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New Zealand PM Ardern Urges Her Nation To Make Gunman 'Nameless'

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 23:13

Jacinda Ardern repeated her pledge to change New Zealand's gun laws and she questioned the role of social media in publicizing the attack by a self-proclaimed white supremacist.

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'Shocked' New Zealand Rifle Club Revokes Membership Of Mosque Shootings Suspect

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:55

In the days following Friday's attack, more details are emerging about the alleged gunman. The country's police force believes he acted alone.

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Trial To Begin For White Police Officer Who Shot Unarmed Black Teen

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:10

Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld fatally shot Antwon Rose last summer, sparking local protests.

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Russia Criminalizes The Spread Of Online News Which 'Disrespects' The Government

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 18:57

President Vladimir Putin signed the new law, which allows punishment of individuals with fines and jail time for the spread of "fake news."

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Democrats Call For Investigation Into Pro-Trump Former Owner Of Massage Parlors

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 18:37

Top Democrats in Congress are concerned the actions of Li "Cindy" Yang could allow "adversary governments" "to acquire potential material for blackmail or other even more nefarious purposes."

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Japan Is Betting Big On The Future Of Hydrogen Cars

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:19

Japan doesn't think battery electric cars are the only future for transportation. It is investing millions to ramp up production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, citing their convenience for consumers.

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Why The Promise Of Electronic Health Records Has Gone Unfulfilled

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:15

The government used a 2009 financial stimulus package to move the country from paper medical charts to electronic records. Care was supposed to get better, safer and cheaper. It hasn't worked out.

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Stomach Of Dead Whale Contained 'Nothing But Plastic'

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:06

In the Philippines, marine biologist Darrell Blatchley recovered the body of a young whale that showed signs of emaciation and dehydration due to the more than 88 pounds of plastic it had ingested.

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Turkey Joins With Iran To Launch Military Operation Along Border

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 14:59

Turkey says the two unlikely allies — one a NATO member, the other a target of U.S. sanctions — have joined forces against the Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK.

Major Flooding In The Midwest Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Missing

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:38

Spring floods are no surprise in communities along the Missouri River. "My washer and dryer are floating around down there somewhere," said one Iowa resident.

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MySpace Says It Lost Years Of User-Uploaded Music

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:47

Millions of music and other media files may have been lost, the company acknowledges. The news comes after some users reported difficulty accessing their music files over the past year.

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Ex-White House Economist Alan Krueger Dies; Saw Lessons For Economy In Rock Music

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:47

Princeton economist Alan Krueger, who served in the Obama White House, has died. Krueger's research interests included the minimum wage, the opioid epidemic and rock 'n' roll. He was 58.

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Supreme Court To Take Up D.C. Sniper Case, Raising Issue of Sentencing Minors

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:34

Lee Boyd Malvo was convicted in the 2002 killings and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. But he was a minor, and the Supreme Court says that's not allowed in most cases now.

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Utrecht Shooting: Assailant Wounds Several People On Dutch Tram

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:10

Dutch police are searching for the person who opened fire inside a tram in the city of Utrecht, investigating a "possible terrorist motive" for the attack.

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After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 07:22

A #NunsToo movement has emerged from #MeToo, as Roman Catholic nuns start speaking out about sexual abuse by priests. Cases of rape and forced abortion have begun coming to light.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Promises Tighter Gun Laws

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:04

The country's cabinet has agreed "in principle" to tighten laws in the aftermath of the most deadly shooting in the country's history.

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Is It Alzheimer's Or Another Dementia? The Right Answer Matters

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 05:08

Many older people diagnosed with Alzheimer's actually have dementia caused by something else. Without the right diagnosis, these people are less likely to get the best care.

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Misophonia: When Life's Noises Drive You Mad

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 05:08

Some people experience intense rage or fear when they hear the sound of people chewing, spitting, or throat-clearing. Turns out they may have a rare condition known as misophonia

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Fired By Trump, Preet Bharara Describes The Justice System He Served

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 05:08

In an interview, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara talks about his new book, Doing Justice, and weighs in on how executives have been able to avoid criminal prosecution and on Robert Mueller's probe.

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Bernie Sanders Pledges To Do A Better Job Of Explaining Socialism

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 05:00

In an interview with NPR, the Vermont independent talked about why he's running again and his place as a white man in a diverse field of candidates.

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