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Obama, Pence Head To Capitol Hill To Talk Health Care

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:06am

House and Senate Republicans say their biggest priority is dismantling the Affordable Care Act. But President Barack Obama is working to fight that.

At 85, Desmond Tutu Calls For The Right To An Assisted Death

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:04am

Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa. But Tutu has spoken out recently in support for a person's right to an assisted death. Tutu has has long suffered from prostate cancer.

(Image credit: Schalk van Zuydam/AP)

Rex Tillerson Cuts Ties With Exxon Mobil In Advance Of Confirmation Hearings

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:03am

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to become U.S. secretary of state is in line to receive a $180 million retirement package.

(Image credit: Jon Gambrell/AP)

Dust To Dust: Scientists Find DNA Of Human Ancestors In Cave Floor Dirt

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:36am

Anthropologists in Germany say they may not need old bones to recover ancient DNA. They just analyze dust from the floor of caves where Neanderthals and other now-extinct human relatives once resided.

(Image credit: Bence Viola/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology )

Some Bizarre Black Holes Put On Light Shows

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:26am

Black holes aren't all doom and gloom. Some of these incredibly dense matter-suckers fling powerful jets of light and charged particles — the space version of a fireworks show.

(Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

Some Bizarre Black Holes Put On Light Shows

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:25am

Black holes aren't all doom and gloom. Some of these incredibly dense matter-suckers fling powerful jets of light and charged particles — the space version of a fireworks show.

(Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

Songs We Love: Joan Of Arc, 'Two-Toothed Troll'

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:00am

New member Melina Ausikaitis leads this weird pop song as Joan Of Arc's members bike and skateboard during a fireworks display.

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Hear The Previously Unreleased Elliott Smith Track 'I Figured You Out'

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 9:45am

Smith originally recorded a demo of the song in 1995 for singer Mary Lou Lord. It's being made available in an expanded version of his 1997 album Either/Or for the album's 20th anniversary.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist )

Civil Rights Activists Arrested For Protest Over Jeff Sessions As Attorney General

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 9:24am

Activists with the NAACP staged a sit-in at Sessions' office in Mobile, Ala, criticizing Sessions' record on voting rights, among other things. Some of the protesters were arrested.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Squamscot Soda: Helping You Wash It All Down Since 1863

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 9:10am

Conner Bottling Works used to be one of about 60 bottlers in New Hampshire. Now this fifth-generation, family-owned and run business is the last independent soda maker standing in the state.

(Image credit: Todd Bookman/New Hampshire Public Radio)

'I'm Not Going To Lie To You,' Dylann Roof Tells Jurors At Sentencing Hearing

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 8:55am

Roof, who has been convicted of murdering nine people at a South Carolina church, has dismissed his lawyers and is acting as his own counsel. He faces the death penalty or life in prison.

(Image credit: Grace Beahm/AP)

Top Stories: Obama Works To Save The ACA; Haiti Gets A President-Elect

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 8:40am

Also: The sentencing phase will open in the Charleston church shooting trial; two credit reporting agencies are fined millions for deceptive practices; and Charles Manson is reportedly hospitalized.

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