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So Longhand: Has Cursive Reached The End Of The Line?

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:10

Linguist Geoff Nunberg believes there's value in writing by hand — but he doesn't see why the letters have to connect. "You may as well dictate what song we all have to sing in the shower," he says.

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The U.N. Goal That Doesn't Get A Lot Of Respect

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:55

Leaders in developing countries were asked to rank the U.N.'s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. One particular goal was typically at the bottom of their priority list.

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Could A Diesel Ban In Hamburg, Germany, Cause More Pollution? Some Residents Worry

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:15

The partial ban went into effect Thursday. Many Germans question whether the ban is an environmental milestone or a political shell game that could end up creating more pollution.

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Trump Says He'll Pardon Dinesh D'Souza, Who Pleaded Guilty To Campaign Finance Fraud

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:28

President Trump tweeted that D'Souza, a conservative commentator, was "treated very unfairly by our government." D'Souza had admitted to making campaign contributions in other people's names.

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Russia's Lavrov Meets With Kim Jong Un, As Pompeo Tries To Salvage Summit

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:23

"I highly value the fact that Putin's administration strictly opposes the US' dominance," Kim said, according to Russia's state-run Tass agency.

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Sears Will Close 72 More Stores, After Quarterly Drop In Sales Of Nearly 12 Percent

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:56

Sears Holdings Corp., which controls both Sears and Kmart, says it has "identified approximately 100 non-profitable stores."

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Calif. Primary Rule May Hurt Democrats' Bid To Unseat GOP's Rohrabacher

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 05:08

A big coup in Democrats' efforts to re-take the House would be to defeat Calif. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. But too many Democrats on the ballot may divide the vote — shutting them out of the runoff.

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Would The U.S. Withdraw Troops From South Korea?

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 05:08

President Trump has said U.S. forces are not on the table for potential negotiations with North Korea, but he has also complained about the cost of keeping them there.

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Finding Perspective In The Heat Of Hawaii's Volcanic Explosions

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 05:00

For three weeks, Kilauea volcano has sent molten rock into the ocean, spewed toxic gas into the air and pushed ash plumes upward. Photographer Mario Tama has documented the destruction.

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Battle For The House: GOP Signs Of Hope, With History On Democrats' Side

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 05:00

Democrats need to win a net of 23 seats to flip control of the House. Republicans see signs of optimism in the economy and Trump's higher approval ratings, but there are still plenty of challenges.

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Abe: Japan 'Cannot Accept' New Tariffs On U.S. Auto Imports

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 05:00

In remarks to the legislature, the prime minister said the possibility that the U.S. would raise the duty on auto imports from his country as high as 25 percent is "hard for Japan to understand."

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Seminary Votes To Fire Paige Patterson After Ousting Him As President

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 04:43

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which made Patterson "president emeritus" last week said it had received new information about his handling of a sexual abuse claim against a student.

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Pompeo Meets With Top North Korean Official In Hopes Of Reviving Singapore Summit

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 02:36

The secretary of state met for dinner in New York with former North Korean intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, as the two sought to get a planned June 12 top-level summit back on track.

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