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A vacationing British family who crossed the U.S.-Canada border without authorization has been deported after spending nearly two weeks in federal detention, according to a lawyer for the family.

Attorneys for the family said the four adults and three children were en route back to the United Kingdom.

NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Set For Friday

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The first all-female spacewalk in NASA's 61-year history is finally happening and will even take place a few days ahead of schedule.

Sutter Health, a large nonprofit health care system with 24 hospitals, 34 surgery centers and 5,500 physicians across Northern California, has reached a preliminary settlement agreement in a closely watched antitrust case brought by self-funded employers and later joined by California's Office of the Attorney General.

The agreement was announced in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday, just before opening arguments were expected to begin.

For three decades, Kim Gordon helped shape the sound of underground music with her band Sonic Youth, whose wall-of-dissonant-sound approach was known as "no wave," in contrast to the poppier 80's "New Wave" sound. Gordon played bass and guitar, wrote and sang; she touched on topics that were rare in rock music — female desire, eating disorders, workplace sexual harassment.

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Educators refer to teens like Alex as "twice exceptional."

"I have a large degree of skill in almost every subject of learning," says Alex, who is 16. "But I also have autistic spectrum disorder."

For Alex, this dual identity has meant both opportunity and frustration.

He has skipped two grades so far, and began taking college math courses last year, when he was still 15. But when he was younger, Alex's underdeveloped social skills caused him a lot of grief.

"I was constantly getting into fights and normally losing them," he says.

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Chicago teachers are walking. The Chicago Teachers Union will go on strike. Teachers will be on the picket lines outside schools tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, 300,000 students won't be in those schools. Joining me on the line is Sarah Karp of member station WBEZ.

And Sarah, what's the reason behind this strike?

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Chicago teachers are walking. The Chicago Teachers Union will go on strike. Teachers will be on the picket lines outside schools tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, 300,000 students won't be in those schools. Joining me on the line is Sarah Karp of member station WBEZ.

And Sarah, what's the reason behind this strike?

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CNN can be dramatic when it comes to hosting Democratic presidential debates. We saw a bit of that back in July in Michigan.

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Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pence wants a cease-fire in northern Syria. And President Trump is warning that if it doesn't happen, Turkey will face economic consequences.

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Every year, millions of people visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It holds thousands of years of art history: Egyptian temples, Renaissance sculptures, iconic 20th century paintings.

Admittedly, it's a little much.

"For the public this is one of those great and magnificent spaces that can be hugely intimidating," says Christine Coulson, standing in the museum's great hall. "But for me this feels like home."

Twelve Democrats Debate In Ohio

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Here are the Democratic candidates for president on stage for Tuesday’s debate.

Yesterday, George P. Kent, a State Department official overseeing Ukraine policy became the latest person to come before a House committee during the impeachment investigation.

You may have heard that there is a presidential election going on. And Tom Perez is steering the Democratic National Committee as 19 Democrats compete for the presidential nomination — a process that hasn’t come without criticism.

In a bizarre moment Tuesday that seemed straight out of reality television, President Trump dropped a bombshell on a grieving British family — surprising them with the news that the woman who had killed their son in a car crash was in a nearby room and then urging the family to meet with her.

More than 330 people have been arrested around the world in a major takedown of a massive child pornography website, which U.S. officials say is among the first to be found using cryptocurrency to carry out video sales.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Fall Compilation 1

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Fiona Ritchie features an assortment of artists from our New Releases shows whose music is well-deserving of more airtime. These creative artists include Garadice, Suzy Bogguss and Altan.

Updated at 5:07 p.m. ET

The Census Bureau is asking states to voluntarily share driver's license records as part of the Trump administration's efforts to produce detailed data about the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says classes in the city's public schools will be canceled Thursday for 299,000 children, in anticipation of an expected teacher strike.

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have been locked in a months-long contract dispute over higher pay, caps on class size and other issues. The union's delegates plan to meet Wednesday evening to vote on whether to move forward with the strike.

The shooting and death of Atatiana Jefferson at the hands of a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas — mere weeks after Amber Guyger’s murder conviction for killing Botham Jean in Dallas — is once again highlighting the role fear and racial stereotypes often play in police officers’ decision to use lethal force.

It’s been two years since the mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, and survivors are still dealing with trauma from the attack that killed 58 people. 

The shooting also took a toll on a particular group of first responders — coroners. Las Vegas’ death investigators witnessed the mass violence and had to grapple with what they saw. 

Brexit Negotiations With The EU Persist

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The U.K. and the European Union have two weeks to draft an agreement on a Brexit deal before the October 31 deadline that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set for the U.K. to leave — with or without a deal.

NPR London correspondent Frank Langfitt (@franklangfitt) explains the fluid situation ahead of a crucial EU summit later this week.

Family, Neighbors and Extraordinary Proof

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Shannon Cason attempts to find peace in a neighborhood disturbance.
Melanie Yazzi shares stories from her childhood on the Navajo Nation.
David Walsh goes against popular opinion to uncover one of the greatest sports scandals in recent history.

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A big rethink of the fall of the Roman Empire. Was it actually an opportunity, rather than a tragedy? Our guest says Rome’s demise cleared the economic path for Europe and the creation of the modern age.

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