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Social media sites are preparing for what is promising to be a chaotic 2020 campaign season online.

Facebook in particular is trying to rebut accusations that it’s a hotbed for political misinformation. The company recently announced new election rules, including a ban on new political ads within one week of Election Day. Critics say those “well-intentioned tweaks” are not nearly enough.

The former FBI agent whom President Trump once accused of treason is out with a new book that claims Trump is a threat to national security.

Peter Strzok, former deputy of the FBI counterintelligence division, was at the heart of investigations into Hillary Clinton's email server and the 2016 Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

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Incumbent Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer is facing Republican state Rep. Ashley Hinson in a close race for Iowa’s first congressional district.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Radio Iowa news director O. Kay Henderson.

Officials are still working to rescue people trapped by the Creek Fire in California, as the wildfire consumes dozens of homes. We hear about the blaze from Joe Rosamond, the helicopter pilot who rescued more than 200 people from the fire over the weekend.

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Private for-profit company Lexipol writes policies for thousands of agencies nationwide, including several in California, Oregon and New York.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Mother Jones reporter Madison Pauly about her piece, “Meet the Company That Writes the Policies That Protect Cops,” in which she details Lexipol’s policies and guidelines for police departments.

Heather Larson has enjoyed kayaking for several years. Before the pandemic, she'd often rent a kayak for the weekend and ride it at state parks in Illinois and nearby Wisconsin. But the Des Plaines, Ill., resident has had no luck finding one for the past three months.

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Fukushima was forever changed by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. Japan has poured billions of dollars into recovery efforts — clearing away radioactive waste, rebuilding roads and reopening towns. But what does recovery really mean? It's an answer filled with resilience, reinvention and regret.

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Good morning. I'm Noel King. It is 1976, and a gigantic bear is on the prowl.

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) Eighteen feet of man-eating, gut-crunching terror.

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Almost every structure in the small farming town of Malden in eastern Washington state was destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire Monday as high winds created what officials described as a firestorm.

According to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, 80% of the town's structures were destroyed. The town of about 200 people is 35 miles south of Spokane in an agricultural region known as the Palouse.

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In Germany, it's been the summer of the wild boar. Boars are native to Germany. And videos of their antics keep showing up on social media, which is funny, but it's not entirely funny. Here's NPR's Rob Schmitz.

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The singer-songwriter George Harrison was known as the quiet member of The Beatles. It was an image that he sometimes promoted in interviews.

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Long before he came into office, Donald Trump was so preoccupied with then-President Barack Obama that he hired a look-alike actor — a "faux-Bama" — to castigate and then pretend to fire on video.

That's just one of many episodes recounted and accusations levied by Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, in his new book, Disloyal: A Memoir, which is being published Tuesday and which NPR obtained before its publication.

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Belarusian authorities say an opposition leader who disappeared Monday has been detained by police while trying to flee the country for neighboring Ukraine.

Maria Kolesnikova was last seen Monday morning when masked men plucked her off the streets of central Minsk and sped off in a van, according to local media reports.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has granted "an absolute pardon" to U.S. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton convicted of killing a transgender woman in 2014.

The surprise move to free the 25-year-old American Marine comes just days after the president's office said it would intervene to block his early release.

The pardon has angered Philippine nationalists who resent the U.S., and gay and transgender groups who fear the decision encourages hate crimes against them.

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Mike Brown has been using the Hubble Space Telescope pretty consistently for most of the past three decades since it launched in 1990. But recently he had an experience with Hubble that he never had before.

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