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Schools Begin To Open After ISIS Is Ousted From Mosul

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

The sounds of kids in regular schools can be heard again in the eastern side of the Iraqi city of Mosul. ISIS was forced out the area Iraqi forces a couple months ago.

Russian President Signs Law To Decriminalize Domestic Violence

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has just signed a law decriminalizing domestic violence. It's opposed by some women's groups, but both sides of the debate claim they are protecting families.

Trump's Pick For Ambassador To Israel Faces Confirmation Hearing

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

A day after President Trump raised questions about the decades-old approach to Middle East peace, his pick to become ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has his confirmation hearing.

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Florist Broke Anti-Discrimination Law

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a florist who declined to do the flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding broke the state's anti-discrimination law.

Refugee Agency World Relief Lays Off Workers In Response To Trump

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

World Relief, one of the main refugee resettlement agencies, will lay off a fifth of its staff members and close five offices due to President Trump capping refugee admissions this year at 50,000.

'Nobody That I Know Of': Trump Denies Campaign Contacts With Russia

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:21pm

In a wide ranging news conference, the president said his fired national security adviser did nothing wrong, but mislead the vice president.

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3,000-Pound Rooster Statue Stolen From North Carolina Farm

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:59pm

It's a cocky move to steal a rooster statue, and authorities have apprehended a man they believe has run afowl of the law. The local sheriff says the case is "very strange."

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Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 70 People At Sufi Shrine In Pakistan

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:41pm

The blast tore through the historic Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in southern Pakistan, which had been packed with worshippers after evening prayers. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

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Hip-Hop Artist Frank Waln On Being A Role Model For Native American Youth

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:40pm

Waln has rapped about the Keystone XL Pipeline, his battle with depression and the modern Native American experience.

Nikki Lane On World Cafe

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:25pm

Hear the alt-country singer play songs from Highway Queen and discuss her blue-collar South Carolina upbringing.

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'Manchester By The Sea' Director Probes The Drama Of Grief

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:17pm

Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor, crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2016.

Trump Names Acosta As New Choice To Become Labor Secretary

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:06pm

The pick comes a day after Trump's first nominee, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, withdrew when he lost support among Republican senators.

Is That A Brown Recluse Spider Bite Or Skin Cancer?

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:57pm

Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.

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In 'Moonlight,' Actor Mahershala Ali Found Characters He Recognized

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:45pm

Ali has earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Juan, a drug dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to a boy who is being bullied at school and neglected at home.

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Baghdad Bombing Kills At Least 45 People

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:45pm

It happened on a street filled with car dealerships and garages in the southern part of Iraq's capital city. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility in a statement released on social media.

(Image credit: Ahmad Mousa /AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Press Conference On Labor Secretary And Russia, Annotated

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:37pm

During what was billed as an announcement of the president's new labor secretary nominee, Trump spoke about former national security adviser Michael Flynn and continued to laud his election win.

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Court Moves 'Bridgegate' Case Forward, Setting A Date For Christie

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:28pm

Judge Roy McGeady says there's probable cause for a probe to continue into the governor's involvement in a case that has generated federal charges against his former allies.

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What Right-To-Work Laws Mean

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:24pm

Proponents say the laws make states more competitive, attracting more businesses and jobs.

New Hampshire House Kills Right To Work With GOP Help

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:20pm

Similar policies, which impact how unions collect fees, have already passed in Missouri and Kentucky this year.

China Grants Trump A Valuable Trademark Registration

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:17pm

For years, President Trump has been seeking to expand his trademark registrations in China. This week, he won a case. But ethics experts say that raises questions about conflict of interest.




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