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Saving California's Kelp Forest May Depend On Eating Purple Sea Urchins

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 12:01

Purple sea urchins are devouring the kelp forest off California's coast. To help the forest survive, researchers are trying to make these urchins a delicacy on menus at seafood restaurants.

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European Doctor Who Prescribes Abortion Pills to U.S. Women Online Sues FDA

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 12:00

A federal lawsuit seeks to block the Food and Drug Administration from taking enforcement actions against a European doctor or her U.S.-based patients for prescribing or buying abortion pills online.

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The 2010s: What Defines The Past Decade In Music?

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 11:54

The 2010s are almost over, so we want to know: Which albums, songs and artists defined the decade? What moments (the death of Prince) or trends (streaming, social media) will we most remember?

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Typhoon Faxai Rips Through Tokyo Area: 2 Dead, And 700,000 Without Electricity

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:02

Faxai's strong wind gusts toppled two large steel electrical towers, and part of a solar power plant burst into flames. The storm also knocked a golfing range's safety net onto nearby houses.

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British Airways Cancels 'Nearly 100 Percent' Of Flights Due To Pilot Strike

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 07:23

The 48-hour walkout that began Monday could affect as many as 145,000 passengers. The union representing BA pilots says they want a fairer share of the airline's profits.

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Sacklers Reject Demand They Surrender Personal Wealth To Settle Opioid Claims

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 05:07

A group of state attorneys general negotiating with members of the Sackler family says they expect Purdue Pharma to file for bankruptcy "imminently," according to an email obtained by NPR.

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Are The U.S. And China Headed For A Cold War?

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 05:07

U.S.-China tensions are rising on almost every front, and there are plenty of parallels to the U.S.-Soviet rivalry. Analysts say competition is inevitable, but doesn't have to lead to confrontation.

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Debates, Not Voters, Begin Sending Democratic Presidential Candidates Packing

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 05:01

The field of Democratic presidential hopefuls has begun to shrink in advance of, and because of, this week's debate. The new, more rigorous rules instituted by the party is causing some controversy.

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Congress' Fall To Do List: Guns, Spending, Drug Prices, Trade, Investigations

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 05:00

Lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill Monday after an extended summer recess. Debates on gun control, prescription drugs and trade expected but bipartisan cooperation on those are elusive,

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Philly Teens 'Work To Ride' And Change The Face Of Polo

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 05:00

For 25 years, a group of inner-city kids in Philadelphia has been breaking down barriers of class and race in the traditionally exclusive sport. The concept is simple: they work to ride.

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Doctors Say Federal Rules On Discussing Abortions Inhibit Relationships With Patients

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 05:00

Many clinics that provide family planning services still rely on Title X funding. Their doctors worry about what they can say to patients about abortion under new rules.

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Rafael Nadal Claims His 19th Grand Slam Title With U.S. Open Triumph

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 02:37

The win, his fourth at the U.S. Open, puts him just one Grand Slam behind Roger Federer for the all-time men's singles record. But to do it, Nadal had to fend off a furious rally from Daniil Medvedev.

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4 Crew Members Still Missing After Cargo Ship Overturns Near Georgia Port

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 17:10

The Coast Guard says 20 of the 24 people aboard the Golden Ray have been accounted for. Officials say a rescue mission will resume once the vessel is stable.

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Pompeo On Ending U.S.-Taliban Talks: 'President Trump Ultimately Made The Decision'

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 14:35

The Secretary of State was on the Sunday news talk shows a day after Trump tweeted that a secret meeting to be held at Camp David between leaders of Afghanistan at the Taliban was canceled.

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Senior Conservative Lawmaker Resigns From Boris Johnson's Cabinet Over Brexit

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 14:29

Amber Rudd accused the British prime minister of an "assault on decency and democracy" over his plan to exit the European Union with or without a deal.

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India Mooncraft Located, Condition Unknown

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 11:53

After losing contact with the unmanned craft as it was trying to land on the moon, scientists appear to have captured an image of the lander on the surface, and they're trying to establish contact,

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'She Said' Tracks The Remarkable Reporting Leading To The Arrest Of Harvey Weinstein

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 09:47

New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story that ended the Hollywood producer's alleged reign of terror and helped to ignite the #MeToo movement.

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Chip-And-Ship Forest Clearing May Help Prevent Wildfire Disasters

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 07:56

Large-scale forest thinning in northern Arizona to prevent wildfires is behind schedule. But a new program is taking low-value logs and shipping them across the Pacific to markets in Asia.

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Trump's Republican Challengers Had An Uphill Climb. It Just Got Steeper

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 07:00

Aware of how a primary challenge can hurt an incumbent president's re-election chances, the president's allies are moving to eliminate or scale back Republican primaries and caucuses in 2020.

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How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 07:00

Prenatal classes often focus on Mom-to-be — on her shifting role and emotional needs, along with new skills. But if Dad gets sidelined early into a supporting role, research shows, everybody loses.

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