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Pregnancy Debate Revisited: To Induce Labor, Or Not?

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:01

Young women with simple pregnancies can safely ask a doctor to induce labor, a study finds. It doesn't increase their risk of needing a C-section after all and can even offer potential benefits.

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Ohio's Special Congressional Election Still Too Close To Call

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:22

A special congressional election in Ohio remains too close to call. But since some Republicans think it should have been a "slam-dunk," there's plenty of anxiety over what it means for the GOP this fall.

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California Company Reaches $119.5 Million Settlement Over Massive Gas Leak

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:13

For months, starting in late 2015, a gas leak in Los Angeles spewed methane into the air. The Southern California Gas Company has agreed to reimburse local governments and mitigate the damage.

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Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:41

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making three major changes, a move that on its face looks like a tie to weak ratings.

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Attorneys Confirm Counter-Offer To Mueller's Office On Potential Trump Interview

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:05

President Trump's legal team says it's continuing to negotiate the terms of a potential contact between Trump and investigators looking into the Russian attack on the 2016 election.

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Argentina To Decide Fate Of Landmark Bill Legalizing Abortion

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:49

The bill, which allows abortion before 14 weeks of pregnancy, passed the lower house of Congress by a slim margin. Now senators are debating it — and demonstrators are massing in Buenos Aires.

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'C' Is For Compromise: 20 Songs For Sharing The Stereo With Your Kids

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:47

Tiny pleasures abound for parents and kids listening together, whether it's The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie," Phoenix's "Tuttifrutti" or the Ghostbusters theme song.

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A 'Tale' Of Child Sex Abuse Was Inspired By Filmmaker's Real-Life Trauma

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:38

"We never talk about how a child can love his or her abuser," Jennifer Fox says. "If we don't understand that, we don't understand how abuse happens." Her new HBO film is The Tale.

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It's Official: Record Number Of Women Nominated For House Seats In 2018

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:03

Record numbers of women were already running in House primaries. Now, a record number of women have secured nominations from the two major parties to appear on ballots in November.

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Detroit's Rashida Tlaib Poised To Become First Muslim Woman In Congress

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:02

Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, won the Democratic nomination for former Rep. John Conyers' seat in the House. She'll be running unopposed in November, and likely making history.

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Jack Dorsey Explains Why Twitter Didn't Block Alex Jones, Bucking Big Tech Trend

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:29

YouTube, Apple and Facebook banned outlets for the conspiracy theorist this week in what Jones called a "purge." Twitter's CEO said the company wouldn't "succumb and simply react to outside pressure."

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Federal Court: Border Agent Doesn't Have Immunity In Teen's Killing At Mexican Border

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:48

It would be "bizarre," the majority opinion states, for a border agent to be granted qualified immunity on the grounds that the teenager was not a U.S. citizen.

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New York Congressman Arrested On Insider Trading Charges

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:40

Rep. Chris Collins was charged with securities fraud along with his son and another man. Collins is accused of passing inside stock information to his son, who used it to make favorable trades.

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War Of Credibility Over Rick Gates Continues In Paul Manafort Fraud Trial

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:51

Rick Gates will take the witness stand for the third straight day on Wednesday. Gates testified Tuesday about money he embezzled and about an extramarital affair he maintained a decade ago.

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Ohio Special Election: 4 Lessons Both Parties Are Learning For The Midterms

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:22

There were lots of takeaways from Tuesday's election, from whether Republicans should stand with President Trump or whether attacks on Nancy Pelosi work, to which issues really matter to voters.

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In Oakland, More Data Hasn't Meant Less Racial Disparity During Police Stops

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:17

Despite 15 years of federal oversight and data collection, the Oakland police department persists in racially-biased policing. Community activists are frustrated that more has not changed.

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'Brady Bunch' House Sells To HGTV After Outbidding Lance Bass

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:21

The outside of the house was featured in the 1970s sitcom, but the interior scenes were filmed in a Los Angeles studio.

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How Learning Science Is Catching Up To Mr. Rogers

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:20

The popular film this summer shows how the topics — and the format — Fred Rogers brought to TV are as relevant to education and child development as they ever were.

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For Berlin, Invasive Crustaceans Are A Tough Catch And A Tough Sell

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 05:19

Louisiana crawfish have invaded waterways in Germany's capital. Wildlife officials licensed a fisherman to catch them for chefs, hoping a taste for "Berlin Lobster" might control the invasive species.

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To Syria And Back: How 2 Women Escaped Their Radicalized Husbands

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 05:06

Few have returned to the U.S. after traveling to Syria and Iraq, where they were linked to extremists. Two are women who say their husbands forced them to go, along with their small children.

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