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City Council Votes To Close New York's Notorious Rikers Island Jail Complex

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 20:32

The city expects to reduce its jail population by more than half by 2026 and plans to relocate prisoners in four smaller jails spread across the city.

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Juul Suspends Sales of Flavored Vapes And Signs Settlement To Stop Marketing To Youth

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 18:34

Flavored e-cigarettes have hooked millions of teens to nicotine. Now, Juul says it will suspend sales of many flavors. Some call the move too little, too late.

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Even With A New Agreement, Brexit Is Not A Done Deal. Here's Why

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 18:22

It looks like a big breakthrough in Britain's long process to leave the European Union, but the saga doesn't end here.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry To Resign

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 18:18

As the country's 14th secretary of energy, Perry leads an agency he once vowed to eliminate. He has emerged as a central figure in the impeachment inquiry of Trump.

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Senators Press CFPB To Dig Into Problems With Public Service Student Loan Program

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:50

The senators urged the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to do more to examine problems with a troubled loan forgiveness program, citing an investigative story by NPR this week.

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DNA Tests For Psychiatric Drugs Are Controversial But Some Insurers Are Covering Them

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:25

Finding the right medication to treat mental health problems can be a frustrating trial-and-error process. New genetic tests aim to match meds to patients more effectively, but do they really work?

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Video: Climate Activist Yanked From Top Of London Train Amid Melee

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 15:29

The actions snarled Londoners' morning rush hour, sparking frustration among people who rely on the train. Police have made at least 1,711 arrests in the climate activists' 12 days of protests.

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Pence Says Turkey Has Agreed To Suspend Its Incursion Into Syria

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 13:56

Pence led a delegation to try to convince the Turkish president to stop the military incursion into Syria and enact a ceasefire. The goals were considered highly unlikely ahead of Thursday's meeting.

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New England Nor'easter Storm Shuts Power Off For Hundreds Of Thousands

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 13:13

A powerful and intense coastal storm has pummeled several states with heavy rain and strong winds, downing power lines and trees in Maine, Massachusetts and other states.

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Most U.S. Dairy Cows Are Descended From Just 2 Bulls. That's Not Good

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:52

The drive to make more milk has had an unsavory side effect: Cows have become more genetically similar and less fertile. Scientists are trying to recover valuable genetic variation that was lost.

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G-7 Summit To Be Held At Trump's Miami Golf Resort

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:42

The decision is sure to renew debate about President Trump's unprecedented decision to maintain ownership of the Trump Organization after taking the oath of office.

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Childhood Obesity Is Rising "Shockingly Fast" — Even In Poor Countries

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:38

A comprehensive new report from UNICEF calls attention to the surge in obesity in developing countries — even as they're dealing with children who are undernourished.

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'Get Over It': Politics Is Part Of Foreign Policy, Mulvaney Says

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:22

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney spoke to reporters in a rare press briefing on Thursday, defending the administration's strategy with Ukraine.

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Reporters' Notebook: The Moment Everything Changed In Syria

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:57

Here is what it was like in the northern part of the country as the Syrian military started advancing to retake territory after the U.S. made way for Turkey's incursion against the Kurdish forces.

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Trump Gave Giuliani The Ukraine Portfolio And Boxed Out Diplomats, Sondland Says

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:49

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, appeared before the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. His opening statement was released Thursday.

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READ: Gordon Sondland's Opening Statement To Congress

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 09:41

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, emerging as a key figure in the House's impeachment inquiry, is speaking with committees behind closed doors on Thursday.

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Britain's Johnson Hails New Brexit Deal With EU As Deadline Looms

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 06:34

The prime minister said Thursday that he'd forged a new agreement that would allow the European Union to keep collecting VAT tax from Northern Ireland and allow special treatment for some Irish goods.

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Prominent Hong Kong Protest Leader Beaten By Unknown Assailants

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 06:12

Jimmy Sham, who has taken an active part in organizing anti-government protests, was left bloodied and dazed after being attacked by a group of men wielding hammers.

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Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies At 68

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 05:27

The Baltimore congressman, who was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, had taken a lead role in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

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Some People Get 'Brain Tingles' From These Slime Videos. What's Behind The Feeling?

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 05:00

The science is nascent and a little squishy, but researchers are trying to better understand ASMR — a feeling triggered in the brains of some people by certain soft sounds and gentle gestures.

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