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Trump Travels To Louisville To Gather Support For GOP Health Care Plan

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump was in Kentucky on Monday — the same day FBI director Comey testified before a congressional panel investigating allegations of Russia's meddling into the presidential election.

'Ghosts' In The Arctic: How The Long-Lost Franklin Expedition Was Found

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:48am

In the 1840s, two British crews vanished while seeking a passage through the ice at the top of the world. Paul Watson became "obsessed with the mystery" and tells the story in his new book Ice Ghosts.

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Fear Of Deportation Spurs 4 Women To Drop Domestic Abuse Cases In Denver

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:43am

Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson says the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in courtrooms is deterring undocumented crime witnesses, including abuse victims, from testifying.

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U.S. To Ban Larger Personal Electronics From Cabins Of Some Flights From Mideast

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 9:51pm

Passengers will have to put devices larger than a cellphone in checked luggage, according to unnamed U.S. officials who spoke with wire services. The rule will apply to flights from eight countries.

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Could Meals On Wheels Really Lose Funding? Yes, But It's Hard To Say How Much

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:11pm

Meals on Wheels America has seen a surge in donations from worried supporters since President Trump's budget proposal was released. The role of federal funds differs in various local programs.

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The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:00pm

When you really need something — whether it's money, food, or even time — it can be hard to focus on anything else. Researchers call this scarcity, and say it can affect many aspects of our lives.

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Along Syria-Jordan Border, Refugees Struggle At A Camp Aid Workers Can't Visit

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:29pm

In the Syrian desert near Jordan's border, some 60,000 refugees live in dire conditions. A trip with the Jordanian military provided a glimpse of the Rukban camp. Few outsiders have seen it.

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Freak Accident At A Waterfall In Ghana Kills At Least 17

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:07pm

A tree crashed onto a group of people enjoying a swim at the base of a large waterfall in Ghana, and local authorities tell wire services that at least 17 people were killed.

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Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:05pm

Jesus' tomb has been freshened up in time for Easter. "This monument today is free," said Antonia Moropolou, who led the Greek team that handled the renovations.

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The FBI Is On The Case — And Other Takeaways From The House Intel Hearing

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:55pm

James Comey confirmed on Monday that the FBI is investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, and said there's no evidence Obama was wiretapping Trump.

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Democrats Criticize Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch As Pro-Business

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:11pm

The case of the frozen trucker looms large in Democrats' objection to President Trump's nominee. Senate judiciary members argued that Neil Gorsuch would skew the court in favor of corporations.

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Global Ranking Of Happiness Has Happy News For Norway And Nicaragua

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:11pm

All the Nordic countries are in the top tier. Some developing countries are making gains. Meanwhile, what about the U.S.?

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Robert Silvers, Longtime Editor Of 'The New York Review Of Books,' Dies At 87

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:10pm

Silvers co-founded the journal with Barbara Epstein in 1963. It quickly became a leading forum where authors and critics grappled with cultural issues — and with each other.

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4 Unanswered Questions About The FBI's Russia Investigation

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:03pm

Republicans and Democrats staged what seemed like separate, parallel hearings on Monday into Russia's mischief in the 2016 presidential campaign — and left many questions unanswered.

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DHS Publishes List of Jurisdictions That Rejected Immigrant Detainer Requests

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:01pm

The Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on sanctuary jurisdictions by publicizing the first weekly list of cities and counties that have ignored federal requests for cooperation.

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Tom Brady's Stolen Jersey Found With 'Member Of The International Media'

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:55pm

With the same person in Mexico, authorities also recovered another of the New England Patriots quarterback's Super Bowl jerseys, from his team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

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The Earth Is Flat? Check Wikipedia

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:55pm

Wikipedia has discovered an educational mission in an age of rampant truthiness. And it's enlisting college students to help.

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Chuck Berry Immortalized On Voyager Mission In Space

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:31pm

In 1977, a recording of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was included on a golden disc sent to space with the Voyager mission. The mission continues today.

In 'Confirmed Kills,' Iliza Shlesinger Cloaks Social Commentary In Comic Rants

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:31pm

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's standup is physical. She contorts and snorts and stalks the stage as she becomes the characters in jokes that explore what it's like to be a woman in today's society.

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Trump's White House Counsel Don McGahn Has Combative Record

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:31pm

White House Counsel Don McGahn has historical ties to President Trump and a combative record at the Federal Election Commission. His job is to interpret ethics laws and apply them to the White House.




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