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Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T's Merger With Time Warner

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:18pm

DOJ's case against the merger argues that the companies would control so much of both what people watch and how they watch it, that it could mean higher prices for both consumers and competitors.

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Yellen Resigns From Fed Board After Being Passed Over To Keep Top Post

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:15pm

Janet Yellen says she'll step down from the Federal Reserve Board when her successor as chair is sworn in. Earlier this month, President Trump named Jerome Powell to be the next Fed chairman.

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Baby Animal Profile: Whetu, The Kiwi Chick

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:10pm

Whetu, an almost 4-month-old brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biological Institute, is the first female born to her parents. She enjoys staying up all night, eating worms and burrowing.

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Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:55pm

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

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Beloved Singer And Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies At 85

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Fans and fellow musicians are mourning the death of entertainer Mel Tillis. Tillis died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 85. He had three dozen Top Ten country hits of his own and wrote dozens more for others, including a monster hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town."

The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Is One Step Closer To Construction

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted to approve a route for the pipeline, giving TransCanada the permission it needs to build. But there are still big obstacles ahead, both economic and challenges from environmentalists and landowners.

How Charles Manson Left His Mark On Pop Culture

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

The death of Charles Manson yesterday doesn't end his place in pop culture where he's practically immortal. Manson, despite being in prison for horrific crimes, had a large following and inspired different books and movies.

Kenya's Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Election Results

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Kenya's supreme court dismissed challenges to last month's rerun of the presidential election, meaning incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as president for a second term. This prompted a violent reaction from opposition supporters.

Zimbabwe Is In A Stalemate After Military Takeover

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Zimbabwe is at a watershed moment — a slow-motion process to oust Robert Mugabe, the only ruler the nation has known. But will the 75-year-old war veteran, who is known as the Crocodile and is slated to succeed Mugabe bring change to the impoverished nation?

Current And Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Create 'Ode To The Sea' Art Exhibit

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Artwork by current and former detainees of Guantanamo Bay is on display at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. But what does the art represent and why did the college choose to display it?

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Coalition Talks Have Failed

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Attempts by German chancellor Angela Merkel to form a coalition government have collapsed — earning a rebuke from the German President, who called on politicians to put aside their party interests for the sake of the country.

Alabama Media Group Condemns Senate Candidate Roy Moore

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

The Alabama Media Group came out with strong condemnation of Roy Moore, prompting a legal threat from the U.S. Senate candidate. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alabama Media Group's Vice President of Content Michelle Holmes about that decision.

Democrats Lack Votes To Block Trump's Federal Judge Nominees

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Two more of President Trump's nominees for important federal judge spots will have hearings this week. This comes as Republicans are putting the American Bar Association rating process under scrutiny.

Trumps Puts North Korea On List Of Countries Identified As State Sponsors Of Terror

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

President Trump has added North Korea to the list of nations designated by the U.S. government as state sponsors of terror — joining Sudan, Syria and Iran. North Korea was previously on the list, but taken off in 2008 by the Bush administration during an attempted denuclearization deal.

New Online Store Is One More Way For Trump To Profit From Presidency, Critics Say

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:49pm

The Trump Organization has a new website that sells merchandise with the Trump name on it. Ethics watchdogs say it's the latest example of Donald Trump's businesses cashing in on his office.

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'Miss Albinism' Beauty Pageant Delayed Due To Tensions In Zimbabwe

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:33pm

The pageant organizers are disappointed but plan to reschedule early next year. As for the criticisms that a pageant objectifies women, they have an answer.

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A Google-Related Plan Brings Futuristic Vision, Privacy Concerns To Toronto

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:00pm

Sidewalk Labs, a sibling company to Google, plans to redevelop Toronto's waterfront as a high-tech, livable lab. Some residents wonder what a data-driven development could mean for privacy.

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Can Science Explain The Human Mind?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:53pm

Science will one day explain visual perception and memory loss. But will it also explain romantic love and morality? Tania Lombrozo considers people's beliefs about what science can and can't explain.

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Alcohol Banned For U.S. Forces In Japan After Fatal Car Crash

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:43pm

A Japanese man was killed early Sunday in a car crash involving a U.S. service member and alcohol was likely a factor. U.S. forces in Japan are now banned indefinitely from consuming alcohol.

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'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:17pm

Maya Jasanoff weaves together biography, history, literature and her own travels in a new book about the globe-trotting author. Reviewer John Powers says Jasanoff's portrait of Conrad is terrific.

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