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Jacob Brooks makes adjustments to one of the camp's many "tarpees," a winterized teepee made of tarp with a built-in chimney, designed by Paul Cheokoten Wagner. There are roughly 60 tarpees around various camps now, and Wagner has fundraised enough for another 20 more.

/Celia Talbot Tobin for NPR

Despite evacuation orders, pipeline protesters hunker down for winter

Authorities have ordered the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline to clear out — but those who have gathered to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe are preparing for a long stay.

President-elect Donald Trump has spoken with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, pictured earlier this year, a conversation that may irritate the Chinese government.

China's foreign minister: Trump's Taiwan call is 'a small trick'

The conversation is thought to be the first between a U.S. president or president-elect since 1979.

Central Americans Freed By Border Patrol Depart For Destinations Around The U.S.

Young Central Americans flee to U.S, settle for Mexico

Take Two

More than 400,000 people were apprehended at the southern border of the US during this past fiscal year. Most of them were fleeing Central America.

'Water protector' protests echo sovereignty issues in the West

Students and activists from SoCal are pointing to ongoing protests over a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota as a way to highlight soverignty issues at home.

Plane carrying Brazilian soccer players crashes in Colombia, killing 76

The Chapecoense soccer team was flying to Medellin for a tournament when the charter plane crashed in a mountainous area late Monday night. Five people survived the crash.

Muslim community fears backlash after Ohio State attack

"When I first heard that [the suspect] was Somali, I mean my stomach did fall," one student said. "Not just because of what happened today, but because of what will happen tomorrow."

Cubans in SoCal look for change after Castro

Cuba is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period after long-time leader and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. His death was announced last Friday.

At least 9 hospitalized after shooting at Ohio State University

A suspect was shot and killed during an incident Monday on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, according to University officials.

Bourbon St. shooting leaves 1 dead, 9 injured in New Orleans

Ten victims, ranging in ages 20 to 37 years old, were injured from shotgun wounds in the city's French Quarter.

Mourning, celebration follow death of Fidel Castro

The polarizing leader, who took power in Cuba in 1959, died on Friday, after years of poor health.

Pipeline protesters ordered to leave by Dec. 5

Anyone in the encampments north of the Cannonball River in North Dakota was told to immediately leave. Those who remain risk arrest.

Dakota Pipeline protesters mark a solemn Thanksgiving at Standing Rock

Crowds swelled over the holiday at a Native American protest over an oil pipeline, but encounters with police remained peaceful.

Upstream from Standing Rock, tribes balance benefits, risks of oil industry

Drilling in the the Bakken oilfield's sweet spot has brought in millions of dollars — but tribes have environmental worries.

Women take on big-wave surfing at Mavericks

Sarah Gerhardt is the first woman to ever surf Mavericks, the famously dangerous big-wave spot in northern California.

Pope Francis grants all priests the authority to absolve abortions

The Vatican has long considered abortion such a grave sin that only bishops can grant absolution. The pope changed that temporarily in 2015; now he's extended the change indefinitely.

With little housing growth, Native American families live in close quarters

The two tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming are experiencing a population boom, but the amount of housing hasn't increased leading to severe overcrowding.