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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00

All nine Democrats on the committee recently sent Sessions a letter essentially informing him that they expected him not to broadly assert executive privilege on the president's behalf again.

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Senators Grill Attorney General Sessions On Russia, Comey, 'Sanctuary Cities'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00

The attorney general testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday and defended his past comments to the panel about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.

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Top Stories: Second Block On Travel Ban; A.G. Sessions On Capitol Hill

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:14

Also: Amazon Studios' leader resigns after allegations of sexual harassment; Houston reservoirs finally release the last of hurricane floodwaters; and Chinese leaders hold a major congress.

Man Found After 137 Days Adrift In Sailboat. And It's Not His First Rescue

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:52

Rimas Meleshyus has been lost at sea in small boats for much of his sailing career. The latest voyage landed him at the island of Saipan after yet another ill-fated adventure.

Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump's Latest Travel Ban Attempt

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:22

District Judge Theodore Chuang wrote, "This Preliminary Injunction is granted on a nationwide basis and prohibits the enforcement of Section 2 of Presidential Proclamation 9645 in all places."

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Houston Reservoirs Have Finally Discharged All Of Hurricane Harvey's Floodwater

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:08

In late August, Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to Houston. In mid-October, the city's two large federal reservoirs are finally back to empty.

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If A Pile Of Poo Has An Emoji, Shouldn't A Mosquito Have One Too?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:00

There are 2,666 emojis for tweeting and texting. A mosquito is not one of them. Global health campaigners are trying to change that.

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big, And You Pay For The Waste

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:00

When eyedrops dribble down your face, it's not your fault. Drugmakers have long known that their drops of medicine exceed the capacity of the human eye. Why didn't companies make the drops smaller?

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'A Major Distraction': Is A Mega-Deal Like Amazon's HQ2 Always Worth It?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 04:52

Amazon's unmatched promise of 50,000 well-paying jobs has red carpets rolling out across the U.S. — but also some soul-searching: How much should communities subsidize wealthy American corporations?

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A Third Of California's Fire Evacuees Still Waiting To Go Home

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 04:43

Some 34,000 of the 100,000 people forced to flee the blazes are still under evacuation orders. Authorities they were getting close to containing the largest of the fires in northern California.

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A Year Of Love And Struggle In A New High School

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 04:00

When this new, boys-only, public school in Washington D.C. opened its doors in August 2016 to a class of roughly 100 freshmen of color, NPR and Education Week were there. All. Year.

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Democrats To Attorney General Sessions: Don't Duck Our Questions

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 04:00

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at a Senate oversight hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers have questions about his contacts with Russia and his reversals on civil rights positions.

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Officers Fired After Forcible Removal Of United Airlines Passenger

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:13

David Dao, a 69-year-old Kentucky doctor was injured as he was dragged from a United Express flight in April. Video taken by fellow passengers went viral, sparking outrage.

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Amazon Studios Fires Top Exec Roy Price Following Harassment Allegations

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:44

Price was suspended last week after producer Isa Hackett, who works on the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, said he had "repeatedly and persistently" propositioned her.

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NFL And Players Meet, But Punt On Anthem Controversy

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:21

There were hopes that an NFL meeting would bring some clarity in the league's policy that says players "should" stand during the traditional pregame performance of 'The Star-Spangled Banner."

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Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:13

Investigators found the pilot was impaired by medical conditions and drugs including Valium, oxycodone and Benadryl. The FAA doesn't require medical certification for commercial balloon operators.

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Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:55

For months, the United States, Canada and Mexico have been trying to rewrite terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But White House demands have led to frustrations that may threaten NAFTA.

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MLB Rallies To Help Boy Whose Baseball Collection Was Destroyed By Fire

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:38

As thousands of Californians take stock of the damage caused by wildfires, one 9-year-old boy's story has at least half of the teams in Major League Baseball chipping in.

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Senators Reach Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets For 2 Years

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:31

The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.

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'Now That She Has Been Killed, Who Will Ensure That Justice Will Prevail?'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:26

The killing of Maltese reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia has drawn international condemnations and difficult questions, including this one from a local paper. "My mother was assassinated," her son said.

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