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Janelle Monáe Is The 21st Century's Time Traveler

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:02

Monáe's work reminds us that we don't need to be tied to one vision of the future: We can create worlds that help us process current hierarchies and others that try to break out of those structures.

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China's Building Spree In Poor Nations: Does It Really Help The Local Economy?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:16

There are a lot of state secrets when it comes to the billions of dollars worth of roads, hospitals and more. Satellite images of night lights may offer some insights into their value.

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Sri Lankan Supreme Court Blocks President's Bid To Dissolve Parliament

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:40

Controversy has roiled Sri Lanka since Maithripala Sirisena fired his prime minister and suspended Parliament. He also aims to replace lawmakers entirely — but Tuesday's ruling has stayed that plan.

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How Big Is Amazon? Its Many Businesses In One Chart

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:20

Amazon means shopping. But it also makes movies and smart locks, publishes books, operates stores, helps other companies deliver packages and run websites. How many Amazon brands will you recognize?

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California's Camp Fire Becomes The Deadliest In State History

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:00

At least 42 people have died in a wildfire in Northern California that burned through the town of Paradise with shocking speed.

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CHART: Election Recounts Are Rare, Reversals Almost Unheard Of

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 08:02

The fact that Florida currently has three statewide recounts underway is exceptional in American politics. Between 2000-2015, only three races flipped in statewide recounts.

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Photo Of Students Giving Nazi Salute Being Investigated By Wis. School District

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 07:48

The Baraboo School District is looking into a photo that went viral of what appears to be a group of mostly white male high school students posing with outstretched right arms.

Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 07:15

It's estimated that nearly half of all Americans over 65 own a gun or live with someone who does. And 7 million in the U.S. have dementia, a number that's expected to double within two decades.

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Amazon's Grand Search For 2nd Headquarters Ends With Split: NYC And D.C. Suburb

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:01

Amazon is expected to divide its second headquarters between the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens and the Crystal City area in Northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plan.

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Rep. Steve King Denied Comparing Immigrants To 'Dirt' — Audio Says Otherwise

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:15

The Weekly Standard reported last week that the Iowa Republican had publicly made the comparison, but King accused the magazine of lying and challenged it to release audio — so the Standard did.

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Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:06

A small cylinder called Le Grand K has defined the kilogram for more than a hundred years. But if a scratch ever rendered it lighter, the definition of the kilo literally shifted. Time for a change.

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Ex-Detainee Describes Torture In China's Xinjiang Re-Education Camp

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:06

"They made me wear what they called 'iron clothes,'" the man tells NPR, describing a 50-pound metal suit he was forced to wear for 12 hours. When he returned home, people were afraid to speak to him.

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How Schools Can Reduce Sexual Violence

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:06

Teaching teens what their peers are really up to is a new evidence-based way to promote less risky behavior around sex and alcohol.

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A Third Rail No More: Incoming House Democrats Embrace Gun Control

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:00

Dozens of Democratic candidates who ran in competitive suburban House districts this election year bluntly called out the need for more gun control. And many of them won.

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Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Suspected Shooter

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 03:25

A police officer arriving on the scene shot and killed Jemel Roberson, a uniformed security guard who had detained a suspect after a shooting in a suburban Chicago bar.

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Maryland Says Matthew Whitaker Appointment As Acting Attorney General Is Unlawful

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 23:21

As part of an ongoing lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, Maryland requested a preliminary injunction that would declare Rod Rosenstein the acting attorney general instead.

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Wins Arizona Senate Seat

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 19:59

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Martha McSally to win the Arizona Senate race, the Associated Press projected Monday evening.

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Alexander Hamilton's Heirlooms Loaned To Philadelphia Museum

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 19:21

Personal artifacts of a Founding Father will be on display in Philadelphia through March 2019. They were loaned by a fifth great-grandson.

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Want A Private Jet? Mexico's Next President Has One Up For Sale

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 18:18

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, vowed that if elected he would fly commercial — not on the presidential jet. As his inauguration approaches, he's looking for a buyer.

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Close Elections: Fla. Judge Calls Out Fraud 'Rhetoric,' Ariz. Democrat Extends Lead

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:51

Recounts are underway in the close Florida races for governor and Senate. Georgia and Arizona are moving closer to final results in their respective races for governor and Senate.

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