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A Van, An Excavator And A Slew Of ATM Thefts, Northern Ireland Police Plead For Help

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:29

With the help of heavy construction equipment and a van with an ATM-size hole cut out of its roof, thieves are clawing entire cash boxes out of local businesses and disappearing into the night.

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As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:21

Three successive administrations largely failed to stop China's extensive cyberhacking of U.S. companies. But American businesses themselves have led the charge in keeping the theft under wraps.

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'New York Post' Denounced For Publishing Sept. 11 Photo With Rep. Ilhan Omar Words

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:33

The newspaper's cover featured an image of the 2001 terrorist attack and a partial quote by Omar about the incident. Fellow lawmakers and activists expressed outrage at the paper's editorial decision.

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Analysis: Does Netanyahu's Win Maintain Status Quo Or Push Israel Further Right?

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:28

The Israeli prime minister's fourth consecutive term — fifth total — comes as he flirts with lightning-rod issues and hard-right and religious factions.

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How Much Did WikiLeaks Damage U.S. National Security?

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:21

This question has been a source of debate since the group published hundreds of thousands of U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010, many related to U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Trump Threatens To Send Detained Immigrants To 'Sanctuary Cities' As Retaliation

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:18

After his administration knocked down reports that such a policy was being considered, the president tweeted that "strong considerations" were being given to the idea as political retribution.

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Watchdogs Cite Lax Medical And Mental Health Treatment Of ICE Detainees

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:27

The Adelanto ICE Processing Center houses nearly 2,000 people in California. Federal, state and watchdog reviews say the Florida-based firm that runs Adelanto fails to provide adequate health care.

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Chevron To Expand In Permian Basin, Acquiring Anadarko Petroleum For $33 Billion

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:50

Anadarko, an oil and gas production and exploration company, has assets in Mozambique, the Gulf of Mexico and, significantly, in Texas — where multinationals are doubling down on the Permian boom.

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Does Empathy Have A Dark Side?

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:43

It's good to feel empathy, right? Not always, says a forthcoming book. Humans are empathetic beings, and we sometimes harm others, not out of a failure of empathy, but because of it.

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Edible Archives Project Aims To Revive Hundreds Of Vanishing Indian Rice Strains

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:01

As hybrid varieties gained popularity, hundreds of indigenous strains of rice — and knowledge about them — disappeared. But chefs, farmers and researchers are trying to reconnect to that heritage.

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Kim Tightens Leadership Over North Korea In Major Government Reshuffle

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 10:45

The North Korean leader shunted aside a pair of long-serving senior officials and seated a newly elected parliament. The move is thought aimed helping Kim ride out U.S. sanctions.

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Keeping It Civil: How To Talk Politics Without Letting Things Turn Ugly

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 09:01

Whether it's shouting matches in Congress, feuds on social media, a testy exchange between co-workers or a heated argument among family members, civility increasingly feels like a relic of the past.

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South Korean Court Strikes Down Decades-Old Abortion Ban

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 07:48

The country's Constitutional Court overturned the ban enacted in 1953. Despite South Korea's heavily Christian population, in recent years anti-abortion sentiment has softened.

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Big Ag Is Pushing Laws To Restrict Neighbors' Ability To Sue Farms

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 07:00

The push is a response to the millions of dollars awarded to five groups of farm neighbors in North Carolina who sued a subsidiary of pork giant Smithfield Foods over water and air pollution.

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Tusk Luck: Alaska Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Mammoth Fossil

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 06:43

An Alaska man and his co-conspirator took a fossilized tusk from a Bureau of Land Management museum. Then, they cut it up and sold off the pieces.

Beyond Crabgrass: A Look At America's 'Radical Suburbs'

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 06:35

Amanda Kolson Hurley is well-acquainted with suburbia's many negative stereotypes. But in a new book, she asks us to take a look at what is possible in this realm when the human spirit is at its best.

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A Dystopian High School Musical Foresaw The College Admissions Scandal

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 05:11

A California high school is staging an original musical called Ranked. It's set it a world where class rank means everything, and some parents are willing pay for their student to get a better spot.

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Democratic Candidates Are Releasing Tax Returns, Answering Big Questions For Voters

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 05:00

President Trump has refused to release his tax returns. Many Democrats are using that against him, as they reveal their own personal wealth and financial interests.

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Chicago Files Civil Complaint Against 'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 21:06

The city maintains that Smollett filed a false police report and is seeking repayment of the costs incurred in investigating it.

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McConnell's 2020 Plan: Cast GOP As 'Firewall' Against Socialism

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 18:51

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that Republicans need to regain support with women and college graduates in the suburbs-- which he said led to loss of the House in 2018.

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