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Five Years After Sandy Hook Tragedy, How Two Dads Turned Grief Into Action

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:45

On the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, two dads speak about how they turned their grief into action. Mark Barden lost his 6-year-old son, Daniel, at Sandy Hook. Greg Gibson lost his son, Galen, precisely 20 years before Sandy Hook at a school shooting in western Massachusetts. When the two dads met, they discovered not only that their sons died on the same calendar day, in the same horrible way, but that their boys also shared the same birthday.

Walt Disney Company To Buy Much Of 21st Century Fox

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:45

The Walt Disney Company has struck a $52 billion deal to buy much of 21st Century Fox, the entertainment giant controlled by the Murdoch family. The deal is sure to face scrutiny from federal regulators, but if approved, Disney would acquire Fox's movie and TV studios, local sports channels and global satellite TV companies — but not Fox News.

Tug Of War Over Tips Looms As Trump Administration Proposes Rule Change

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:45

The Labor Department has proposed a new rule that would give owners of restaurants and other service businesses more control over workers' tips. But critics warn owners would get too much leeway.

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The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now They're Suing

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:28

At issue is the Trump administration's withdrawal of two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.

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Use Of The Death Penalty In U.S. Near A 25-Year Low, Report Finds

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:49

Executions of death row inmates occurred in only eight states in 2017 as public support for capital punishment wanes, according to an annual report by the Death Penalty Information Center.

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An $846,000 Inheritance Got Lost In Transit. That Was In February.

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:03

The only money a Canadian family has recovered from a lost bank draft is the $32 it cost to ship the document. Their bank, TD Canada Trust, has delayed re-issuing the larger sum.

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After Wildfires Destroyed Their Homes, Students Find Healing Help At School

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:00

Experiencing a natural disaster can traumatize children. After a devastating wildfire in California, some educators are using an unusual assignment to help students find comfort.

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Teens: Pretty Sober, Except For The Marijuana And Vaping

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:34

A national survey finds teen substance abuse at the lowest levels since the early 1990s. But marijuana use hasn't declined, and the number of teenagers who are vaping is rising quickly.

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Heading North: American Doctors Report Back From Canada

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:50

Advocates for single-payer health care in the U.S. often look to Canada as a model. But some American doctors practicing there wonder whether the U.S. is ready to call health care a right.

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'Why Do You Have This Spy Hysteria?' Putin Asks At Annual News Conference

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:46

"They undermine their own nation," Russian President Vladimir Putin said of President Trump's American critics. The news conference went on for nearly four hours.

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Top Stories: Disney Buys Much Of Fox; The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:16

Also: An aid group says thousands of Myanmar Rohingya Muslims were murdered in a month; Roy Moore won't concede the Alabama senate election he lost; and awards for the funniest wildlife photos return.

Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:44

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

Disney Buys Much of Murdoch Empire

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:12

Rupert Murdoch keeps Fox News and Fox TV but sells off other entertainment assets in the face of digital competitors and dynastic tensions.

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Unhappy 10th Anniversary, Great Recession. You Still Hurt Us

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 06:02

The Great Recession began exactly one decade ago this month. Although the economy has been growing steadily for years, the downturn's impact is still deeply felt by millions who lost homes and jobs.

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At Least 6,700 Myanmar Rohingya Killed In Single Month, Aid Group Says

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 06:00

Doctors Without Borders conducted field studies in neighboring Bangladesh, where Rohingya Muslims have fled since the beginning of what the U.N. describes as "ethnic cleansing."

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FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:30

After a brief security evacuation, the agency voted to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps or influencing how fast they load.

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FCC Set To Repeal 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:30

Thursday's vote at the agency is expected to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps, or influencing how fast they load.

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Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:07

Shop around. That's the advice of health insurance navigators for people seeking health policies on the Affordable Care Act's state and federal exchanges. Premiums have climbed but so have subsidies.

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New Year To Bring New Test For Trump Administration On Key Russia Sanctions

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:07

On the fifth anniversary of an important Russian sanctions law, Bill Browder, who pushed for the law, says the Trump administration faces an opportunity to show strength — or leniency — to Putin.

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Concern Grows In Pakistan Over Cases Of Disappearance

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:07

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan counted more than 700 alleged disappearances last year. Since 2001, the group estimates that as many as 10,000 people have gone missing.

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