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Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption

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Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

Pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease are particularly vulnerable to flu complications yet lag the elderly in getting vaccinated.

Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

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Biographer Holly George-Warren describes rock star Janis Joplin (shown here in 1969) as an introspective person who didn't always like her own thoughts. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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New Janis Joplin Biography Reveals The Hard Work Behind The Heart

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Onstage, Joplin oozed confidence, sexuality and exuberance, but biographer Holly George-Warren describes the singer as a bookworm who worked hard to create her "blues feelin' mama" musical persona.

A sign announces the corporate offices of Cardinal Health in Dublin, Ohio. The distributor was one of a handful of corporations to strike a last-minute settlement with two Ohio counties, to avoid the first major trial in the landmark federal litigation effort concerning the opioid health crisis. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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Opioid Trial: 4 Companies Reach Tentative Settlement With Ohio Counties

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Four defendants, including the three big U.S. distributors, have struck a deal with Summit and Cuyahoga counties. It doesn't resolve thousands of other lawsuits filed against the firms across the U.S.

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, left, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, after concluding a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, in May. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Ambassador Defends New Requirement That China's Diplomats Report Meetings In U.S.

In a rare on-the-record interview, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad tells NPR that the new rule is "modest" compared to the way U.S. officials are monitored by Beijing.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Sunday his words were taken out of context when he acknowledged Thursday that military aid to Ukraine was being tied to Trump seeking a political favor. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Mulvaney Again Walks Back Ukraine Remarks, Admits It Wasn't A 'Perfect Press Conference'

The acting White House chief of staff denied what he previously said: that defense funding to Ukraine was frozen in part over the demand that Kyiv dig up dirt on Trump's political rivals.

Michael Stumo and his wife Nadia Milleron, whose daughter was killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight crash, attend a House committee hearing June 19. They and other victims' families have been a driving force in the campaign to keep the Boeing 737 Max grounded. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Crash Victim's Family Pushes To Keep Boeing 737 Max From Flying Again Too Soon

The death of Samya Stumo in an Ethiopian Airlines crash stirred her parents to take action against regulators and Boeing. Victims' families want regulators to order a complete review of the 737 Max.

Crash Victim's Family Pushes To Keep Boeing 737 Max From Flying Again Too Soon

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Justin Trudeau Battles For His Political Survival As Canadians Go To The Polls

Stung by a series of recent scandals, the prime minister is locked in a virtual tie with Andrew Scheer of the opposition Conservative Party ahead of Monday's election.

Justin Trudeau Battles For His Political Survival As Canada Gets Ready To Vote

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Firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo holds a Burmese python. In 16 years of snake wrangling, he says he has been bitten more than 20 times but helping people desperate to get rid of snakes in their homes "makes me happy." Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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When Snakes Slither Into Bangkok Homes, This Is The Wrangler Who Gets Rid Of Them

When pythons, cobras and pit vipers show up, Pinyo Pukpinyo, a sergeant in Bangkok's fire department, is the expert who catches them. He's been bitten 20 times but says his work "makes me happy."

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The 2010s: Classical Music's Decade Of Reckoning

Is classical music dying? No. But its institutions, artists and promoters took some hits in the past decade, from bankruptcies to sexual harassment. Still, along the way, we heard a lot of terrific music.

The 2010s: Classical Music's Decade Of Reckoning

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