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More Than 140 May Be Buried After Landslide In Southwest China

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:40:00 -0400

Chinese state news says 141 people are missing, according to the provincial government, after a landslide of mud, rocks and boulders buried the town of Xinmo in Sichuan province.

Third Former Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty In Rape Of Unconscious Student

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:51:00 -0400

A Nashville, Tenn., jury convicted 23-year-old Brandon Banks in the 2013 gang rape of a fellow student. Two former teammates have also been convicted and another has yet to be tried.

North Carolina Televangelist Indicted On Charges Of Tax Crimes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:21:00 -0400

The televangelist and author of books on faith and finances has allegedly carried out various forms of tax fraud for more than a decade, according to a grand jury's indictment.

Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:36:00 -0400

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."

Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:09:00 -0400

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

WATCH: It's Been A Long Week. So Here's A Gorilla Dancing In A Pool

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:59:00 -0400

We'd explain further, but really, the headline kind of speaks for itself.

What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About The Republican Health Care Plan

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:50:00 -0400

Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services until January. He calls the new Senate health care bill "the ugly step-sibling" of the House bill.

In North Carolina, No Is Not Always No, If The Sex Has Already Started

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:12:00 -0400

A 1979 state supreme court ruling said it's not rape if a person changes their mind during sex and their partner doesn't stop. A North Carolina lawmaker wants to make it a crime.

Future Humans: How Many Of Us Will There Be?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:02:00 -0400

Over half of the 7.5 billion humans on Earth live in just seven countries. What will the planet's population picture look like in 2100?

Judge Declares Mistrial, Again, In Cincinnati Police Shooting Case

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:31:00 -0400

Jurors couldn't agree on a verdict in the murder and manslaughter case against former police officer Ray Tensing over his fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015.

'Cause For Serious Concern': Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:13:00 -0400

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

South Korea Tests Missile As President Speaks Of Need To 'Dominate' North

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:21:00 -0400

Military strength is needed for dialogue with North Korea to work, President Moon Jae-in says. Officials say the Hyunmoo-2 missile, with a range of nearly 500 miles, hit its target accurately.

Bill Cosby Is Planning Town Halls About Sexual Assault And The Law, Spokesman Says

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:40:00 -0400

"This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today," a spokesman for the comedian said. "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying."

Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:48:00 -0400

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:46:00 -0400

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.