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For Female Inmates In New York City, Prison Is A Crowded, Windowless Room

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:43am

More than a hundred female federal inmates, sentenced to long-term prison, have instead been stuck for years in a New York detention center where conditions violate international standards.

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When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:42am

If your mom had to run though the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

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An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:41am

Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is about to lose an iceberg the size of Delaware. Scientists gathering in the U.K. are scratching their heads about why it's cracking off.

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The Rewards Of House Cleaning: Finding A Winning Lottery Ticket

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 5:04am

Joemel Panisa was cleaning out his house and found an envelope with a lottery ticket he had forgotten about. It turned out to be a winner — he claimed a $1 million prize eight days before it expired.

'Indianians' No More: 'Hoosier' Gets Official Status

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:56am

The government style book has officially designated people from Indiana what they've long called themselves: Hoosiers.

Female Wrestlers Are Unlikely Heroines Of Bollywood's Biggest Smash

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Disney and Bollywood teamed up to make the movie 'Dangal,' based on a real-life wrestling success story.

Bollywood Takes On Bias Against Girls

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

A blockbuster Bollywood movie is raking in millions and trying to change entrenched gender roles in India. It's set in Haryana state, where the sex ratio of newborns skews heavily toward boys.

Sen. Angus King On Trump's Cabinet Picks

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine talks with Rachel Martin about his impressions after sitting in on many of the hearings for Donald Trump's Cabinet picks this week.

Obama Administration Ends Policy To Let Cubans Enter U.S. Without Visa

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

The Obama administration is ending the two-decades-old practice of giving residency to Cubans who make it to U.S. soil. The so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy provided a path out of Castro's Cuba.

Pelosi Says Democrats Will 'Fight The Fight Again' Over Health Care

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

First on the Republicans' agenda is repealing the Affordable Care Act. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will fight to preserve President Obama's signature health care reform.

Obama Declares Site Of 1963 Church Bombing A National Monument

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

President Obama has designated three new national monuments related to civil rights, including the church in Birmingham, Ala. where four black girls were killed in a 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing.

The House Always Wins. Then He Came Along

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Ed Thorp used math to become the first person to beat the casinos at blackjack. Then he changed the way Wall Street thinks about investing.

Ambassador To China Shares Lessons Learned With The Next Administration

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Democrat Max Baucus has been the U.S. ambassador to China since 2014. Now, he's preparing to hand over the post to his successor. He discusses the future of the U.S.-China relationship.

Sen. Risch Says Trump Administration Will Be 'Much Stronger' On Russia

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho says the incoming Trump administration will take a stronger stance against Russia than President Obama has taken.

Women Are Making Their Voices Heard In Male-Dominated Japanese Politics

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Japan is known for its closed, heavily-male political and business worlds. But three women have recently assumed prominent political posts. Is it a sign of changing times?

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'The Soul's Gonna Speak': Run The Jewels Stares Down A Fraught 2017

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Killer Mike and El-P, who make up the rap duo, discuss facing a politically tense new year with a bold new album — and a keen memory of the nation's recent history.

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What One Family Sacrificed To Help Black People Vote In 1966

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

When Vernon Dahmer said publicly he would pay the poll tax for black people in Mississippi who wanted to vote, it started a chain of events that is still felt by his family today.

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With His Choice Of Inauguration Prayer Leaders, Trump Shows His Values

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:45am

The clergy speaking at Donald Trump's inauguration have mostly non-mainstream theological or political positions. No Muslim or mainline Protestant will speak, but the prosperity gospel will be heard.

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Trump's Promises Of Deportations Create Uncertainty For N.J. Family

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:24am

Desiree Armas is a straight-A high school senior who hopes to go to college. But she and her parents are in the U.S. illegally. They're now in limbo, fearful of what's ahead under the new president.

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S.C. Church Welcomes Clemson Fans Who Bargained Through Prayer

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 6:04am

Clemson won the national football title on a last-second play. The sports site SB Nation reports a sign at the church reads: If you made any promises on Clemson's last drive, service starts at 10.




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