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Kansas Gov. Brownback To Be Nominated Ambassador For Religious Freedom

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 22:44
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, seen here at a news conference last month, is being nominated by President Trump to be an ambassador for religious freedom.

He tweeted, "Religious Freedom is the first freedom." If confirmed, he'll leave office with critics unhappy at the effect of tax cuts he championed, but others supportive of his conservative policies.

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Ohio State Fair Ride Malfunction Kills One Person, Critically Injures Others

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 20:28
People watch as authorities respond near the Fire Ball ride after it part of it broke off while in motion Wednesday night at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio. One person was killed and several were critically injured.

Columbus fire officials say some of those injured were thrown from the ride. Gov. John Kasich has ordered all fair rides shut down until they can be inspected.

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As Cost Of U.S. Health Care Skyrockets, So Does Pay Of Health Care CEOs

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:02
Vicki Reid, right, holds a likeness of John Martin, who was then CEO of the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences. Reid and others were protesting high drug prices in front of the conference on retroviruses and opportunistic infections — a meeting held at the World Congress Center in Atlanta in March 2013.

Compensation in recent years for the CEOs of the largest U.S. health care companies has far outstripped the wage growth of nearly all Americans, an investigation by the news site Axios has found.

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After Three-Year Hiatus, Ohio Carries Out An Execution

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:20

The lethal injection of Ronald Phillips may mark the end of Ohio's battle to find a legally permissible means of execution – and the state may soon execute more of the 138 people on its death row.

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Trump Places Sanctions On 13 Venezuelan Officials

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

The U.S. places sanctions on 13 Venezuelans involved in an election Sunday, that government opponents there say are rigged. The vote could give Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sweeping new powers.

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Muslims In The U.S. Face Increased Discrimination, PEW Report Says

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

A newly-released poll from the Pew Research Center finds Muslims in the U.S. are facing increased discrimination but are optimistic about being both Muslim and American.

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Filling Labor Board Vacancies Opens Door To Unwinding Obama-era Policies

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

As the Trump administration looks to fill Republican vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board, experts expect the rollback of Obama-era labor policies to intensify.

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Houston MS-13 Gang Crimes Disproportionately Brutal, Police Chief Says

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

President Trump has made it a priority to deport members of the violent gang Mara Salvatrucha aka MS-13. In Houston, the gang's crimes are disproportionately brutal, Police Chief Art Acevedo says.

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Victim Of San Antonio Migrant Smuggling Had Been Deported

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

One of the 10 people who died in a tractor-trailer in Texas was returning to the U.S. from Guatemala. Frank Fuentes graduated from high school in the Washington, D.C. area and had been deported.

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Who's The True Boss Of Snopes? Legal Fight Puts Fact-Check Site At Risk

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

The future of one of the nation's first digital fact-checking initiatives is in doubt. The site's founder says a legal battle for control of the company has led to all of its revenue being cut off.

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State Department Dismisses Rumors Of So-Called 'Rexit'

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

The State Department is dismissing rumors of a "Rexit," saying Rex Tillerson has no plans to resign and has a lot of work ahead redesigning America's oldest cabinet agency.

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Sessions Has Long Shown Unwavering Support For Trump

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

From his early endorsement of then-candidate Trump February 2016, through his time so far as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has been one of the most loyal supporters of Trump and his populist agenda.

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Senate Health Care Debate To Dismantle Obamacare Continues

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

The Senate has another day of debate on healthcare. Tuesday a repeal and replace proposal fell short of the votes needed to pass and on Wednesday, lawmakers will take a vote on a repeal only option.

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Rep. Steve Scalise Released From Hospital

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

Six weeks after being shot while practicing baseball with other Republican lawmakers, Rep. Steve Scalise has been discharged from the hospital.

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Ex-U.S. Air Force Airman Responds To Trump's Military Ban On Transgender People

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Jordan Blisk, an ex-senior airman for the U.S. Air Force Reserves, about being trans in the military and implications of President Trump barring trans people from serving.

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Trump Says Transgender People Will Be Banned From Military

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:53

President Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that transgender people will be banned from serving in the U.S. military. He took the Pentagon by surprise and raised questions about implementing the policy.

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Federal Reserve Holds Interest Rates Steady

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:01

As expected, the Federal Reserve says it will hold interest rates in a range between 1 percent and 1.25 percent, while noting job gains have been solid and the labor market continues to strengthen.

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What Are The Planet's Real 'Talking' Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 04:00

Movies are full of loquacious chimps, but could nonhuman apes really use language? NPR's Skunk Bear sorts through the disturbing history of research on ape language to sort fact from wishful thinking.

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Alabama Woman Stuck In NYC Traffic In 1902 Invented The Windshield Wiper

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 03:52

Entrepreneur Mary Anderson thought it made no sense that New York streetcar drivers had to keep jumping off to clean snow from the windshield. She soon won a patent for her "window cleaning device."

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Olympic National Park Targeting Mountain Goats For Removal

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 19:44
The National Park Service is considering relocating some goats and shooting others. They say the animals are damaging the environment and threatening people at Olympic National Park.

Likely introduced in the 1920s as prey for hunters, the animals proliferated and now park officials are looking at ways of getting rid of them.

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