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Scramble For Shingles Vaccine: How To Cope With Shingrix Shortage

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:53

This holiday season the must-have item for people of a certain age is a vaccine to protect against shingles, the painful skin condition caused by a reawakening of the chickenpox virus.

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U.S. Marines Declare 5 Service Members Dead, Ending Search After 'Aviation Mishap'

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:14

The decision Tuesday follows five days of search and rescue efforts off the coast of Japan, following an accident last week that involved seven crew members. Only one Marine ultimately survived.

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'Time' Person Of The Year For 2018: Journalists Under Attack In 'War On Truth'

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:13

Time calls them "guardians" in a struggle against lies and misinformation that has pit news agencies against political groups and governments.

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Google CEO Says He Leads 'Without Political Bias' In Congressional Testimony

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:06

Sundar Pichai, in his public debut in Congress, is expected to address privacy, allegations of anti-conservative bias, a censored search tool for China and a scuttled Pentagon contract.

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Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:31

While much of the farm bill draft mirrors current law, there is a major change coming for farmers: industrial hemp will be legalized. Forestry and food stamps became sticking points.

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With 52.5 Million Users' Data Exposed On Google+, Google Quickens Shutdown

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:29

Users' name, date of birth, email address, work history and other information were exposed for nearly a week in November, Google says.

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For December, 3 Romantic Holiday Escapes

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:00

Get away from holiday stress and crummy weather with our romance picks for December. We've got great contemporary stories and a charming inversion of that classic Regency trope, the forced engagement.

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News Brief: Trump Meets Democratic Leaders, Brexit Deal, U.N. Climate Talks

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:05

As a partial government shutdown looms, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi meet the president to discuss border wall funding. Britain seeks changes to Brexit. U.N. climate talks continue in Poland.

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Often Quiet On Wars, Congress Challenges White House Over Yemen

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:04

Something rare is stirring in Congress. There's growing sentiment to force the president to end U.S. involvement in a war, in this case Yemen, where the U.S. military has been aiding Saudi Arabia.

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Trump To Meet With 'Chuck And Nancy.' Expectations Are Low

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:01

With a partial government shutdown on the horizon, President Trump and Democratic leaders are set to discuss border funding and other issues at the White House.

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Poll: Americans Want Trump To Compromise On Border Wall Amid Possible Shutdown

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:00

Fifty-seven percent don't think demanding funding for the wall is worth the gridlock, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll finds. Many do not consider the wall a top priority for the next Congress, either.

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Macron Promises Minimum Wage Hike And Tax Cuts To End 'Yellow Vest' Protests

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:03

In a speech on Monday, France's president declared "a state of social and economic emergency," offering some concessions to his critics. Among them, tax relief for the middle class and pensioners.

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Maria Butina, Accused Of Being Russian Agent, Reaches Plea Deal With Feds

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:42

The Russian woman apparently was part of an effort to build clandestine ties between Moscow and important parts of the conservative establishment.

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Lawsuits Say Australia Subjects Asylum Seekers To Torture And Crimes Against Humanity

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:21

The class actions represent more than 1,000 migrants detained by the government on islands belonging to other countries, under contract with Australia.

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Voyager 2 Bids Adieu To The Heliosphere, Entering Interstellar Space

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:05

The milestone makes the 41-year-old NASA probe just the second human-made object, after Voyager 1, to reach such distant regions. Now, Voyager 2 is over 11 billion miles from the sun — and counting.

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How Congress Handles Sexual Harassment Claims Needs Fixing, But No Deal Yet On Bill

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:28

Leaders have vowed to pass a bill changing how Congress handles claims, but the House and Senate versions have big differences. Taxpayers are still paying for any settlements involving lawmakers.

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Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:26

To protect a developing fetus from experimental drugs or treatments that might cause birth defects, pregnant women aren't included in many clinical trials. But that limits the safety evidence, too.

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Winter Storm Wallops Parts Of Southeastern U.S.

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:13

The National Weather Service warned of continued hazards as wintry conditions linger, particularly in Virginia and the Carolinas.

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Roger The Buff Kangaroo, Beloved Online, Dies At Age 12

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:55

Roger, who lived at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia, was an orphan who grew up to be an impressively ripped alpha male. Photos of his physique were popular online.

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Break Rules, Clean Up Gutters: The To-Do List Of A Rookie Mayor In Sierra Leone

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:38

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the first female mayor in Freetown in years, is trying to clean up the perpetual mess caused by rain and garbage — a first step in her plan to revive the beleaguered city.

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