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In an ongoing race, Ukraine tries to repair faster than Russia bombs

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 05:01

Ukraine's electrical grid has been under assault from Russian airstrikes for two months. Repair workers are racing to fix damaged power stations, even as the country braces for more attacks.

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The long-lost remains of the last known Tasmanian tiger have been found in a cupboard

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 05:00

The skeleton and skin of what is believed to be the last Tasmanian tiger have been stashed away in a cupboard at a museum in Tasmania, where experts lost track of the bizarre looking creature.

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A new writer tweeted about a low book signing turnout—and famous authors commiserated

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 05:00

Novelists like Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood and Stephen King shared discouraging moments in their career after a debut author, Chelsea Banning tweeted about only two people coming to her book signing.

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A congressional report says financial technology companies fueled rampant PPP fraud

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 05:00

Fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program, which gave potentially forgivable loans to small businesses during the pandemic, was largely due to financial technology companies, according to a new report.

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Here are the results in Georgia's Senate runoff election

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 05:00

On Tuesday, Georgia voting ends in the runoff election for U.S. Senate between incumbent Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, Herschel Walker.

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Indonesia criminalizes adultery, but the law may take up to 3 years to take effect

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 00:59

Indonesia's penal code had languished for decades while legislators in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation struggled with how to adapt its native culture and norms to the criminal code.

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Kirstie Alley, star of 'Cheers and 'Look Who's Talking,' dies at 71

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:18

Alley died of cancer that was only recently discovered, her children True and Lillie Parker said in a post on Twitter. The Emmy-winning actress was known for roles including Rebecca Howe on Cheers.

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Perspective: Jiang Zemin's passing marks the end of an era for China

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:00

As China holds a memorial service for its late leader Jiang Zemin, an NPR correspondent who met Jiang reflects on the figure and his transforming country.

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What we know about the attack on two North Carolina power substations

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:24

A gunfire attack on two electrical substations in Moore County knocked out power to thousands. Authorities say they have not determined who carried out the attack or what the motive was.

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There's a lithium mining boom, but it's not a jobs bonanza

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:25

Lithium mining is experiencing a boom right now, but it's no jobs bonanza. The promised surge in clean-energy jobs is mostly focused farther down the supply chain, like at battery assembly plants.

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REAL ID enforcement is delayed again to 2025

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:10

The original deadline for the Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies to only accept REAL ID-compliant cards was back in 2008.

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Nick Bollettieri, coach to many tennis stars, dead at age 91

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 14:58

The Hall of Fame member worked with some of the sport's biggest stars, including Andre Agassi and Monica Seles, and founded a Florida academy that revolutionized the development of young athletes.

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Croatia defeats Japan in penalty kick shootout to advance to World Cup quarterfinals

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 12:56

Croatia and Japan ended 90-minutes of regulation and 30-minutes of extra time tied 1-1. The Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livaković stopped three Japanese penalty attempts in the shootout.

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Week in Ukraine war: new Russian strikes, oil price cap, no Biden-Putin talks (Dec. 5)

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 11:56

Catch up on key developments and the latest in-depth coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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How 'goblin mode' became Oxford's word of the year

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 11:49

The slang term means "behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms." It was the landslide pick in a public vote.

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Russia launches fresh round of missile strikes at Ukraine's energy system

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 08:37

Russia unleashed a new wave of airstrikes at Ukraine on Monday, the latest in a series of such attacks aimed at destroying the power grid.

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How one artist took on the Sacklers and shook their reputation in the art world

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 08:10

A new documentary All The Beauty and the Bloodshed tells the story of Nan Goldin, a photographer and activist who survived opioid addiction — then challenged members of the Sackler family.

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The U.S. wants to slash carbon emissions from power plants. Natural gas is in the way

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 07:29

Despite climate targets set by the Biden administration and corporate executives, the U.S. is still building new natural gas plants that threaten to cause greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come.

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Racial bias affects media coverage of missing people. A new tool illustrates how

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 06:00

The database tool estimates that younger, white women will get increasingly more news coverage than other racial groups — such as Black, Latino and Indigenous people.

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A fan is reportedly buying the 'Goonies' house in Oregon, which was listed for $1.7M

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 05:12

The agent for the Victorian home featured in the The Goonies film in Oregon says the likely new owner is a fan of the movie about friendships and treasure hunting, and he promises to protect the site.

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