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Trump Prepares For First Meeting With Putin Since Taking Office

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:33

President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week. Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution says he hopes there will be a serious tone on both sides, and modest expectations.

In Germany, Tech Leaders Teach Refugees How To Code

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:33

Most of the refugees who flooded into Germany two years ago have yet to find work. But one bright spot is the tech sector, which is training newcomers to code and fill job market demands.

In Brazil, Some Inmates Are Using A Novel Way To Get Out Of Prison Earlier

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:33

Brazil's prisons are dangerous places, blighted by overcrowding and drug gangs. But literacy is offering a way to shorten some inmates' sentences: Read books, reduce your time behind bars.

Winter Snow And Rain May Lead To More Destructive Wildfire Season

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:33

Fire officials warn that an abundance of fresh brush, the result of record-setting precipitation this winter in California and the Southwest, could provide plenty of fuel for wildfires this summer.

Kaspersky's Russian Roots Come Under Scrutiny

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:33

The Pentagon may soon be prohibited from using anti-virus software and other products from Kaspersky Lab. The Moscow-based company is alleged to have ties to the Kremlin, which Kaspersky denies.

What It Means If North Korea Has ICBM Capability

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:33

North Korea claims it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, which the U.S. and South Korea are working to confirm. The missile could be powerful enough to reach Alaska.

California Beach Party Brings Together Ex-Believers

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:33

When people leave religious groups, they sometimes feel adrift. Some formerly faithful folks in Southern California are looking for ways to build community specifically for ex-believers.

Nashville's Fireworks Show Has Its Own Maestro

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:33

In some fireworks displays, the symphony follows the lead of a pre-programmed launch sequence. In Nashville, Larry Trotter calls the shots in real time for one of the largest shows in the U.S.

Appeals Court Says EPA Can't Keep Delaying Obama-Era Methane Rules

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 14:55

The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. notes the EPA can choose to rewrite a rule designed to prevent leaks from natural gas facilities. But it can't just put it off for two years, the judges decided.

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In Rwanda, July 4 Isn't Independence Day — It's Liberation Day

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 13:04

It's a national holiday commemorating the day in 1994 when the killing stopped, marking the end of a 100-day genocide that left nearly a million Rwandans dead.

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Scientists Are Not So Hot At Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 11:30

A scientist tested his peers' ability to pick which cancer experiments would pan out. They failed more often than not, which doesn't say much for intuition or efficiency in the scientific process.

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QUIZ: 11 Random Facts About Independence Day For Your Backyard Party

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 10:00

How many people lived in the original 13 Colonies? How much do we import in American flags? The pressing questions to get you through July Fourth.

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Government Blows Up Mannequins In Annual Plea For Fireworks Safety

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 09:00

Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds Americans that fireworks are dangerous — with some memorable demonstrations. And seriously, be careful with do-it-yourself displays.

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In Russia's Siberian Silicon Valley, Business Is Good But Risks Can Be High

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 08:15

The Soviet Union built research institutes in Siberia as innovation centers during the Cold War. Since then, there's been a brain drain. Tech innovators remain, but some have faced legal challenges.

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A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According to Science

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 06:00

A developmental framework for building 21st century skills--no technology or money required.

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Official White House Twitter Accounts Stay On Message While Trump Strays

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:00

President Trump's personal feed largely focused on blasting the media, while the vice president and White House account pushed the Republican health care bill, immigration policy and Energy Week.

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In America, Every Day Is Independents' Day

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:00

Four charts that explain what's up with America's independents on Independence Day. (Get it?) (Do you?) (If you don't, we can explain.)

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Some Marijuana-Derived Treatments Aim To Soothe Skittish Pets

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:00

If your pooch runs, howls or hides at the first sound of fireworks, you're not alone. Noise-related phobia is common, veterinarians say. Could cannabidiol oil soothe your sensitive beast?

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Joe Scarborough Still Wants To Make 'Trump: The Musical'

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:00

The Morning Joe host plans to release new music every month over the next two years.

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Xbox Bowling For Seniors? Visit Your Local Library

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:00

The number of older people involved in the arts programs at the Brooklyn Public Library is up more than 50 percent since last year. They want a chance to write new chapters in a place for all ages.

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