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San Francisco's New $2 Billion Transit Center Is Shut Down Over Cracked Beam

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:14

"Motorists are kindly asked to avoid driving downtown," the Transbay Joint Powers Authority said Tuesday. The agency apologized to bus commuters, saying it was acting out of caution.

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Another Fed Rate Hike Is Coming. When Will It Start To Hurt Consumers?

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:25

Bullish stocks, low unemployment, high confidence — from most angles, the economy is strong. But questions linger as the Federal Reserve decides on raising interest rates for the third time in 2018.

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Mexican Authorities Disarm Acapulco Police Amid Infiltration Concerns By Drug Gangs

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 05:28

Mexican soldiers, as well as federal and state police, moved in Tuesday to strip the force of their guns, radios and bullet-proof vests.

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The Politics of Bump Stocks, One Year After Las Vegas Shooting

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 05:14

Most Americans first learned about "bump stocks" — which speed up the firing rate of semi-automatic rifles — in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre. A year later, they're still mostly legal.

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Will Congress Bring Sky-High Air Ambulance Bills Down To Earth?

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 05:14

Medevac helicopter companies are on the congressional radar, as a funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration nears passage. Consumer protections against deceptive practices could become law.

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Medicare Eases Up On Readmissions Penalties For Hospitals Serving The Poor

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 05:00

Many hospitals that serve a large share of low-income patients will benefit from Medicare's less punishing approach to penalties for patient readmissions.

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Poll: Nearly 6-In-10 To Closely Watch Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing; Many Undecided On Truth

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 05:00

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows a tight contest for credibility between Christine Blasey Ford and high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But 42 percent are unsure who is telling the truth.

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There's A $500,000 Gender Gap When It Comes To Campaign Fundraising

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 05:00

In the 67 Republican-held House districts that Democrats have the best chance of winning this fall, male Democratic candidates raised an average of about $500,000 more than women candidates.

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Virginia Backtracks On Tampon Ban For Prison Visitors

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 04:46

The policy, meant to discourage the smuggling of contraband into prisons, was to have gone into effect next month.

U.S. Army Reservist Arrested In Chicago On Charges Of Spying For China

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 03:51

A 27-year-old Chinese citizen who enlisted in the Army Reserve under a program for foreigners with "vital" skills, allegedly provided information on U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists.

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Study: Roundup Weed Killer Could Be Linked To Widespread Bee Deaths

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 20:06

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin posit that glyphosate destroys specialized gut bacteria in bees, leaving them more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria.

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Doctors With Criminal Records Examined Immigrants, Report Says

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 19:43

Internal investigators at DHS said 132 doctors employed to examine immigrants could pose health or safety risks. Before he was hired, one physician tried to recruit a hit man to kill a patient.

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