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Italian descendants perform the Tarantella, a dance that originates from a spider bite, in Curitiba, Brazil. Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Folk Music Festival That Started With A Spider Bite

Night of the Taranta, an Italian folk music festival akin to Woodstock, celebrates a musical tradition that dates to antiquity.

The Folk Music Festival That Started With A Spider Bite

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Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash. (left), and Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., say they have a tentative agreement to appropriate the subsidies for the next two years, restore money used to encourage people to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans and make it easier for states to design their own alternative health care systems. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images hide caption

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Senators Reach Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets For 2 Years

The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.

People march as they participate in the '#NoMuslimBanEver' rally in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday. The march organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations was in response to President Trump's most recent travel ban, which has now been blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Judge In Hawaii Blocks Trump's Third Attempt At Travel Ban

President Trump's third executive order restricting travel from some countries to the U.S. was to go into effect on Wednesday. Like two previous efforts, it was swiftly challenged in several courts.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, seen earlier this year outside a courthouse in Malta. A car bomb killed the journalist Tuesday. Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Now That She Has Been Killed, Who Will Ensure That Justice Will Prevail?'

The killing of Maltese reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia has drawn international condemnations and difficult questions, including this one from a local paper. "My mother was assassinated," her son said.

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'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

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Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.

'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

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United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left) speaks Tuesday at the end of the latest round of negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement in Washington, as Mexico's economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, looks on. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

For months, the United States, Canada and Mexico have been trying to rewrite terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But White House demands have led to frustrations that may threaten NAFTA.

Macaques are social animals, whether in a group enclosure like this one at the Gelsenkircen zoo in western Germany, or in the wild. But many research monkeys are still housed in separate cages. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who has done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

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A 2009 file photo of former Arkanas state Rep. David Dunn, at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock. Dunn served on President Trump's commission investigating voter fraud before dying suddenly on Monday. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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A Death And More Questions For Trump's Voter Fraud Commission

One of the five Democratic commissioners died suddenly on Monday. Meanwhile, another Democratic commissioner complained about not receiving information or updates about the panel's work.

New buildings, a mix of residential and office space, stand on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which has seen a surge of development in recent years. The long-neglected area includes the Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Top Global Cities Face Increased Risk Of A Real Estate Bubble

Toronto leads this year's UBS Wealth Management list as the city with the biggest housing bubble risk. Real estate in several U.S. cities, including New York and Boston, is considered fair value.

An NTSB investigation on a deadly hot air balloon crash in July 2016 found that the pilot had a "pattern of poor decision-making" and was impaired by drugs and medical conditions. Here, authorities block a road near the crash site in Maxwell, Texas. Aaron M. Sprecher/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

Investigators found the pilot was impaired by medical conditions and drugs, including Valium, oxycodone and Benadryl. The FAA doesn't require medical certification for commercial balloon operators.

One of many grocery stores in Venezuela where the shelves are bare. Even in regions such as Latin America that do well overall, there are glaring exceptions, such as Venezuela, where political turmoil has created massive price inflation and food shortages. Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

There have been decades of progress in the fight against hunger. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story.

Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

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President Trump participates in a series of radio interviews in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Tuesday. Among the topics he discussed was his and past presidents' policies on reaching out to families of service members who have died. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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'Trump's Claim Is Wrong': Comments On Presidents' Calls To Military Families Rebutted

Defending his lack of response to the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger, Donald Trump claimed "a lot of" past presidents did not call families after a death. He raised the example of his chief of staff's son.

Dogs may not wash their paws compulsively, but some humans and canines have similar genetic mutations that may influence obsessive behavior. Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. special forces, walks on a building near Raqqa's stadium Monday, as they cleared the last positions on the frontline in the fight against ISIS. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

As of Tuesday, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces control "more than 90 percent" of Raqqa, says U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon.

ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

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Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., was blamed in media reports for sponsoring a bill that the Drug Enforcement Administration had warned would hamper its ability to limit America's deadly opioid crisis. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption

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Rep. Tom Marino, Trump's Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report

The Pennsylvania congressman is withdrawing days after reports that a bill he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of two Chinese nationals for conspiring to distribute fentanyl in a news conference at the Justice Department on Tuesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Department Indicts 2 Chinese Nationals In Synthetic Opioid Case

Among the charges is conspiracy to distribute large quantities of fentanyl, a significant factor in the opioid crisis. Every year, thousands of Americans overdose on the drug.

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Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It's Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon

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Boeing picked Chicago instead when it was looking for a new headquarters in 2001. This time around, Denver is pitching its quality of life to draw Amazon to build a new headquarters there.

Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It's Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon

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