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'She Can't Tell Us What's Wrong'

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:02

Many people with intellectual disabilities can't talk or have difficulty speaking — and are unable to report when they've been raped or sexually assaulted.

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How The Fusion GPS Founder's Testimony Fits In The Russia Saga

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:00

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., made a big splash by releasing the roughly 300-page paper bomb — a tactical win for Democrats in Washington, D.C.

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GOP Retirements Hit Record Level Ahead Of Midterm Fight

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:00

There are 30 House Republicans leaving their seats open this fall. The last time a party had nearly that many retirements during a midterm year was when Democrats lost control of Congress in 1994.

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge To Ohio's 'Use-It Or Lose-it' Voter System

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:00

The justices will hear a challenge to an Ohio law, which allows the purging of voter registrations because of a failure to vote in two consecutive elections.

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Pakistan's Transgender Women, Long Marginalized, Mobilize For Rights

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:00

Activists have won victories like the right to inherit property and inclusion in the census. Parliament is considering a rights bill sponsored by an unlikely ally, an ultra-conservative Islamic party.

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An American Muslim Preacher Faces His Own Mortality

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 04:58

Usama Canon is the founding director of the Ta'leef Collective, a "third place" for Muslims between mosque and home. After an ALS disagnosis, he's reflecting on his work.

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Face-Down, Head-First, 90 Miles An Hour On The Ice

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 04:30

Olympic skeleton racers' chins rest an inch or two above the ice. "Obviously, you don't want your face scraping across the ice 'cause it does slow you down," says one. "But it also doesn't feel good."

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Desperate Cities Consider 'Safe Injection' Sites For Opioid Users

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 04:21

Opioids were a main driver in roughly 1,200 drug overdose deaths in Philadelphia last year.That's four times the city's murder rate. It's time, some officials say, to supervise, not criminalize.

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump's Decision To End DACA

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:43

U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other states, and ordered the administration to continue the program that protects young immigrants from deportation.

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Supreme Court Hears Side-By-Side Search Cases On Rental Cars And Driveways

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:44

On Tuesday, justices heard two cases regarding an individual's reasonable expectation of privacy. One involved the locked trunk of a rental car, the other a motorcycle parked in the driveway.

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Interior Secretary Zinke: Florida Offshore Oil Drilling Is 'Off The Table'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:06

Zinke cites a request from Gov. Rick Scott and his argument that the state relies on tourism. Critics note the state is rich in electoral votes and other states also rely on tourism.

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What Harmed U.S. Diplomats In Cuba? The Mystery Continues

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 18:02

The question remains unsolved, according to a Senate hearing Tuesday. But an FBI investigation is casting doubt on the theory that embassy staff were the victims of "sonic attacks."

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U.K. Embarks On A Ban Of Plastic Microbeads In Rinse-Off Products

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:59

The measure, which follows a similar 2015 law in the U.S., aims at reducing the amount of plastic getting flushed into the ocean. Backers are hailing it as a small step in the right direction.

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For The Men #MeToo Has Toppled, Redemption Will Take More Than An Apology

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:52

Some see restorative justice as a way forward. But it takes courage to hold yourself accountable, and the men called out by the #MeToo movement might not be there yet.

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Advocates Fear Tax Bill Will Worsen U.S. Affordable Housing Shortage

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:52

The U,S, faces a severe shortage of affordable housing, and housing advocates fear the recent tax bill and potential budget cuts will make matters worse.

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Washington Law Targeting Domestic Abusers Yields Report Of 71 Attempted Gun Buys

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:45

The law is believed to be the first of its kind. It requires licensed gun sellers to report failed background checks; it also alerts people who are living under protective orders.

What You May Not Realize About The End Of TPS Status For Salvadorans

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:29

It's not just immigrants from El Salvador who stand to lose. Here's why their families back home could be devastated.

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Steve Bannon Out At Breitbart News

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:27

The move had been rumored in the wake of the publication of Fire and Fury, which included quotes that were embarrassing to President Trump.

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Californians Evacuated Out Of Fear Of Mudslides Where Thomas Fire Scorched Land

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:18

Thousands of Californians have been evacuated from the Santa Barbara area among fears of mudslides after heavy rains hit the hillsides denuded by the enormous Thomas fire.

Professors Suggest 'Baby Bonds' Could Fix Widening Inequality In The U.S.

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:18

"Baby Bonds" are back in the news. Two professors presented their idea to do something about widening inequality to an economics conference. They suggest creating an education trust fund for each newborn. The grants — ranging from $500 to $50,000 — would be on a sliding scale tied to household income.