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Grammys Pledge More Diversity Under New Leadership

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 10:07

A task force on diversity and inclusivity led by Time's Up executive Tina Tchen made sweeping recommendations that could transform the Recording Academy.

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Before Sri Lanka's Easter Attacks, Muslims' Warnings About Terrorism Went Unheeded

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:10

Mohammad Taslim tried to warn authorities about other Muslims who'd been radicalized. He was shot soon after. Two men he flagged are now under arrest for links to Sri Lanka's Easter terrorist attacks.

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How The House Prescription Drug Plan Would Try To Lower Drug Prices

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 05:00

Lawmakers are voting Thursday on a bill to rein in drug costs. President Trump has vowed to veto it. But the plan shares a lot with other bipartisan efforts. Here's how it would work.

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Trump Still Faces 3 Lawsuits Over His Business Empire

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 05:00

The suits allege that Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution — and demand that the president divest from his private dealings.

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Attorneys For Boston Marathon Bomber To Appeals Judges: Trial Was Not Fair

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 05:00

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015. On Thursday his attorneys will argue, among other things, that the jury was biased and Tsarnaev couldn't get a fair trial in Boston.

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A Construction Company Embraces Frank Talk About Mental Health To Reduce Suicide

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 05:00

The suicide of a construction worker in 2014 became a pivotal event for the Denver-based company that employed him. The death led management to make mental health care a part of the workplace culture.

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House Expected To Move One Big Step Closer To Impeaching Trump Thursday

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 05:00

Democrats control the Judiciary Committee, so Thursday's vote is considered a fait accompli, but it moves the articles of impeachment to a full House vote.

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Harvey Weinstein Reaches Tentative $25 Million Deal To Settle Sex Claims

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 23:24

It isn't clear how many of Weinstein's accusers will agree to the deal. He still faces criminal charges in New York next month for sexually assaulting two women.

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Second Federal Judge Blocks Plan To Use Pentagon Funds For Border Wall

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 21:19

The Trump administration insists it has the legal authority, under an emergency proclamation, to redirect defense funds away from other projects and spend the money on the border wall.

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Federal Judge In Texas Blocks Trump Plan To Use Military Funds On Border Wall

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 20:41

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit arguing the president overstepped his authority in diverting funds to the border wall which were appropriated by Congress for other purposes.

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Nude, Pin-Up-Style Portrait Of Emiliano Zapata Sparks Protests In Mexico City

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 19:01

The controversial painting depicts the revolutionary war hero naked, flirtatiously glancing over his left shoulder as he rides an aroused white stallion. His only wardrobe: a pink hat and heels.

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India Passes Controversial Citizenship Bill That Would Exclude Muslims

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 18:44

The legislation would fast-track citizenship for scores of other immigrants living in the country.

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Presidential Impeachments Mirror Technological Advances; This Time, It's Smartphones

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 18:13

Each of the United States' four presidential impeachment proceedings has highlighted increasingly sophisticated technologies, beginning with telegrams in the case against Andrew Johnson.

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YouTube Announces New Anti-Harassment Policy To Fight Racial, Gender, LGBTQ Abuse

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:56

The Google-owned company has faced scrutiny in the past for failing to protect its users from harassment. It announced new policies Wednesday in an attempt to address the criticism.

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Trump To Sign Order Against Anti-Semitism At Colleges, Worrying Free Speech Advocates

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:42

The order will extend a federal anti-discrimination law to include discrimination based on anti-Semitism. Some worry the policy will be used to stifle criticism of Israel on college campuses.

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Kentucky Judge Faces Misconduct Charges Over Accusations Of Sex And Alcohol At Court

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:33

A judicial panel says Kenton County Judge Dawn Gentry coerced colleagues to support her election campaign, made inappropriate advances toward an attorney and had sex in a courthouse office.

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Federal Workers Poised To Get 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:09

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a landmark proposal that would give 2 million workers paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child, in what worker advocates call a hard-won victory.

44,000-Year-Old Indonesian Cave Painting Is Rewriting The History Of Art

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:04

In a cave in Indonesia, archaeologists have uncovered a stunning ancient painting of a hunting party that is thousands of years older than similar works found in Europe.

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In Pakistan, Angry Mob Of Lawyers Attacks Hospital, Causing Deaths Of 3 Patients

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:40

The lawyers were apparently angered by a now viral incident at the hospital in which an attorney was beaten by doctors after he refused to wait in line at the cardiac facility.

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French Prime Minister Unveils Pension Plan As Strike Continues To Paralyze Paris

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:38

The plan calls for a shift from 42 distinct pension plans into one universal scheme. The new system will be based on the principle of giving each pensioner the same rights for each euro they pay in.

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