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Gina Haspel is sworn in to testify at her confirmation hearing before the Senate intelligence committee in Washington on May 9. The full Senate on Thursday confirmed Haspel as CIA director, making her the first woman to hold the job. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Senate Confirms Gina Haspel As CIA Director

Haspel faced criticism for her role in the agency's waterboarding program. But several Senate Democrats joined almost all the Republicans to confirm her as the first woman to lead the CIA.

Roger Stone speaks to the media after appearing before the House intelligence committee in a closed-door hearing on September 26, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Judge To Decide Fate Of Civil Lawsuit Alleging Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia

A federal judge heard arguments from three plaintiffs, who are suing the Trump campaign and Trump ally Roger Stone, about the alleged conspiracy. Stone and the campaign have denied any wrongdoing.

Tourists pose for photos in front of the city's welcome sign near Mandalay Bay, which doubled as a memorial site after the shooting last October. On Wednesday, Las Vegas police released more than 1,000 pages of witness statements giving a deeper look into the moments leading up to the massacre. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'No One Is Answering, No One Knows': What Las Vegas Shooting Witnesses Told Police

Law enforcement released more than 1,200 pages of witness statements taken after last October's massacre. Together, they weave a portrait of terror — and of a gunman whose motives remain an enigma.

Scot Peterson addresses a Broward County school board meeting in 2015. The former school resource officer, criticized for remaining outside during the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., began receiving a monthly pension of more than $8,000 in April. AP hide caption

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Ex-Deputy Who Stayed Outside During Parkland Shooting Getting $8,702 Monthly Pension

Parents of some of the 17 people killed in the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Florida are expressing outrage over the payments to Scot Peterson.

A southern white rhino named Victoria is two months pregnant. Barbara Durrant, director of reproductive sciences at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, announced the news on Thursday. Julie Watson/AP hide caption

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A Pregnant Rhino In California Could Save A Related Subspecies

Researchers announced Thursday that they impregnated "Victoria" through artificial insemination. It is a step toward saving the critically endangered northern white rhino.

Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacts after being named Miss America in September. For the first time in the pageant's history the two branches of the organization will be lead entirely by women, the group announced Thursday. Noah K. Murray/AP hide caption

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Women Appointed To Top Miss America Leadership Positions After Scandal

For the first time in the pageant's history the two branches of the organization — the pageant and the foundation — will be led entirely by women, who also happen to be former Miss Americas.

An image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows sulfur dioxide plumes rising from Kilauea's fissures along the rift and accumulating in the cloud deck, viewed from a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory overflight on Wednesday. U.S. Geological Survey via AP hide caption

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Ash Cloud And 'Ballistic Blocks' Shot From Kilauea's Crater, USGS Says

Volcanic rocks 2 feet in diameter have been found in a parking lot a few hundred yards from the volcano's Halemaumau crater, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

Andrea, 14, brushes her hair. A man living across the railroad tracks offered up his house for people in the caravan to shower or wash their hair while the train stopped briefly. Mazatlán, Oct. 23, 2017. Verónica G. Cárdenas hide caption

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A Personal Testimony Of The Migrant Caravan

Verónica G. Cárdenas tells the story behind her photos of the migrants traveling to the U.S.: "I want to show that indeed, it is a tiresome and dangerous journey, but along the way, life goes on."

Newly appointed Catalan leader Quim Torra (center) and other Catalan officials at Torra's ceremonial swearing-in on Thursday. Torra avoided promising to obey the constitution. Alberto Estévez /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Catalonia, A Secessionist Takes Office And A Standoff Continues

Quim Torra, a Catalan separatist, is the new head of the restive region in Spain. For months, Catalonia and Madrid have faced off over Catalonia's bid for independence.

Georgia's chicken prices were 30 to 50 percent higher than chicken prices elsewhere in 2015. Investors smelled a rat. Rob Lawson/Getty Images hide caption

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How Wall Street Brought Down Georgia's Suspicious Chicken Price Index

When a bunch of Wall Street investors sniffed out a potential price fixing scheme in the poultry business, they bet against big chicken. Then they targeted a price index published in Georgia.

How Wall Street Brought Down Georgia's Suspicious Chicken Price Index

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First Listen: Kamaal Williams, 'The Return'

Williams is a central figure in London's jazz renaissance. Stream the producer's debut full-length in its entirety.

Ultraviolent super-mercenary Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) references a film that many people will recognize — that's kind of his whole deal — in Deadpool 2. Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Grim 'N' Gritty Is Out, Glib 'N' Smarmy Is In: 'Deadpool 2'

Ryan Reynolds once again assays the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk a lot. No fourth wall is safe.

Grim 'N' Gritty Is Out, Glib 'N' Smarmy Is In: 'Deadpool 2'

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