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A doctor near East Palestine, Ohio, details the main thing he's watching for now

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 18:02

Officials are monitoring the air and water in East Palestine, Ohio, since a train carrying chemicals derailed there. A local doctor tells us what he is seeing.

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle's killer is sentenced to 60 years to life in prison

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 17:13

Eric R. Holder Jr. will likely remain in jail for the rest of his life for the murder of Nipsey Hussle, a beloved figure in south LA who was killed in 2019 outside his clothing store.

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Clues to Bronze Age cranial surgery revealed in ancient bones

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 15:12

Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a rare type of skull surgery dating back to the Bronze Age that's similar to a procedure still being used today.

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The Webb telescope finds surprisingly massive galaxies from the universe's youth

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 14:50

At about 600 million years after the Big Bang, they're not the oldest galaxies the telescope has spotted. But they appear as developed as our Milky Way — far further along than researchers expected.

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Baklava took a break in Turkey's pastry capital after the earthquake. Now it's back

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 14:43

In a city known for its pistachio baklava, a pastry heavyweight turned his family's restaurant into a charity kitchen and shelter after the catastrophic Feb. 6 earthquake.

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'Oscar Wars' spotlights bias, blind spots and backstage battles in the Academy

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 13:32

From relentless campaigning to snubs and speeches, the Academy Awards have often reflected a cultural conflict zone. Michael Schulman sifts through the controversies in a new book.

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A year in, the U.S. makes a pledge: 'Ukraine will decide what victory looks like'

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 12:46

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says the U.S. wants to put Ukraine in the best position to end the war, but he declined to say if battlefield victories or diplomacy were the shared end goal.

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NPR says it's cutting jobs by 10% as ad revenue drops

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 12:11

NPR must lay off 10% of its workforce to address an advertising shortfall of about $30 million, CEO John Lansing says. Lansing says marketers are nervous about the economy.

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Israeli raid leaves 10 dead and 100 wounded, Palestinians say, as violence rises

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 10:58

The Israeli military says it was targeting a militant group in the West Bank called the Lion's Den. So far this year, at least 55 Palestinians — including civilians — have been killed.

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What happens now after Russia suspends the last nuclear arms treaty with the U.S.?

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 09:09

Just before he invaded Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with other leaders that "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought." So why is he eroding a key treaty?

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Israeli West Bank raid kills 10 Palestinians and hurts more than 100 others

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 09:00

The rare daytime arrest operation triggered one of the bloodiest battles in nearly a year of fighting, leaving shops in Nablus riddled with bullets and a building reduced to rubble.

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Northern states are shutting down ahead of coast-to-coast winter weather

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 08:45

Heavy snow and high winds could lead to blizzard conditions in the Upper Midwest on Wednesday, the National Weather Service says. Nearly half the country could experience some notable weather impact.

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Poll: Biden's standing improves, while Trump slumps with Republican voters

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 05:00

President Biden's approval rating has ticked up, and Democrats are growing more confident in him. Trump, meanwhile, is seeing his lowest scores with Republicans in seven years.

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The vast majority of criminal cases end in plea bargains, a new report finds

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 05:00

The practice prioritizes efficiency over fairness and innocence, the American Bar Association says, and leads innocent people to be coerced into guilty pleas.

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Fixing the health care worker shortage may be something Congress can agree on

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 05:00

The U.S. faces a shortfall of about 450,000 nurses and 120,000 doctors in the coming years. The Senate's top health committee, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, is considering bipartisan solutions.

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The ripple effects of Russia's war in Ukraine continue to change the world

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 05:00

A year after Russia's invasion of Ukraine sparked the largest conflict in Europe since World War II, the repercussions continue to reverberate.

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Ukraine's birth rate was already unsustainably low. Then war broke out

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 05:00

The Russian invasion has cemented the decision for many couples to opt out of having babies, in a country that struggled with incredibly low fertility rates long before the war.

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Seattle becomes the first U.S. city to ban caste discrimination

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 04:38

Calls to outlaw discrimination based on caste, a division of people based on birth or descent, have grown louder among South Asian diaspora communities in the United States.

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The Home Depot says it is spending $1 billion to raise its starting wage to $15

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 03:27

The starting wage for associates at The Home Depot is now $15, the company announced Tuesday.

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A discarded cigarette butt and DNA tests solve a 52-year-old murder of Vermont woman

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 02:59

A discarded cigarette found near the body of a Vermont school teacher in her apartment nearly 52 years ago helped lead investigators to a neighbor who they say strangled her, Vermont police said.

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