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How Oman Has Become A Key Diplomatic Player In The Middle East

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 17:36

Oman has emerged as a quiet facilitator of dialogue, including between Iran and the U.S. "We always keep a focus not on the negative, but on the positive," says Oman's incoming U.N. ambassador.

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France Plans To Put An 'Ecotax' On Nearly All Air Travel

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 17:27

The new tax could bring in some $200 million that would be used to support modes of travel that pollute less — such as trains.

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U.S. Appeals Court Rules Trump Violated First Amendment By Blocking Twitter Followers

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 15:38

The judges upheld a lower court decision that found Trump used the platform for official purposes, which precludes him from banning users because they disagree with his views.

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Trump Defends Labor Secretary Acosta Over Epstein Plea Deal

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 14:16

President Trump said Alexander Acosta has done a good job leading the Labor Department, but will look into his involvement in a decade-old plea agreement with the financier accused of sex trafficking.

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Toxic Algae Bloom Closes 25 Beaches On Mississippi's Coast, Fed By Fresh Floodwaters

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:43

The blue-green algae "can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting," the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says.

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Virgin Galactic Plans To Become First Publicly Traded Spaceflight Company

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:43

Billionaire Richard Branson is partnering with a group of investors to take his space tourism company public. The stock market debut is expected later this year.

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The Last VW Beetle Rolls Off The Assembly Line In Mexico This Week

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:34

An emblem of the hippie era in America, the car was marketed in the U.S. as adorably uncool. Volkswagen sold the bug with cheeky slogans like "It's ugly, but it gets you there."

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Rulings On Gerrymandering And The Census Could Define The Political Future

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:25

Mother Jones journalist Ari Berman says recent Supreme Court decisions on redistricting and the 2020 census citizenship question will help determine which party is in power in the next decade.

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Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:41

Plastic waste litters cities, oceans and even the air. Largely overlooked is how making plastic affects the environment. Plastic is a big contributor to global warming. So are its alternatives.

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'The Vagabonds' Details The Publicity-Encouraged Road Trips Of Edison And Ford

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:14

Jeff Guinn weaves in a portrait of America's burgeoning love affair with the automobile. But his book rests heavy on the men's positive attributes, while shying away from their "unfortunate flaws."

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Smithsonian Museum Considers Collecting Drawings Made By Detained Migrant Children

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:53

The National Museum of American History said it has a long commitment to documenting "history as it unfolds." It reached out to pediatricians who shared images made by children after their release.

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In 'For The Good Of The Game,' Bud Selig Tells Of The MLB Steroid Era

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:19

The baseball commissioner's charming, informative memoir is about the best you can hope to read from a powerful professional sports insider — even if Selig is too defensive on steroids.

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Ross Perot, Billionaire Businessman And Former Presidential Candidate, Dies At 89

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:56

"In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action," his family said in a statement. Perot, who had battled leukemia, died Tuesday at his home in Dallas.

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These Are The People Struggling The Most To Pay Back Student Loans

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:51

Some borrowers default on their student loans at much higher rates than others — and they're not the borrowers with the highest debt.

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Merck Wants To 'Empower' Infertile Women In Africa. Can Music Videos Help?

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:32

The songs tell women they are "more than a mother" — then promote the pharmaceutical company's fertility treatment programs. But the music videos raise some concerns.

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Cities and Immigrants Drove Census Controversy — 100 Years Ago

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:21

A century ago, debate over immigration and urban-rural power stalled congressional action on the results of the census. The tensions that mattered then still persist a century later.

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Billionaire Tom Steyer Changes His Mind And Is Now Running For President

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:26

The billionaire hedge fund manager, who has focused on impeaching the president, launched his presidential bid — with no mention of impeachment.

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How Best To Snag And Destroy Bedbugs?

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 07:40

Vigilance and heat are currently your best weapons against bedbugs, exterminators say. But scientists are working on a way to give the bugs the hook with a strategy inspired by a Balkan folk remedy.

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Hong Kong's Carrie Lam Says Extradition Bill Is 'Dead,' But Protesters Press On

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 07:09

The backlash to the bill has prompted the most serious challenge to the Beijing-controlled government of Hong Kong since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.

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All Ears: Vibrations Across Time And Space

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 07:00

Club music is often grounded in bass and rhythm, but electronic and dance songs that feature wind instruments explore innovation as well as connections with histories of jazz and indigenous music.

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