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  • Massachusetts Dec 1, 2019

    ‘I Know Joe’s Heart’: Why Black Voters Are Backing Joe Biden

    After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden’s past opposition to school busing in a nationally televised Democratic presidential debate, the former vice president who prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, playing defense on race. But Bebe Coker had a message for the man she’s known for decades: don’t back down. The 81-year-old education...

  • head Dec 1, 2019

    With Prime Minister Out, Iraq in Constitutional ‘Black Hole’

    Iraq’s parliament on Sunday formally accepted the prime minister’s resignation, but the path to replacing Adil Abdul-Mahdi was clouded with legal questions that one lawmaker described as a “black hole in the constitution,” which does not clearly spell out the next step. Meanwhile, anti-government demonstrations went on in the capital, and one protester was shot dead. Demonstrators closed roads, including...

  • Dec 1, 2019

    Brazil’s President Criticizes Leonardo DiCaprio Over Amazon Fires

    Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government campaign against environmental nonprofit groups operating in Brazil. DiCaprio’s environmental organization Earth Alliance has pledged $5 million to...

  • Dec 1, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump’s Ukraine Defense Collides With Facts

    President Donald Trump’s defense of his actions with Ukraine collides with the known facts and the testimony of witnesses on multiple fronts as the impeachment inquiry moves into a new phase this coming week. In recent days, Trump has cried foul in ways angry and profane as Democrats set the stage for House Judiciary Committee hearings likely to produce articles...

  • Nov 30, 2019

    Focus on Early Release of Convict in London Stabbings

    Usman Khan was convicted on terrorism charges but let out of prison early. He attended a “Learning Together” conference for ex-offenders, and used the event to launch a bloody attack, stabbing two people to death and wounding three others. Police shot him dead after he flashed what seemed to be a suicide vest. Khan is gone, but the questions remain:...

  • Nov 30, 2019

    Party Like a Spy: Spookstock Is Intel World’s Hush-Hush Bash

    Sometime earlier this year, one of the most elite social events in Washington took place, but without any fanfare or news coverage.

  • Nov 25, 2019

    Hero Military Dog Injured in al-Baghdadi Raid Honored by Trump at White House

    President Donald Trump is honoring the U.S. military dog that participated in the operation that ended with the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump says: “So this is Conan. Right now, probably the world’s most famous dog,” as he introduced Conan to the news media at the White House Rose Garden on Monday. Trump says he gave...

  • Nov 24, 2019

    The Man Behind China’s Detention of 1 Million Muslims

    After bloody race riots rocked China’s far west a decade ago, the ruling Communist Party turned to a rare figure in their ranks to restore order: a Han Chinese official fluent in Uighur, the language of the local Turkic Muslim minority. Now, newly revealed, confidential documents show that the official, Zhu Hailun, played a key role in planning and executing...

  • Nov 24, 2019

    Secret Documents Reveal How China Mass Detention Camps Work

    The watch towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there “to prevent escapes.” Uighurs and other minorities held inside are scored on how well they speak the dominant Mandarin language and follow strict rules on everything down to bathing and using the toilet, scores that determine if they can leave. “Manner education” is mandatory, but “vocational...

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Egypt Unveils Animal Mummies of Lion Cubs, Crocodiles, Birds

    Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities on Saturday revealed details on recently discovered animal mummies, saying they include two lion cubs as well as several crocodiles, birds and cats. Items from the new find were displayed at a makeshift exhibition at the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, south of Cairo, near where mummies and other artifacts have been found in...

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Kemba Walker Taken Off Court on Stretcher

    Celtics point guard Kemba Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher after suffering an injury. Walker was hurt in a collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye late in the second quarter against the Nuggets in Denver. The team announced on Twitter that Walker had been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms. He is being taken to a hospital to be evaluated,...

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Markey Pushes Tesla to Fix ‘Dangerous’ Detour Around Autopilot Safety Feature

    U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling on Tesla to improve its driver assistance system after a report from NBC10 Boston exposed how drivers are skirting one of its key safety features. In a letter to CEO Elon Musk, Markey urged the electric car maker last week to prevent Tesla owners from bypassing an automatic shut-off feature designed to make sure...

  • Nov 20, 2019

    Browns’ Garrett Attends Appeal Hearing for NFL Suspension

    Myles Garrett looked composed and casual, a stark contrast to the last time he was seen in public. Stylishly dressed in a bright blue suit and black turtleneck, the Cleveland Browns’ star defensive end met Wednesday with an appeals officer in New York in hopes of getting a reduction to an indefinite NFL suspension that has temporarily ended Garrett’s season...

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Armed Teachers Train to Stop Potential Active Shooters in Utah Schools

    Brenda Betteridge closes her eyes, takes a breath, and pulls the trigger. She nails the gunman. “One more. Put it in the head,” a police officer instructed her, as she fired away at the cardboard prop representing a gunman. Betteridge is one of the dozens of teachers and other school administrators undergoing active shooting training with the Utah County Sheriff’s...

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Lt. Col. Vindman Explains ‘Duty’ to Come Forward at Impeachment Hearing

    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer at the National Security Council, kicked off the third public hearing in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry by testifying about his “duty” to report concerns over what he called an improper “demand” by President Donald Trump during a July phone call with Ukraine’s new president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his...

  • Nov 18, 2019

    Study Sees Future for Hibernating Astronauts

    Just watch out for aliens, right? The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to significantly shrink the size of spacecraft.

  • Nov 18, 2019

    Watchdog Report Warns 60% of Superfund Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change

    At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In a report being released Monday, the Government Accountability Office called on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to...

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Pope Decries That ‘Greed of a Few’ Worsens Poverty of Others

    Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy. Celebrating a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to heightening awareness about poor people worldwide, he lamented the lack of concern about...

  • Nov 17, 2019

    NFL to Hear Garrett’s Appeal Early This Week

    Myles Garrett will soon learn when he can play again. The Cleveland Browns star defensive end, who was suspended indefinitely after the NFL ruled he used a helmet “as a weapon” to strike Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head, will have his appeal heard by the league early this week, a person familiar with the timeline told The Associated...

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Boeing Settles Several More Lawsuits Over Max Plane Crashes

    Boeing is settling more of the roughly 150 lawsuits filed by families of passengers killed in two crashes of the 737 Max jet. A Seattle law firm said Friday it settled four cases involving passengers on the Lion Air Max that crashed off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018. On Thursday, a judge approved settlements of nine other cases....

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