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New Statue At U.S. Open Honors African American Tennis Pioneer Althea Gibson

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 22:45

She was the "Jackie Robinson of tennis," said Billy Jean King as the first African American player and champion in international tennis. She later integrated women's professional golf.

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LDS Church Forbids Lethal Weapons At Church In New Policy Change

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 22:31

"Churches are dedicated for the worship of God and as havens from the cares and concerns of the world," the new handbook reads. Before the ban, weapons were considered "inappropriate."

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Flood Of Money Could Fast Track Newark's Plan To Replace Lead Pipes Amid Water Crisis

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 20:02

A $120 million loan could cut up to 8 years off a project to swap out pipes that are contaminating water as it flows from the city's primary processing plant into homes.

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19 States And DC Sue Administration Over Plan To Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:57

The states are taking legal action to prevent the Trump administration from dropping out of an agreement on how long it can hold children in federal facilities and under what standards.

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Iran Seen Preparing For Space Launch

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:13

Satellite imagery shows that Iran has given its launch pad a fresh coat of paint. It is another sign the nation will soon attempt to launch something into orbit.

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Al Haynes, Pilot From Miraculous 1989 Crash Landing, Has Died

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:40

Haynes is widely seen as a hero, akin to Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his emergency landing on the Hudson River. Haynes is credited with saving dozens of lives.

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N.C. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Racial Bias In Death Penalty Cases

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:35

In 2009, the state passed a law allowing inmates to challenge their sentence if race was a "significant factor." Nearly all inmates filed claims, but the law was later repealed and the cases voided.

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SOS From Brazil's Amazon Fire Protesters: 'We Need The World's Help Right Now'

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:24

Protesters took to the streets across Brazil this weekend to voice outrage over the fires burning through the Amazon.

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Four Former Staffers Face Charges Nursing Home Deaths After Hurricane Irma

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:24

A dozen people died in 2017 after Irma knocked out the air conditioning system at the center. Florida officials previously ruled the deaths were homicides.

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Oklahoma Wanted $17 Billion To Fight Its Opioid Crisis: What's The Real Cost?

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:22

The $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson will cover one year of addiction treatment and prevention the judge says. But health economists predict it will take decades to abate the problem.

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Judge In Opioid Trial Rules Johnson & Johnson Must Pay Oklahoma $572 Million

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 16:19

In a landmark ruling, Judge Thad Balkman ruled in favor of Oklahoma, which sought to hold the drugmaker accountable for the costs of opioid addiction in the state.

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'Persistent Engagement': The Phrase Driving A More Assertive U.S. Spy Agency

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 14:41

For the director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Paul Nakasone, it means relentlessly tracking adversaries in cyberspace and increasingly taking action against them.

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China's Vice Premier Calls For 'Calm' In U.S. Talks; Hawks Want A War Of Attrition

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 14:23

Chinese factions want to take different tacks toward the trade war. Some argue for cutting a deal quickly to save the economy, while others call for a war of attrition with President Trump.

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Show And Tell: On 'Lover,' Taylor Swift Lets Listeners In On Her Own Terms

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 13:14

Fans have long loved how Swift's lyrics make her life seem like an open book. After what she calls a personal apocalypse in the public eye, her new album turns phrases that both obscure and reveal.

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Oklahoma Judge To Rule In Landmark Opioid Case

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:46

Oklahoma has argued that the drugmaker's marketing of painkillers contributed to thousands of overdose deaths and other harms in the state and is asking for a multibillion-dollar award.

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Tropical Storm Dorian Menaces Barbados, With Puerto Rico Ahead

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:05

Dorian is currently forecast to grow into a lower-level Category 1 hurricane, meaning its sustained winds would narrowly top the 74-mph threshold for a hurricane.

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The World Of Marian Anderson: A Turning The Tables Playlist

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 09:54

Though best remembered for her 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Anderson's career was more than one moment. Hear some of her best recordings, plus songs by those she influenced.

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Jakarta Is Crowded And Sinking, So Indonesia Is Moving Its Capital To Borneo

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 09:36

The search criteria included being "relatively free from earthquakes and volcanoes." Officials also want to avoid Jakarta's massive traffic jams — and then there's the fact that the city is sinking.

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Whatever Happened To ... The Mysterious Kidney Disease Striking Central America?

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 09:36

Some researchers now say that tens of thousands of deaths due to kidney failure may be linked to climate change. But others aren't so sure.

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Trump Tries To Project Unity At G-7 Amid Global Turmoil And Mixed Messages

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:45

The U.S. and French presidents are jointly addressing the media in Biarritz, France, about the gathering of global economic powers.

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