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Former Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, second right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb. 8. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Harris to meet Israeli minister Benny Gantz to discuss temporary Gaza cease-fire

The vice president seeks to reach a cease-fire deal to allow the flow of more aid into Gaza and to discuss the region's future. Gantz's trip to Washington has upset Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Tatum Pennington and her children evacuated as the Smokehouse Creek fire approached. "The ranch...the ranch has suffered a tremendous loss," Pennington said. Rachel Osier Lindley/KERA hide caption

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Texas Panhandle ranchers and residents say recovery from state's worst wildfires will take years

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The wildfires in the Texas Panhandle continue leaving scorched homes, barns and livestock in their wake. Ranchers and residents say recovery from the state's largest wildfire will take years.

The Apollo Chamber Players create concerts in response to book banning, the refugee crisis, the war in Gaza and other world events. The members of the Houston based ensemble are Matthew Dudzik, left, Aria Cheregosha, Matthew J. Detrick and Anabel Ramírez. Lynn Lane/The Apollo Chamber Players hide caption

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This classical ensemble is tuned in to today's headlines

The Apollo Chamber Players in Houston, Texas, create concerts in response to book banning, the refugee crisis, the war in Gaza and other world events. Thousands of people attend their performances.

Melanie Dantzler, president of the African American Quilt Circle of Durham, N.C. and past vice president Teena Crawshaw, stand in front of the quilt "Recalling Slavery Days" at QuiltCon 2024. Sea Stachura hide caption

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The enduring story for Underground Railroad Quilts

Quilters have been copying patterns believed to have been used as signals for the Underground Railroad even though historians say they can't find any evidence they were used that way.

The enduring story for Underground Railroad Quilts

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President Biden speaks with reporters while visiting the No. 1 Boba Tea shop in Las Vegas on Feb. 5, 2024. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What Biden's been eating on the trail and what it says about his campaign

As President Biden has been out on the road, where he stops for a bite to eat says a lot about his campaign, and the voters he's trying to reach.

What Biden's been eating on the trail and what it says about his campaign

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Jordanian air force personnel inside a C-130 aircraft after airdropping pallets of aid over Gaza on Thursday. Moises Saman for NPR hide caption

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Aboard Jordan's aid airdrop over Gaza, a last resort for relief to Palestinians there

NPR flew along as the Jordanian air force dropped pallets of boxes of much-needed aid attached to parachutes into the Gaza Strip.

Aboard Jordan's aid airdrop over Gaza, a last resort for relief to Palestinians there

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Alyssa Milano says that celebrity activism is at its best "when we are able to hand over the microphone" to the "incredible heroes" doing activism work day to day. She's pictured above in July 2018 at a protest following President Trump's meetings with Russia's Vladimir Putin. A longtime activist, Milano says it's impossible to avoid "the vitriol," especially when talking about the Middle East. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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When celebrities show up to protest, the media follows — but so does the backlash

The Middle East crisis has sharply divided Hollywood. Celebrities who've spoken out have lost jobs and been harassed. But there's a long history of celebrities lending their voices to bigger causes.

Palestinians holding foreign passports collect their luggage as they prepare to cross to Egypt from the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing on Feb. 6. Abed Rahim Khatib/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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What does it take to flee Gaza? Thousands of dollars, paid to an Egyptian broker

Gaza's borders are tightly controlled and most Palestinians cannot escape the war. Those who can afford it are managing to cross into Egypt by paying thousands of dollars.

What does it take to flee Gaza? Thousands of dollars, paid to an Egyptian broker

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Butter chicken as served at the Moti Mahal restaurant in New Delhi in January 2024. The dish is the subject of a lawsuit over who has bragging rights as the originator. Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Who cooked up butter chicken? A court seeks the answer. Plus: Madhur Jaffrey's recipe

Two families are battling for bragging rights as the inventor of the wildly popular dish. Will the truth come out? Or it could be there's another origin story involving ... British tastebuds?

FILE - Pakistan's former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif speaks during a press conference regarding parliamentary elections, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. Lawmakers in Pakistan's National Assembly elected Sunday, March 3, Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister for the second time. K.M. Chaudary/AP hide caption

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Shehbaz Sharif returns as Pakistan's prime minister, as protests hit parliament

Lawmakers in Pakistan's National Assembly elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister for the second time, as allies of imprisoned former premier Imran Khan shouted in protest.

This satellite image taken by Maxar Technologies shows the Belize-flagged ship Rubymar in the Red Sea on Friday. The Rubymar, earlier attacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels, has sunk after days of taking on water, officials said Saturday. Maxar Technologies via AP hide caption

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Cargo ship sinks in Red Sea nearly 2 weeks after being hit by Yemen's Houthi rebels

The Belize-flagged Rubymar was the first vessel to be fully destroyed as part of the rebels' campaign over Israel's war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Does climate change exist? And does a character know it? The Oscar-nominated films Nyad, left, Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One and Barbie met the criteria for a new challenge inspired by the famous Bechdel Test. Liz Parkinson/Netflix; Christian Black/Paramount Pictures and Skydance; Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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There's a new 'Climate Reality Check' test — these 3 Oscar-nominated features passed

Does climate change exist? And does a character know it? Barbie, Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One and Nyad met the criteria for a new challenge inspired by the famous Bechdel Test.

Former President Donald Trump, aide Nauta and Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos de Oliveira face some 40 criminal counts over classified documents found at Trump's Florida residence and club. Jon Elswick/AP hide caption

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Trump's trial over classified documents in Florida could start as soon as this summer

In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, prosecutors said they want the trial to begin in July. Trump's lawyers want to postpone it until next year, after the presidential election.

Trump's trial over classified documents in Florida could start as soon as this summer

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