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Protesters Prepare For Women's March After Trump's Inauguration

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:55am

About 200,000 demonstrators are expected to march on the National Mall on Donald Trump's first full day as president. Organizers say they want the rights of all women to be expanded and protected.

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The Slants: Fighting For The Right To Rock A Racial Slur

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 9:46pm

The Asian-American band's case, inextricably linked to the battler over a certain NFL team, leaves some activists torn. While inclined to stand with a fellow advocate, they wonder: At what cost?

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FDA Issues New Seafood Advice For Moms-To-Be. Not Everyone Is Thrilled

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 8:06pm

Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat and what to avoid. But critics say it muddles matters.

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Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Extradited To U.S.

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:56pm

The Mexican government has extradited Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera to the United States. He will face charges connected to his leadership of one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels.

Brazilian Corruption Investigator Killed In Plane Crash

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:51pm

Judge Teori Zavascki was a pivotal player in the huge Petrobras corruption scandal involving politicians and business executives. The government has called for three days of national mourning.

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Trump At Lincoln Memorial Concert: 'You're Not Forgotten Anymore'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:33pm

"This journey began 18 months ago," Trump said after the concert. "I had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it than I did. I'm the messenger. I'm just the messenger."

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What To Expect For Donald Trump's Inauguration

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:28pm

Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of a polarized United States. His inaugural address, expected in the middle of a full day of events, could have far-reaching consequences.

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Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Extradited By Mexico To U.S.

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:25pm

Joaquin Guzman faces charges in the U.S. that include murder, drug trafficking and money-laundering. He had escaped from prison in Mexico twice.

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Rick Perry, Energy Nominee, Says He No Longer Wants To Dissolve Agency

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:45pm

The former Texas governor once said he would abolish the Department of Energy. Now, as Trump's pick for the agency head, he said said his view on that — and global warming — have changed.

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Asian Americans Divided Over Band's Trademark Battle

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:33pm

The Slants want to register its name, arguing they are reappropriating a slur against Asians. But some Asian Americans are conflicted about whether it is worth opening trademark law to disparagement.

Trump's Kindred Spirit, UK's Nigel Farage, Will Be An Honored Guest Friday

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:33pm

Farage has flown in from Britain to attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The former U.K. Independence Party leader is trying to stay relevant with a call-in show on talk radio in London.

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Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:25pm

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.

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Deeply Divided Couple Learns How To Navigate Politics In Trump Era

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:25pm

The Halprins are a house divided: Marty voted for Donald Trump; Jessica voted for Hillary Clinton. Their Connecticut home is less tense than it was right after the election. But fissures remain.

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How Do Pheromones Really Work?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

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How Can Going Blind Give You Vision?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

Isaac Lidsky lost his sight by age 25. Now, he says, losing his eyesight was a blessing — because it taught him that he is in control of his own reality.

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Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

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How Can We Hear The Stars?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

When astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced lost her eyesight, she thought she'd never succeed in astronomy. Eventually, she discovered a way to hear the stars.

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Comic Hero: Why Donald Trump's Candid Rhetoric Resonates With Supporters

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:03pm

Donald Trump's manner of speaking has caught the ears of supporters and detractors alike. He sounds different than past presidents, and his authentic rhetoric seems to mimic stand-up comedy.

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Renowned Mexican Environmentalist Isidro Baldenegro Lopez Is Murdered

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:46pm

His death is the latest indication of the danger to environmental activists in many countries. Honduran indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was killed in 2016.

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Another Campaign Donor Gets A Top Ambassadorship, But That's Par For The Course

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:32pm

Donald Trump named New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be ambassador to the U.K. It's a post traditionally reserved for big donors. Obama even named another NFL owner as a different ambassadorship.

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