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In Venezuela, A Rum-Maker Gives Gang Members A Way Out — Via Rugby

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 08:01

Started by the Santa Teresa rum-maker, Project Alcatraz is a rehabilitation program including vocational training, psychological counseling and rugby — seen as nurturing respect and discipline.

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Hey, Look What's New At The State Fair: The Federal Reserve

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 08:00

Beyond animals and fun foods, the Minnesota State Fair has a new attraction this year: the Minneapolis Federal Reserve. It's giving away (shredded) money and information about what the bank does.

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Whatever Happened To ... The Farmers Who Danced In The Mud For The 'Kiki Challenge'?

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 07:00

Last summer, they danced to Drake's "In My Feelings" in a rice paddy and racked up a million page views. Here's what the farmers — and the vlogger behind it — have been up to since then.

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Optimists For The Win: Finding The Bright Side Might Help You Live Longer

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 07:00

Pessimists may suspect this finding, but researchers who tracked the health outcomes of thousands of adults across many years found optimists were much more likely to reach 85. Optimism is teachable.

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What You Need To Know About Foreign Interference And The 2020 Election

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 07:00

The threat from cyberattacks and social media agitation isn't going away, security officials warn — but there could be new twists as President Trump battles Democrats for the White House.

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Active Shooter In Odessa, Texas, Firing At People; Possible 2nd Gunman In Midland

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 18:16

Police are urging people to stay indoors in Odessa and Midland, Texas. In Odessa, officials say a gunman hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck, and began shooting.

After Cancer Treatment, Ginsburg Says She'll Be Ready For High Court's October Term

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 16:09

"This audience can see that I am alive!" the justice said to a crowd at the National Book Festival on Saturday. Ginsburg underwent three weeks of radiation treatment this month.

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Shooting At High School Football Game Injures Multiple Teens In Mobile, Alabama

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 15:06

Police have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the shooting. Authorities have not categorized any of the injuries as life-threatening.

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Hurricane Dorian's Path Shifts Towards Carolinas, Could Avoid Direct Hit On Florida

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 12:48

Forecasters say the category 4 hurricane will bring life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force winds to the southeast United States.

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In Defiance Of Ban, Hong Kong Protesters Return To Streets And Clash With Police

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 12:24

Thousands of protesters marched on Saturday despite a police ban. The demonstrations follow a coordinated wave of arrests of pro-democracy activists and politicians.

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Should Your Avatar's Skin Match Yours?

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 10:04

In a video game, you can try on different identities. But the rules of the real world don't always translate to the fantasy world.

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UK Biobank Requires Earth's Geneticists To Cooperate, Not Compete

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 08:19

A project that shares medical information from 500,000 volunteers is driving innovative research around the world. The richness of the database means scientists are motivated to make it even better.

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Have You Seen Any Nazi Uranium? These Researchers Want To Know

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 08:03

When a small cube of uranium metal turned up in Tim Koeth's life, it launched a epic search for a lost piece of nuclear history.

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Nearly 4 Weeks Into India's Clampdown, Kashmiris Describe Protests, Jail, Uncertainty

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 08:01

The government says its priorities are "restoration of normalcy and deepening of democracy" in Indian-controlled Kashmir. But people who have left the region this month paint a different picture.

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Cookie Artist Teaches Edible Lessons In Asian-American History

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 07:01

Jasmine Cho makes cookie portraits of people like Takao Ozawa, who was denied U.S. citizenship on the basis of race in a landmark case. Her goal: to make social justice lessons more palatable.

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Whatever Happened To ... The Kenyan Kid Who Says Yoga Saved His Life?

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 07:00

When Walter Mugwe was a teenager in Nairobi, he was angry, frustrated — and getting into trouble. Then came yoga. Now he's 30. Is the practice still his passion?

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With Hurricane On Its Way, Trump Move To Shift Funds Puts Priorities In Question

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 07:00

The transfer of funds has ignited new criticism that the administration's intense focus on the border and immigration enforcement is leaving the United States vulnerable to other threats.

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What You Need To Know About U.S. Election Security And Voting Machines

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 07:00

Because most elections truly are local, it would be nearly impossible for a foreign adversary to touch them all with a single effort. But, that diversity also comes with security challenges.

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Appeals Court Reverses Gun Conviction In Kate Steinle Killing

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 22:12

A state appellate court rules that a trial judge failed to give the jury proper instructions on a legal theory that would have favored the defendant.

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Police Bear Brunt Of Public Anger As Hong Kong Refuses To Accept Protesters' Demands

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 20:06

One of the main results of the Hong Kong government's strategy has been to put a huge burden on the city's police force, diverting the public's anger at the government onto the constabulary.

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