavy metals. Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

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Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who was re-elected to a third term Sunday night in St. Louis, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2017. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Houston Astros Advance To The World Series For The Second Time In History

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Playboy Features First Transgender Playmate

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Sisters Remember WWI Through Grandfather's Found Diary

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