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Comet Ping Pong, a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., has been made the center of a bizarre online conspiracy theory — with real-world consequences. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Man Fires Rifle Inside D.C. Pizzeria, Cites Fictitious Conspiracy Theories

An entirely baseless rumor about Comet Ping Pong has spread online. On Sunday, police say a man claiming he was there to "investigate" pointed a gun at an employee, who fled before the man fired.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson waves while arriving at Trump Tower on Tuesday. The next day, President-elect Donald Trump nominated him to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Taps Ben Carson For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development

The retired neurosurgeon and former GOP presidential candidate is an unorthodox pick to lead the agency that oversees affordable housing programs and enforces fair housing legislation.

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Questions Of Race And Redistricting Return To The Supreme Court

Cases before the Supreme Court on Monday test whether lawmakers in Virginia and North Carolina weighed race too heavily in redrawing congressional districts following the 2010 census.

Questions Of Race And Redistricting Return To The Supreme Court

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Will Become First Japanese Leader To Visit Pearl Harbor

President Obama and Abe will visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor together later this month. The historic trip will happen weeks after the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack.

While incarcerated, Mark Baskerville says he suffered five diabetic comas. He says he's now doing a better job of managing his health. Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR hide caption

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Helping Ex-Inmates Stay Out Of The ER Brings Multiple Benefits

Each year, millions of Americans leave jail and prison. When they do, they're likely to have a hard time managing their health. Some clinics are trying to provide ex-inmates with better, cheaper care.

Helping Ex-Inmates Stay Out Of The ER Brings Multiple Benefits

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A visit to Jupiter's moon Europa in the 2020s is among the upcoming NASA missions that have real potential to search for "biosignatures," or substances that provide evidence of life. NASA/JPL hide caption

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If You're Looking For Alien Life, How Will You Know If You've Found it?

Searching for alien life is harder than you might think, because whatever is out there might be really odd. Leading astrobiologists are meeting to advise NASA on how to go about looking for it.

If You're Looking For Alien Life, How Will You Know If You've Found it?

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Corey Ryan Forrester, Drew Morgan and Trae Crowder write and perform together. They wrote a book called, The Liberal Redneck Manifesto, which challenges what readers might expect from southern comedy. Robin Marchant/Getty Images hide caption

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'Liberal Rednecks' Are Killing Southern Stereotypes With Comedy

Trae Crowder and his fellow comedians call themselves liberal rednecks. They use their southern roots — and thick accents — to attack racism and homophobia.

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Protestors celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp earlier today. The Army Corps of Engineers notified the Standing Rock Sioux that the current route for the Dakota Access pipeline will be denied. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Victory For Protesters, Army Halts Construction On Dakota Pipeline

After months of protests at the site, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the construction of a key section of the pipeline and said it would explore alternate routes.

The HPV vaccine has reduced the prevalence of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus by as much as 65 percent among those who are vaccinated. Matthew Busch for The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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When Doctors Talk To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

A decade after HPV vaccine was introduced in the U.S., many doctors still hesitate to routinely recommend that children get vaccinated against the cancer-causing virus.

When Doctors Talk To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

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In the weeks since a former professional soccer player told a British newspaper that as a child, he had been sexually abused for years by a youth coach, several other former players have gone public with similar allegations of abuse by coaches and scouts. And news reports say hundreds of people have reported abuse at U.K. youth soccer clubs to police. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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Pedophilia Scandal Sends Shock Waves Through U.K. Soccer

After a former pro player went public with allegations he had been sexually abused as a child by a well-regarded coach, a wave of similar reports emerged. One player says he was paid for his silence.