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The 'Weaponization' Of Social Media — And Its Real-World Consequences

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 13:37

P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking say social media has been manipulated to fuel popular uprisings and affect the course of military and political campaigns. Their new book is LikeWar.

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Nikki Haley Resigns As U.N. Ambassador

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 10:27

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has been a fierce advocate for President Trump's policies at the U.N. It is not immediately clear what has prompted the move.

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'Presidents Of War' Sounds The Alarm About Presidential Power

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 10:00

In his new book, Michael Beschloss focuses on the lead up to war. But a more pressing danger and indictment of presidential power may be the interventions not authorized by Congress.

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Florida Braces For 'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Michael To Hit Panhandle On Wednesday

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 06:23

Hurricane Michael is now a Category 2 storm, with sustained winds topping 100 mph. It's forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades.

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Why Are Black Women Less Likely To Stick With A Breast Cancer Follow-up Treatment?

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 05:08

Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. One reason may be that they face economic and cultural barriers to taking the medications that can prevent recurrence.

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Kavanaugh Debuts On Supreme Court, Pledging To Be A 'Team Player'

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 05:00

A divided Senate voted 50 to 48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the high court. The bitter campaign could leave a mark on his reputation and on public confidence in the institution, legal experts say.

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Chinese Firms Now Hold Stakes In Over A Dozen European Ports

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:57

China's expansion into European ports is part of its new Maritime Silk Road, which aims to better connect the country to global commercial hubs. But this is about more than just moving cargo.

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Trying Not To Break Down — A Homeless Teen Navigates Middle School

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:56

Two and half million children are homeless in America. In Boise, Idaho, 14-year-old Caydden Zimmerman struggles with the anxieties of middle school while living in a homeless shelter.

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In Changing Climate, Endangered Right Whales Find New Feeding Grounds

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:56

North Atlantic right whales used to turn up large numbers off Maine's coast, but now, adapting to climate changes, they are being spotted further north in Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:53

Many farmers in Arkansas are defying efforts by regulators to strictly limit use of dicamba, a popular weedkiller. They continue to damage neighboring crops, although less often than last year.

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The Tale Of The Stolen Totenberg Stradivarius Ends With A New Legacy

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:52

When the FBI recovered virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg's stolen Stradivarius after his death, his daughters wanted the instrument to be played everywhere. Ensuring that was not so simple.

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Fatal N.Y. Limo Crash Raises Safety Questions About 'Frankenstein' Vehicles

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 01:49

The stretch SUV that crashed outside Albany had recently failed a safety inspection, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Such modified vehicles often fall through the cracks of regulatory agencies.

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Columbus, Ohio, Is Not Observing Columbus Day This Year

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 17:13

Columbus had not previously observed Veterans Day as a city holiday. But putting its namesake's holiday on the back burner, it can change that.

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A New Chinese-Funded Railway In Kenya Sparks Debt-Trap Fears

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 16:35

China has become the biggest lender on the African continent. The Nairobi-to-Mombasa railway is a symbol of Kenya's ambitions. But critics say China is saddling Kenya with unsustainable debt.

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How A 19th Century Chemist Took On The Food Industry With A Grisly Experiment

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 16:21

Deborah Blum's book, The Poison Squad, tells how Harvey Washington Wiley and his band of chemists crusaded to remove toxins, such as arsenic and borax, from food. How? By testing them on volunteers.

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Hurricane Michael Forecast To Hit U.S. Gulf Coast As A Major Storm Wednesday

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 13:09

The storm reached hurricane status Monday morning; it's expected to strengthen rapidly over the next 24 hours as it heads north towards the Florida Panhandle.

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Interpol President Resigns; Detained In China Over Bribery Charges

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:21

Meng Hongwei's wife told journalists in Lyon — where Interpol is based — that she had received a troubling text message from her husband's phone: a knife emoji. China says he's under investigation.

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Vatican's Meeting Of Bishops Is Overshadowed By Abuse Allegations

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 07:25

As the Catholic Church deals with new sex-abuse revelations, the pope opened a three-week gathering of bishops in Rome Saturday on how to make the Church relevant for young people.

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Grim Forecast From U.N. On Global Climate Change

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 05:40

A scientific panel, convened by the U.N., lays out a challenging path to keep the global climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius — the red line for dangerous consequences.

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How Is Kavanaugh Likely To Rule On Critical Issues? Here's A Look At His Record

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 05:33

The newly minted Supreme Court justice will have the opportunity to weigh in on a number of lightning-rod topics: abortion, guns, executive power and more. Here's a brief primer on his positions.

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