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President Trump speaks about tax overhaul in the Grand Foyer of the White House on Wednesday. Republican lawmakers say they've reached a deal on their tax bill, but they haven't released details yet. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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How The House Tax Overhaul Bill Could Hurt Affordable Housing

Builders of affordable housing say the House Republican tax plan has a poison pill inside it that removes a tax incentive crucial for about half of the affordable housing units that get built.

How The House Tax Overhaul Bill Could Hurt Affordable Housing

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The bronze statue of Cardinal Moran stands by the entrance of St. Mary's Cathedral, in Sydney, Australia. Nina Dermawan#145440/Moment Editorial/Getty Images hide caption

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Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report

A royal commission recommends that the Australian Catholic Church ask the Vatican to lift its celibacy requirement for clergy and require that evidence of abuse revealed in confession be reported.

The active part of the landfill in Toa Baja is currently a hot, rancid, open dump. Federal regulations require trash piles to be covered daily with earth. But the site's supervisor says that's currently impossible. José Jiménez-Tirado for NPR hide caption

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After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

Even before Maria hit, most of the island's landfills were filled beyond capacity and nearly half had EPA closure orders. The storm generated millions of cubic yards of waste and debris.

After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

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People are seen walking pass the "You Are Beautiful" sign, an art installation, in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. Nearly half of the people in this African American neighborhood live below the poverty line and many seniors have no idea there are public services that might help them. Kristen Norman/NPR hide caption

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Sometimes It Takes A 'Village' To Help Seniors Stay In Their Homes

Hundreds of "Villages" have now been created around the country, as a "grassroots movement on the part of older people who did not want to be patronized, isolated, [or] infantilized."

Sometimes It Takes A 'Village' To Help Seniors Stay In Their Homes

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On Christmas Eve, A Stolen Bicycle And A Lesson In Giving

William Weaver planned to confront the boy who stole his younger brother's bicycle on Christmas Eve. Instead, his parents showed him the power of kindness and what it means to help those in need.

On Christmas Eve, A Stolen Bicycle And A Lesson In Giving

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James Dinklage, a cattle rancher from Nebraska, is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The suit accuses the USDA of "arbitrary and capricious" behavior in rolling back two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply. Courtesy Dinklage Family/Organization for Competitive Markets hide caption

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The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now The Farmers Are Suing

At issue is the Trump administration's withdrawal of two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.

Firefighters in Santa Barbara County, Calif., on Wednesday. Thursday, a firefighter whose name has not been released was killed while battling the massive Thomas Fire which straddles Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County via AP hide caption

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Firefighter Dies in California Wildfire, Now The 4th Largest In The State's History

The Thomas Fire has claimed more than 242,000 acres and over 700 homes. Officials say it won't be contained until January.

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and his wife Franni Bryson (L) arrive at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Franken announced that he will be resigning in the coming weeks after being accused by several women of sexual harassment. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support 'Zero Tolerance' On Sexual Harassment

Republicans, independents and Democrats alike agree that "a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment is essential to bringing about change in our society," according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support 'Zero Tolerance' On Sexual Harassment

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This photo provided by Charlottesville, Va., authorities shows James Fields Jr., who on Thursday had the most serious charge against him upgraded to first-degree murder in the death of a woman at a Unite the Right rally. AP hide caption

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First-Degree Murder Charge Against Man Who Drove Into Charlottesville Demonstrators

James Fields Jr. of Ohio had been facing a second-degree murder charge until the judge upgraded it at a preliminary hearing Thursday. One protester was killed and dozens were injured.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a commission meeting on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The FCC voted 3-2 to undo Obama-era "net neutrality" rules. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

The agency voted to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps or influencing how fast they load.

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would give owners of restaurants and other service businesses more control over workers' tips. Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Tug Of War Over Tips Looms As Trump Administration Proposes Rule Change

The Labor Department has proposed a new rule that would give owners of restaurants and other service businesses more control over workers' tips. But critics warn owners would get too much leeway.

Tug Of War Over Tips Looms As Trump Administration Proposes Rule Change

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