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'NYT' Reporter Covering Trump: We've Almost 'Lost The Ability To Be Shocked'

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 14:50

New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt has helped break major stories concerning special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between President Trump, his associates and Russia.

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Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 14:41

Humans are evolutionary oddballs for living long past our reproductive prime. New research explains how grandmothers might be the reason why.

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Avoiding The Ouch. Scientists Working On Ways To Swap The Needle For A Pill

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 14:11

A lot of vaccines and some medications need to be delivered by injection. Two groups of researchers are designing ways of delivering these medications by putting them in pill form.

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Gucci Apologizes And Removes Sweater Following 'Blackface' Backlash

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:22

The luxury brand said it would work toward turning the incident into a "learning moment." It coincides with Black History Month as well as another blackface controversy roiling Virginia's leadership.

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William Barr, Attorney General Nominee, Gets Nod From Key Senate Committee

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:52

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to recommend that the full chamber confirm President Trump's choice to take over the leadership of the Justice Department.

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Facebook Can't Gather Users' Data From Other Websites, German Antitrust Office Says

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:29

Facebook "was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power," says Andreas Mundt, of Germany's Federal Cartel Office.

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Scientists Try Feeding Diet Drugs To Mosquitoes To Stop Them From Biting

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:58

What if human diet drugs curb the appetite of bloodthirsty mosquitoes? That's the question a new study set out to investigate.

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Zimbabwe Remains In Turmoil After Unrest And Reports Of Heavy Crackdown

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:46

Anger against the state is palpable, and with the rising cost of goods and a drawn-out cash shortage, there could be more civil unrest ahead for the southern African nation.

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BB&T And SunTrust To Merge, Forming 6th-Largest Bank In The U.S.

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:51

The new bank would have its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Both of the banks are calling it a "merger of equals," but the deal is weighted toward BB&T, whose CEO will be in charge.

Interracial Couples And Disability-Friendly Emojis Coming Soon To Smartphones

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:18

More skin tones, more kinds of bodies, and an emoji to symbolize menstruation are included in the new update. Also, a flamingo.

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DOJ Asks Watchdog To Investigate Heat And Power Failures At Brooklyn Jail

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:05

The Department of Justice is asking its Office of the Inspector General to investigate how inmates in a Brooklyn jail were left in cells without heat or power for days.

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Millions Could Lose Power Under PG&E's Plan To Prevent Wildfires

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:08

The company could shut down power to as many as 5.4 million of its customers, it said. PG&E declared bankruptcy last month in the face of billions of dollars in fire-related liabilities.

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Is Fear Driving Sales Of Dicamba-Proof Soybeans?

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:04

Some farmers say they're buying a popular new soybean seed partly because they're afraid of crop damage from herbicide drift. A new lawsuit claims the seed maker is violating antitrust laws.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:01

The plan is massively ambitious and faces political blockades. Proponents believe it's what's necessary to start saving the world from the threat of climate change and to reshape the U.S. economy.

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A Complicated Racial History Underpins Politics In Virginia

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:01

The controversies currently rocking Virginia politics are rooted in a historical legacy of racism that cannot be overcome overnight, says historian Gregg Kimball.

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WATCH: In A Post-Parkland America, Teens Talk About Gun Culture

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:00

Last spring, NPR traveled across the country to speak with teenagers about their many different relationships with guns.

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House Democrats Divided On Strategy To Force Release Of Trump's Tax Returns

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:00

Some Democrats are pressing to move now to force the administration to hand over the president's tax returns, but others say Robert Mueller's probe should take priority over Congress' review.

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Paul Erickson, Boyfriend Of Russian Agent Maria Butina, Charged In Fraud Scheme

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 20:09

The longtime Republican fundraiser was involved with efforts to covertly build bridges between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.

Widespread Western Snow Brings Dazzling Vistas And Dangerous Roads

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:10

School kids in Seattle and Salt Lake City celebrated a rare snow day. But dozens of accidents were reported. A deputy investigating an accident in Utah was hit by an out-of-control tractor trailer.

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Virginia Lt. Governor's Accuser Comes Forward With Account Of Alleged Sexual Assault

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:06

Vanessa Tyson released a detailed statement just days after her claim against Justin Fairfax surfaced. "What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault," she says.

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