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Rachel Cramer and Garrett Cramer in 2015. Garrett is awaiting a heart transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
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In Sickness And In Hope: A Commerce Family's Story

Right next to the cash register, there it is. A mason jar or fishbowl with a handwritten sign asking for donations to a medical expense fund. Often, it’s for a child or a younger adult who’s suffered an accident or unexpected catastrophic illness. Sometimes, there’s a photograph of the person taken during happier times.

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Yo-Yo Ma opened his recent Tiny Desk concert with the gently rolling "Prelude" from J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1. It's music Ma has lived with nearly all of his life.

"Believe it or not, this was the very first piece of music I started on the cello when I was four years old," he told the crowd, tightly squeezed between the office furniture on NPR's fourth floor.

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It was just after 7:30 p.m. on July 26 when dispatchers heard Jeremy Stoke's mayday call. The fire inspector had been in his pickup heading to evacuate a neighborhood in northwest Redding, Calif., when he was trapped by the blaze himself.

Only silence answered the dispatchers' replies. They found Stoke's body the next day.

A pair of Hunt County school districts are sharing a $1.5 million grant  for afterschool programs. The Commerce and Boles ISDs will get money from an Afterschool Centers on Education, or ACE grant over the next four years.

Commerce ISD got the bulk of the grant money – it will have $850,000 a year for the next few years to bolster enrichment programs. Boles will get $650,000.

A prominent outside group supporting House Democrats is out with a new ad attacking top House Republican leaders as a scandal-plagued trio following in the mold of disreputable party predecessors.

The new ad, called "Answer," opens with old news footage of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich while a menacing male voice says, "They've shut down the government," before reminding viewers of unsavory moments for each of the three Republicans vying for the top House leadership spots.

A federal judge has sentenced Esteban Santiago to life in prison for carrying out a 2017 shooting in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport that killed five people and injured six others.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom called Santiago's attack "85 seconds of evil" when she announced the sentence Friday.

Santiago had accepted a plea bargain, admitting guilt on 11 charges in exchange for prosecutors declining to seek the death penalty.

Nearly a year since Myanmar began its bloody crackdown on the Rohingya, driving more than 700,00 members of the Muslim minority group to flee, the U.S. is sanctioning several high-level commanders and units in the country's armed forces.

The Treasury Department announced the penalties Friday, saying they're part of a "strategy to hold accountable those responsible for such wide scale human suffering."

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