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Top Stories: Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws; The Dow Tops A New High

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:24

Also: Islamic State militants are surrounded in Raqqa, Syria; the latest on California's wildfires; and the plague outbreak is getting worse in Madagascar.

Dow Crosses Another Milestone, Topping 23,000 For The First Time

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:08

The Dow Jones industrial average topped 23,000 for the first time, crossing another milestone amid better-than-expected earnings reports and concerns that stocks are approaching another bubble.

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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:04

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

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Tom Marino, Trump's Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:54

Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., is withdrawing days after reports that a bill he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Agency in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.

ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:42

Arab and Kurdish fighters in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces began their offensive four months ago. Now ISIS fighters are reportedly bottled up in a stadium complex in the city.

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Anthony Bourdain Urges Americans To 'Value The Things We Eat'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:16

In interview with NPR's Here & Now about his new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, the chef drives home the enormity of the problem and the importance of changing our perspective.

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How The NRA Uses Its Political Clout: An Early Lesson In Oklahoma

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 05:00

Rep. Mike Synar, a Democrat, had the National Rifle Association's backing in 1980. But by 1994, his positions had changed, and so had the NRA's. Here's how the group worked to defeat him.

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If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 05:00

Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

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Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 04:59

There have been decades of progress in the fight against hunger. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story.

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Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It's Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 04:56

Boeing picked Chicago instead when it was looking for a new headquarters in 2001. This time around, Denver is pitching its quality of life to draw Amazon to build a new headquarters there.

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In Speech, Sen. McCain Decries 'Half-Baked Spurious Nationalism'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 04:20

Following his acceptance of the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, McCain said U.S. abandonment of global leadership is "unpatriotic."

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Lighter Winds Aid Firefighters Working To Contain California Blazes

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:38

Officials say they are increasingly optimistic that the fires are gradually being extinguished, with two of the largest about 70 percent contained.

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Callista Gingrich Confirmed As Ambassador To The Vatican

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:58

The wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was nominated in May to represent the United States at the Holy See.

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Texas Truck Driver Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Deaths Of Ten Undocumented Immigrants

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:54

Federal authorities say the case is a "glaring reminder" of the dangers of human smuggling across the southern border. The driver is to be sentenced in January.

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Rick Pitino Fired As Louisville Basketball Coach Amid Massive Bribery Probe

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:27

The Hall of Fame coach had been on unpaid administrative leave since last month, after the school was implicated in a federal bribery and fraud investigation.

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In The Wake Of Harvey Weinstein Scandal, Women Say #MeToo

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:07

The ousting of a powerful Hollywood producer over multiple abuse allegations prompted women and other assault survivors to proclaim a simple idea: that sexual abuse is common in their lives.

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Florida Man Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs For Meth

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 17:58

Police departments across the country use inexpensive field tests to quickly screen for drugs. But the kits create a lot of room for error — with troubling consequences.

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Immigration Judges Warn Against Trump Administration Benchmarks

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:43

The Trump administration is preparing to impose new benchmarks on immigration judges to speed through a backlog of more than 600,000 cases in U.S. immigration courts. But judges warn the change could hurt public confidence and violate the right to due process.

Corruption Trial Of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez Continues

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:43

The defense phase of the corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., begins on Monday. Prosecutors said Menendez traded government favors with friends in return for a luxurious lifestyle.

Opposition In Venezuela Calls For Another Round Of Elections

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:43

Gubernatorial elections in Venezuela delivered a majority of seats to the ruling socialists, rocking the opposition and reigniting protests. The opposition cited irregularities in their 17-6 seat loss. Shortages of food and medicine coupled with massive inflation have fueled widespread anger.