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What Putin Wants From His G-20 Meeting With President Trump

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 15:06

When the two presidents meet Friday, the world will be looking for clues to the future of the fraught U.S.-Russian relationship. "Putin needs the meeting more than Trump," says one Russia expert.

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Amnesty International Says Turkey Detained Its Country Director

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:58

The rights group's Turkey chair was taken into custody last month, and Amnesty says it is the first time in its history that a country has detained its chair and director at the same time.

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United Apologizes As Another Passenger Loses Seat, This One A Toddler

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:34

Shirley Yamauchi had to hold her two-year-old on a flight from Houston to Boston, despite having bought him a ticket. United Airlines admitted to failing to properly scan the boy's boarding pass.

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'How To Be A Muslim' Author On Being A Spokesperson For His Faith

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:20

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world."

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States Move To Tighten Medicaid Enrollment, Even Without A New Health Law

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 13:14

Some states are seeking to make major changes in their Medicaid programs that would end coverage for millions of people, even if the Affordable Care Act isn't repealed.

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Opioid Prescriptions Falling But Remain Too High, CDC Says

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 13:14

U.S. doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers less often and at lower doses, but at rates that are three times higher than their European counterparts, the CDC says.

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Ethics Office Director Walter Shaub Resigns, Saying Rules Need To Be Tougher

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 13:01

Shaub, who has had many battles with the Trump administration, says he is quitting to become a legal activist. He says the "current situation" shows tougher ethics action is needed.

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QVC Plans To Buy, Merge With Home Shopping Network

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:53

QVC already owns a substantial stake in its rival. Now it plans to buy the remaining stake in Home Shopping Network, in a $2.1 billion deal.

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To Prepare For Mars Settlement, Simulated Missions Explore Utah's Desert

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:41

NASA plans to send people to the Red Planet in the 2030s. In the meantime, a remote location in southern Utah serves as a non-NASA training ground for the Mars-minded.

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Can Snapchat's New 'Snap Map' Bring The World Closer Together?

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:31

From cute puppies in Guatemala to daring teens in Jordan, the feature lets users share video clips and photos from their daily lives. Is that a good thing — or is it just making us all voyeurs?

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EU And Japan Strike Trade Deal, Call It 'Strong Message To The World'

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:15

The European Union and Japan have reached an agreement in principle for a new free trade deal. It would lower barriers to trade between two of the world's most important economic areas.

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18 States Sue Betsy DeVos And Education Dept. Over Delay Of Borrower Defense Rule

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:45

The rule was created to protect students from the fallout from abuses and failures by for-profit colleges. A new court filing says that the Education Department's delay of the rule is unlawful.

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Voices Far And Wide Try To Sway Virginia Governor To Call Off Execution

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:21

William Morva was convicted in a 2006 double murder and is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday night. His lawyers and the European Union say he is suffering from severe mental illness.

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Alaskans Greet North Korean Missile Test With A Shrug

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:19

"We have the assurance that no matter what happens to us here in Alaska we'll be able to take care of ourselves," Anchorage's mayor said.

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Calm In Seoul As The North Korea Question Grows More Urgent

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:56

Pyongyang's test on Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile hasn't rattled many South Koreans. "I think it's just, like, a whatever attitude that we are having," says a student in Seoul.

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China's Elevated Bus Project Seemed Too Good To Be True — And It Was

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:30

Project promoters claimed the giant, elevated vehicle would beat traffic jams by straddling traffic. Last week, they were arrested for fraud. "The idea was absurd, childish," says a longtime critic.

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'Shame On Ted': Health Care Protests Meet Ted Cruz In Texas

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:15

At a veterans' event Wednesday night, about 150 protesters showed up to oppose the Senate's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 07:13

The earthquake was the strongest to hit western Montana in years; it was followed by at least 10 measurable temblors with magnitudes of up to 4.9.

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This Soviet-Era Cookie Is Filled With Sweetness Amid Scarcity

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 07:00

With many foods in short supply, Soviet bakers had to be creative. And while the U.S.S.R. is gone now, the walnut-shaped oreshki cookie endures. Russian ex-pat Alina Selyukh shows us how to make them.

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Trump Says 'I Think It Was Russia' And 'Others Also' In Election Meddling

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 06:33

President Trump declined to single out Russia when asked about U.S. election meddling. He instead criticized President Obama's reported response to learning about the election interference last year.

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