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Markey calls Biden's decision to back the Willow Project 'an environmental injustice'

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 16:28

The Biden administration approved a major oil extraction project in Alaska, a decision that has divided Democrats. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sen. Ed Markey, who opposes the project.

First Republic Bank becomes the latest bank to be rescued, this time by its rivals

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 15:43

The lenders including J.P.Morgan and Wells Fargo would deposit $30 billion into the beleaguered midsized lender as part of the rescue.

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Lawmakers are split on how to respond to the recent bank failures

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 15:24

Days after the failure of two regional banks shook the financial industry, lawmakers say they want answers but disagree on what role Congress should play right now.

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7 Virginia deputies face murder charges in a Black man's death at a mental hospital

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 13:47

Irvo Otieno was transferred from jail to a state mental health facility on March 6. Prosecutors say he was handcuffed during the intake process and "smothered" by seven deputies for some 12 minutes.

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Drag queen (and ordained minister) Bella DuBalle won't be silenced by new Tenn. law

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 12:51

DuBalle says the legislators behind a new law criminalizing public drag shows don't understand the art: "They think that every drag performer is doing something hypersexual or obscene."

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Runaway goats in San Francisco were probably ... freaked out

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 12:48

The video of goats dashing through the streets of San Francisco drew thousands of views on Twitter and was the subject of much joking. We asked a goat specialist to weigh in.

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Congress steps closer to formally repealing the resolutions authorizing the Iraq wars

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 12:25

If the Senate approves a procedural vote Thursday to repeal authorization of the use of force in Iraq, a final vote in the chamber could come near the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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North Dakota Supreme Court ruling keeps the state's abortion ban on hold for now

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 12:24

The state's high court ruled Thursday that a North Dakota abortion ban will remain blocked while a lawsuit over its constitutionality proceeds.

The U.K. is the latest to ban TikTok on government phones because of security concerns

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 11:57

British authorities said they are banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok from government mobile phones following similar moves by the U.S. and European Union.

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Poland will send fighter jets to Ukraine, the first NATO country to do so

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 11:23

Ukraine has long sought fighter jets, though these are old Soviet-made MiG-29s and not the more advanced Western warplanes that Kyiv covets.

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Mets' Edwin Díaz hurts his knee during a World Baseball Classic celebration

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 11:02

New York Mets star closer Edwin Díaz injured his right knee celebrating a win that advanced Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and eliminated the Dominican Republic.

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A train carrying corn syrup derails in Arizona

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 10:17

About eight train cars went off the tracks Wednesday evening in Mohave County, Ariz., near the California border. The incident follows a recent string of high-profile train derailments.

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French lawmakers vote on Macron's controversial plan to raise the retirement age

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 09:34

The bill would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 and heads toward a climax Thursday, either through a vote or a special presidential action, as protests and strikes roil the country.

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Credit Suisse shares soar after securing a $54 billion lifeline from Switzerland

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 08:01

Shares of the Swiss banking giant rallied significantly Thursday after Switzerland's central bank agreed to lend it $54 billion.

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The U.S. military releases footage of Black Sea drone crash with Russian jet

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 07:44

The 42-second video comes two days after the Pentagon accused a Russian aircraft of colliding with an uncrewed, MQ-9 surveillance drone. The Kremlin has denied it intentionally downed the vehicle.

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The U.S. is sending an ambassador to India after leaving the job vacant for 26 months

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 07:42

It was the longest diplomatic gap in the history of U.S.- Indian relations, at a time when the two countries say they're closer than ever before

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'Heart Sutra' is a satire that skewers religious institutions without mocking faith

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 07:21

Chinese novelist Yan Lianke treats the deities of China's major religions as quiet, omnipresent participants in the novel's events, which range from slapstick comedy to shocking violence.

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The truth is there's little the government can do about lies on cable

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 05:01

Tucker Carlson trying to rewrite history on the Jan. 6 riots is exposing the government's limited ability to regulate distortions on cable news.

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Sickle cell patient's success with gene editing raises hopes and questions

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 05:01

A Mississippi woman's life has been transformed by a treatment for sickle cell disease with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. All her symptoms from a disease once thought incurable have disappeared.

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Bobby Caldwell, singer of 'What You Won't Do for Love,' dies at 71

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 01:49

Bobby Caldwell's smooth soul jam "What You Won't Do for Love" went to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became a long-term standard and career-defining hit for Caldwell, who also wrote the song.

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