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House And Senate Negotiators Strike Deal To Avoid Shutdown Threat

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 16:10

A bipartisan spending deal postpones a fight over money for a border wall before the election. The bill funds about 75 percent of the government, with a stopgap measure for the rest through Dec. 7.

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Democrats Refer Kavanaugh Allegations To FBI, Deepening Divide Over His Nomination

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 15:53

Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to federal authorities dealing with allegations that Democratic sources say were made by a California woman about conduct that allegedly occurred in high school.

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Scenes From The Carolina Coast As Hurricane Florence Surges Ashore

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 15:19

A Waffle House near the S.C.-N.C. border briefly closed down under orders from police — a sign of how seriously people are taking Hurricane Florence.

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New Medicare Advantage Tool To Control Drug Prices Could Narrow Choices

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 15:19

Federal officials will allow private Medicare insurance plans to require patients who are candidates for certain expensive drugs to try cheaper drugs first.

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17 Apps To Help You Get Through The Hurricane

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:53

In addition to getting flashlights, bottled water and food, hurricane preparation these days includes stockpiling apps on your phone.

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U.S. Leaders Of 'Lacerated' Catholic Church Meet Pope To Discuss Sex Abuse Crisis

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:52

As Pope Francis grapples with a growing scandal, an accused bishop has resigned in West Virginia and a new study has emerged documenting the scale of clerical abuse in Germany.

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WATCH: Flapping Robot Sheds Light On How Fruit Flies Move

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:02

The scientists were inspired by the super-agile fruit fly. And by designing this robot, they've figured out some of the mysteries of one of the fly's fanciest maneuvers.

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Migrating Birds Avoid Bad Weather — Which Makes Their Paths Predictable

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:02

Scientists have developed a forecast model for predicting mass bird migrations, based in part on weather patterns.

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Student Borrowers And Advocates Win Court Case Against DeVos

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 13:21

A judge ruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' delay of borrower protection rules was "unlawful" and "arbitrary and capricious."

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NPR Promotes COO Loren Mayor To President Of Operations

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 13:20

The promotion reflects the increasingly prominent role that Mayor plays in the company. But it doesn't indicate significant changes to the division of responsibilities of Mayor and CEO Jarl Mohn.

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Turkey's Central Bank Defies Erdogan With Drastic Interest Rate Hike

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:37

These days it's rare for Turkish officials to contradict President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has vowed not to raise rates. But that's what happened Thursday, in an urgent bid to save a deflating lira.

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Russian Suspects In Skripal Case Say They Visited Salisbury To See Cathedral

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:31

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town," the man known as Alexander Petrov tells RT. He's accused of traveling to the U.K. to poison a former KGB spy.

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Trump Denies Death Toll In Puerto Rico, Falsely Claims 'Done By The Democrats'

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:39

In tweets this morning, Trump disavowed studies showing the death toll was much higher than initially reported, and blamed Democrats for trying to make him "look as bad as possible."

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Anti-Kremlin Activist In Critical Condition After Suspected Poisoning, Pussy Riot Says

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:08

Pyotr Verzilov, a member of Pussy Riot and the publisher of an independent media outlet, was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday, where he remains in critical condition.

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Jason Isbell Wins Big At The Americana Music Awards

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:40

Other honorees included John Prine, Rosanne Cash, Irma Thomas and k.d. lang.

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Hurricane Florence, A Large Category 2 Storm, Closes In On North Carolina Coast

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:13

"Life-threatening storm surge, heavy rainfall, and damaging wind will cover a large area," forecasters say. The storm is currently predicted to head west across South Carolina after landfall.

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Hurricane Florence: Travel Begins To Snarl As Storm Closes In

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 07:54

Flights have been canceled, and highways and bridges in some areas along the southeastern coastline are expected to close ahead of the storm's landfall.

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A Deadly Virus Threatens Millions Of Pigs In China

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 07:02

In August, cases of African swine fever began cropping up. Can China bring it under control?

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VIDEO: Dandelions Aren't Just Weeds. You Can Fry Them, Too

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 07:00

Expert forager and nutritionist Debbie Naha shows us how to turn those bright yellow flowers into nutritious, and delicious, snacks.

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Champagne Makers Bubble Over A Bumper Crop Caused By European Drought

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:24

A record heat wave ruined crops across Europe this summer, but not all crops. Champagne growers are ecstatic over a bumper crop of grapes this year. Vintage 2018 is expected to be one of the best.

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