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Supreme Court Allows Flint Water Lawsuits To Move Forward, Officials Not 'Immune'

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:08

In refusing to take up two cases involving the 2014 water crisis, the higher court has upheld earlier rulings saying neither city nor state officials are protected from being sued.

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Trump Impeachment Trial Recap: Republicans Balk At McConnell Over Session Rules

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:50

The majority leader's own members didn't want to go along with his first vision for the procedure in the impeachment trial. But the GOP did reject calls for more witnesses and evidence.

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Boeing 737 Max May Stay Grounded Into Summer

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:40

Boeing suggests it could fly about mid-2020. Industry sources note that the FAA and other regulators around the world could take months longer to find the planes safe to fly passengers.

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Glenn Greenwald Accused By Brazilian Prosecutors In Hacking Probe

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:06

The U.S. journalist decried the accusation as an "obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation for the revelations we reported." A judge will decide whether the case moves forward.

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Ousted Female Chief Files Discrimination Complaint Against The Grammys

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 17:23

Deborah Dugan was supposed to right the Grammy ship after her predecessor told women to "step up" in the music business. On Tuesday, the short-tenured executive filed a complaint with the EEOC.

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VIDEO: How The U.S. And Iran Ratcheted Up Their Long-Running Feud

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:17

If you want to trace the history of U.S.-Iran tensions, you'd have to go back decades. But the roots of the latest escalation can be found in a series of developments over the past two years.

Titanic Wreckage Now Protected Under U.S.-U.K. Deal That Was Nearly Sunk

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:10

On Tuesday, British Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani lauded a 2003 treaty that sat unratified for years but, after approval by the U.S., has recently been dredged from its would-be grave.

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First Case Of New Coronavirus Detected In U.S.

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 13:30

The individual had arrived in Washington state from Wuhan, China, where the virus was discovered in December.

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How Much Should The Public Be Told About Risky Virus Research?

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 13:01

The U. S. government this week is pondering how much the public needs to be told about funding decisions for lab research that could make risky viruses even worse.

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Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Fight Over Rules

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:01

Before the House prosecution team makes the case about the two articles of impeachment against President Trump, the Senate needs to pass a resolution governing how the trial will work.

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Former Interpol President Sentenced To Prison In China For Corruption

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:55

Meng Hongwei, the global police agency's first Chinese president, disappeared in 2018 only to turn up in custody in China. Meng pleaded guilty last year to accepting more than $2 million in bribes.

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Patients Want To Die At Home, But Home Hospice Care Can Be Tough On Families

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 05:06

The for-profit hospice industry has grown, allowing more Americans to die at home. But few family members realize that "hospice care" still means they'll do most of the physical and emotional work.

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Iran Conflict Could Shift To Cyberspace, Experts Warn

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 05:06

After the U.S. killed Iran's top military leader, government officials and security experts say Iran could retaliate with cyber attacks ranging from destroying data to defacing websites.

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NPR Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Encourages Election Interference

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 05:01

More than 40% believe the U.S. is not very prepared to keep this year's election safe. The results paint a picture of a polarized electorate wary about what it reads and the fairness of elections.

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Along The Rim of Alaska, The Once-A-Decade U.S. Census Begins In Toksook Bay

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 05:00

The 2020 census officially starts in an Alaskan fishing village along the Bering Sea. Starting the count there in January, when the ground is frozen, makes it easier to reach far-flung communities.

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Roe v. Wade: Settled Law Or Bad Precedent? States Prep For An Overturn

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 05:00

A Supreme Court case in March will test the new five-member conservative majority. If justices strike federal abortion protections, look for a state-by-state quilt of abortion "deserts" and "havens."

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After Volcano Quiets, Philippine Officials At Odds Over Residents' Return

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 03:43

The vice mayor of a town located near Taal volcano, which began spewing ash and steam last week, has urged people to defy warnings from authorities and to "come back and clean up."

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Political Unrest In Puerto Rico After Discovery Of Unused Hurricane Aid

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 18:31

Fed up with what they say is rampant corruption, protesters are demanding the resignation of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, who just months ago served as the island's Justice Secretary.

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Migrant Caravan Crosses River into Mexico In Standoff With Security Forces

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 18:11

After closing a bridge linking Guatemala with Mexico, a caravan of Central American migrants waded across a river connecting the countries but their journey is being stopped by Mexican troops.

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McConnell Lays Out Plan For Senate Impeachment Trial Procedure

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 18:10

The Senate majority leader is planning for each side in the impeachment trial to have 24 hours to present their case, spread over two days. Democrats object to that idea.

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