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The public submitted nearly 3,000 proposals for a new Mississippi flag, featuring magnolias, stars, a Gulf Coast lighthouse and more. The designs were posted on Monday on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History website. Mississippi Department of Archives and History via AP hide caption

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Magnolias, Beer Cans and Football: Mississippi Is Designing A New State Flag

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, here in June, said this week that the state's troubled unemployment portal was designed to discourage people applying for benefits. The portal launched in 2013 under then-Gov. Rick Scott, now a U.S. senator. Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images hide caption

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Now that the $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits has expired for Sandy Villatoro, she's not sure how she and her husband will support their family in the coming months. Courtesy of Sandy Villatoro hide caption

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With $600 Unemployment Aid Gone, Homelessness Is What Keeps This Mother Up At Night

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A member the Nevada National Guard puts down social distancing decals at a coronavirus testing site inside Cashman Center on August 3 in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was tested as part of a protocol to meet with President Trump. His first test result was positive but the second was negative. Kirk Irwin/Getty Images hide caption

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There is an 85% chance of 2020 being an "above-normal" hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday. Here, a NOAA GOES-East satellite image shows last year's Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Sept. 6. Hurricane Isaias made landfall in North Carolina earlier this week. NOAA/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman from Guatemala and her two daughters were apprehended upon crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez and were immediately expelled back to Mexico in the early hours of April 2 at the Paso del Norte International Bridge. Paul Ratje hide caption

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Ending 'Asylum As We Know It': Using Pandemic To Expel Migrants, Children At Border

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Letitia James, New York's attorney general, pauses while speaking during a news conference on Aug. 6, 2020, where she announced a civil action seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association. Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Pedestrians pass signs near a polling site in San Antonio in February. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Drive-Through Voting? Texas Gets Creative In Its Scramble For Polling Places

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., (left) speaks before the start of a House Natural Resources Committee in June. Grijalva recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Bill Clark/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Danielle Long, 12, is one of hundreds of kids who were able to show their animals at a revamped version of the Mesa County Fair in western Colorado. She said she was happy to be there with Rocco, her lamb, but she knew it would be hard to see him auctioned off. Stina Sieg/CPR News hide caption

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Most Teachers Concerned About In-Person School; 2 In 3 Want To Start The Year Online

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, pictured giving his annual State of the City speech in April, announced on Wednesday that he is authorizing the Department of Water and Power to shut off service at properties hosting large parties, which are forbidden under coronavirus health orders. City of Los Angeles handout/via AP hide caption

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Wednesday that the state will stay paused in Safer at Home Phase 2 for another five weeks. Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Tropical Storm Isaias downed wires and uprooted trees, like this one in New York City, leaving millions of customers without power in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday. The governors of Connecticut and New York have each declared a state of emergency and are calling for investigations into state utility companies' response. Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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The Louisiana Supreme Court denied Fair Wayne Bryant's request to review his life sentence for stealing hedge clippers. Bryant has already spent nearly 23 years in prison for the crime. Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va. on June 4. Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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A new study has found that parks in low-income and majority-nonwhite communities are smaller and serve a larger number of people per park acre. People are seen here relaxing in May in Brooklyn's Domino Park. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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People gather near a hearse carrying Rayshard Brooks' body after his June 23 funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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