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When Elle Simone Scott was a young girl, her family relied on food stamps and her school's free lunch program to get by.

"At several points in my life, receiving free lunch when I needed it the most, it was so beneficial for me," she says. "You know, it was sometimes the most complete meal that I and some of my friends would have in a day."

The major TV networks cleared their schedules to air the impeachment hearings. Millions of Americans watched. There were few viral moments, yet viewers found a televised exercise in civics.

When the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was abruptly removed from her post earlier this year, some Democratic lawmakers called it "a political hit job." Now the congressman in charge of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump is making the case that Marie Yovanovitch's ouster is part of the story of a president abusing his power in relations with Ukraine.

Yovanovitch will be the sole witness Friday, the second day of the inquiry's public hearings over whether Trump used military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigations that would benefit him politically.

The latest go-to place for visiting movie and TV locations: Northern Ireland, where Game of Thrones characters plundered and pillaged. The series ended, but it's revitalizing the economy.

The leather industry hit a peak in 2014. Retailers were forced to find cheaper, artificial alternatives. Now, leather is struggling to regain the market share it lost. The trade war is not helping.

The Italian government declared a state of emergency Thursday in Venice following the city's worst flooding in over 50 years. On Tuesday, high tides allowed the high-water mark to reach 6 feet, 2 inches, just 2 inches less than the record measurement in 1966.

As protesters hunker down at university campuses in Hong Kong, police are accusing them of firing arrows and tossing Molotov cocktails off bridges. The clashes between protesters and police are a sign that violence continues to escalate in Hong Kong, even after more than five months of intense protests over concerns that China is seeking to limit freedoms there.

Members of the Michigan State University marching band are braving below freezing temperatures to take part in "Sparty Watch" — a more than 50-year-old protection scheme devised to fend off attacks on MSU's beloved mascot, The Spartan, in advance of their rivalry football game on Saturday.

It's 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and 22 degrees. Twenty members of the MSU marching band and color guard are huddled outside in the snow flanking the 9-foot bronze statue.

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Matt Damon about starring as racing driver and car designer Carroll Shelby in the new movie, Ford v Ferrari.

More than a week after the election, in which he was 5,000 votes behind, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin conceded the race to Democrat Andy Beshear, the state attorney general.

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