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Patient With 'Tree Man' Syndrome Says He 'Can Finally Live A Normal Life'

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:16

The man, who lives in Gaza, has undergone a pioneering treatment by Israeli surgeons for a severe case of this rare condition.

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'Hawking' Profiles The Ever-Fascinating Scientist — Minus The Nefarious Equations

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:32

There's little to surprise in this story, especially if you know a bit about the subject's life and his ideas. But author Jim Ottaviani finds a nice balance between the personal and the theoretical.

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Wealthy Financier Jeffrey Epstein Charged With Sex Trafficking Of Minors

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 10:29

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York announced two counts against Epstein. He is charged with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking.

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Greek Voters Welcome Centrist Government, Reject Leftists Amid Long Financial Crisis

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 08:19

Four years after Greece nearly left the European Union, voters turn right to a more conservative leader in the latest elections. As their economy continues to flag, Greeks turn to the center-right.

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A Bitter End For Regular Joe? Scientists Engineer A Smooth Beanless Coffee

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 07:00

After breaking down and analyzing more than 1,000 compounds, the creators of Atomo have made a no-bean brew that is almost exactly like coffee — including the caffeine — but without the bitterness.

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White House Touts Help For Poor Areas — But Questions Endure Over Who'll Benefit

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 05:02

Opportunity zones were created with the 2017 tax cut to bolster low-income communities. But depending on how the funds are spent, investors who get tax incentives could see the biggest gains.

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Fear And Loathing At The Supreme Court — What Is Chief Justice John Roberts Up To?

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 05:00

The Supreme Court's nominal leader can make a huge difference — and did this term. But where is he headed and why?

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The Promises And Pitfalls Of Gene Sequencing For Newborns

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 05:00

Traditional blood tests still do a better job flagging common inherited diseases. Gene sequencing can be useful for detecting some conditions, but the results can be difficult to interpret.

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When Everybody Wants A Piece Of 'God's Country'

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 05:00

The Trump administration plans to open up parts of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to more mining and grazing. It's become a flash point in the grab for public lands.

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Robots, Not Humans, Are The New Space Explorers

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 05:00

Landing a man on the moon captures the public's imagination. But in the decades after the Apollo program, robots have also generated public excitement about space exploration.

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Organizers Of Pamplona Bull Run Step Up Efforts To Address Sexual Assault Concerns

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 03:17

It's the latest move by festival planners in responding to a scandal that engulfed the festival after an 18-year-old woman was sexually attacked by a gang of five men at the festival in 2016.

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Justice Department Changes Legal Team Behind Census Citizenship Question Case

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 23:21

The Justice Department did not provide an explanation for why it's switching out lawyers representing the Trump administration in the ongoing legal battle over a potential census citizenship question.

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UNESCO Adds 8 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings To Its List Of World Heritage Sites

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 18:35

The Guggenheim Museum in New York and Fallingwater in Pennsylvania now belong to a list that includes Machu Picchu and the pyramids of Egypt.

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Superintendent Calls For 'Thoughtful' Discussion Over Proposal To Demolish Columbine

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 17:04

Jason Glass of Jeffco Public Schools wants the community to consider tearing down the site of the 1999 shooting, saying it's become a magnet for disturbed individuals obsessed with school shootings.

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Iran's Uranium Enrichment Breaks Nuclear Deal Limit. Here's What That Means

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 16:51

The move signals that Iran is losing patience with the 2015 agreement after the U.S. blocked the economic relief promised.

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Microsoft Closes The Book On Its E-Library, Erasing All User Content

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 14:35

The move comes as a result of Digital Rights Management, an approach that allows companies to prevent piracy. Every purchased book will be disappear this month.

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Starbucks Apologizes To Police Officers Who Were Asked To Leave An Arizona Store

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 14:08

Police in the city of Tempe say a barista asked them to leave or move away from a customer who "did not feel safe" with officers nearby.

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Four-Peat: U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins World Cup Title

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 12:54

They defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to win a record fourth Women's World Cup title. Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle both scored, helping the team to a perfect tournament.

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Top British Diplomat Assails Trump's 'Inept' Presidency In Leaked Memos

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 09:41

U.K.'s ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch, paints Trump as an incompetent leader of a "diplomatically clumsy" administration, in memos sent to U.K.'s Foreign Office and leaked to the Daily Mail.

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As NASA Aims For The Moon, An Aging Space Station Faces An Uncertain Future

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 08:09

The International Space Station is getting older, and NASA is hoping that commercial businesses will take over so that the space agency can focus its efforts on a return to the moon.

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