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A "mysterious" flying spiral spotted by the Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, early on Jan. 18, could be related to a SpaceX satellite launch earlier in the day, scientists speculated. NAOJ & Asahi Shimbun via Storyful/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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A mysterious flying spiral above Hawaiian night sky likely caused by SpaceX launch

A Japanese telescope captured images of the shape on Jan. 18. It was likely caused by the sun illuminating leftover fuel expelled from the rocket of a SpaceX launch.

A fisherman throws a cast net along shore of Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Jan. 27, 2023, near Boulder City, Nev. Six western states that rely on water from the Colorado River agreed on a plan to cut their use. California, the state with the largest allocation of water from the river, offered its own plan. John Locher/AP hide caption

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After 6 states agree on a proposal for Colorado River cutbacks, California counters

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California has the largest and oldest water rights in the region. It held out when six other states that use water from the Colorado River agreed on a proposal to leave more water in Lake Mead.

Emergency personnel respond to a vehicle over the side of Highway 1 on Jan. 1, 2023, in California's San Mateo County. The driver who plunged off the treacherous cliff, seriously injuring himself, his wife and their two young children, has been charged with attempted murder. Sgt. Brian Moore/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP; File hide caption

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The driver of a car that plunged off a California cliff is charged with attempted murder

The driver of a car that plunged off a treacherous cliff in northern California, seriously injuring himself, his wife and their two young children, was charged with attempted murder.

Gas prices are displayed at a Mobil gas station in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2022. ExxonMobil posted record earnings in 2022, benefitting from a surge in oil prices. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Exxon announced record earnings. It's bound to renew scrutiny of Big Oil

Exxon earned nearly $56 billion in profit last year, the biggest annual profit any Western oil company has ever seen. Chevron set its own record with $35 billion in profit.

Exxon announced record earnings. It's bound to renew scrutiny of Big Oil

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New York state records show nearly half the state's 600-plus nursing homes hired real estate, management and staffing companies run or controlled by their owners, frequently paying them well above the cost of services. Meanwhile, in the pandemic's height, the federal government was giving the facilities hundreds of millions in fiscal relief. Maskot/Getty Images hide caption

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Nursing home owners drained cash while residents deteriorated, state filings suggest

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As the U.S. government debates whether to require higher staffing levels at nursing homes, financial records show some owners routinely push profits to sister companies while residents are neglected.

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, among them Haitian-American citizens James Solages, left, and Joseph Vincent, second left, are shown in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in July 2021. U.S. officials say four key suspects have been transferred to the U.S. for prosecution. Odelyn Joseph/AP hide caption

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4 more suspects in the assassination of Haiti's president were transferred to U.S. custody

Four key suspects in the killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were transferred to the U.S. for prosecution as the case stagnates in Haiti. A total of seven suspects are now in U.S. custody.

Pope Francis delivers a speech in the garden of the Palace of the Nation during the meeting of the authorities, the civil society and the diplomatic corps in Kinshasa. ARSENE MPIANA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis performs a high-wire act as he courts followers in Africa

The progressive pope is visiting parts of Africa this week, and must fulfill a balancing act that looks towards the expansion of his church and the ideological clashes that are coming up.

The National Weather Service predicts the ice storm will have wide-ranging impacts across the U.S. South through Thursday morning. National Weather Service hide caption

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An ice storm is unleashing treacherous conditions across parts of the Southern U.S.

Stretching from Texas to Tennessee, the storm will continue through at least Thursday morning, affecting travel and possibly knocking out power in some areas. Thousands of flights have been disrupted.

"I was much less self-assured now that I was a patient myself," says neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. "I suddenly felt much less certain about how I'd been [as a doctor], how I'd handled patients, how I'd spoken to them." Image Source/Getty Images hide caption

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After a cancer diagnosis, a neurosurgeon sees life, death and his career in a new way

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Dr. Henry Marsh felt comfortable in hospitals — until he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. "I was much less self-assured now that I was a patient myself," he says. His book is And Finally.

After cancer diagnosis, a neurosurgeon sees life, death and his career in a new way

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Sabrina Kronk and her daughter Katie. During a time when Kronk said she was worried about finances, a group of mechanics helped the family of two out by providing free parts and labor to fix their SUV. Sabrina Kronk hide caption

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A newly single mom wasn't sure she could make ends meet. They threw her a lifeline

Sabrina Kronk was worried about providing for her daughter Katie. When their car broke down she was nervous about the financial implications. Then she got some help from some unexpected friends.

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A meal prep influencer shares 6 of his favorite cooking hacks

What's for dinner? It's a question that can lead to overspending on delivery, unhealthy meals and dread. FitMenCook founder Kevin Curry shares meal prep techniques that can alleviate stress and save money.

A meal prep influencer shares 6 of his favorite cooking hacks

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