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Ontario's New License Plates Have A Problem: You Can't Read Them

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:27

Some people were already grumbling about the redesign, but drivers soon noticed a bigger problem: The new license plates can be hard to read at night.

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Banking Giant HSBC To Cut 35,000 Jobs Amid Restructuring

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:32

The bank says it will shed nearly 15% of its workforce and $100 billion in investments as it refocuses on growth markets in Asia and reduces operations in Europe and the U.S.

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Hundreds Of Homes Flooded In Mississippi As More Rain Is Expected

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:27

The Pearl River crested at 36.7 feet in Jackson, Miss. — lower than feared. Flooding also hit parts of Tennessee, where one official said, "It is a chess match we're playing with Mother Nature."

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Trump Commutes Sentence Of Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:00

The move would free Blagojevich, once seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, from federal prison four years before he would have been eligible for parole and clear his convictions.

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Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options In A Storm

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:34

Oklahoma used to have more public shelters that could accommodate wheelchairs. But many have closed, and there's still no financial aid for renters with disabilities to build safe alternatives.

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How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:00

Winters are warming faster than summers in many places, and colder parts of the U.S. are warming faster than hotter ones. The warming winter climate has year-round consequences across the country.

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'Dark Towers' Is A Cautionary Tale Of Pursuing Profits At Any Cost

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:52

President Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank is still under investigation, so David Enrich's story is necessarily incomplete. But he shows the bank's tale is complex — more than one gone rogue.

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Coronavirus Updates: Hospital Director In Wuhan Dies Of COVID-19

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:04

Liu Zhiming is one of more than 1,700 medical workers in China who have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, state news outlets report.

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Coronavirus Update: 346 Americans Emerge From Quarantine At California Military Bases

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:04

"It is important to know that these people being released from quarantine pose no health risk to the surrounding community," a CDC press officer said in a statement to NPR.

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BLM Acting Director Defends Agency's Controversial Move To Colorado

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:00

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's acting chief says the decision to relocate the agency's headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colo., means "locals can come and see us."

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Losing Sleep Over The Quest For A Perfect Night's Rest

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 05:08

A boom in technology promising to improve sleep has an ironic side effect: orthosomnia. Thanks to sleep trackers, people get so obsessed with perfect sleep that they are losing sleep over it.

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Voters Of Color Are Set To Have A Bigger Say As Democrats Enter A Crucial Phase

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 05:00

The Democratic presidential candidates have so far stood for elections in two of the whitest states in the country. That changes with Nevada and South Carolina.

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Sanders Leads, Bloomberg Qualifies For Debate

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 05:00

The survey gives the former New York mayor enough polls showing him over 10% nationally to be on stage for the next Democratic debate Wednesday in Nevada.

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Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy As It Faces Hundreds Of Sex-Abuse Claims

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 01:08

The Boy Scouts of America has $1.4 billion in assets. The organization says it will use the Chapter 11 process to create a trust to provide compensation for victims.

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Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 01:08

The Boy Scouts of America has $1.4 billion in assets. The national organization may hope that its bankruptcy filing will shield the even larger assets of its local councils.

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Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 01:08

The Boy Scouts of America has $1.4 billion in assets. The national organization may hope that its bankruptcy filing will shield the even larger assets of its local councils.

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Uber Whistleblower Takes On Silicon Valley, Armed With Stoic Philosophy

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:01

In 2017, Susan Fowler published a blog post that revealed Uber's misogynistic corporate culture — and helped change the world. In her memoir, she urges readers not to see her as a victim.

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Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change, Planet's 'Biggest Threat'

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 17:30

Amazon, the company Bezos founded and heads, has come under increasing scrutiny for its own carbon footprint.

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Refugee Docents Help Bring A Museum's Global Collection To Life

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 16:18

Attendance at Philadelphia's Penn Museum has shot up since the Global Guides first tours in 2018. The refugee and immigrant docents receive training in archaeology, ancient history and story-telling.

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'Stable Genius' Authors Describe Trump Presidency As A 'Den Of Destruction'

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 16:14

Wash. Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, authors of A Very Stable Genius, discuss troubling tendencies of the Trump presidency. Originally broadcast Jan. 22, 2020; updated Feb. 12, 2020.

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