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A White House Plan Aims To Speed Up Consideration Of Many Asylum Claims

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 05:00

The new measure would vastly expand the number of officers who can determine whether a migrant at the southern U.S. border is eligible for asylum.

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You Might Consider Opting Out Of The Child Tax Credit. Here's Why

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 05:00

The first monthly enhanced child tax credit payment has landed, but some families are now opting out. Here's how to decide whether it makes sense for you.

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How An Altered Strand Of DNA Can Cause Malaria-Spreading Mosquitoes To Self-Destruct

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 05:00

For the first time, scientists have shown that a new kind of genetic engineering can crash populations of malaria-spreading mosquitoes.

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Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused Have Trouble Getting Treatment

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 05:00

One man's struggle to get treatment for the abuse he suffered as a child serves as a lesson for others.

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Simone Biles Withdraws From The Individual All-Around Final At Tokyo Olympics

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 02:26

"We wholeheartedly support Simone's decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being," USA Gymnastics said in a statement.

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Katie Ledecky Wins 1,500-Meter Freestyle, Her First Gold Of The Tokyo Games

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 23:18

The biggest star of U.S. swimming has not had the start to these Olympics that she wanted. But she absolutely dominated in the 1,500 meter freestyle race.

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Biden Is Considering A Vaccine Or Testing Mandate For Federal Workers

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 20:54

Under the policy, federal employees who are not confirmed as vaccinated would be required to wear masks at all times while at work and be tested regularly for the virus.

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Openly LGBTQ Olympians Would Rank 14th In Medal Wins If They Were A Country

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 19:10

Ten years ago there were only about two dozen openly LGBTQ Olympians competing in the games. Today, there are more than 160.

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Tanzania's Dilemma: It's Not So Easy To Go From Vaccine Denier To Vaccine Embracer

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 17:21

The African country, previously credited for high childhood vaccination rates, was 1 of 4 countries to reject COVID vaccines. Now they've done a 180. It's unclear if its citizens will go along.

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Senators Strike Bipartisan Funding Deal For Capitol Security And Afghan Refugees

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 17:02

The $2.1 billion bill would boost support for the Capitol complex in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, direct funds to the Capitol Police and provide humanitarian support for Afghan refugees.

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2 Colorado Police Officers Are Investigated After A Violent Arrest

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:32

An Aurora officer was arrested on felony charges after a video showed him using his pistol to beat a man he was trying to arrest. A second was arrested for allegedly failing to stop her colleague.

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The Justice Department Is Struggling To Bring Capitol Riot Cases To Trial: Here's Why

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:15

After the U.S. Capitol riot, there was a sense that the Jan. 6 cases would be straightforward. But defense attorneys describe prosecutors as overwhelmed by evidence and struggling to build cases.

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Wu-Tang Clan Album Once Owned By Martin Shkreli Sold By U.S. Government

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 15:14

There was only one copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and the government forced Shkreli to turn it over after his fraud conviction. Details are confidential, so don't expect to hear it anytime soon.

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The Lockdown Forced The Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz To Get Creative In Her Training

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 13:19

The weightlifter became an Olympic record holder and the first gold medalist in Philippines history. But her training journey to get to Tokyo was anything but average.

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At Just 17, Lydia Jacoby Wins Gold In 100m Breaststroke And Makes History For Alaska

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:54

The teenager and first-time Olympian took home the gold in a surprise win, beating out teammate and returning champion Lilly King. The gold was the first one in swimming for her home state of Alaska.

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Capitol Police Officer Testifies To The Racism He Faced During The Jan. 6 Riot

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:45

Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn noted in testimony before Congress about the Capitol insurrection that he was called the "n" word after he said he voted for President Biden.

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NYC 'Homecoming' Show Will Star Bruce Springsteen And More, But You Have To Be Vaxxed

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:35

The concert is being billed by New York City government as a reopening of the city — and most of the tickets will be free, but you can only get in if you provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

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U.S. Surfer Carissa Moore Wins The First Gold Medal Ever In Her Sport At The Olympics

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:22

Carissa Moore is the first woman to ever win a gold medal in surfing, which is making its Olympic debut in Tokyo. "The ocean has changed my life and I can't imagine my life without it," Moore said.

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CDC Expected To Change Mask Guidance For Vaccinated People, Including In Schools

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:20

Reversing earlier guidance, the agency will likely encourage indoor masking for fully vaccinated people under certain circumstances.

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The U.S. Takes The Silver In Softball After Falling To Japan In Long-Awaited Rematch

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:19

Japan took gold on Tuesday after a 2-0 win over Team USA. The game marked a rematch for the two teams, who battled it out for the gold in Beijing in 2008 with similar results.

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