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Man With The World's Longest Fingernails Cuts Them Off After 66 Years

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:22

Shridhar Chillal, 82, of Pune, India, started to let the fingernails on his left hand grow when he was 14. The longest nail was about 6 1/2 feet long.

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Is Infant Formula Ever A Good Option In Poor Countries?

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:20

The breast milk vs. formula debate made headlines this week with reports of a U.S. effort to block a pro-breastfeeding resolution from the World Health Organization.

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FEMA Report Acknowledges Failures In Puerto Rico Disaster Response

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:36

Problems included a lack of key supplies on Puerto Rico before the storm, unqualified staff and challenges with delivering emergency supplies, according to the internal report.

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The Ginsburg Rule: False Advertising By The GOP

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:17

Republican senators contend Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg established a standard of evasion at her 1993 Supreme Court confirmation hearing, but an independent study says otherwise.

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British Police Say Source Of Novichok Found In Victim's Home

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 13:46

The nerve agent that recently killed a woman and left a man hospitalized was discovered in a "small bottle." It is unclear where it came from and how it got into the man's house in Amesbury, England.

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Video Shows 6-Year-Old Girl Heard On ProPublica Tape Reunited With Mother

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 13:19

After being separated from her mother, Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid asked authorities to call her aunt — she'd memorized the number. Now ProPublica has published video of her back with her mom.

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Ousted Premier Returns To Face Corruption Sentence — And A Pakistan Riven By Violence

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:53

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were arrested upon arrival. With less than two weeks till elections, Pakistan is reeling from political violence, including an attack Friday that killed scores of people.

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'Do Not Eat' Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal, CDC Warns

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:26

The sweetened, puffed wheat product is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella mbandaka bacteria that has infected 100 people in 33 states.

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Justice Department Charges Russian Cyberspies With Attack On 2016 Election

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:07

The Justice Department announced on Friday that a new indictment had been unsealed against 12 Russians connected to hacking of Democratic Party and other targets.

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Trump Calls His Criticism Of British Prime Minister 'Fake News'

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:05

After slamming Prime Minister Theresa May in a British tabloid on her decisions carrying out Brexit, President Trump said at a joint press conference that May is doing a "terrific job."

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Large Protests, Baby Blimp Greet Trump In London And The U.K.

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:28

The American president tells a British tabloid that he feels "unwelcome" in London. President Trump also attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan – who approved protesters' plan to fly a Trump baby blimp.

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Criticism from Ethics Watchdog Leads Commerce Secretary Ross To Sell Remaining Stocks

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 06:25

After receiving a strongly worded letter from the government ethics office, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he will sell all of his remaining stocks.

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'I Know How Far I Can Go': Black Entrepreneurs Overcome Challenges In Brazil

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 05:07

Salvador, the capital of Bahia state, has become a hub for black-owned businesses. A startup accelerator there supports companies based on their potential for social and economic impact.

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Hospital Lockdowns Can Leave Patients' Loved Ones Locked Out

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 05:01

Hospitals are preparing for how to handle mass shootings in case the next one is in their backyard. One difficult call is whether to lockdown the facility, which can have emotional consequences.

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FBI To Start Using A 2nd Database For Gun Background Checks

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 05:00

Dylann Roof was able to buy a gun two months before the Charleston church massacre because of a background check error. A new plan by the FBI aims to fix what critics call the "Charleston Loophole."

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Congressional Republicans Struggle To Push Back On Trump's Tariffs

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 05:00

The Senate voted 88-11 this week to constrain presidential authority to use national security as justification for taxing foreign goods, but the measure was nonbinding.

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Jury Awards $4.7 Billion To Women In Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Suit

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:40

The award, reportedly the largest-ever in such a case, was awarded to 22 women and their families who claim asbestos in the powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. The company plans an appeal.

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In Fiery Interview With British Tabloid, Trump Criticizes Prime Minister, London Mayor

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 03:44

Speaking with The Sun, the president said Theresa May ignored his advice on Brexit and that it could kill the prospects for a U.S.-U.K. trade deal.

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Court Grants Permission To Destroy World's Tallest Waterslide

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 19:52

Nearly two years after the gruesome death of a 10-year-old boy on the Verruckt, a judge has ruled it is time to tear down the 17-story structure.

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Trump's Reality Star Approach To The Real World

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 18:17

Suspense, drama and eventually a victorious hero — that was President Trump's framing of the NATO summit, revealing his approach to international relations. A cliffhanger with Vladimir Putin awaits.

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