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Author Keri Smith rode out the pandemic in Canada, where she was born. Now she's worried about returning to her home in Northampton, Mass. Jefferson Pitcher/Keri Smith hide caption

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Permanent Residents Who Left The U.S. During The Pandemic Worry They Can't Come Home

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R. Kelly, appearing at a hearing in his federal trial in Illinois in Sept. 2019. Kelly currently faces 22 federal charges in two separate indictments: one in New York and one in Illinois. Antonio Perez/Getty Images hide caption

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New York City has started the Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division, or B-HEARD, to provide more targeted care for those struggling with mental health issues. Here in March, an EMT worker cleans a gurney after transporting a suspected COVID-19 patient. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Cleveland relief pitcher Nick Sandlin (right) and catcher Austin Hedges celebrate a 10-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on June 8. On Friday, the Cleveland team announced its new name, the Guardians. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Performers are seen during the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23 in Tokyo, Japan. Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images hide caption

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FirstEnergy Corp., which has operated the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, for years, was at the center of a bribery scheme that included Ohio lobbyists and political officials. Ron Schwane/AP hide caption

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Safiya Kitwana of Lithonia, Ga., is a single mom with two teenage kids who lost her job in the pandemic. A federal program would pay all her back rent so she could keep her home. But DeKalb County, Ga., will only pay 60% of people's back rent, and Kitwana is now on the verge of eviction. Lynsey Weatherspoon for NPR hide caption

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Georgia County Tried To Help Everyone Facing Eviction. Now A Crisis Looms

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Greg Klatkiewicz and Gary "Zooks" Bezucha seen on one of their regular camping trips in 2019. Courtesy of Greg Klatkiewicz hide caption

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Their Nearly 50-Year Friendship Stays Strong Thanks To Simple Gestures

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Eddy Alvarez , shown here during a game last month, will be one of the U.S. flag bearers in the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Mark Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Front-line workers at a medical center in Aurora, Colo., gather for a COVID-19 memorial on July 15 to commemorate the lives lost in the coronavirus pandemic. New estimates say many thousands more will die in the U.S. this summer and fall. Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Well water is pumped into an irrigation system at a vineyard in Madera, California. California is suffering from drought, and farmers in the state's Central Valley are pumping more groundwater from their well to make up for a shortfall in water from the state's reservoirs. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Without Enough Water To Go Around, Farmers In California Are Exhausting Aquifers

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Campaign workers David Woodruff, left, and Jason White, right, deliver boxes of Medicaid expansion initiative signatures to the Missouri secretary of state's office in Jefferson City, Mo. on May 1, 2020. David A. Lieb/AP hide caption

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A medical assistant administers a coronavirus test last week in Los Angeles. COVID-19 cases are on the rise as the highly transmissible delta variant has become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn't budged on its guidance that vaccinated people can skip mask-wearing, but some local governments faced with surging cases are going back to mandates, such as Los Angeles County, which recently mandated indoor mask use, including at places like bars and restaurants. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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María Lara sits in her bedroom in the Bedford and Victoria Station apartment complex in Langley Park, Md., a densely populated, low-income suburb of Washington, D.C. Ian Morton/NPR hide caption

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A federal indictment includes startling detail of the months-long efforts prosecutors say an Ohio man took to plan a mass shooting and to purchase weapons and other equipment to fulfill that goal. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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