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Judge Voids UNC's Controversial Settlement Over Confederate Statue 'Silent Sam'

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:43

The judge overturned the university system's settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, concluding that the group didn't have legal standing to bring a lawsuit in the first place.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Ends His Presidential Bid

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:13

The former Massachusetts governor jumped into the Democratic presidential primary months after most of his competitors did and never gained traction in polls.

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Klobuchar's 3rd-Place Finish In New Hampshire 'Shocked The Establishment'

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:36

The Minnesota senator captured nearly 20% of the vote on Tuesday, surprising political watchers who had been more focused on the campaigns of Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

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After Iowa Debacle, Tech Experts Who Aid Progressives Call For A Strategic Shake-Up

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:21

The failure of this year's Iowa caucuses was years in the making, some technology specialists argue, in part because of the haphazard way political users buy software.

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Timetable For A Vaccine Against The New Coronavirus? Maybe This Fall

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:00

Recent advances in biotech make scientists optimistic that they might have a vaccine that has passed basic tests of human safety and efficacy ready to go to clinics as soon as this fall.

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Pope Francis Won't Allow Married Men As Priests, Women As Deacons

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:21

Bishops from the Amazon region had sought the changes to address a shortage of clergy. But some Roman Catholic conservatives warned that enacting them would lead to the end of clerical celibacy rules.

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Trump Praises Attorney General Barr For 'Taking Charge' Of Roger Stone Case

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 08:52

The president's tweet came a day after the Justice Department took the unusual step of seeking a shorter sentence for Trump's ally. The four prosecutors in the case withdrew following that move.

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The Hope And Hype Of Diabetic Alert Dogs

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 06:00

Companies that sell dogs trained to sniff out life-threatening changes in blood sugar for people with diabetes have faced lawsuits or complaints from some of their customers.

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Coronavirus Casts A Pall Over Cruise Industry At Height Of Booking Season

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:06

Tales of life on a ship quarantined in Japan amid a coronavirus outbreak are hurting bookings for the growing cruise line industry. But the industry has shaken off worse crises, an analyst says.

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Beer Waste Saves Montana Town $1 Million On Water Treatment

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:06

Brewery waste can throw off the microbes that wastewater plants rely on to remove nitrogen and phosphorus. At least two communities in Montana are using it strategically to treat their water.

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Mice Fight: Wildlife Photography Prize Goes To 'Cheeky' Moment At London Tube Station

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:06

A wildlife photography award went to a rather unusual picture: two mice brawling on a London Underground platform. Photographer Sam Rowley won this year's LUMIX People's Choice Award.

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Baseball Makes An Early Pitch To Catch The Interest Of Black Players

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:00

Baseball is having trouble attracting African-American players, so to increase participation, leaders are trying to get kids interested early, before other sports grab their attention.

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Doctors Push Back As Congress Takes Aim At Surprise Medical Bills

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:00

As lawmakers consider bills to protect patients against surprise medical bills, doctors have waged a stealth on-the-ground campaign to win over members of Congress. Here's how they did it.

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6 Takeaways From The New Hampshire Primary

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 02:34

Sen. Bernie Sanders won narrowly, but can he expand his base? Pete Buttigieg again did well, but in another largely white state. And the story of the night was Sen. Amy Klobuchar's third-place finish.

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Standard Poodle Takes Best In Show At Westminster Kennel Club Competition

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 00:06

Wearing the ultimate in poodle hairdos, Siba trounced 2,600 other dogs over a three-day competition. Seven dogs, all the best in their categories, competed in the finale.

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Sanders Is Projected To Narrowly Win The N.H. Primary, Taking The Front-Runner Mantle

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 23:44

The victory, projected by the Associated Press, comes in another close race with Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Ind. The two had a virtual tie atop the Iowa caucuses.

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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet Ends 2020 Democratic Presidential Campaign

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 20:36

The moderate focused his campaign on New Hampshire, but showed little upward momentum throughout his run.

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Tech Entrepreneur Andrew Yang Dropping Out Of 2020 Presidential Race

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 20:04

Yang, who built his campaign around the universal basic income, had risen from relative obscurity and built a loyal following of supporters.

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Virginia Legislature Votes To Allow Cities To Remove Confederate Statues

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 19:03

State law has banned any modifications to the monuments. In 2016, Charlottesville sought to remove a Robert E. Lee statue, a decision that partly inspired the violent Unite the Right rally.

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Jussie Smollett, Former 'Empire' Actor, Has Been Indicted Again In Illinois

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 18:34

The ongoing Smollett drama, centering around an alleged faked hate crime against the actor, has opened a fresh chapter. A special prosecutor in Cook County has announced a six-count indictment.

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