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Abu Dhabi Gives $150 Million To Children's National Medical Center

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Hospital leaders say the donation is the largest amount ever given for pediatric surgery.

Dr. Kurt Newman is the hospital's surgeon-in-chief. He says the center will make operations more precise, less invasive and less painful.

Doctors diagnosed Jessica Gregory with the birth defect Spina Bifida before she was born. She's 10 now, and has already had four surgeries to help her spine. After each one, she says she would lie in her hospital bed and push the button for morphine, hoping the pain would go away. Gregory says she knows eliminating pain is a long shot. But if anyone can do it, she says, the people at Children's can.

Children's hospital named the new Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation after the founder and former president of the United Arab Emirates.

Jessica Gould reports...

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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