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Outside Witnesses Testifying In Final Day Of Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation Hearing

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 08:18

Republicans are bringing supporters of Judge Barrett to testify, while Democrats call on advocates for issues they believe are threatened by Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

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House Democrats' Campaign Committee Launches Blitz Targeting Black Voters

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 05:01

The investment, shared first with NPR, comes as the campaigns of both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have focused intently on Black male voters.

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Takeaways From Amy Coney Barrett's Judiciary Confirmation Hearings

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 05:01

President Trump's nominee deflected answering most questions, citing precedent that she can't weigh in on issues she may rule on. Weeks before the election Democrats largely honed in on health care.

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The End Of Oil? Battle Lines Drawn As Industry Grapples With Energy's Future

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 05:01

The pandemic is adding renewed urgency to a critical debate: Just how quickly can the planet reduce its dependence on oil?

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When False Information Goes Viral, COVID-19 Patient Groups Fight Back

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 05:01

Health communication experts say that misinformation spread through support groups can undermine trust in medicine and science. But some patients work to counter falsehoods with facts.

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'Failed By The Courts': Texans Hoping To Vote By Mail Have To Hit The Polls Instead

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 05:00

A series of efforts by Texas Republicans to make access to voting more difficult in the final stretch of the fall campaign comes as the party's lock on the state's politics is getting looser.

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Lemur Missing, Possibly Stolen, From San Francisco Zoo

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 22:32

"We understand that lemurs are adorable animals, but Maki is a highly endangered animal that requires special care. We are asking the public for help in his return," zoo officials said on Wednesday.

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Biden Announces Record $383 Million September Haul

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 22:13

The total is a new record-breaking one-month sum, topping its August record of $364.5 million.

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Putin Announces Approval Of A Second Unproven Coronavirus Vaccine

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 20:25

The announcement comes two months after the Russian leader touted "registration" of what was billed as the world's first SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. But neither drug has completed large-scale human trials.

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Barron Trump Tested Positive For Coronavirus, But Now Negative

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 19:07

First lady Melania Trump says she dreaded the diagnosis after she and the president got sick. "Luckily [Barron] is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms."

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Facebook And Twitter Limit Sharing New York Post Story About Joe Biden

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 18:49

The social media companies said they wanted to slow the spread of possibly false information. But their actions drew charges of censorship from President Trump and his's allies.

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Azerbaijan, Armenia Trade Accusations Of Breaking Cease-Fire In Nagorno-Karabakh

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 17:31

The conflict over the disputed territory that broke away more than two decades ago appears to rage on despite the truce brokered by Moscow over the weekend.

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Water Or A Sports Drink? These Brain Cells May Decide Which One We Crave

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 17:08

Scientists have identified specialized brain cells that create two distinct kinds of thirst. Some of the cells respond to a need for water alone, while others produce a craving for water and salt.

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Paris Under Curfew: Europe Reacts As Countries See Highest-Ever Coronavirus Numbers

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 16:32

President Emmanuel Macron announced nightly curfews for Paris and other cities Wednesday, part of a wave of new coronavirus restrictions in Europe.

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Paris Under Curfew: Europe Reacts As Countries See Highest-Ever Coronavirus Numbers

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 16:32

President Emmanuel Macron announced nightly curfews for Paris and other cities Wednesday, part of a wave of new coronavirus restrictions in Europe.

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Pressed On Landmark Contraception Case, Barrett Again Declines To Answer

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 15:42

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett about whether Griswold v. Connecticut, the ruling that protects the right to buy and use contraception, was correctly decided.

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Woman Who Called Police On Black Bird-Watcher Allegedly Made A Second 911 Call

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 15:01

The woman was captured on cellphone video calling police on a Black bird-watcher in Central Park this summer. She allegedly went a step further in the second call, saying he "tried to assault her."

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Normally Invisible, National Security Figures Assume Prominent Election Role

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 14:36

National security leaders are playing a far more prominent role than in previous elections. Current officials are trying to reassure voters. Many former leaders are criticizing the president.

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His Private Border Wall Enraged Neighbors. Then He Landed $2B To Build Walls For Trump

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 14:00

The privately built border wall in Texas teeters on the banks of the Rio Grande with serious erosion problems. The contractor was awarded more than $2 billion in official wall contracts.

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Gun-Waving St. Louis Couple Plead Not Guilty To 2 Felony Charges

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 13:49

A grand jury indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey last week on weapon and evidence charges. The case stems from a confrontation between the McCloskeys and protesters for racial justice on June 28.

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