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This Ex-Child Soldier Went Undercover To Save The Gorillas

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:04

Rodrigue Katembo has quite a resume: child soldier, park ranger, undercover agent, friend of gorillas and elephants, and now Goldman Environmental Prize winner.

6 Strongmen Trump's Praised — And The Conflicts It Presents

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:43

From Egypt to the Philippines, the president's praise of despotic and brutal leaders is raising eyebrows. He also has potential business conflicts in or related to all of the countries.

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Doctors Prescribe More Generics When Drug Reps Are Kept At Bay

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:21

Doctors were more likely to choose generic drugs over pricier brand names when teaching hospitals limited access by pharmaceutical sales representatives, a study finds.

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Jimmy Kimmel Opens Up About His Newborn Son's Heart Surgery, And Praises Obamacare

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:10

"Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was," Kimmel said in an emotional monologue, "there was a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance."

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The Fine Print In The 'State of Black America' Report

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:01

This year's "State of Black America" report took the unusual step of warning that the organization now has a new priority: protecting areas of progress from retrenchment during the next few years.

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Under Trump Budget, Nearly 2 Million Kids May Lose After-School Care

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:32

The Trump administration says there's no evidence the program works, but supporters say that thinking is misguided. Some even call it a "godsend."

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U.S. Says THAAD Missile System In South Korea Is Now Operational

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:12

The American missile system has caused controversy, partly because President Trump suggested he would charge South Korea for it.

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Rosa Parks' Pancake Recipe Helps Us See The Human Side Of A Hero

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 08:00

Parks jotted the recipe down on the back of an envelope. A Library of Congress curator says "this recipe is quintessentially African-American."

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Portland Police Arrest 25, Saying A May Day Rally Devolved Into 'Riot'

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 07:51

"Various fires were set in the street and in garbage cans, a police car was spray-painted and vandalized, and there were attempts to set at least one business on fire," police say.

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United CEO Called Before Congress To Explain Eviction And Injury Of Passenger

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 07:39

Oscar Munoz, United Airlines CEO, will testify before the House Transportation Committee today about an incident when a passenger was dragged by security guards off an overbooked United flight.

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Vigilantes In India: Protecting Sacred Cows, Promoting A Hindu Way Of Life

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 07:18

Incidents of violence against non-Hindus are rising after Hindu nationalists swept recent elections in India. But critics say Hindu nationalism can't succeed in a country that is 15 percent Muslim.

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Veterans At Risk Of Suicide Negotiate A Thorny Relationship With Guns

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 05:00

Researchers say putting guns out of reach reduces the chances that suicidal veterans could take their own lives, but changing the law is a controversial idea.

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A New Generation Overthrows Gender

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 05:00

Parents, schools and elected officials are working to catch up and adapt to the needs of children and teens who don't fit into familiar gender categories.

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Why White Evangelicals Are 'Splintering' Politically

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 05:00

A new book traces the history of white evangelicals in the U.S., from the group's rebellious 19th century roots to its role as political force. We asked the author about where the movement is headed.

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Teen Shot Dead By Police As His Car Was Driving Away, Chief Says

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 19:58

Jordan Edwards, 15, was killed in a Dallas suburb Saturday. Now, the local police chief says body-cam footage contradicts his earlier statement that the car was driving "in an aggressive manner."

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Puerto Rico Eyes Options As It Faces Debt Deadline — Again

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 19:31

The island has been struggling with a massive debt burden for nearly two years, and protection from lawsuits are about to expire. An oversight board could initiate a bankruptcy-like process.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back 2 Of Michelle Obama's Signature Initiatives

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 18:54

The Department of Agriculture is curbing some school lunch standards championed by the former first lady, while the Peace Corps will reportedly dismantle her Let Girls Learn initiative.

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NPR's Eyder Peralta Released After Brief Detainment In South Sudan

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 18:33

The East Africa correspondent and his South Sudanese assistant were placed in custody on Friday for reasons that remain unclear. He was released Monday morning, while his assistant remains detained.

In Afghanistan, Security Incidents And Civilian Casualties At Record Highs

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:51

A new report from a U.S. government watchdog paints a bleak picture of Afghanistan's security and corruption issues, as the U.S. considers sending more troops.

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In South Korea's Presidential Election, A Referendum On U.S. Relations

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:42

With their impeached president on trial for corruption, South Korean voters will decide how pro-U.S. her replacement should be — as President Trump and North Korea trade threats of war.

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