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How Does Wuhan Coronavirus Compare To MERS, SARS And The Common Cold?

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:31

The virus that has emerged in China is part of a family known as coronaviruses. Here's how some of the best-known coronaviruses compare to this newly identified member of the viral family.

Honduran Mom Reunites With Her 5-Year-Old After Migrant Caravan Crackdown In Mexico

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:12

After Mexican officials fought to stop a migrant caravan from entering, Saury Vallecilla Ortega was temporarily separated from her youngest child and feared for the worst.

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Public Transport In Wuhan Suspended Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:47

It's the most dramatic change in the wake of the newly discovered virus, which has so far infected some 500 individuals and killed 17.

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District Of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee For 'Grossly Overpaying' At Trump Hotel

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:09

President Trump's inaugural committee spent more than a million dollars renting event space at the hotel in January 2017, a cost that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine says is far above market rate.

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The Harvey Weinstein Trial: A Brief Timeline Of How We Got Here

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:06

For years, dark rumors swirled around the movie producer. So how did those whispered allegations result in a full-fledged criminal trial? Here's an abridged history.

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A History Of 'Pettifogging' For The Pettifoggers Among You

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:22

Chief Justice John Roberts trotted out an obscure term during impeachment proceedings yesterday; here's what it means.

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A Very Naughty Boy: Remembering Monty Python's Terry Jones

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:36

Comedian, author and filmmaker Terry Jones has died at the age of 77 after suffering from dementia. As part of Monty Python, he was known for his drag characters, and for co-writing the "Spam" sketch.

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U.N. Experts Urge Probe Of Reported Hacking Of Jeff Bezos' Phone By Saudi Arabia

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:52

U.N. human rights experts said they were gravely concerned by reports that a WhatsApp account held by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was used to hack The Washington Post owner's phone.

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Trump Says He'll Add 'A Few Countries' To Controversial U.S. Travel Ban

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:20

The president confirms a plan to expand one of the signature pieces of his immigration policy, in a move that could double the number of countries on the prohibited list.

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With The Rules Set, Senate Trial Opening Arguments Begin

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 07:48

House impeachment managers are taking to the Senate floor Wednesday, arguing their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. Trump, meanwhile, called the case against him a "hoax."

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Myth Busted: Turns Out Bankruptcy Can Wipe Out Student Loan Debt After All

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 07:13

Many Americans who get overwhelmed by student loan debt are told student debt can't be erased through bankruptcy. Now more judges and lawyers say that's a myth and bankruptcy can help.

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Teachers Union Lawsuit Claims DeVos 'Capriciously' Repealed Borrower Protections

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 07:01

Before its repeal, the gainful employment rule served as a warning to certain colleges: If graduates didn't earn enough money to pay their student debts, schools could lose access to federal aid.

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Exclusive: Seattle-Area Voters To Vote By Smartphone In 1st For U.S. Elections

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:02

King County, Wash., plans to allow all eligible voters to vote using their smartphones in a February election. It's the largest endeavor so far as online voting slowly expands across the U.S.

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Election Security Boss: Threats To 2020 Are Now Broader, More Diverse

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:01

In an exclusive interview with NPR, election threats executive Shelby Pierson says more nations may attempt more types of interference in the U.S.

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Supreme Court Considers Religious Schools Case

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:00

For the first time, the high court will rule on "no-aid" state constitutional provisions that conservative religious groups and school-choice advocates have long sought to invalidate.

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Northwest Salmon In Peril, And Efforts To Save Them Scale Up

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:00

With Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead on the brink of extinction, there are new efforts being brokered to save the famed fish.

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'To Stop Now Would Be Foolish': Doubling Down On Services For High-Cost Patients

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:00

A study this month showed giving extra social services to the neediest patients didn't reduce hospital readmissions. Now health advocates say that might not be the right measurement of success.

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Some Push To Change State Laws That Require HIV Disclosure To Sexual Partners

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:00

In more than 30 states, it is illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without first disclosing their status. Some are now trying to change that, arguing that those laws endanger public health.

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Health Officials In China Say 9 Dead From Newly Identified Coronavirus

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 04:15

Chinese health officials say that while the new virus doesn't appear to be as virulent as the one that caused a SARS pandemic 17 years ago, it is still "highly infectious."

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Gallup Poll: Dissatisfaction With U.S. Abortion Laws On The Rise

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 04:01

A new poll from Gallup finds increased dissatisfaction with the nation's abortion laws, mostly among Democrats, who want fewer restrictions.

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