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FAA contractors deleted files — and inadvertently grounded thousands of flights

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 21:34

The agency's preliminary review determined it was unintentional as the contractors worked "to correct synchronization" between databases.

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A sailor has been rescued after being adrift in Caribbean for 24 days

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 20:41

Elvis Francois, 47, told Colombian authorities that he had survived off a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi cubes.

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Biden says he has 'no regrets' on how he's handled classified documents discovery

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 20:14

The president says he and his lawyers are cooperating with the Department of Justice and that he has no regrets about how he and his team have handled the situation.

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A San Francisco business owner is arrested after spraying homeless woman with a hose

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 20:01

If convicted, 71-year-old Collier Gwin could face up to six months in county jail and a $2,000 fine, officials say. The case remains under investigation.

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NPR uncovered secret execution tapes from Virginia. More remain hidden

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 16:40

Four tapes mysteriously donated to a library reveal uncertainty behind the scenes of the death chamber — and indicate the prison neglected to record evidence during an execution gone wrong.

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A tradition of plunging in an icy river persists in Ukraine, despite the war

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 14:53

For many in Ukraine, the tradition of plunging into an icy body of water on Epiphany, which marks the day of Jesus' baptism, serves as a reminder that the new year represents a fresh start.

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Supreme Court is unable to ID the leaker in Dobbs decision

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 14:39

The court called the leak "one of the worst breaches of trust in its history." The Marshal of the Supreme Court "has to date been unable to identify a person responsible," the court said Thursday.

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Thinx settled a lawsuit over chemicals in its period underwear. Here's what to know

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 14:37

The lawsuit says Thinx underwear, long marketed as safe and sustainable, contains harmful chemical substances known as PFAS. The company denies those allegations but will pay up to $5 million.

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U.S. hits its debt limit and now risks defaulting on its bills

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 12:58

The U.S. is undertaking "extraordinary" measures to avoid defaulting on its obligations after the country reached its debt limit on Thursday. Now, a big political fight looms.

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Amazon ends its charity donation program following other cost-cutting efforts

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 12:34

The company says the AmazonSmile program didn't have enough financial impact. But some charities say the support "made a huge difference," and shoppers have expressed disapproval on social media.

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Is it time for a reality check on rapid COVID tests?

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 12:02

At-home rapid tests have become a staple of COVID-19 precautions, but some experts worry that people are relying too much on these tests and that's creating a false sense of security.

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Is the U.S. government designating too many documents as 'classified'?

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:21

Historian Matthew Connelly says government records are marked as classified three times every second — and many of them will never be declassified. His new book is The Declassification Engine.

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Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in 'Rust' shooting death

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:12

Prosecutors made the announcement as work was set to resume on Rust, the film Baldwin was filming when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died in a shooting in New Mexico.

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The State Department launches a new way for ordinary Americans to resettle refugees

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 10:11

With refugee resettlement organizations stretched thin, the U.S. is trying a different approach. The new private sponsorship program will allow groups of regular people to sponsor refugees.

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Therapy by chatbot? The promise and challenges in using AI for mental health

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 09:40

Some companies and researchers think smart computers might eventually help with provider shortages in mental health, and some consumers are already turning to chatbots to build "emotional resilience."

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Protesters from Peru's Andes descend on the country's capital to demand leader resign

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 09:32

The protests are against President Dina Boluarte and in support of predecessor Pedro Castillo, whose ouster last month cast the nation into political chaos. At least 53 people have died.

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Army lieutenant pepper-sprayed in Virginia traffic stop receives $3,685 in damages

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:13

Caron Nazario filed a lawsuit in 2021 saying he was pepper-sprayed, struck and had his car illegally searched by two officers with the Windsor Police Department in Virginia.

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Peru is on edge as protesters converge on the capital

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 05:10

Peru braces for more protests in Lima as the calls for the new president's resignation grow. Over six weeks of turmoil has claimed more than 50 lives.

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Ron Jeremy's accusers are disappointed the former porn star won't go to trial

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 05:04

A judge declared the former porn icon incompetent to stand trial, putting the sexual assault case against 69-year-old Jeremy on hold.

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Here's why a high-stakes debt ceiling fight looms on Capitol Hill

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 05:00

House Republicans want to leverage must-pass legislation to raise the debt limit to extract federal spending cuts, but President Biden and congressional Democrats aren't interested in negotiating.

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