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Climate Change Is Turning Florida’s Sea Turtles Female. How Long Can These Species Survive?
Environment
Climate Change Is Turning Florida’s Sea Turtles Female. How Long Can These Species Survive?

MIAMI — Two dozen tiny leatherback turtles swam around in small tanks, attached by fishing lines to a system that kept them from hitting walls and hurting themselves. As an open-water species, leatherbacks don’t recognize barriers, so they are kept... Read More

Facial Recognition Software Prompts Privacy, Racism Concerns in Cities and States
Technology
Facial Recognition Software Prompts Privacy, Racism Concerns in Cities and States

WASHINGTON — Fabian Rogers was none too pleased when the landlord of his rent-stabilized Brooklyn high-rise announced plans to swap out key fobs for a facial recognition system. He had so many questions: What happened if he didn’t comply? Would... Read More

Trump Is Making Xi’s Superpower 2050 Plan Tougher by the Day
China
Trump Is Making Xi’s Superpower 2050 Plan Tougher by the Day

BEIJING — Even before the trade war, Xi Jinping’s plan to turn China into one of the world’s most advanced economies by 2050 was ambitious. His grand vision is now looking more aspirational by the day. As mounting pressure from... Read More

Why Are Texas Republicans in Congress Bolting for the Exits, and What Does It Mean for 2020?
2020 Elections
Why Are Texas Republicans in Congress Bolting for the Exits, and What Does It Mean for 2020?

WASHINGTON — Four rapid-fire retirement announcements by Texas Republicans in Congress have prompted fresh soul-searching for a political party that’s seeing its decadeslong dominance in the Lone Star State start to teeter. While it’s not that unusual for some lawmakers... Read More

Right-Wing Extremism Stymies FBI
National Security
Right-Wing Extremism Stymies FBI

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Christopher A. Wray assured Congress last month that his agents were aggressively combating domestic terror threats from a broad array of extremist groups. “The FBI, working with our state and local law enforcement partners,” he said,... Read More

What Happens to Jeffrey Epstein’s Money and Homes Now? Can Feds Seize Everything?
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What Happens to Jeffrey Epstein’s Money and Homes Now? Can Feds Seize Everything?

MIAMI — Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide is a significant obstacle for federal prosecutors, who spent months painstakingly building a case against the multimillionaire who was charged in July with in New York federal court with sex trafficking of minors. Now,... Read More

The Real-Life Conversion of a Former Anti-Vaxxer
Health
The Real-Life Conversion of a Former Anti-Vaxxer

Amid the contentious dispute over immunization requirements for children, Kelley Watson Snyder stands out: She has been both a recalcitrant skeptic and an ardent proponent of childhood vaccines. Snyder, a Monterey, Calif., mother of two, was a so-called anti-vaxxer for... Read More

Bags Stuffed With Cash Add to Pressure for Cannabis Banking Law
Marijuana
Bags Stuffed With Cash Add to Pressure for Cannabis Banking Law

NEW YORK — Sen. Jeff Merkley once shadowed a cannabis grower and dispenser as he tried to pay his state taxes. He stuffed a backpack with $70,000 in $20 bills and drove 50 miles -- unguarded -- with the bulging... Read More

Trump Administration Throws Cold Water on Climate Change Threat to Coral Reefs
Environment
Trump Administration Throws Cold Water on Climate Change Threat to Coral Reefs

WASHINGTON — When pollsters informed President Donald Trump that he faces political exposure in the 2020 election with swing voters on environment policy, he decided to respond with a White House address claiming stewardship of clean water, air and oceans.... Read More

Mother Watched as Daughter Gunned Down in Gilroy: ‘She Took My Hand and Looked Up at the Sky’
Featured
Mother Watched as Daughter Gunned Down in Gilroy: ‘She Took My Hand and Looked Up at the Sky’

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 12-year-old girl sat on the bottom bunk bed where her older sister, Keyla Salazar, used to sleep. Lyann Salazar held a pencil in one hand and, in the other, an iPhone displaying a picture of... Read More

States Battle Big Tech Over Data Privacy Laws
Technology
States Battle Big Tech Over Data Privacy Laws

WASHINGTON — Discomfort over the collection and sale of personal data led to a flurry of consumer data privacy bills in 2019, as state legislatures vied to follow California’s lead in giving users more control of personal information. But the... Read More

Puerto Rico’s Voice In Washington Calls For Radical Overhaul to Restore Trust
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Puerto Rico’s Voice In Washington Calls For Radical Overhaul to Restore Trust

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives said a new administration needs to dramatically clean house to restore relations with Washington and ensure the flow of desperately needed aid. Jenniffer González said... Read More

Harvard Beats Claim It Dumbs Down Law Review For Race And Gender
Education
Harvard Beats Claim It Dumbs Down Law Review For Race And Gender

Harvard University won dismissal of a suit claiming it illegally uses race and gender in selecting students for its elite Law Review. Faculty, Alumni and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences, a Texas group that seeks “to restore meritocracy at American... Read More

Engel Blasts Administration Freeze of Foreign Aid Funding
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Engel Blasts Administration Freeze of Foreign Aid Funding
2019-08-08 13:09:18
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration's decision to put a temporary hold on the majority of congressionally approved foreign aid funds, drew a sharp rebuke from the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Wednesday. “This Administration's contempt for Congress is astounding,”... Read More

Nadler Demands Records From Kavanaugh’s White House Tenure
Political News
Nadler Demands Records From Kavanaugh’s White House Tenure

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler demanded a trove of records Tuesday from Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure in the George W. Bush administration that Trump critics suspect could contain damaging and even incriminating information about the Supreme Court justice. Nadler, who pledged... Read More

Trump Faces Cool Reception In Planned Visits to Cities Hit By Mass Shootings
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Trump Faces Cool Reception In Planned Visits to Cities Hit By Mass Shootings

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will seek to console the grief-stricken residents of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday — a presidential duty he’s never quite mastered and that is made harder by local reluctance about his visit. The... Read More

California’s Biggest Oil Spill in Decades Brings More Defiance Than Anger From Locals
California
California’s Biggest Oil Spill in Decades Brings More Defiance Than Anger From Locals

McKITTRICK, Calif. — Near the jagged western edge of Kern County, where the Temblor Range gives way to a landscape of steam pipes, fuel lines and bobbing pump jacks, there’s a definite mood in this dusty little oil town: defiance.... Read More

When Nukes in a Cornfield Protected the Twin Cities From the Soviet Union
Minnesota
When Nukes in a Cornfield Protected the Twin Cities From the Soviet Union

WATERTOWN, Minn. — Half a century later, Tony Vanderlinde remembers the sight “plain as day.” Baling hay on his family’s dairy farm near the border of western Hennepin and northern Carver counties, he came over a hill and saw nuclear... Read More

Voting by Phone Is Easy. But Is It Secure?
Voting
Voting by Phone Is Easy. But Is It Secure?

WASHINGTON — For the first time in a presidential election, voters in two upcoming Democratic caucuses will be able to vote using their phones. The Democratic Party announced in July that Iowans and Nevadans in February will be able to... Read More

Obama Urges Americans to Reject Leaders Who Thrive on 'Climate of Fear and Hatred'
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Obama Urges Americans to Reject Leaders Who Thrive on 'Climate of Fear and Hatred'
2019-08-05 21:41:27
by Dan McCue

Former President Barack Obama didn’t mention anyone by name Monday, but in a lengthy statement posted in response to two mass shootings over the weekend that left 32 people dead, he urged Americans to soundly reject “language coming out of... Read More

Democrats Skeptical Following Trump Response to Mass Shootings
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Democrats Skeptical Following Trump Response to Mass Shootings
2019-08-05 21:36:32
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump addressed the nation Monday, two days after weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio left 32 dead, calling on Americans to condemn “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” in “one voice,” and vowing to seek a bipartisan response to... Read More

Genetic-Testing Scam Targets Seniors and Rips Off Medicare
Health
Genetic-Testing Scam Targets Seniors and Rips Off Medicare

The 86-year-old woman in rural Utah doesn’t usually answer solicitations from strangers, she said, but the young couple who knocked on her front door seemed so nice. Before long, she had handed over her Medicare and Social Security numbers —... Read More

In Need of Fatherly Advice? In South Korea, There’s a YouTube Channel for That
South Korea
In Need of Fatherly Advice? In South Korea, There’s a YouTube Channel for That

SEOUL, South Korea — When Mun Jung-ho launched his YouTube career a couple of years ago at the ripe age of 50, he wasn’t sure what he wanted his channel to be about. Mun, a voice actor by day, experimented... Read More

More Than Half a Million Americans Exposed to Toxic Air Pollution Face Cancer Risks Above EPA Guidelines
Environment
More Than Half a Million Americans Exposed to Toxic Air Pollution Face Cancer Risks Above EPA Guidelines

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Neighbors used to barely notice the drab, low-slung industrial building across the river from downtown. The corporate name on the sign out front had changed a few times over the years. Truck traffic in and out... Read More

Creator of Cognitive Exam That Trump Aced Demands New Training for Testers
Health
Creator of Cognitive Exam That Trump Aced Demands New Training for Testers

Last year, Dr. Ronny Jackson, then the White House physician, gave Donald Trump a standard test to detect early signs of dementia — and said the president had scored a perfect 30. “There is no indication whatsoever that he has... Read More

How Opioid Painkillers Became Big Business in a Philadelphia Neighborhood Already Ravaged by Drugs
Opioids
How Opioid Painkillers Became Big Business in a Philadelphia Neighborhood Already Ravaged by Drugs

PHILADELPHIA — For years, Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood has been the epicenter of a huge open-air drug market where illicit drugs were bought and used in plain sight. But more than a decade ago, in the earliest days of what would... Read More

The INF Treaty Is History and the World Less Safe, Expert Says
Geopolitics
The INF Treaty Is History and the World Less Safe, Expert Says
2019-08-02 20:16:33
by HJ Mai

The United States on Friday officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, more commonly referred to as the INF Treaty. This Cold War-era arms control agreement was hailed as historic at the time of its signing and resulted in... Read More

Pompeo Seeks to Win Back US Influence in Southeast Asia Amid China’s Rise
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Seeks to Win Back US Influence in Southeast Asia Amid China’s Rise

BANGKOK — Against a backdrop of China’s rising economic and military power, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo arrived in the Thai capital of Bangkok this week with a difficult mission: Try to win back lost ground in Southeast Asia,... Read More

California Honeybees Are In Decline. Administration Says It Can’t Afford to Study It
Environment
California Honeybees Are In Decline. Administration Says It Can’t Afford to Study It

WASHINGTON — It’s the last federal report on honeybee populations we’ll see — at least for a while — and the numbers for California show the number of colonies are still decreasing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in July... Read More

Justice Department Decides Not to Prosecute James Comey Over Release of His Memos
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Justice Department Decides Not to Prosecute James Comey Over Release of His Memos

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has declined to prosecute former FBI Director James B. Comey over his handling of confidential memos he wrote documenting his interactions with President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter. Prosecutors were... Read More

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