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Arizona Official Arrested In MultiMillion-Dollar 'Baby Mill' Adoption Fraud Scheme

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:56

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Peterson has been arrested for transporting dozens of women from the Marshall Islands to give birth for adoptions. Authorities accuse him of human smuggling.

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Sweeping Study Raises Questions About Who Benefits From Buyouts Of Flood-Prone Homes

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:02

Scientists have released the most detailed look yet at where and how the U.S. government helps residents retreat from flood-prone areas. Climate change is making such questions more urgent.

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How A Political Hit Job Backfired, And Led To Trump's Impeachment Peril

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:58

Bloomberg Businessweek columnist Joshua Green says Trump fell for a media campaign on Ukraine designed to help him: "The irony is that the target was supposed to be the Bidens, not the president."

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She Survived The ICU. Now, She Has A Message: Quit Vaping!

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:52

On her way to start her freshman year of college, Piper Johnson landed in the emergency room because of vaping. She wants other young people to know how bad it can be.

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Who Sets The Rules? When Is It Real? And Other Big Questions On Impeachment

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:52

President Trump's attorney wrote that the House impeachment inquiry is "invalid" and charges that it violates the Constitution. The speaker and Constitutional scholars see it differently.

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Matt Lauer Accused Of Rape In New Book; Former NBC Star Denies 'False Stories'

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:51

New details about Lauer's alleged behavior are in Ronan Farrow's forthcoming book. Until now, the accuser's identity and her specific allegation of rape had not been publicly known.

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School Districts Sue Juul, Saying Student Vaping Drains Resources

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:44

The lawsuits say schools have had to hire more staff, install special sensors and provide programs to help students cope with nicotine addiction.

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At This Camp, Children Of Opioid Addicts Learn To Cope And Laugh

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:00

Camp Mariposa in Dayton, Ohio, is designed just for them. The program lets these children share their experiences, learn coping strategies and, most importantly, get to be kids.

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2 People Killed In Shooting In Eastern Germany; Synagogues Under Increased Security

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:47

Police have arrested one suspect. Witnesses described a man shooting and throwing Molotov cocktails at at the doors of synagogue.

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Who In The House Is Calling For Impeachment?

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:27

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry after months of expressing caution. Here are all the members who have come out on the record in support of the move.

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Utility Giant PG&E Voluntarily Shuts Off Power, Could Impact 800,000 Californians

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:26

California is in the peak of its wildfire season. With strong winds forecast to hit 70 mph on Wednesday, the utility says it wants to reduce the chance that its wires could spark a fire.

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Turkish Forces Launch Military Attack Against Kurds At Syrian Border

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 09:35

The incursion comes after the White House announced that U.S. forces would stand aside as Turkey launched the military operation in Northern Syria.

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Analysis: The Long Arm Of China And Free Speech

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 07:33

Doing business in China comes with major strings attached. This week, with the response to an NBA manager's tweet, it became evident that a few provocative words can cause those strings to tighten.

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Wisconsin Woman And Her Sons Charged With Running Illegal Vaping Operation

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 07:19

Police say the trio ran one of the country's largest illegal manufacturing vaping businesses. Officials continue to investigate what's behind the deaths and illnesses linked to vaping.

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With Abortion Rights On The Line, Planned Parenthood Announces 2020 Push

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 06:36

The abortion-rights group says the goal of the $45 million campaign is to unseat President Trump as well as elect candidates at all levels who support abortion rights.

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3 Share Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Development Of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:52

An American, British and Japanese scientist have jointly received the award, according to an announcement from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

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Trump Says He's Concerned About Corruption, But Advocates Say His Record Is Weak

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:43

"To claim that this is springing from some heartfelt concern about international corruption just doesn't doesn't hold water," said Alexandra Wrage, who leads an anti-bribery business association.

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GM Suppliers Hurting From Autoworkers Strike, Too

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:03

The UAW strike against GM is in its fourth week, and businesses that supply the automaker are losing millions each day. In Lansing, Mich., more than 11,000 people who supply parts are out of work.

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In Montana, A Liberian Refugee Mounts U.S. Senate Challenge

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:03

Montana is largely white and leans conservative. When Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins, a refugee from Liberia, entered the U.S. Senate race.

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A Park In Kabul Gives Afghans Respite From The City, If Not From Worries Over Taliban

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:01

The Babur Garden is a place of respite in an often chaotic city. "Do you think the Taliban will ever accept this?" asks one man, pointing to himself and his fiancée, strolling among blooming roses.

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