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Why Did Russia Attack The 2016 Election? This Week's Whirlwind Offers New Clues

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 05:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin's preoccupation with two individuals he has singled out for blame suggests how strongly the Russian leader viewed his 2016 attack on the U.S. as simple turnabout.

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In Interview, Trump Appears To Question NATO's 'Collective Defense' Clause

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:19

On Fox News, the president answered a hypothetical question about an attack on member Montenegro by wondering aloud about the alliance's founding agreement that "an attack on one is an attack on all."

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FBI Director Says Russia Still Seeking To Interfere In U.S. Democracy

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:45

"Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and ... it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day," Christopher Wray said at a national security forum.

A Spike In Liver Disease Deaths Among Young Adults Fueled By Alcohol

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:02

Deaths due to liver disease have increased among the young — and heavy drinking is to blame.

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White House Names Steven Dillingham To Head Census Bureau

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:00

The agency has not had permanent leadership since July 2017. If confirmed by the Senate, Steven Dillingham will oversee the 2020 census and inherit six lawsuits challenging a citizenship question.

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Ex-Teacher Sentenced To Prison After Firing Gun In Georgia High School

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:32

Jesse Randall Davidson pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting that occurred just two weeks after the Parkland, Fla., massacre. Davidson's attorney said he didn't want to hurt any kids.

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Student Walked Over A Dozen Miles To New Job, Admirers Give Him Car And Cash

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:50

Walter Carr's car broke down. He set out to make a grueling 20-mile walk to his first assignment. It turned into an odyssey of kind gestures and generosity.

AI Innovators Take Pledge Against Autonomous Killer Weapons

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:26

"We will neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of" artificial intelligence that is used to kill people, leading AI researchers vowed.

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Physicists Go Small: Let's Put A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:43

A tiny accelerator could be useful in medicine as well as basic science. Instead of speeding up beams of electrons through giant tunnels, the aim here is to build accelerators on semiconductor chips.

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Sean Spicer Praises Successor Sanders: 'She Understands What The President Wants'

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:42

The former White House press secretary has a new book coming out. Spicer tells NPR that he regrets dressing down the press for reporting on the crowd size at Trump's inauguration.

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'Lifeline' Stretch Of California's Highway 1 Reopens Months After Massive Mudslide

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:28

The road in the rugged Big Sur area is back in business 14 months after more than 1 million tons of earth collapsed. Motorists can now drive uninterrupted along the coast between LA and San Francisco.

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Trump Again Contradicts Intelligence Officials, Says Russia Not Targeting U.S.

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:36

Less than 24 hours after stating his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies," President Trump disagreed with them again, saying that Russia is not aiming at U.S. elections.

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Elon Musk Apologizes To Diver In Cave Rescue For Words 'Spoken In Anger'

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:12

The tech entrepreneur apologized after tweeting a personal attack on Vern Unsworth — the diver who used a vulgar comment to dismiss Musk's offer of help in the Thai cave rescue.

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Justice Department Calls Russian Woman, Maria Butina, A Flight Risk

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:47

The Russian woman living in the U.S. has been charged with working as an unregistered foreign agent. The Justice Department wants her detained until trial.

Commercial Plane Flies From Ethiopia To Eritrea For First Time In 20 Years

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:34

After two decades of deadly conflict, the neighboring countries are rapidly reconciling. Demand was huge for the historic commercial flight, which was marked with champagne and roses.

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Judge Orders Maria Butina, Linked To Russian Spy Agency, Jailed Ahead Of Trial

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:33

A federal magistrate judge ordered a Russian woman charged with serving as a foreign agent into custody ahead of her trial after prosecutors said she was a flight risk.

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Marriott Follows Starbucks In Dropping Plastic Straws

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:28

The giant hotel chain became the latest company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July.

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Fake News Turns Deadly In India

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:12

In recent months, about two dozen people across India have been beaten to death by mobs driven to violence by what they've read on social media and messaging apps.

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How Rwanda Tidied Up Its Streets (And The Rest Of The Country, Too)

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:54

On the last Saturday of the month, citizens must spend 3 hours beautifying the nation. Some people question the authoritarianism approach. But the results are impressive.

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EU Hits Google With $5 Billion Fine For Pushing Apps On Android Users

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:02

The European Commission found that the tech giant had broken EU antitrust rules by requiring manufacturers to pre-install the Google and Chrome apps. Google plans to appeal.