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Trump Ally Tries to Remove Parkland Fathers From Gun Violence Hearing

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:05

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz called for the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to eject two fathers of gun violence victims from a hearing after they interrupted his remarks from the audience.

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Satellite Imagery Suggests Second Iranian Space Launch Has Failed

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 15:21

The rocket was supposed to carry a small satellite into orbit. The suspected failure comes just weeks after another launch attempt fell short.

The 2019 Report Card For The Fight To End Female Genital Mutilation

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:56

On this day of "zero tolerance" for FGM, how is the world doing in its campaign to halt the practice?

U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site For Opioids

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:29

The U.S. government is intervening to stop the creation of a medical facility in Philadelphia where people could inject heroin without risk of overdose. Canada and Europe already have such sites.

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Consumer Protection Bureau Aims To Roll Back Rules For Payday Lending

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:23

A rule would have protected borrowers from ballooning loans with giant interest rates. Now, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposes ripping its teeth out.

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Antidepressants Can Interfere With Pain Relief Of Common Opioids

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:19

Some antidepressants inhibit a liver enzyme that converts common opioids into their active form. The interaction may reduce the effectiveness of certain opioids for people taking both medicines.

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Russian Court Sentences Jehovah's Witness To 6 Years In Prison For Extremism

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:35

Dennis Christensen was arrested during prayer. "I hope today is the day Russia defends religious freedom," he said before the verdict. Critics call it a severe crackdown on religious freedom.

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Halting U.S. HIV Epidemic By 2030: Difficult But Doable

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:30

The Trump administration has a plan to end the spread of HIV in the U.S. in 10 years. HIV/AIDS advocates say it's feasible but that the administration's actions on health run counter to the goal.

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Environmental Photographer Focuses On Protecting The Climate — And Its People

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:28

The new documentary The Human Element follows James Balog as he captures the places and people affected by the rising oceans, wildfires and air pollution associated with climate change.

China Investigating Reports Of HIV-Tainted Medication

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:54

The suspect batch contains more than 12,000 treatments of human immunoglobulin meant to boost patients' weakened immune systems. It's not yet clear if anyone contracted HIV from the product.

'The Collected Schizophrenias' Conveys What It's Like To Live With A 'Hidden' Illness

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:32

In her new book of riveting, honest, courageous essays, Esmé Weijun Wang provides a series of lenses through which to observe schizophrenic disorders and, by extension, our (mis)understanding of them.

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Virginia AG Says He Dressed As A Rapper And Wore 'Brown Makeup' At A 1980 Party

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:03

Attorney General Mark Herring says when he was in college, "some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time."

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Trump Is Expected To Name Outspoken Critic To Head World Bank

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:42

The appointment of Treasury Department official David Malpass has already generated controversy in the international development community.

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N.M. Governor Pulls National Guard From Border, Citing A 'Charade' At Federal Level

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:25

"I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border," Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said,

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Trump Highlights Health Agenda And Vows To Lower 'Unfair' Drug Prices

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:24

The president's State of the Union address laid out a series of goals, including lowering prescription prices, pursuing an end to the HIV epidemic and increased research for childhood cancers.

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Trump Reaches Out But Also Takes His Shots In Speech To Congress And Nation

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:50

"Victory is not winning for our party," he said. But, like other presidents before him, Trump alternated his open-handed gesture with occasional hard jabs at the opposition.

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Google Talks Up Vets In Super Bowl Ad. Does It Walk The Walk?

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:44

Google advertised its new job search tool for veterans during the Super Bowl. The goal is to help vets get hired. But how many veterans work at Google?

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Tierra Whack's Labor Of Self-Love, From Car Wash To Critical Mass

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:41

A misplaced Grammy nomination meets classic blaxploitation as hip-hop's rising star recalls the watershed period in her journey to self-discovery.

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Key West To Ban Popular Sunscreen Ingredients To Protect Coral Reef

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:35

Sunscreen containing the chemicals linked to coral reef bleaching will be banned from sale in Key West. The city commission voted 6-1 Tuesday night. Industry officials say the link isn't proven.

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Rough Day On The Job? A Lunch Club Might Help You Bite Back Those Blues

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:00

Bad food on top of a bad work day is ... bad. So some co-workers have created a bright spot — a good meal. And while the food is yummy, the care that goes into making a homemade lunch is even better.

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