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COMIC: How Your State Wins Or Loses Political Power Through The Census

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 05:00

How much say your state has in Congress and the Electoral College is determined through a little-known, once-a-decade process based on the census.

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MLB's Move Out Of Georgia Is The Latest In A Line Of Political Boycotts

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 05:00

Today's boycotts aren't coming out of nowhere. Here's a look at some prominent examples in history and how boycotts got started.

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John Boehner On The 'Noisemakers' Of The Republican Party

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 05:00

Boehner was the Republican speaker of the House during much of the Obama presidency. His new memoir recounts his time leading House Republicans — even if that meant doing things he personally opposed.

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Hideki Matsuyama Wins Masters, Makes History For Japan

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 02:20

Matsuyama entered the tournament ranked 25th in the world and emerged as the first Japanese person to win a golf major.

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From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Continues To Erupt

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 00:58

Experts predict the eruption will last for days, even weeks, similar to the deadly 1902 eruption. Officials are pleading people to seek safety as rescuers search out those who have yet to evacuate.

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More Than 700 Civilians Killed By Myanmar Junta Since Coup

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 20:40

At least 82 people were killed in the city of Bago on Friday during a military crackdown against opposition.

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Black Army Lieutenant Sues Virginia Police Officers For Excessive Force

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 19:43

Lt. Caron Nazario told the two Windsor police officers he was afraid to get out of the car after how belligerently he was being treated. Officer Joe Gutierrez responded: "Yeah, you should be."

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Officer Who Handcuffed And Pepper-Sprayed Black Army Lieutenant Is Fired

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 19:43

Lt. Caron Nazario was knocked to the ground and handcuffed by two Windsor officers after a traffic stop, multiple videos show. The officer who pepper-sprayed Nazario was terminated by the department.

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Long Marred By Racism, St. Louis Elects 1st Black Female Mayor

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 19:28

Amid unrest at local jails, surging gun violence and a pandemic that has disproportionately hurt people of color, Tishaura Jones says: "We are done avoiding race and how it holds this region back."

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In Denmark, Fears Grow Among Syrian Asylum Seekers As Residence Permits Are Revoked

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 16:51

Denmark says security in Syria has improved enough for some refugees to go back. "The words 'to send us back to Syria' means to destroy our lives," says a Syrian whose residence permit was revoked.

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South Korean Electric Vehicle Battery Makers Reach $1.8B Deal To End Trade Dispute

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 12:18

The deal means both companies will be able to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles at a time when President Biden hopes to boost support for the industry as part of his climate plan.

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'Filled With Her Spirit,' A Louisville Art Exhibition Honors Breonna Taylor

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 11:00

Just over a year after police officers shot and killed Taylor in her home, the Speed Art Museum has opened a show in her memory. "To see it all come together is just a blessing," says Taylor's mother.

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PHOTOS: Mumbai Falls In Love All Over Again With Its Forgotten Fountains

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 09:39

They're majestic. They're neglected. And now they're slowly being fixed up. Conservationists are preserving them — and officials hope the fountains will supply free water for the city's impoverished.

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In 'Beeswing,' Richard Thompson Revisits A Big Life Just Shy Of The Mainstream

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 08:00

Richard Thompson, a British musician who somehow avoided pop stardom throughout his career, has just written about his early days in a new memoir called Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice.

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'Suspicious' Blackout Strikes Iran's Natanz Nuclear Site

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 07:57

Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility lost power Sunday just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges capable of enriching uranium faster.

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This Top Biden Economist Has A Plan: Create Jobs, Address Inequality, Ignore Trolls

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 07:01

Janelle Jones is the first Black woman to serve as chief economist at the Labor Department. She says helping marginalized groups boosts the entire economy.

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Should Colleges Require COVID-19 Vaccines For Fall? More Campuses Are Saying Yes

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 06:11

More campuses are expected to add the requirement, with potential legal challenges ahead. One key point: Requiring vaccines for infectious diseases is nothing new for many residential colleges.

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Maryland Lawmakers Override Vetoes On Sweeping Police Reform

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 22:29

A comprehensive package of police reform measures cleared the state's General Assembly on Wednesday, including the repeal of police job protections long cited as a barricade to accountability.

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Mother Arrested After 3 Young Children Found Dead In Los Angeles Apartment

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 20:15

A 30-year-old woman is in custody after police found her three children dead in their Reseda home.

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Volcano On St. Vincent Could Experience Larger Eruption

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 18:30

The ongoing eruption at La Soufrière on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent is expected to be as big, if not bigger, than the last time it had a major eruption in 1979.

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