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Teen Gets Life Sentence For Killing Police Officer In Baltimore County

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 15:42

Dawnta Harris was 16 when the stolen Jeep he was driving ran over Officer Amy Caprio, 29, in the spring of 2018. Harris will be able to seek parole.

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The Federal Budget Deficit Is Getting Bigger As Spending Grows

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:36

The deficit is expected to swell to $960 billion this year and average $1.2 trillion in each of the next 10 years, according to congressional budget forecasters. They also expect the economy to slow.

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Outlook Uncertain On Gun Policy As Trump Signals Openness — With NRA In His Ear

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:34

Trump and the White House aren't closing the door to new background checks for gun buyers or other shifts in policy — but it isn't clear how close they'll ever get to Democrats' proposals.

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Poll: Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Says Pain Interferes With Daily Life

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:03

How do Americans experience and cope with pain that makes everyday life harder? We asked in the latest NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll.

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Naked And Unafraid: 6 Wild Facts About Naked Mole Rats

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:52

Picture a hairless, wrinkly rodent about the size of a small sweet potato — kinda cool, kinda weird. They also are extraordinarily long-lived. Researchers are lining up to study their secrets.

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Subtle Differences In Brain Cells Hint at Why Many Drugs Help Mice But Not People

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:23

A detailed comparison of mouse and human brain tissue found differences that could help explain why mice aren't always a good model for human diseases.

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In The Brisk Horror-Comedy 'Ready Or Not,' Bluebloods Are Out For Blood

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:01

The film, about a wealthy clan who play a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a young woman (the fantastic Samara Weaving) marrying into the family, is fast, fun and not for the squeamish.

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Indian Relay Celebrates History And Culture Through Horse Racing

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:00

One of the ways Native tribes in the West celebrate their history and culture is through annual summer horse races. They're known as Indian Relays, and tribes call them America's first extreme sport.

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Court Limits Display Of South Africa's Old Apartheid Flag, Citing Hateful Legacy

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:30

Saying the flag immortalizes an era of racial segregation, the Equality Court rules that it is "a vivid symbol of white supremacy and black disenfranchisement and suppression."

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New Trump Policy Would Permit Indefinite Detention Of Migrant Families, Children

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:17

The new policy would end the Flores settlement and allow the government to hold families with children without a deadline, in a change from the way cases are handled today.

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China Vows Sanctions On U.S. Firms For Arms Sales To Taiwan

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 10:48

The State Department approved an $8 billion sale of fighter jets and related equipment to the self-governing island. China views the sale as a violation of its sovereignty.

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Trump Says Russia Should Be Allowed Into G-7, Moscow Wants Talks To Continue

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:35

"I think it's much more appropriate to have Russia in," President Trump told reporters. In Russia, the foreign ministry spokeswoman said discussions should move from the media "to the expert level."

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'This Is It. I'm Going To Die': India's Minorities Are Targeted In Lynchings

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:35

"It's like they are trying to erase us — erase all of my people," says the widow of a Muslim dairy farmer who died after being assaulted by a mob while he was transporting cows.

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March For Our Lives, No Longer Protesting In Streets, Unveils Gun Control Plan

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:08

The group says its plan could prevent 200,000 gun deaths over 10 years. It calls for creating a national registry and starting a buyback program and creating a national gun czar.

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'Floating Coast' Reads Like A Eulogy To The Natural World — With A Sliver Of Hope

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:01

The triumph of this book is how Bathsheba Demuth pulls seemingly disparate threads together into a net of actions and consequences from which the whales, the Yupik, and our children can't escape.

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'The Outlaw Ocean': A Forgotten Frontier Where Slavery And Illegal Activities Abound

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:01

Ian Urbina combines stellar investigative reporting skills and straightforward writing to convey what lies on the other side of the ocean — opposite cruise-ship vacations to beautiful beaches.

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More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:00

The U.S. recycling industry is facing a quandary: Too much of the plastic we use can't be recycled, and taxpayers increasingly are on the hook for paying for all that trash to hit the landfills.

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Do Your Wurst. Food Pun Haters, The Yolk's On You

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:00

If you relish puns, then you'll love a new game that gives you two food-themed topics to blend into one deliciously bad joke. The food pun is so beloved, there's even one in the story of Adam and Eve.

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China Confirms British Consulate Employee Held On 'Administrative Detention'

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 05:43

Hong Kong resident Simon Cheng disappeared on Aug. 8 during a business trip to neighboring Shenzhen. A Chinese official confirmed his arrest on Wednesday, saying it is an internal matter for Beijing.

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How A Tip — And Facial Recognition Technology — Helped The FBI Catch A Killer

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 05:01

Even as civil libertarians warn about the increased use of facial recognition by federal authorities, the bureau is using it to track down some of its most wanted suspects.

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