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As FEC Nears Shutdown, Priorities Such As Stopping Election Interference On Hold

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 05:00

The campaign finance agency will be temporarily shuttered due to a lack of a quorum. A former FEC chair says there's a "real possibility" the agency is effectively closed through the 2020 election.

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U.S. Criticizes South Korea After Seoul Scraps Intelligence-Sharing Pact With Tokyo

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 04:38

Washington is unhappy with the decision to quit a 2016 intelligence-sharing agreement. The dispute has its origins in Japan's occupation of the Korean peninsula that ended after WWII.

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Another Nevada County Warns 'Storm Area 51' Seekers To Stay Home

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 22:56

Local community leaders say their towns are not equipped to handle thousands of visitors expected to attend events near an old Cold War test site alleged to harbor secrets about UFOs.

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Hong Kong Democracy Demonstrators Arrested A Day Ahead Of Planned March

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 22:28

The group Demosisto said Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong were arrested early Friday morning. Police also confirmed the arrest of activist Andy Chan.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Apologizes For Wearing Blackface During College Skit

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 20:09

The Republican governor said Thursday she still doesn't recall the incident, but after a recording surfaced of her discussing the sketch with her then-fiancé, Ivey admitted it must be true.

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'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Back At Work Following Chemotherapy

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 19:53

Trebek actually began taping the 36th season of the TV show in July.

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U.S. Appeals Court In Chicago Again Upholds Laws Banning Assault Weapons

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 17:53

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that two gun owners who sued Cook County have not persuaded the court to revisit a prior decision declaring local gun ordinances legal.

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EPA Aims To Roll Back Limits On Methane Emissions From Oil And Gas Industry

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 17:16

"This would be a huge step backward," said one environmental advocate. "It would cause greatly increased pollution." The Trump administration says it will help the oil and gas industry save money.

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Deaths From Red-Light Running At A 10-Year High, AAA Study Finds

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:50

At least two people are killed every day in the U.S. as a result of motorists blowing through red lights, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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Former FARC Leaders Announce 'New Stage Of Fighting,' Upending Colombia's Peace Deal

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:45

In a video, one of the negotiators of the 2016 peace agreement accused the government of betrayal. The leader of another guerrilla group embraced the announcement, saying, "Better late than never."

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Jeffrey Epstein's Criminal Case Closed After His Death Derailed Prosecution

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:30

But that's not the end of it. Despite the dismissal of sex trafficking charges due to his suicide, Epstein's accusers have sued his estate and authorities continue to investigate his associates.

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Loved Ones On Racer Jessi Combs: 'She Was A Badass. Always Pushing Limits.'

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:15

Harney County Sheriff's Office confirmed Jessi Combs was trying to break her record of 398 mph when she died. Her North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger crashed in Oregon's Alvord Desert.

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At The U.S. Open, The Ball's In Their Court — And It's Their Job To Pick It Up

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:08

With such proximity to world-class professional tennis, many ballpersons return to the tournament in New York year after year. But they have to pass tryouts first.

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What Do New Citizenship Rules For Kids Of U.S. Military, Workers Abroad Mean?

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 14:44

Trump officials say a new policy on citizenship for children born abroad affects only a small fraction of U.S. service members and government workers. But the change touched off a major backlash.

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Search For 'Gay Genes' Comes Up Short In Large New Study

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 14:01

Researchers have long hoped to find out if genes contribute to sexual orientation. A new study of genetic data from thousands of people hints there may be some link, but it's still far from clear.

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Want Stronger Friendships? Pull Out Your Notepad

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 14:00

It's easy to let your friendships run on autopilot. If you really want to maintain connections with people you care about, it helps to get organized. Here's how.

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China Intercepts WeChat Texts From U.S. And Abroad, Researcher Says

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 13:54

A cyber researcher says he found unsecured databases in China storing billions of conversations and user information from the app. NPR spoke to U.S. citizens who say their messages were blocked.

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White House Hopes Revived Space Command Is One Giant Leap Toward Proposed Space Force

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 13:22

President Trump and Vice President Pence are expected to to formally reestablish the U.S. Space Command on Thursday. It's not the Space Force they want, but they intend it as a step in that direction.

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After Months In A Dish, Lab-Grown Minibrains Start Making 'Brain Waves'

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:55

Researchers say clusters of human brain cells grown in the lab can spontaneously generate electrical patterns similar to the brain waves of 6-month-old fetus.

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Surgeon General Sounds Alarm On Risk Of Marijuana Addiction And Harm

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:53

As more than 30 states have liberalized marijuana laws, the use and potency of the drug have increased. The surgeon general says there's no safe amount of marijuana for adolescents and pregnant women.

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