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Students chip and chisel away at heavy slabs of stone in the workshops of the Hector Guimard high school, less than three miles from Paris' Notre Dame cathedral. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Notre Dame Fire Revives Demand For Skilled Stone Carvers In France

"With stone carving, we give life to an edifice and perpetuate history. We're also creating a link with the past and transmitting values that are important to conserve in society," one student says.

Notre Dame Fire Revives Demand For Skilled Stone Carvers In France

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., joined from left by House Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to reporters prior to a vote called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to condemn what she called "racist comments" by President Donald Trump, at the Capitol on July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Opinion: Should Republicans Still Call Themselves The Party Of Lincoln?

In defending the president's racist tweets, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy declared, "We are the party of Lincoln." NPR's Scott Simon contends President Lincoln would object.

Opinion: Should Republicans Still Call Themselves The Party Of Lincoln?

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The owners of the Stena Impero say the tanker "was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter" as it tried to pass through the Strait of Hormuz Friday. The ship is seen here in an undated photo issued Friday July 19, 2019, by Stena Bulk. Stena Bulk/AP hide caption

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Iran Seizes British-Flagged Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

Ship-tracking data show the U.K. tanker Stena Impero was traveling to a port in Saudi Arabia when it suddenly veered toward Iran's coast. A Liberian-flagged tanker made a similar turn.

The New York Times first reported last week that eight former Dalton students said the way Jeffrey Epstein interacted with teenage girls had stuck with them since high school. Last week, Epstein was charged with sex trafficking of minors. Patrick McMullan/Getty Images hide caption

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A Young Jeffrey Epstein Made An Impression On His High School Students

Former students at the Dalton School in Manhattan remember Epstein as a young, charismatic teacher. More than four decades later, Epstein stands accused of sexually abusing dozens of underaged girls.

In the summer of 1927, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston drove together from Alabama to New York. Just outside Savannah, Ga., they gave a ride to a young person running away from a chain gang. An essay Hughes wrote about that encounter has recently resurfaced: Read it here. Jack Delano/Library of Congress hide caption

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In Lost Essay, Langston Hughes Recounts Meeting A Young Chain Gang Runaway

The work, previously published only in Russian, was discovered by Professor Steven Hoelscher. The encounter occurred in 1927, when Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston went on a road trip through the South.

In Lost Essay, Langston Hughes Recounts Meeting A Young Chain Gang Runaway

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The Kyoto Animation Studio in Kyoto, Japan, was set ablaze on Thursday morning, killing 33 and injuring more than 30 others before the fire was put out on Friday morning. The suspect believed to be behind the arson has is being treated for burns. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Suspected Arsonist In Japanese Animation Studio Fire Reportedly Had Criminal Record

Police officials said Shinji Aoba, a 41-year-old from Saitama City near Tokyo, spent three and a half years in prison for robbing a convenience store in 2012.

In the PBS program Molly of Denali, Alaska Native Molly Mabray helps her mom run a trading post in an Alaskan village. WGBH Educational Foundation hide caption

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Now Starring In Children's Cartoons: Authentic Indigenous Characters

An Alaska Native girl (Molly of Denali), an Andean boy (Pachamama), two half-brothers in Mesoamerica (Victor and Valentino): Three new animations feature Native people without bygone-era baggage.

Now Starring In Children's Cartoons: Authentic Indigenous Characters

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6. On Friday he announced a new election security czar for the agency. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Director Of National Intelligence Dan Coats Appoints New Election Security Czar

Spy world veteran Shelby Pierson will attempt to centralize election security efforts across the intelligence community with soon-to-be-designated agency leads.

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How A 10-Year-Old-Boy Helped Apollo 11 Return To Earth

Greg Force was just a boy when his father, the director of a NASA tracking station in Guam, called home with an important mission for him: To help the crew of Apollo 11 return safely to Earth.

How A 10-Year-Old-Boy Helped Apollo 11 Return To Earth

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