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Despite Warnings From GOP Leaders, Trump Continues Shutdown Threats

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 05:00

Three times in three days this week, President Trump said he would force the government to shut down if Democrats do not agree fund a wall with Mexico, and make changes to immigration laws.

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WATCH: The Science Behind Why Some Bullets Are More Destructive Than Others

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 05:00

How much damage a bullet does when fired at the human body largely hinges on physics. Our latest "Let's Talk" video shows and explains why certain types of ammunition cause greater havoc than others.

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Jetliner In Mexico Crashes, Catches Fire, But All 103 Aboard Escape

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:22

The Embraer E190 crashed in a heavy hailstorm shortly after taking off from an airport in Durango. Passengers report they heard a loud bang as the left wing hit the ground.

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More Taxpayers Will Owe The IRS In April Due To Under-Withholding, Report Says

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 01:32

The Government Accountability Office says 3 million more Americans are likely to have experienced under-withholding from their paychecks in 2018 as a direct result of the new tax law.

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Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Blocking 3D-Printer Guns

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 22:00

The judge said the untraceable weapons could end up in the wrong hands. But it's unclear how effective the order is since some gun plans have already been online for four days.

Officials Botched 2020 Census Printing Contract, Report Finds

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 20:32

The federal agency "did not do an adequate job of protecting" the government's interest, according to a report by the GPO's Office of the Inspector General that NPR has obtained.

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Lawmakers Question Trump Officials On Family Separation Policy

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 19:12

As the federal government tries to undo its migrant family separation policy, Trump administration officials faced tough questioning Tuesday from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Trump Administration Eyes Capital Gains Tax Cut

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 18:48

The Trump administration is weighing a cut in the capital gains tax. It would save wealthy Americans up to $20 billion a year, but add to the federal government's red ink.

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D.C. Couple Killed In Tajikistan Attack Were Biking Around The World Together

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 18:18

Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan had spent just more than a year on the road. They kept a detailed blog, writing at one point, "By and large, humans are kind ... Generous and wonderful and kind."

After Calf's Death, Orca Mother Carries It For Days In 'Tragic Tour Of Grief'

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:54

What began as a moment of joy ended in tragedy when the infant died last week. Since then its mother has refused to let go, holding her child tightly in what experts call a moving expression of grief.

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FACT CHECK: U.S. And North Korea After Their Singapore Summit

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:53

President Trump has claimed his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has led that nation to begin the process of denuclearization and removed its threat to the United States. A fact check.

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To Combat Rhino Poaching, Dogs Are Giving South African Park Rangers A Crucial Assist

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:53

Anti-poaching rangers have sophisticated resources at their command. But one of the most effective is strikingly low-tech. "Since we use dogs, the guys can't hide from us anymore," says a trainer.

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'I'm Not Angry': Alan Alda Says He's Living With Parkinson's

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:00

"It hasn't stopped my life at all. I've had a richer life than I've had up until now," the M*A*S*H actor said as he made the announcement Tuesday on CBS This Morning.

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Trump's World Pulses With Promising News

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:42

Three times in three days, Trump has threatened to shut down the government over funding for his border wall. The president believes immigration will rally his voters this fall, and he may be right.

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Afghanistan Update: Government 'Lawless, Weak And Dysfunctional'

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:34

A U.S. government watchdog says the Afghan government "may be going back to 'business as usual' and 'simply checking the box' when it comes to fighting corruption."

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