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3 Police Officers Found Guilty Of Murder In Philippines' War On Drugs

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:04

A court found all three men guilty of murder and sentenced them each to 40 years in prison for the 2017 killing of a 17-year-old who police said they suspected was a drug runner.

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Volkswagen Planning A New North American Factory For Electric Cars

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 05:19

The European carmaker is planning to introduce a $30,000 to $40,000 electric car in 2020 to compete with similarly priced American vehicles.

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Beijing Is Pushing Hard To Influence U.S. Views Of China, Report Says

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 05:17

The new report, authored by some of the top experts on China, warns of an aggressive influence campaign aimed at the U.S. government, universities and even Hollywood.

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Partisan Election Officials Are 'Inherently Unfair' But Probably Here To Stay

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 05:00

It would take a massive overhaul of state laws to make election administration truly nonpartisan. Voters say they want it, and experts are calling for it, but it probably isn't coming any time soon.

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Tensions With China, Putin Meeting To Dominate Trump's G-20 Trip

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 05:00

President Trump heads to the international summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this week. The answers to a number of looming questions could determine whether the visit is a success.

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International Science Summit Denounces Gene-Edited Babies, But Rejects Moratorium

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 02:06

The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing issues a consensus on how scientists might responsibly move forward to create gene-edited babies in the wake of a rogue scientist's claims.

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Number Of U.S. Kids Who Don't Have Health Insurance Is On The Rise

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 00:01

Economic growth usually means more kids get health insurance, but that's not been the case during the Trump years, a study shows. For the first time in a decade, the uninsured rate for children is up.

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Ex-Florida Police Chief Sentenced To 3 Years For Framing Black Men And Teen

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 19:01

Raimundo Atesiano wanted to reduce his town's crime statistics, so he ordered officers to arrest innocent people for a slew of unsolved burglaries. "I made some very, very bad decisions," he said.

FBI Says 78-Year-Old Prisoner Has Confessed To 90 Murders

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 18:21

The bureau says Samuel Little, 78, has confessed to a total of 90 murders between 1970 and 2005, sending federal, state and local officials across the country on a hunt to verify his claims.

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Why The Crisis Between Ukraine And Russia Has Taken To The Sea

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 18:17

It's not by chance that the countries' 4 1/2-year conflict has taken on a naval dimension. Moscow is further imposing on Kiev its annexation of Crimea.

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Gone Girl: Lower Manhattan 'Fearless Girl' Statue Is 'On The Move'

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 18:11

Fearless Girl appeared across from the Charging Bull on the eve of International Women's Day in 2017. It has now been removed and will be placed in front of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Youngest Children In A Class Are Most Likely To Get ADHD Diagnosis

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:07

Harvard University researchers probed the way ADHD is assessed by taking advantage of a quirk found in many U.S. school systems that means some kids are a year younger their classmates.

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Bitcoin Is Bouncing Around Again. Here Are Some Possible Causes

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 16:06

Bitcoin is known to be volatile. But recently it has suffered a rash of notable losses. Analysts are looking to the amount of computing power used and the split of a rival cryptocurrency for answers.

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FACT CHECK: Trump's Claims About 'Record Clean' U.S. Air

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:46

President Trump claims the U.S. environment is better than it's been in years, but data from various sources paint a more complicated picture.

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Democrats Pick Nancy Pelosi As House Speaker, Despite Earlier Internal Opposition

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:16

The internal caucus vote is just the first of two key elections Pelosi needs to win. The full House formally votes on its next speaker on Jan. 3, the first day of Congress' next session.

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Magnus Carlsen Retains His Title As World Chess Champion

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:01

Carlsen, a 27-year-old Norwegian, has held the title since 2013. He defeated Fabiano Caruana, who would have been the first U.S. citizen to win the world title since Bobby Fischer.

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Businessman Gives $1,000 Checks To Every Student At Paradise High School

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 14:24

The California town was largely destroyed by fire earlier this month. High school "was the first, last and only truly carefree time," said Bob Wilson, who gave $1.1 million to students and staff.

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Fed Chief's Remarks On Economy And Interest Rates Cheer Investors

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 14:22

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell touched off a surge in stock prices after saying the outlook for the U.S. economy remains solid and interest rates are nearly within a "neutral" range.

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This Trauma Surgeon Survived Gun Violence. Now He's Taking On The NRA

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 14:13

When Joseph Sakran was 17, he was shot in the throat after a high school football game. That experience inspired him to become a surgeon — and to speak out against gun violence.

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Fast-Tracking Logging On Federal Lands May Not Lessen Wildfire Risk

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:49

The current version of the Farm Bill includes House-backed provisions that would streamline logging projects on federal land. The administration argues logging could mitigate wildfire risk.

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