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College Board Drops Its 'Adversity Score' For Each Student After Backlash

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 17:01

The number was intended to measure all that a student overcame, such as poverty and crime, alongside a student's SAT score. But now College Board is revising its approach to the data.

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Researching Medical Marijuana May Soon Get Easier

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 16:18

Scientists trying to study the health effects of marijuana are required to source the plant from one farm in Mississippi. Soon they may be able to use a wider range of growers — or grow their own.

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Meek Mill Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Gun Charge, Ends 12-Year Legal Case

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:58

By taking a misdemeanor plea deal, Meek Mill officially closed the books on his long-running legal case Tuesday, nearly a decade after the rapper was arrested as a teenager in North Philadelphia.

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'Vagina Bible' Tackles Health And Politics In A Guide To Female Physiology

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 14:58

Frustrated with online marketing sites that peddle needless 'health aids' and fears, gynecologist and columnist Jen Gunter aims to dispel myths about the female body and restore power to patients.

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Federal Judge Blocks Parts Of Missouri Law That Bans Abortions After 8 Weeks

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:35

The legislation does have an exemption for medical emergencies, but not for victims of rape or incest. The judge halted it a day before it was slated to take effect.

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North Carolina Says It Is Suing 8 E-Cigarette Companies

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:18

The state's attorney general accuses the companies of targeting children and failing to properly verify customers' ages. The state already filed a similar lawsuit against Juul.

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Despite Jeffrey Epstein's Death, His Accusers Are Getting Their Day In Court

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:50

The financier's suicide in jail appeared to rob his accusers — again — of their chance to denounce him publicly. On Tuesday, they're getting a chance to tell their stories in the courtroom anyway.

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Brazil Rejects G-7's Offer Of $22 Million To Fight Amazon Fires

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:02

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he don't want the cash — unless it comes with an apology from French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Criminals Target Migrants In Mexico Seeking U.S. Asylum

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:00

In border towns such as Nuevo Laredo, more than 30,000 asylum-seekers are waiting for their day in U.S. immigration court. But criminal elements prey on these migrants who fled their homes.

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Whatever Happened To ... The Afghan Girls Imprisoned For Failing A Virginity Test?

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:47

After lobbying the president and first lady of Afghanistan to help the girls, activist Farhad Javid has some good news to share. But there's still a lot of work to do.

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Marian Anderson: The Most Modest Trailblazer

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:00

The Black contralto put European art music and African-American spirituals in parity — and in her art, paved the way for generations of singers after her, both inside and outside classical music.

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Tropical Storm Dorian Puts Puerto Rico Under Hurricane Watch

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 08:01

Puerto Rico and parts of the Dominican Republic could see dangerous conditions within 48 hours, as Tropical Storm Dorian nears.

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Reporter's Notebook: Here's How Iran Is Functioning In The Face Of Sanctions

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 07:43

The Iranian capital remains vibrant. But inflation has soared, and in a week of reporting in Tehran, NPR's Steve Inskeep found some residents openly critical of their government.

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Trump Administration Ends Protection For Migrants' Medical Care

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 07:39

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services notified migrants who are suffering from serious medical conditions that they will not be allowed to stay in this country for treatment.

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The 'Strange, Unduly Neglected Prophet'

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:30

Meet Silvio Gesell, who inspired a worldwide movement to create money that expired. After nearly a century of obscurity, he's making a comeback.

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Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions On Heavily Trafficked Rosewood

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:05

An international endangered species treaty that placed trade restrictions on rosewood is poised to exempt musical instruments from the regulations.

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Rouhani Backs Off Meeting With Trump, Saying U.S. Must First Lift Sanctions

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 05:08

The Iranian president's remarks on Tuesday were in contrast to an initially favorable reception to the idea of a face-to-face meeting with President Trump.

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KFC To Test Plant-Based 'Meatless Chicken' In Atlanta

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 05:02

Kentucky Fried Chicken will offer the nuggets and boneless wings for one day at a single restaurant. Depending on customer feedback, it could roll out nationally, the company says.

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The Scientific Debate Over Teens, Screens And Mental Health

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 05:00

What's the link between smartphone use and teens' mental health? Experts disagree, with some arguing that the threat is overblown.

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China Arrests Australian Writer On Espionage Charges

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 01:51

Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat who became an Australian citizen, was arrested seven months ago in China. He has written extensively in the past on the rule of law, democracy and human rights.

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