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A Head-Spinning Week In The Mueller Probe Produces A Sentence And A Plea


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President Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, got three years in prison, and the publisher of the National Enquirer agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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The Russia Investigations: An Unfinished Case Looks Weaker Than Ever


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This week in the Russia investigations: Headlines and courtroom action are coming thick and fast in the final weeks of the year, but a core "collusion" case also looks weaker than it ever has.

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Education Department Remedies Troubled Grant Program; Defrauded Students To Receive Loan Forgiveness


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Also this week, the Kentucky Supreme Court struck down a bill that prompted thousands of teachers to protest this spring.

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PG&E Falsified Gas Pipeline Safety Records, Regulators Say


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The utility has been under fire for its role in the massive gas pipeline explosion in 2010 in San Bruno, Calif.

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Texas Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional, But Supporters Vow To Appeal


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A ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is likely to go to the Supreme Court. For now, the decision likely won't affect people who buy insurance on marketplaces created by the law.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Affordable Care Act As Unconstitutional


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President Trump praised the ruling by a court in Texas as supporters of the ACA said they will appeal.

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U.S. Gets A Big Win In Its Long Fight With Mexico Over 'Dolphin-Safe' Labels


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The World Trade Organization sided with the U.S. on Friday, rejecting Mexico's claim that the U.S. is unfairly denying Mexican tuna products the advantageous "dolphin-safe" label.

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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million After Alleged Sexual Harassment, Termination


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Days after confronting actor Michael Weatherly, a huge star for the network, Dushku was written off of Bull. An investigation determined the company often protected itself at the expense of victims.

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Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail


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The federal judges noted "the Forest Service's serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company's deadlines."

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President Trump Names Mick Mulvaney As Acting White House Chief Of Staff


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It's unclear how long Mulvaney will serve in the role, succeeding outgoing chief of staff John Kelly. On Dec. 8, Trump announced that Kelly would be leaving the job at the end of the year.

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After Decades, 'Rolling Thunder' To Make Its Last Big Ride Through Washington, D.C.


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The sound of motorcycles rumbling through the nation's capital has been a staple of Memorial Day weekend since 1988.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage


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Though best known for his auteur work, the mastermind of Hamilton *and *In the Heights says it was his dream to be offered a part in someone else's musical.

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In Pennsylvania, People Lined Up For Free Naloxone


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Across the state, volunteers in Pennsylvania distributed naloxone on Thursday. The drug reverses the effects of opioid overdose. The giveaway was part of a state plan to combat the opioid epidemic.

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South Korean Company Sells Kim Jong Un Beauty Masks, Spurring Criticism


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The product promises to moisturize skin with mineral water from North Korea, but some say it trivializes tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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Facebook Says Some Users' Private Photos Were Accidentally Shared With Developers


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In September, a Facebook "bug" allowed developers to access images people shared with friends on Facebook Stories — or images users had not even posted. Up to 6.8 million users may have been affected.

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Episode #1851


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Poet Javier Zamora is forced to return to El Salvador to apply for a visa, his first trip back in nearly 20 years. Also, an interview with Alfonso Cuarón about "Roma."

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Swahili Speakers Debate Disney's Trademark of 'Hakuna Matata' For T-Shirts


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The song title from the film The Lion King has been trademarked by Disney since 2003. In recent weeks, Africa media has launched a discussion on whether that's cultural appropriation.

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The Education Department Is Canceling $150 Million Of Student Loan Debt


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The money goes back to borrowers whose colleges shut down, in many cases because of fraud and mismanagement.

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Video Catches Delivery Man In India Sampling Food He Is Delivering


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At first people were annoyed at his food skimming. Then he got fired — and a debate began about whether workers in the billion dollar "to go" biz are treated fairly.

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'Beale Street' Is A Heart-Stopping, Beautiful Story Of Love And Injustice


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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with a new drama about young lovers in 1970s Harlem whose lives are thrown into turmoil when one of them is falsely accused of a crime.

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University Of Ghana Removes Gandhi Statue After Faculty Outcry


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Early in his career, iconic Indian reformer Mohandas Gandhi made remarks demeaning black Africans. After the statue was unveiled two years ago, professors started a petition calling for its removal.

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Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl To Step Down, Leaving McCain's Seat Vacant Again


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Kyl previously retired from the Senate in 2013 and indicated his return would be temporary after Sen. John McCain's death. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a replacement to serve until 2020.

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Iranians Are Converting To Evangelical Christianity In Turkey


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Changing faith from Islam to Christianity is not allowed in Iran, but more and more Iranians in Turkey are going to church.

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Michael Cohen On Trump: 'The Man Doesn't Tell The Truth'


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President Trump's former lawyer says in a new interview that he is being forced to take responsibility for Trump's "dirty deeds" — and that the president directed Cohen to commit crimes.

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Scientists Are Fighting For The Stricken Pickle Against This Tricky Disease


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Downy mildew, once just a nuisance, has evolved into a devastating adversary to the pickle, as it now quickly adapts to fungicides and pickle hybrids, and can lay waste to crops in a matter of days.

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'It's Preventable': Sandy Hook Parents Promote App For Reporting School Threats


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"We just keep knocking head against wall, [saying]'the warning signs are there,'" says Mark Barden, who lost his son in the Sandy Hook shooting six years ago.

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To Help The Homeless, Some In LA Are Opening Their Doors And Inviting Them To Stay


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Until recently, Helen and Bryan Lopez had been homeless in LA County. Then they moved in with the Rapkin family as part of a small program that places homeless youth in people's homes, not shelters.

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Health Costs Bear Down On Families Who Don't Qualify For ACA Subsidies


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Rising costs have driven millions who don't get a subsidy for their Affordable Care Act health plan to drop the coverage or turn to cheaper, less comprehensive — and sometimes inadequate — insurance.

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Nancy Wilson, Legendary Vocalist And NPR 'Jazz Profiles' Host, Dies At 81


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Wilson, who won three Grammy awards and recorded more than 60 albums, died at her California home Thursday after a long illness. From 1996-2005, she hosted NPR's documentary series Jazz Profiles.

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ACA Sign-Ups Have Lagged For 2019. But What Does That Mean?


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The pace of enrollment in Affordable Care Act plans is slower than in past years. That could mean fewer people will have health coverage — or that more people are getting insurance via their work.

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Here Are The 'Outside The Box' Progressive Ideas 2020 Democrats Are Pitching


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The likely Democratic presidential pack is embracing ambitious economic policies, like Medicare for all and a $15 minimum wage. Those policies could drive the big debates during the 2020 primaries.

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Florida Executes Inmate As Report Cites 'Continuing Erosion' Of Death Penalty


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Both executions and death sentences have declined dramatically since their peak in the late 1990s, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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7-Year-Old Migrant Girl Dies Of Dehydration And Shock In Border Patrol Custody


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The girl's death underscores the crisis precipitated by large groups of families seeking asylum where there are inadequate facilities to detain them.

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Man Who Sexually Assaulted Woman On Plane Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison


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Prabhu Ramamoorthy cried after the sentencing in Detroit on Thursday. His lawyers had called for leniency from the judge arguing, "He will suffer long after this sentence is done."

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A Trans Man Steps Into The Ring – And Wins


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After an injury forced Patricio Manuel to withdraw from the women's Olympic boxing trials, the fighter faced a reckoning. He decided to start living as a man – and to rebuild his boxing career as one.

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Yum and Yuck: The Psychology Of What We Eat...And What We Spit Out


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This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, we dig into the culture and psychology that determines the foods that make us salivate and the scents that make us squirm.

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'An Indescribable Feeling': Virgin Galactic Makes Historic Trip To Edge Of Space


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Four years after another test flight ended tragically, the company is celebrating a milestone: Its manned spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 51 miles.

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Suspected Strasbourg Shooter Reportedly Killed By Police


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The suspect had been the target of a massive manhunt since Tuesday.

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Trump Defends Hush-Money Payments In Fox News Interview


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The president says he never directed his onetime personal attorney Michael Cohen to do anything wrong. Cohen pleaded guilty Wednesday to making illegal payments before the 2016 election.

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Kotex Recalls Some Tampons After Reports Of 'Unraveling' Inside Body


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Some boxes of U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, regular absorbency, have a "quality-related defect" that left pieces of the tampon inside the bodies of some consumers — in some cases causing infection.

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Scientists Say Gene-Edited Babies Claim Is 'Wake-Up Call' For World


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U.S. National Academy of Medicine, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and Chinese Academy of Sciences call for international gene-editing standards. Critics blast statement as inadequate.

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As 'Springsteen On Broadway' Closes, Its Excellent Film Welcomes A New Audience


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Springsteen has performed his one-man show over 230 times since its debut last year. But, just as the Boss bids adieu to Broadway, a new film documenting the show is set to premiere on Netflix.

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Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Down Pension Law That Sparked Teacher Protests


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The decision is a major victory for state employees, as well as for state Attorney General Andy Beshear as he runs to unseat Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the controversial law.

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Voting Equipment Goes Up In Flames In Congo's Capital As Election Approaches


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The blaze destroyed voting machines and booths for 19 of Kinshasa's 24 polling stations. But with 10 days to go, the Democratic Republic of the Congo plans to proceed with its presidential election.

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Maria Butina Guilty In Foreign Agent Case, Admits Clandestine Influence Scheme


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The Russian gun rights activist sought to establish back-channel ties between the Russian government and leading U.S. conservative groups, including the Trump campaign and the NRA.

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'Congo Does Not Take Any Orders From Anybody': Interview With President Joseph Kabila


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Joseph Kabila is barred from seeking a third consecutive term as president of Congo, where elections are scheduled later this month. But he doesn't rule out running again in the future.

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A Virus Can Eavesdrop On Bacterial Communication


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A researcher had an idea about viruses that was wild. And it turned out to be true.

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Major Project To Identify Long Nameless Korean War Dead Begins


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Advances in DNA and other forensics now make identification of Americans who died in the Korean War highly likely. The Pentagon is exhuming hundreds of remains in a Honolulu military cemetery.

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Warring Sides In Yemen Agree To Cease-Fire In Key Port City


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After week-long peace talks at a castle in Sweden, the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels have agreed to a cease-fire in Hodeidah, a strategically significant city held by the rebels.

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Apple Will Build $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Adding 5,000 Jobs


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Apple says the move is expected to make it the largest private employer in Austin. The city already has the most Apple employees outside of the company's headquarters in California.

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