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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Endures Another Grilling on Capitol Hill

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Appearing before lawmakers, the Facebook CEO is questioned sharply about Libra and discrimination. He's also compared favorably with President Trump. 
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'It's Time To Get Something Back:' Union Workers' Voices Are Getting Louder

Unions and their supporters around the country are assessing whether the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors is a sign of renewed labor power.

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Why Did Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner Tip Over?

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A physicist explains how a touchdown celebration went awry and offers some advice for future designers of covered wagons.
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Why Republicans Storming a SCIF Puts National Security at Risk

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House Republicans barged into a secure facility uninvited Wednesday, creating a host of problems in the process.
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Google Claims To Achieve Quantum Supremacy — IBM Pushes Back

Google employees say they have built a computer capable of solving problems that current technology practically cannot.

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'Baby Shark,' Drinks And Dancing: Lebanon's Protests Are Unlike Any Other

Protesters are demanding better public services, economic reform and a new government. Many demonstrators do so while holding a Lebanese flag in one hand and a beer in the other.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Faces Protests After Activist's Late-Night Standoff

Less than two weeks after drawing international praise, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is struggling with unrest at home as his tenuous ally, Jawar Mohammed, alleges a plot against him.

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Why Zuckerberg’s Embrace of Mayor Pete Should Worry You

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Some in Silicon Valley see the technocratic wonder boy from South Bend as a safe alternative to the big-tech crackdown promised by Elizabeth Warren.
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NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

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The longest a spacecraft has survived on Earth's "evil twin" is just 127 minutes. Now NASA is building one to last 60 days.
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Republicans Disrupt House Impeachment Inquiry, Delaying Testimony From Pentagon Aide

GOP lawmakers broke House rules by entering a secure area where a closed-door interview was scheduled to be held. Committee rules allow only those serving on those panels conducting inquiry to attend.

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After Slamming Trump, Biden Apologizes For Referring To 'Partisan Lynching' In 1998

"This wasn't the right word to use and I'm sorry about that," Joe Biden tweeted, after a video resurfaced of him using the term to describe the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

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Giuliani Associates Plead Not Guilty To Charges Of Making Illegal Campaign Donations

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested at Dulles airport, holding one-way tickets out of the country. Their case begins amid the inquiry into President Trump's alleged political pressure on Ukraine.

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New National Marine Sanctuary For Shipwrecked Vessels Is A 'Time Capsule'

Thirty miles from Washington, D.C., lies one of the largest collections of shipwrecks in the world. Now, these WWI-era vessels are attracting tourists and federal investment.

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Trump Calls Syria Cease-Fire 'Permanent,' Lifts Sanctions on Turkey

President Trump defended his decision to pull some U.S. troops from Syria, arguing that it is time for the U.S. to end its involvement in Middle East conflicts.

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The Acid Sludge Streaming Out of Germany's Coal Mines

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Even as it works to develop greener energy sources, the country is still dependent on highly pollutive lignite mining.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Review: Not Much New, But Still a Lot to Love

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As updates go, this one is minor. But the Surface Pro is still a major player in portable productivity.
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Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

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Opinion: Such dire warnings ignore the force of capitalism and technological progress, what Abraham Lincoln called "the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.
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A Forest Expert Team In Spain Fights Fire With Fire — Literally

This year, the European Union has had almost triple the average number of wildfires. NPR follows a special unit into the woods in Spain to see how they let them burn for prevention.

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As Pedestrian Deaths Spike, Feds Take on Fanciful Crosswalks

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The federal government wants an Iowa city to revert a crosswalk celebrating the LGBTQ community to the standard zebra design. It’s a growing pattern.
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