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Lonnie Bunch III Takes Helm Of The Smithsonian: 'I Feel The Weight Of History'

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 05:14

The founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will become the Smithsonian Institution's first African American secretary.

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Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 05:02

Grocery stores are full of food with labels that appeal to a consumer's ideals, like organic, cage-free or Fair Trade. But there's often a gap between what they seem to promise and what they deliver.

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Newer Democrats Oppose Plan To Give Lawmakers A Raise

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 05:00

Members of Congress have not had a pay increase in 10 years, and supporters of the raise argue their salaries need to keep up with the cost of living. Opponents say that should not be a priority.

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More Wildfires Bring Focus On How All That Smoke May Harm Firefighters

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 05:00

Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.

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Southern Baptists Vote To Hold Churches More Accountable For Mishandling Abuse Claims

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 03:55

At their annual meeting held in Birmingham, Ala., the Southern Baptist Convention approved changes making it clear that individual churches can be expelled for covering up abuse cases.

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Protests Prevent Hong Kong's Legislature From Debating Controversial Extradition Bill

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 01:28

In a continuation of mass demonstrations that began over the weekend, thousands of mostly student protesters blocked the entrance to the territory's Legislative Council chambers.

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Cleveland Area Rattled By 4.0 Magnitude Earthquake

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:27

Nearly 9,000 Ohio residents reported feeling tremors because of an earthquake centered under Lake Erie. Since 1823, the northeastern Ohio seismic zone has had "moderately frequent earthquakes."

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International Protests Mount As Peru Moves Ahead With New Airport Near Machu Picchu

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:06

The government is banking on more tourism after it replaces the outdated airport in Cusco with a gleaming new facility near the mouth of the Sacred Valley. And that's what conservationists fear.

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'Patients Will Die': One County's Challenge To Trump's 'Conscience Rights' Rule

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:31

California's Santa Clara County argues that if the rule goes into effect in July, the county will suffer irreparable harm in terms of patient care and staffing costs.

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U.S. Women's Soccer Sets 13-0 FIFA Record In First Game, Beating Thailand

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:29

No World Cup team, men or women, had ever scored 13 goals before. Alex Morgan of the U.S. scored five.

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Democrats Introduce Bill Allowing Shooting Victims To Sue Gun Industry

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:22

The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act aims to repeal federal a 2005 law known the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act but faces long odds of becoming law.

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The Queen Honors Two Women Who Seek To End Female Genital Mutilation

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 16:56

They're Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali — both named Officers of the Order of the British Empire at Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours Ceremony.

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Protesters Demand Resignation Of Haitian President Over Corruption Allegations

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 16:55

This scandal involves accusations that Haitian officials stole millions of dollars from a development fund. Port-au-Prince has been flooded with protests, and some have turned violent.

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House Votes To Let Its Leaders Pursue Contempt Lawsuits In Trump Inquiries

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 16:28

The chamber sidestepped what might have been an even uglier showdown with the executive branch but opened the door to years of litigation over Russia, taxes, security clearances and more.

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News Publishers Say Tech Industry Poses 'Potentially Existential' Threat To Media

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:49

A House judiciary subcommittee is hearing from publishers on Tuesday as it looks at ways to curb Big Tech's power.

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To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:45

Scientists often share their latest research on posters displayed at big conferences. Posters are a long-standing tradition, but one reformer says they're mostly terrible and need to change.

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CEOs Becoming More Active On Political Issues, Including Abortion

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:45

Historically, CEOs spoke out on political issues relevant to their bottom lines, but as the fight over abortion escalates, some say their employees and customers expect them to take a stand.

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Uber CEO: Some Of The Increased Scrutiny On Tech Is Deserved

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:39

The push to increase regulations on tech companies may be warranted, said Dara Khosrowshahi, chief of the ride-hailing service. "We are becoming such an important part of everyday life," he said.

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Judge Temporarily Protects Abortion Access At Missouri Clinic

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:28

A state judge's ruling on Monday will allow Missouri's only clinic that performs abortions to remain open for at least 10 more days.

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'Lives Are At Risk': Venezuelan Charities Struggle Under Shortages And Intimidation

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:08

Local aid groups play a growing role amid Venezuela's unprecedented humanitarian crisis marked by widespread malnutrition and deaths from preventable diseases.

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