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State-run coal mines are shutting down in China's rust belt. Facing layoffs, miners are worried about their future — and in the absence of labor unions, are organizing to demand better treatment.

On top of the fear immigrant parents have of the Trump administration's immigration enforcement, they worry about the children they could be separated from. So they're making plans, just in case.

As blind children depend more on technology to help them read, braille is seeming antiquated, with literacy rates at just 10 percent. So now, braille reading competitions are held to keep it in use.

The surgeon and writer Atul Gawande says the Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to attract the young, healthy people who are crucial to the health insurance market.

Refugees were seen as the answer to Germany's declining population and worker shortage. But the mood has darkened, and those refugees who reach Germany face long waits as they struggle to assimilate.

In 2008, Russia and Georgia went to war for five days over South Ossetia. The conflict remains unresolved as Russia builds what it calls a new international border between this region and Georgia.

In some ways, the American Civil Liberty Union's new national legal director, David Cole, has spent his entire career preparing for this moment.

In Martin County, the drinking water comes from a river contaminated by sewage and years of coal and gas extraction. Residents hope a new federal focus on infrastructure will help them fix the system.

Immigrants and human rights advocates say federal authorities under President Trump are discouraging asylum requests and turning away immigrants fleeing persecution.

President Trump has been in "sell mode" on the health care bill, and he has invited conservative GOP members of Congress over to the White House bowling alley this week.

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