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Inside The Russian Disinformation Playbook: Exploit Tension, Sow Chaos

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:28

A new video series by New York Times reporter Adam Ellick explores Russia's role in spreading fake news, dating back to the '80s conspiracy theory that the AIDS virus was created by the U.S. military.

Should You Keep Taking Those Fish Oil And Vitamin D Pills?

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:03

When NPR reported on research that sheds doubt on the value of fish oil and vitamin D supplements, people had a lot of questions. So we went back to the experts to get you some answers.

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U.K. Wracked By Political Turmoil As Top Ministers Reject Draft Brexit Deal

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

Prime Minister Theresa May is taking flak from across the ideological spectrum amid a series of resignations. Some are demanding a no-confidence vote; others are demanding an entirely new referendum.

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Pence, Putin And Bolton Have 'Informal Conversation' At Asian Summit In Singapore

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:21

The two "discussed the upcoming G20 Summit and touched on the issues that will be discussed" when President Trump and Putin attend that meeting, the White House says.

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Generation Z Is The Most Racially And Ethnically Diverse Yet

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:11

The Pew Research Center analyzed post-millennials who are currently between the ages of 6 and 21 and found nearly half — 48 percent — are from communities of color.

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Startup Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:00

A full genome sequence costs about $1,000. But Nebula Genomics expects that companies and researchers would defray the cost in exchange for key medical information about the person involved.

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Buzz, Buzz: Bitter Tasters Like Coffee Better

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:00

A genetic analysis of samples taken from a large UK health database suggest that people who are more sensitive than their peers to the bitter taste of caffeine tend to drink more coffee — not less.

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Officials In California Tally Losses, Release Missing Persons List

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 07:38

At least 56 people have died in the Camp Fire, which has destroyed entire neighborhoods and continues to burn. Meanwhile, Butte County says about 300 people are missing.

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Arizona Residents, Officials Skeptical As Border Troops Move In

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 07:13

As thousands of troops arrive to reinforce security at the U.S.-Mexico border, Arizona officials worry migrants will try to storm the border.

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Khashoggi Case Update: Saudi Prosecutor Says 5 Suspects Should Be Executed

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 07:09

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor agrees with Turkey, saying Jamal Khashoggi was murdered — but he says the journalist died from a drug overdose, not a brutal hit squad.

Deputy National Security Adviser Leaves Post After Criticism From Melania Trump

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:49

The First Lady's office said on Tuesday Ricardel "no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House." She is headed to an unspecified role in the administration, the White House says.

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'My Family Has Been Broken': Pakistanis Fear For Uighur Wives Held In China

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:03

Rights groups estimate as many as 1 million Uighurs are detained in Chinese camps, with the aim of stripping away their ethnic identity, suppressing their Muslim faith and ensuring loyalty to China.

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'Auntie Maxine' Waters Gets Ready To Take On The Banks As House Panel Chair

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:02

California Rep. Maxine Waters has been a favorite target of President Trump and his supporters. Now she's in line to chair the House Financial Services Committee, where she could slow his agenda.

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Federal Judge Weighs Delay As Deadline Looms For Florida Recounts

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:00

Florida statute requires machine recounts to be completed by Thursday, unless a federal judge says otherwise.

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Trump Is Reshaping The Judiciary. A Breakdown By Race, Gender And Qualification

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:00

President Trump, the GOP-controlled Senate and the Federalist Society are putting their stamp on the federal judiciary for a generation with a corps of conservative appointments.

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Decision Expected Thursday In CNN Suit Over White House Revoking Acosta's Press Pass

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 02:39

CNN is calling the action unconstitutional. However, the White House argues that a president gets to select chose who interviews him and that a news conference is just "an interview with 100 people."

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Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' Lawyer, Arrested On Allegations Of Domestic Violence

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 01:35

Avenatti was charged Wednesday for felony domestic violence, after police took a report on Tuesday of the alleged incident. He was released on $50,000 bail and has vehemently denied the allegations.

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'Toxic' Is Oxford Dictionaries' Word Of 2018

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 01:07

The publisher's research found "the sheer scope of its application" made "toxic" stand out this year.

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Sigrid Nunez, Elizabeth Acevedo Among 2018 National Book Award Winners

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 22:18

Nunez and Acevedo won for fiction and young people's literature, respectively. The prestigious literary prize also honored Jeffrey C. Stewart, Justin Phillip Reed, Yoko Tawada and Margaret Mitsutani.

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Betsy DeVos Sued For Failing To Implement Automatic Student Loan Forgiveness

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 19:45

A new lawsuit claims tens of thousands of borrowers are still waiting for the Department of Education to erase their debt — about $250 million — as it was ordered to do last month.

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