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Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:39

Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix up buildings that have fallen into disrepair nationwide. The Trump administration is calling for more private investment.

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After A (Partial) Win In Court, Woodstock 50 May Still Go On

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:18

The promoters of a 50th anniversary Woodstock festival can still attempt to put on their event in August, though they face a steep uphill battle for financing and permits.

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It's Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:00

"Landmark" study finds a highly processed diet spurred people to overeat compared with an unprocessed diet, about 500 extra calories a day. That suggests something about processing itself is at play.

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Missouri Senate Passes Bill That Would Ban Abortions After 8 Weeks

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:35

It's the latest in a series of sweeping abortion restrictions passed by Republican-controlled state Legislatures, that appear aimed at pushing abortion challenges to the Supreme Court.

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How To Help A Kid Survive Early Puberty

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:41

Around 15% of girls begin menstruation by age 7. The challenges of puberty can rock anybody, but being the first of your friends to go through it can be especially stressful. Good parenting helps.

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Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds Of Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:00

The Cocos Keeling Islands make up barely 6 square miles in the Indian Ocean. It's a good place to measure plastic waste as almost no one lives there. Scientists were flabbergasted by what they found.

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How Making History Unmade A Family

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:45

Fifteen years ago, Hillary and Julie Goodridge married hours after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage. But less than five years later, they were getting divorced.

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Jeff Koons 'Rabbit' Fetches $91 Million, Auction Record For Work By Living Artist

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:08

Robert Mnuchin, an art dealer and the father of the Treasury Secretary, bought the sculpture for a client. Some art collectors consider the silver bunny to be the holy grail of Koons works.

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Enters 2020 Democratic Presidential Race

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:51

De Blasio is the 23rd Democrat to run, and not the only mayor. He won his current office from the back of a big primary pack, something he is mindful of as even allies have warned against a 2020 bid.

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Court To Rule On Sex Reassignment Surgery For Idaho Inmate

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 05:06

An Idaho inmate sued the state to receive sex reassignment surgery and won. If she prevails in federal appeals court, she'll become the first inmate to receive the surgery through court order.

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Another Rule Trump Could Break: Primary Challengers Doom Incumbent Presidents

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 05:00

The last three sitting presidents to lose reelection — George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford — all faced strong opponents within their parties. But Trump has strengths they did not.

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Trump's New Immigration Plan Doesn't Address Undocumented Immigrants

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 05:00

President Trump will announce the new immigration proposal on Thursday. It would keep legal immigration levels the same but dramatically change who would be let in.

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Why An Indonesian Rehab Center Doesn't Insist On Abstinence

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 05:00

Sam Nugraha of Indonesia says that in his country, a smile can be a mask covering inner turmoil. So how do you get addicts to be honest?

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CFPB Chief Says Education Department Is Blocking Student Loan Oversight

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 05:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Kathy Kraninger says the department is getting in the way of efforts to police the student loan industry. The revelation comes in a letter obtained by NPR.

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Trump Pardons His Friend Conrad Black, Who Wrote Glowing Trump Biography Last Year

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:58

The former media mogul was convicted of fraud in 2007 and served more than 3 years in prison. Black says Trump told him he was reversing an unjust verdict, not rewarding him for his support.

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Trump Takes Aim At Huawei, Paves Way For Ban Of Foreign Telecom Equipment

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 00:59

Amid rising trade tensions, President Trump is moving against Chinese telecom firms that the administration says can exploit vulnerabilities in communications and information technology.

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PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California's Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 22:43

The utility giant had already acknowledged that the fire investigation would likely find its equipment responsible for the Camp Fire in 2018.

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Uber Drivers Are Not Employees, National Relations Board Rules. Drivers Saw It Coming

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 20:25

While the ruling may be disappointing for drivers, driver groups say they are not daunted. They will continue to pursue policies to regulate working conditions at the state and municipal levels.

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FCC Wants Phone Companies To Start Blocking Robocalls By Default

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 19:14

"The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. "And we believe that we need to make it easier for phone companies to block these robocalls."

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Which Countries Are Best At Preventing Low Birth Weight? Which Need To Do More?

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 18:31

For the first time, the World Health Organization has estimated how well the world is doing to prevent low-weight births. The progress too slow, researchers say.

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