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The political battle over Georgia’s 6th District could become the most expensive House race in history.

Last week, Democrat Jon Ossoff just missed an outright win in a special election to replace now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. He faces Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff that’s drawn the money and attention of both national parties, and has been called an electoral test for President Trump.

A new study has found an association between frequent drinking of diet sodas and an increased risk of both stroke and dementia.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Dr. Matthew Pase, the study’s lead author and a neurologist at the Boston University School of Medicine, about what it means for the average soda drinker.

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On the study’s findings

Where does a foodie find food on the road? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst drove from coast to coast on her way back to her home in New England, and discovered lots of great restaurants along the way. She shares some of her finds with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson. You can also check out Kathy’s Instagram for more photos from the trip.

A Brutal Crackdown On Gay Men In Chechnya

Apr 21, 2017

Chechen officials are carrying out a campaign of violence against gay men. Those who’ve escaped say they were beaten and tortured by authorities, and forced to reveal the names of their gay friends. Police and government officials have also encouraged so-called “honor killings” by outing gay men to their families.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Rachel Denber (@Rachel_Denber) of Human Rights Watch about the violence.

Tennis great Serena Williams announced Wednesday that she’s 20 weeks pregnant, which means that she was expecting her first child when she won the Australian Open in January. That made us wonder: How much exercise is safe during pregnancy?

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that exercising, in most cases, is good for mothers and their babies. But that also leaves some women questioning whether there’s such a thing as too much.

Today is 4/20, the unofficial holiday for marijuana enthusiasts. So, it’s fitting that a new church that’s all about pot opens in Denver today.

On Sunday the first round of voting will be held in France’s presidential elections. With 10 percent unemployment and one of the slowest growth rates in the European Union, the country’s flagging economy has been an issue during the campaign.

CNN’s Maggie Lake (@maggielake) speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about the state of the French economy.

Aaron Hernandez died by suicide Wednesday, less than a week after a jury cleared him of committing a double murder in 2012.

The former New England Patriots tight end was already serving a sentence of life without parole for another murder in 2013. Massachusetts state police have launched an investigation into Hernandez’s death, which authorities say occurred early Wednesday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

A shooting rampage in Fresno, California, that lasted just a few minutes on Tuesday has killed three people. Officials say the suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, might have been racially motivated. He reportedly posted comments on social media expressing hatred toward white people.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jeffrey Hess, reporter for Valley Public Radio, to get the latest.

American Students Turning To 'Russian Math'

Apr 17, 2017

American students lag behind many other industrialized countries in math and science. And now, some students are enrolling in after-school programs called “Russian math.”

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, there’s still time since the IRS extended the deadline to Tuesday this year.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets advice on last-minute ways to save you time and money on your taxes with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off.”

Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution this week condemning the chemical weapons attack in Syria. It was the 8th time Russia has used its veto power.

The vote came after intense debate over who was to blame for the conflict there. Russia blamed the West for supporting rebel groups, which it says are terrorists. Syria said the U.S. manufactured the chemical attack as an excuse to attack. And the U.S. said Russia and Iran should both get out of the region. Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti takes a closer look at the vote.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee (@timberners_lee) is credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989. Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with him about his concern that his invention is being used to spread disinformation, and his ideas about how to address the problem.

The passenger who was dragged off that United flight on Sunday, David Dao, has been discharged from a hospital and is expected to file a lawsuit over what happened to him. One of his lawyers Thomas Demetrio said that Dao suffered a serious concussion, a broken nose and lost two teeth from what took place on the plane.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest news from Curt Nickisch (@CurtNickisch) of the Harvard Business Review.

At the White House press briefing on Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer created a controversy by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons in World War II. Spicer later apologized on CNN.

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