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South Carolina Sheriff Candidate: I Wore Blackface 10 Years Ago

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:37

In a political ad Craig Stivender, a Republican candidate for sheriff in Colleton County, S.C., says he wanted to share his past mistakes before opponents tried to use them to disparage him.

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Recovery Is Slow In The Florida Panhandle A Year After Hurricane Michael

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:00

A year later, the populations of Panama City and Mexico Beach are lower, property tax rates are higher and many of the buildings that remain are just shells, lacking roofs, windows and walls.

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Why U.S. Cities Are Banning New Fast-Food Drive-Throughs

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 08:20

Most of the bans aim to curb emissions and protect pedestrians. The bans are also sometimes touted as a way to help fight obesity, but past studies suggest they don't have that effect.

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Nobel Prizes In Literature Go To Peter Handke And Olga Tokarczuk

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 07:07

The Swedish Academy made the unusual move Thursday of recognizing both Handke, an Austrian writer, and Tokarczuk, who is Polish, after scandal prevented the committee from awarding a prize last year.

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After China Objects, Apple Removes App Used By Hong Kong Protesters

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 06:21

HKmap.live has been used by pro-democracy activists to keep track of protests and police activity. Apple says it was removed from the App Store because it was being used to "endanger law enforcement."

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Adam Schiff, The Surprising Face Of The Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 05:38

Schiff voted for the Iraq war authorization and the Patriot Act and was once considered a moderate. Now, the vegan, triathlete, former federal prosecutor is leading the charge against Trump.

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After A Life Of Painful Sickle Cell Disease, A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 05:07

She's the first patient with a genetic disorder to be treated with the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR. The treatment has wrapped up and now she's waiting to see if it brings relief.

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Growing Efforts Are Looking At How — Or If — #MeToo Offenders Can Be Reformed

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 05:07

As a growing number of men brought down by the #MeToo movement attempt comebacks, a burgeoning industry of therapists, coaches and counselors is trying to help reform offenders.

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How Vaping Nicotine Can Affect A Teenage Brain

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 05:07

Research on young mice and rats shows how nicotine hijacks brain systems involved in learning, memory, impulse control and addiction.

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Growing Efforts Are Looking At How — Or If — #MeToo Offenders Can Be Reformed

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 05:07

As a growing number of men brought down by the #MeToo movement attempt comebacks, a burgeoning industry of therapists, coaches and counselors is trying to help reform offenders.

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As Summer Heated Up, Trump's Tweets About Non-White Democrats Intensified

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 05:00

An NPR analysis shows that President Trump's Twitter broadsides against Democrats in Congress have intensified since July, especially against non-white lawmakers.

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Bigger Supreme Court? No More Electoral College? See What 2020 Democrats Would Do

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 05:00

Stacking up the positions of presidential candidates on changes to government institutions, there are divisions over expanding the U.S. Supreme Court and ending the Senate's filibuster.

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California Bans Popular Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Children

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 22:47

State environmental regulators call chlorpyrifos "a toxic air contaminant" that is a health threat when inhaled or exposed to skin.

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More Fetal Remains Tied To Deceased Illinois Doctor Who Performed Abortions

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 19:59

Authorities are still investigating why the doctor stored more than 2,000 fetal remains.

Thousands Of Women Will At Last Be Allowed To Attend A Soccer Match In Iran

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 18:13

"After all these years watching every match on TV, I'm going to be able to experience everything in person," said Raha Purbakhsh, one of 3,500 women who bought tickets to Thursday's game.

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FIFA Disciplines Hong Kong Football Association After Chinese National Anthem Protest

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:47

Fans at the Hong Kong vs. Iran World Cup qualifier game in September faced backward and booed as the Chinese national anthem played before kickoff.

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Changing Your Diet Can Help Tamp Down Depression, Boost Mood

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:02

Depression symptoms dropped significantly in a group of young adults who ate a Mediterranean-style diet for three weeks. It's the latest study to show food can influence mental health.

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Simone Biles Breaks Medals Record As Team USA Wins Gymnastic World Championship

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 15:57

The 22-year-old gymnast led Team USA to their fifth consecutive world championship. She is now just three medals away from becoming the all-time world leader.

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Joe Biden Calls For Trump Impeachment 'To Preserve Our Constitution'

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 15:39

The former vice president and 2020 candidate said "impeachment isn't only about what the president has done — it's about the threat the president poses to the nation if allowed to remain in office."

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Arizona Official Arrested In MultiMillion-Dollar 'Baby Mill' Adoption Fraud Scheme

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:56

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Peterson has been arrested for transporting dozens of women from the Marshall Islands to give birth for adoptions. Authorities accuse him of human smuggling.

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