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The Water Crisis In Chennai: Who's To Blame, How Do You Fix It?

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:09

Reservoirs are dry in India's sixth biggest city. Municipal taps work only a few hours a day. Trains are delivering emergency water supplies.

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'Super Mario Maker 2' Is A Loving Ode To Fan Communities

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:00

In 'Super Mario Maker 2,' Nintendo loosens its grip on a beloved property and embraces its hardcore fans.

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Our Taste For Turtle Soup Nearly Wiped Out Terrapins. Then Prohibition Saved Them

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:00

By the turn of the 20th century, America's love affair with Diamondback Terrapin soup — a subsistence food turned gourmet fare — had left the turtle's population teetering. Booze ban to the rescue.

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For The 'Nickel Boys,' Life Isn't Worth 5 Cents

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:00

Colson Whitehead's harrowing new novel is based on a true story about a brutally abusive reform school in Florida where the grounds were pocked with the unmarked graves of the boys who died there.

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Pumpsie Green, 1st Black Player On The Boston Red Sox, Dies At 85

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:47

The Boston Red Sox were the last Major League Baseball team to integrate, some 12 years after Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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In Rome, Uncollected Trash Festers In Scorching Heat

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 05:20

Doctors have warned of health risks from tons of garbage rotting in the Italian capital's streets during the summer's hot spells.

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Homeland Security Chief To Face Off With Democrats On Border Crisis

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 05:00

Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan will appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee amid a heated debate between the GOP and Democrats about the administration's immigration policies.

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Trump Administration Turns To South America For Help With Anti-Iran Coalition

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 05:00

As the U.S. has struggled to build support among its traditional allies in Europe to combat what it calls Iran's aggression, it has been forced to look elsewhere for support, such as Latin America.

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Puerto Rican Police Fire Tear Gas At Huge Protests Over Governor's Texts

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 01:30

Some of Puerto Rico's biggest stars attended, and tensions ratcheted up later when protesters burst through a barricade at the governor's mansion and security forces fired tear gas at the crowd.

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Democrats Issue Warnings Against Viral Russia-Based Face-Morphing App

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:44

FaceApp's surge in popularity has driven Sen. Chuck Schumer to call for a federal investigation into the St. Petersburg-developed app over potential "national security and privacy risks" to Americans.

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Court To Decide If Jeffrey Epstein Will Remain Behind Bars Ahead of Sex Crimes Trial

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:15

The financier's lawyers want him on house arrest at his mansion. Prosecutors say he should stay in a Manhattan jail. Epstein faces sex trafficking charges and 45 years in prison if convicted.

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Trump Attacks Congresswomen At N.C. Rally, As Crowd Chants 'Send Her Back'

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 21:14

President Trump piled on four freshmen congresswomen of color after tweeting this weekend that they should "go back" to the countries they came from, even though three were born in the U.S.

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Civilians And Military Leaders Sign Power-Sharing Deal In Sudan

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 19:52

There is considerable disagreement over terms of the deal, which will be detailed in a second agreement yet to be signed.

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New York Landlords Call Rent Control Laws An 'Illegal Taking' In New Federal Lawsuit

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 19:28

Last month, housing advocates in New York celebrated sweeping new laws that established rent control permanently. Now, landlords say rent limits are unconstitutional.

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If We All Ate Enough Fruits And Vegetables, There'd Be Big Shortages

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 18:30

There's already not enough produce for everyone in the world to get the daily recommended amount. Two new studies urge revamping the food system to feed the growing population and protect the planet.

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House Holds Attorney General And Commerce Secretary In Contempt Over Census Probe

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 18:30

Democrats have demanded documents related to the origins of Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The effort to add the question was ultimately halted.

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Facing Pressure In Campaign, Sanders Defends His Signature Health Care Plan

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 18:05

Rivals embracing or attacking "Medicare for All" prompted Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to lay out his vision for eliminating private health insurance on Wednesday.

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Fired Over Too Much Tupac? A Rap-Loving Bureaucrat From Iowa Says He Hopes Not

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 18:04

The former head of Iowa's Department of Human Services says that, ideally, his dismissal will lead to "having open discussions about race and what we have in common, instead of what separates us."

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Planned Parenthood Officials Say They've Halted Use Of Title X Family Planning Funds

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 18:03

The move follows an announcement this week by the Trump administration that it will enforce new rules forbidding groups that receive the funds from counseling patients about abortion.

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LGBTQ Americans Could Be At Higher Risk For Dementia, Study Finds

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:58

Research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Convention found that LGBTQ Americans are three times more likely to experience cognitive decline than their non-LGBTQ counterparts.

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