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'No Room For The Modest Hit Anymore': Broadway Prepares For Summer Closings

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:08

Broadway attendance is up — yet the $35 million production of King Kong is among the five shows cutting bait in the next two weekends, as musical theater undergoes a market correction.

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5 Years After Michael Brown Shooting, Slow Signs Of Progress

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:08

Five years after Michael Brown's shooting death, residents say while there are some positive political signs, much more needs to be done.

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SoulCycle Owner, Trump Donors Face Public Shaming

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:00

Opponents of President Trump are increasing public pressure on those who contribute to the Trump reelection campaign. One major Trump donor faces a call for a boycott of a business he owns, SoulCycle.

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Trump Team Hits Brakes On Law That Would Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:00

Critics worry the administration's delays come at a steep cost: Medicare is continuing to pay for millions of unnecessary exams and patients are being subjected to radiation for no medical benefit.

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Careful With Those Birthday Candles, Smokey: Beloved Bear Turns 75

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:00

The longest-running public service campaign is tied to a reduction in wildfires, but in some ways Smokey's message may have worked too well. Here's how he's changed.

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Why Is The Census Bureau Still Asking A Citizenship Question On Forms?

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:00

Courts have permanently blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But the Census Bureau is continuing to send surveys that ask about citizenship status.

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China's Coast Braces For Powerful Typhoon Lekima

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 03:25

The storm, currently categorized as a super typhoon with sustained winds of 130 mph, is expected to make landfall near the city of Ningbo early Saturday.

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Some 300 Arrested In Mississippi Immigration Raids Have Been Released, Officials Say

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 02:04

In a statement on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi also said that detainees were asked if they had children and provided cell phones to arrange for their care.

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Trump Names New Acting Director Of National Intelligence

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 20:32

President Trump named Joseph Maguire shortly after the deputy director of national intelligence resigned. Maguire is currently director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

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Senate Will Discuss Gun Proposals In September, McConnell Says

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 19:17

"What we can't do is fail to pass something," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told WHAS radio. "The urgency of this is not lost on any of us."

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DOJ Official Behind Failed Census Citizenship Question To Leave Department

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 19:05

John Gore, the main Justice Department official behind the Trump administration's failed push for a citizenship question, is set to leave the department, a person familiar with the matter tells NPR.

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'I've Got Nothing Over Here': Iraqi Deported By ICE Dies In Baghdad

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 18:31

"It's crazy to know that he died alone in a country he'd never been in," Jimmy Aldaoud's sister told NPR. He had arrived in the U.S. when he was a very young child.

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Food-Snatching Gull In Your Vicinity? Study Suggests Making Eye Contact

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 18:09

Researchers in the U.K. found that making eye contact with the hungry gulls may deter them from swiping your food.

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Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 17:19

A federal court said Facebook users in Illinois can sue the company over face recognition technology. Facebook said users can choose to turn off the feature. It plans to seek a review of the ruling.

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MLB's Yankees And White Sox To Play At 'Field Of Dreams' Farm

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 17:02

For one night, big leaguers will play baseball at the Iowa farm that was made famous in the beloved film Field of Dreams.

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The Pistol That Looks Like A Rifle: The Dayton Shooter's Gun

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 16:39

The gun used in Dayton has the same core component as an AR-15-style rifle. It also had a 100-bullet magazine. But it's legally considered a pistol.

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Ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe Sues Over What He Calls Wrongful Firing

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 16:02

The former No. 2 leader of the FBI argues that his dismissal last year was groundless and that he was defamed by people in the Trump administration. He may still face criminal charges.

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Tensions Continue High Over Kashmir, With 500 Arrests And A Communications Blackout

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 14:36

Indian-administered Kashmir is now in its fourth day of a communications blackout, following the government's decision to revoke its special status. Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties.

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9 Candidates Now Qualify For The September Democratic Primary Debate

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 13:43

Andrew Yang crossed the threshold Thursday, and two other candidates are on the cusp of qualifying. That means there could again be two debate nights next month instead of just one.

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The Couple Killed Saving Their Baby In El Paso Had Just Found A Future Together

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:01

Andre and Jordan Anchondo were two of the 22 victims killed in El Paso on Saturday. President Donald Trump visited El Paso to meet with survivors as families grieve and mourn their loved ones.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Tito Anchondo)