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India's Supreme Court Blocks Muslim Instant Divorce Law

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 3:39pm

India's Supreme Court has ruled that the practice of instant divorce among India's Muslims is unconstitutional.

Governors Preparing Bipartisan Health Care Plan For Congress To Consider

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 3:11pm

Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper and Ohio Republican John Kasich are nearing completion on a plan to change the Affordable Care Act that they will present in a Senate hearing next month.

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Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image?

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 2:41pm

Big food companies like Walmart want farmers to reduce greenhouse emissions from nitrogen fertilizer. But the best-known program to accomplish this may not be having much effect.

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Redefining 'Drug Bust': German Police Seize 5,000 Pills In Shape Of Trump's Head

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 2:29pm

When officers stopped a vehicle Saturday night, they didn't quite expect to find heaps of drugs hidden inside. They expected still less to find the ecstasy pills stamped with a familiar face.

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Ready, Set, Groan: Here's The Best Joke From The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 2:12pm

Every year, a panel of British citizens determines the funniest one-liner of the festival. This year, Ken Cheng took home the prize with a quip about a coin. A burn on President Trump placed second.

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Quicksand Returns With First Album In 22 Years, Shares 'Illuminant' Video

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 2:02pm

The NYC hardcore kids who made us question the elements of hardcore are back with Interiors, out Nov. 10.

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India's High Court Outlaws Practice Of Instant Divorce By Muslim Men

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:47pm

The decision is a victory for women's rights advocates. Most Muslim countries have already reformed or banned "triple talaq," which allows husbands (and only husbands) to end marriages in moments.

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New Bullet Trains To Put China Out Front On High-Speed Rail

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:30pm

Six years after China slowed down its fastest trains in the wake of a deadly crash, a next generation of super-fast trains are set to cut commute times between major cities.

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Irish Bishops Advise Priests With Children How To 'Face Up' To Responsibilities

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:06pm

"If, contrary to this obligation [to celibacy], a priest fathers a child, the wellbeing of his child should be his first consideration," the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference said in its guidelines.

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Kentucky Chef Jason Smith Charms -- And Cooks -- His Way To Food Network Victory

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:52pm

Kentucky cafeteria manager Jason Smith didn’t have any formal culinary training. But he had a dream.

If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:31pm

The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel's just been re-released.

The Mynabirds' Song Of Hope And Humor In An Age Of Sadness

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:21pm

The Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn documents events of the day with what she calls "emotional journalism," in a new song called "Golden Age."

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'Home Fire' Mines Greek Tragedy To Address Modern-Day War On Terrorism

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:20pm

Kamila Shamsie's novel uses "Antigone" to tell the story of two British Muslim sisters whose lives are torn apart when their brother is recruited into ISIS.

Flatt Lonesome On Mountain Stage

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:18pm

Hear the spirited bluegrass band make its Mountain Stage debut at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va.

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American Science And The Nazis

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:16pm

By standing strong against the Nazis, America became a beacon of hope to some of the world's greatest scientists — whose positive effects on American science we still feel today, says Adam Frank.

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Trump Courts Controversies Ahead Of Arizona Rally

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:11pm

The city's mayor has asked Trump to delay the event in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, and thousands have said they will protest.

Rodrigo Gallardo's Andean Folk And Nicola Cruz's Lush Electronics Meet On 'El Origen'

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:00pm

Innovative album from Chilean musicians Nicola Cruz and Rodrigo Gallardo features electronic interpretations of folk music.

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'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:56am

Lots of people forget to take their medicine on time. Now firms are selling "smart" pill bottles that send patients reminders through the internet. But maybe the real problem isn't forgetfulness.

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Elon Musk, Tech Leaders Ask U.N. To Ban Automated Weapons

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:52am

Musk, along with over 100 tech leaders, penned an open letter asking the international body to consider banning so-called "killer robots."

Hospitals Could Do More For Survivors Of Opioid Overdoses, Study Suggests

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:47am

Researchers say hospitals are missing an opportunity to help people with opioid addiction get into treatment by not doing enough when they show up in emergency rooms after an overdose.

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