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An artist's rendering of DNA. Scientists have found traces of DNA that they say is evidence that prehistoric humans procreated with an unknown hominin group in West Africa.

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Modern genomes from Nigeria and Sierra Leone show signals that scientists call "ghost" DNA — from an unknown human ancestor. That means that prehistoric humans likely procreated with an unknown group.

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The former vice president's campaign is looking at South Carolina, where African Americans make up a large share of the electorate, as a must-win state.

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He jumped into the Democratic presidential primary months after most of his competitors did and never gained traction in polls.

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The judge overturned the university system's settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, concluding that the group didn't have legal standing to bring a lawsuit in the first place.

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The Minnesota senator captured nearly 20% of the vote on Tuesday, surprising political watchers who had been more focused on the campaigns of Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

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Journalist Conor Dougherty doesn't traffic radical ideas in Golden Gates, but tells the story of housing in all its complexity, acknowledging that imperfect solutions are often the only solutions.

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The failure of this year's Iowa caucuses was years in the making, some technology specialists argue, in part because of the haphazard way political users buy software.

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Recent advances in biotech make scientists optimistic that they might have a vaccine that has passed basic tests of human safety and efficacy ready to go to clinics as soon as this fall.

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