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Amtrak To Drop $25,000 Ticket Price For Two Wheelchair Users After Complaints

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 18:05

NPR reported on Friday that the ticket for a two-hour ride between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, Ill., stations usually costs $16. Amtrak had based the higher price on adjustments to train cars.

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Destructive Hail And A Massive Dust Storm Descend On Fire-Ravaged Australia

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:10

Canberra, Melbourne and other areas of southeast Australia were hit by golf-ball-sized hail that destroyed car windshields, killed birds and shredded the leaves off trees.

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Coronavirus In China: Over 200 Cases, Human-To-Human Transmission

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 14:33

The World Health Organization will convene a meeting on Wednesday to determine if the newly discovered virus presents a "public health emergency of international concern."

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Honolulu Police Search For Remains Of Suspect Who Killed 2 Officers, Set Homes Ablaze

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:50

Investigators are sifting through the remains of seven homes burned to the ground Honolulu. Authorities say a man facing eviction stabbed his landlord, set a fire and fatally shot the two officers.

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Trump Legal Team Accuses Democrats Of 'Dangerous Perversion' Of Constitution

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:39

The White House is releasing a formal legal brief to the Senate, ahead of the Tuesday start to the impeachment trial. An executive summary was obtained by NPR.

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Chinese Universities Are Enshrining Communist Party Control In Their Charters

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:04

Some schools are nixing language about academic freedom and are stressing loyalty to the ruling party, which plants spies to denounce professors and students who voice their minds, academics say.

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Richmond Gun Rally: Thousands Of Gun Owners Converge On Virginia Capitol On MLK Day

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 10:12

"This is about losing one of the base freedoms that we have," a gun rights backer says in Richmond. The city is under a state of emergency, and some streets have been barricaded to prevent violence.

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Extradition Trial For Huawei Executive Facing U.S. Fraud Charges Begins In Vancouver

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 09:16

Meng Wanzhou was arrested in 2018 as she changed planes in Vancouver. The U.S. says the Chinese technology giant misled banks about the nature of Huawei's business in Iran.

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Patients Still Struggle To Balance High Costs Of MS Treatment, Despite Generic

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 09:00

Drugs to treat multiple sclerosis can run $70,000 a year or more. Patients hoped competition from a generic version of one of the most popular brands would spur relief, but prices went up. Here's why.

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Youth Teaching Tech To Seniors Fosters Generational Connections

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 07:00

Senior citizens who don't keep up with technology are at risk of social isolation. A New Mexico nonprofit pairs tech-savvy youth with seniors, and both generations benefit from the human connection.

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Her Own Birth Was 'Fertility Fraud' And Now She Needs Fertility Treatment

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 05:02

Years ago, doctors sometimes lied about whose sperm they used for artificial inseminations. Could it happen now? Some argue regulation is weak in the multibillion dollar fertility treatment industry.

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Looming Impeachment Trial Adds Urgency To Senators' Campaign Push

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 05:01

The four senators running for president will mostly be off the campaign trail in the final days before Iowa votes. They'll work around the impeachment trial with Skype, surrogates and red-eye flights.

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Kansas City Chiefs To Play San Francisco 49ers In Super Bowl LIV

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 23:31

The Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the AFC Championship on Sunday. The 49ers followed with an NFC victory over the Green Bay Packers, 37-20. The Chiefs and 49ers will meet in Miami Feb. 2.

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Canada Sends Armed Forces To Help Newfoundlanders Dig Out After Blizzard

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 19:46

In the capital city of St. John's, the snowstorm completely buried cars and caused thousands to lose power. As much as 30 inches of snow fell in some parts of the city.

U.S. Navy To Name Aircraft Carrier After WWII Hero Doris Miller

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 16:36

Miller was a mess attendant on the West Virginia when he jumped in to man a machine gun during the Pearl Harbor attack. He is the first African American to have an aircraft carrier named after him.

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SpaceX Celebrates Test Of Crew Dragon Capsule That Will Carry NASA Astronauts

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 15:16

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX's Elon Musk called the test of the Crew Dragon capsule a success. NASA hopes to use the capsule to bring astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:59

The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

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Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:59

The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

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$11 Billion And Counting: Trump's Border Wall Would Be The World's Most Costly

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:25

The costs keep piling up for Trump's border wall which has a current pricetag of $11 billion — nearly $20 million per mile. It's more expensive than any other wall under construction in the world.

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His Dad Died In A Venezuelan Hospital. What He Saw In The Morgue Still Haunts Him

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:00

When this reporter's father died, he accompanied the body as it was taken to the morgue. The grieving son says it was the hardest walk of his life.

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