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How a South Jersey District Struggled When a Wrestler Had to Forfeit His Dreadlocks or His Match
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How a South Jersey District Struggled When a Wrestler Had to Forfeit His Dreadlocks or His Match

PHILADELPHIA — Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson had 90 seconds to decide: Forfeit your match or cut your dreadlocks. His response to his coach was immediate: “I’m going to cry, but cut it.” Minutes before, his coach, George... Read More

He’s Getting Into College Without the Help of Wealth and Privilege — and It’s Hard Work
Education
He’s Getting Into College Without the Help of Wealth and Privilege — and It’s Hard Work

LOS ANGELES — On the mantel in a South Los Angeles home, the lovingly arranged keepsakes reflect a family’s pride. Damion Lester Jr. smiles broadly in his senior class portrait, decked out in the blue cap and gown of nearby... Read More

A Historic Oil Platform Off Santa Barbara Turns Into a Rusty Ghost Ship
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A Historic Oil Platform Off Santa Barbara Turns Into a Rusty Ghost Ship

ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The morning swell off the Santa Barbara coast is running high as the crew boat churns away from the pier west of Haskell’s Beach toward Platform Holly. Nearly a dozen lawyers and engineers, dressed in fire-retardant... Read More

Swing-State Democrats Move to Counter Party’s Drift Toward Left
Political News
Swing-State Democrats Move to Counter Party’s Drift Toward Left

WASHINGTON — Moderate House Democrats are going on the offensive. For weeks, the swing-district Democrats most responsible for the party’s House majority have fretted that progressive lightning rods like New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are distracting the party with proposals that... Read More

Rural America Faces a Housing Cost Crunch
Affordable Housing
Rural America Faces a Housing Cost Crunch

The problem of housing affordability, long a concern in popular big cities, has moved to rural America. Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s most rural counties have seen a sizeable increase this decade in the number of households spending at least... Read More

Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
Education
Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
2019-03-29 23:49:28
by Dan McCue

A recent study by Third Way, an independent and centrist think tank based in Washington, DC, focuses on the potential economic and personal benefits that would be attained if policies were enacted to push the rate of postsecondary completion up... Read More

New-Home Sales Surged in February to 11-Month High, Consumer Spending Lags
Education
New-Home Sales Surged in February to 11-Month High, Consumer Spending Lags
2019-03-29 23:37:27
by Dan McCue

Sales of newly built single-family homes surged in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday. That 4.9 percent increase is the highest level this category of home sales has reached since March 2018.... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
Health
Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
2019-03-29 23:36:03
by Tom Ramstack

A federal judge this week struck down a Trump administration plan that could have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer as a condition of receiving subsidized health care. At least 15 states were planning their own work for health... Read More

International Collaboration Seen As Key to Future Space Exploration
NASA
International Collaboration Seen As Key to Future Space Exploration
2019-03-29 23:33:10
by HJ Mai

When Vice President Mike Pence announced earlier this week that the United States plans to put astronauts back on the moon within five years, he appealed to America’s competitive spirit by declaring a new space race against U.S. adversaries China... Read More

After ‘Serial’ Podcast, Prosecutors Tested DNA Evidence in Adnan Syed Case. Here’s What They Found
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After ‘Serial’ Podcast, Prosecutors Tested DNA Evidence in Adnan Syed Case. Here’s What They Found

BALTIMORE — The HBO series examining the now-famous murder case against Adnan Syed left legions of fans in suspense this week at the hint of unknown DNA evidence. The 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee became a national obsession with... Read More

Chicago Sends Letter Trying to Recoup $130,000 From Smollett; Mayor Calls on Trump to ‘Sit This One Out’
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Chicago Sends Letter Trying to Recoup $130,000 From Smollett; Mayor Calls on Trump to ‘Sit This One Out’

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will try to get “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to pay Chicago back for the costs of the investigation into his claim that he was the victim of a hate crime attack, saying paying... Read More

Trump’s Group Health Plan Rules Struck Down as ACA ‘End-Run’
Health
Trump’s Group Health Plan Rules Struck Down as ACA ‘End-Run’

WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s health care initiatives intended as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare suffered a crucial defeat in Washington after a judge ruled the policy violates the Affordable Care Act. U.S. District Judge John Bates in... Read More

McConnell Moves Toward ‘Nuclear Option’ for Confirmation of Trump Nominees
Congress
McConnell Moves Toward ‘Nuclear Option’ for Confirmation of Trump Nominees

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set up debate next week to make it easier for Republicans to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees. The Kentucky Republican came to the floor Thursday afternoon to complain about the difficulty Republicans... Read More

House Launches Inquiry of Texas’ Botched Voter Purge
Voting
House Launches Inquiry of Texas’ Botched Voter Purge

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House oversight committee has launched a probe of Texas’ botched attempt to purge its voter rolls. “We are disturbed by reports that your office has taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters from the... Read More

Miami to Host First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
Elections
Miami to Host First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
2019-03-28 18:10:31
by Dan McCue

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that Miami, Florida with be the host city for the first Democratic presidential primary debate. The debate, which is being broadcast by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo on back-to-back nights, is being held on June... Read More

737 Crashes Revamp Oversight, FAA Tells Congress
Transportation
737 Crashes Revamp Oversight, FAA Tells Congress
2019-03-28 18:04:30
by Dan McCue

Responding to widespread criticism of the FAA in the wake of two deadly crashes of Boeing's 737 Max outside the U.S., the inspector general of the Department of Transportation told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the agency plans to... Read More

Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight
Transportation
Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight
2019-03-28 17:50:59
by Dan McCue

The issues raised Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation and Space went to the very heart of a conflict that has plagued aviation and the entities created to regulate it since the days of Charles... Read More

Shanahan’s Bid to Become Permanent Defense Secretary in Doubt
National Security
Shanahan’s Bid to Become Permanent Defense Secretary in Doubt

WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan’s prospects to head the Pentagon are increasingly at risk as President Donald Trump holds off on picking him and an investigation continues into whether he’s showed favoritism toward Boeing Co., his former employer.... Read More

Poll: Most Republicans Want to See the Full Mueller Report
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Poll: Most Republicans Want to See the Full Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — Most Republicans think the full Mueller report should be released to the public, a new poll has found. It’s a sharp departure from the position GOP lawmakers have established as they call for some parts of the report... Read More

Democrats Look to Defend Health Care Law With Amendment to Disaster Aid Bill
Health
Democrats Look to Defend Health Care Law With Amendment to Disaster Aid Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Wednesday said Democrats would propose an amendment to a $13.45 billion disaster aid package that would block the Justice Department from carrying out President Donald Trump’s push for a court ruling... Read More

House Passes Gender Pay Gap Bill, A Top Democratic Priority
Congress
House Passes Gender Pay Gap Bill, A Top Democratic Priority

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Wednesday passed another one of their top party priorities, a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act that is designed to help close the gender pay gap. HR 7 passed on a vote of 242-187, with... Read More

Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission
Pentagon
Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission
2019-03-27 23:57:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Defense department officials warned a Senate panel Wednesday that the United States risks losing its military advantage in space to growing threats from China and Russia. They are trying to convince Congress to authorize a new branch of... Read More

Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts
Economy
Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts
2019-03-27 23:19:34
by Dan McCue

Nine members of the New Democrat Coalition, led by vice chairs Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday, urging him to abandon his threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on auto... Read More

Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
Health
Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
2019-03-27 23:13:45
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition on Wednesday threw its support behind two bipartisan bills that aim to lower prescription drug costs and increase transparency in the drug pricing system. The coalition is a House caucus of moderate and fiscally responsible Democrats.... Read More

Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
Climate
Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
2019-03-27 23:06:16
by Dan McCue

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new bill, the Climate Action Now Act, aiming to hold the Trump administration to the United States' original commitments under the... Read More

New Rules Will Ease Patients’ Access to Electronic Medical Records, Senate Panel Says
Health
New Rules Will Ease Patients’ Access to Electronic Medical Records, Senate Panel Says

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate health committee on Tuesday backed new federal regulations to remove roadblocks patients can face in obtaining copies of their electronic medical records. “These proposed rules remove barriers and should make it easier for... Read More

Prosecutors Ratchet Up Pressure on Parents in Admission Scandal With New Charges
Education
Prosecutors Ratchet Up Pressure on Parents in Admission Scandal With New Charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a Palo Alto, Calif., couple on charges they hired William “Rick” Singer, the confessed ringleader of a college admissions cheating scam, to rig their son’s college entrance exam, according to court records filed Tuesday.... Read More

Trump Complained That Puerto Rico Has Gotten Too Much Aid, Senators Say
Puerto Rico
Trump Complained That Puerto Rico Has Gotten Too Much Aid, Senators Say

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump during a private lunch with Republican senators on Tuesday leveled criticism at Puerto Rico’s use of past disaster aid, further complicating the Senate’s struggle to pass a $14 billion relief bill. Trump used charts to... Read More

NASA Cancels First All-Female Spacewalk for an Odd Reason
NASA
NASA Cancels First All-Female Spacewalk for an Odd Reason

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first all-female spacewalk — featuring a graduate from N.C. State University — has been canceled by NASA for an odd reason. They couldn’t find a space suit the right size in the closets of the International... Read More

What We’re Still Learning From the Exxon Valdez Environmental Debacle 3 Decades Later
Environment
What We’re Still Learning From the Exxon Valdez Environmental Debacle 3 Decades Later

SEATTLE — Before dawn on March 24, 1989, Dan Lawn stepped off of a small boat and onto the boarding ladder dangling from the side of the grounded Exxon Valdez oil tanker. As he made the crossover, he peered down... Read More

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