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Back in August, scientists published a worrisome report about Ebola in West Africa: The virus was rapidly changing its genetic code as it spread through people. Ebola was mutating about twice as fast as it did in previous outbreaks, a team from Harvard University found.

Once a fast-rising star in the Republican Party, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock gave his final speech on the House floor Thursday.

Schock, who was elected to Congress in 2008, will resign his House seat at the end of the month. His resignation comes after weeks of questions about his judgment, lavish lifestyle and spending.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence today declared a public health emergency in one of the state’s southern counties. More than 70 cases of HIV have been confirmed there since January.

Health officials are calling it an HIV outbreak, and say it stems from the use of shared needles to inject the narcotic pain reliever Opana (oxymorphone). Gov. Pence has authorized a short-term needle exchange program for Scott County, despite his opposition to using that program statewide.

Key West Honors Its Other Famous Writer

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When most people think about famous writers and Key West, they think of Ernest Hemingway. There’s the house with all the cats and the annual look-a-like contest. But Hemingway only lived on the island for six years, on and off.

If you’re planning your next family vacation abroad or shopping for a French-made wine, the strong U.S. dollar may seem like a pretty good thing. But when the worth of that George Washington goes up, it also typically means lower exports and, especially, low inflation.

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that went down Tuesday “intentionally” crashed the plane into the French Alps, a French prosecutor said today. Brice Robin said that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s “intention was to destroy this plane,” though he stopped short of calling it suicide.

President Obama touted the achievements of the Affordable Care Act this week, saying it's making health coverage more affordable and effective. But critics say the law is hurting small businesses and complicating taxes, and Republicans in Congress are still trying to get rid of it five years later.

A series of severe thunderstorms led to tornadoes across Oklahoma last night, killing one person and injuring several others. More than 75,000 people are without power and numerous schools are closed, as the damage is assessed.

On the same day in 1948, a tornado hit the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, causing considerable damage but few injuries and no fatalities. That is because Air Force Captain Robert Miller and Major Ernest Fawbush predicted the atmospheric conditions that led to the storm, based on another storm that occurred five days earlier.

For the first time in 16 years, the opposition party in Nigeria has enough support that it could win in national elections. But would the president allow for a peaceful handover of power?

Election monitor Darren Kew says the answer to that question could determine whether this is the beginning of a new era for democracy in Nigeria, or the beginning of devastating internal strife. He speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Trying To De-Radicalize French Prisons

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French prisons have come under the spotlight in the past two months, as a key recruiting ground for Islamist extremists. January’s attacks in Paris by brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi and Ahmedy Coulibaly, in which 17 people were killed, led to fresh questions about the links they made in prison.

In writer-director Noah Baumbach‘s new film “While We’re Young,” Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a documentary filmmaker and his wife who live a reasonably content life in New York City. They befriend a younger couple whose free-spirited ways first energize them and then cause them to question themselves and their marriage.

The 70th anniversary of the end of WWII will be marked later this year. In the meantime, some veterans of that war are embarking on one more mission.

In some cases, wives or children are taking on the mission if the veteran has passed away. The object is to return Japanese flags taken as war souvenirs from Pacific battlefields.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tom Banse reports from Astoria, Oregon on an emotional gesture of peace and reconciliation.

If you live in a town still dotted with dirty piles of old snow, this is not going to come as good news:

The U.S. Census Bureau today listed the nation's fastest-growing metro areas. And it turns out, Americans prefer Florida's sunshine, lakes and beaches to your cloudy, cold climes.

Indiana business owners who object to same-sex couples will now have a legal right to deny them services after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.

The legislation, approved by Indiana's GOP-controlled House and Senate, prevents state and local governments from "substantially burdening" a person's exercise of religion unless a compelling governmental interest can be proved.

Every year about this time, after a Washington winter of inactivity, I notice my pants have grown a little tighter. Years ago, I resolved to address this by cutting back on burritos and beer.

But the (ever more abundant) flesh is weak. And burritos are soooo tasty. So instead, every spring I simply let out my waistband a bit, while promising to redouble my dieting efforts next year. I call this, "The belt fix."

Sound familiar?

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