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U.S. Citizens Killed In Weekend Attack On Kabul Hotel, State Department Says

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:51:19 -0500

It's not clear whether they were U.S. government employees or not, or how many were killed and injured. The attack Saturday at the Intercontinental Hotel lasted more than 13 hours.



Sessions Interviewed By Special Counsel Robert Mueller As Part Of Russia Inquiry

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:41:58 -0500

The attorney general could be the first member of the cabinet talk with investigators in the special counsel's office as they investigate potential criminal conduct.



Rights Abuses Still 'Widespread' In Thailand's Fishing Industry, Report Says

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:06:00 -0500

Migrant workers from Myanmar and Cambodia are often paid below the minimum wage, are not paid on time, and are held in debt, says a new Human Rights Watch report.



Top Stories: Federal Government Reopens; Tsunami Alert Downgraded

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:39:19 -0500

Also: Five oil rig workers are missing after an Oklahoma blast; Vice President Mike Pence says without changes, the U.S. will leave the Iran nuclear deal; and jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies.



'Shape Of Water,' 'Dunkirk' And 'Three Billboards' Lead Oscar Nominations

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:36:00 -0500

This year's Academy Award nominations include a lot of old favorites, but also some new voices — including the first women ever nominated for cinematography.



WATCH: 2018 Oscar Nominations

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:45 -0500

This year's Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning via live stream.



The Far Out History Of How Hippie Food Spread Across America

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Finding granola, hummus, organic produce and whole grains is easy now, but it wasn't always. Jonathan Kauffman's new book, Hippie Food, explores the people and places that expanded America's palate.



Tsunami Alert Is Downgraded Along Alaska's Coast After Powerful Quake

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:51:00 -0500

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck about 175 southeast of Kodiak, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System issued a tsunami warning before downgrading to an advisory.



What Do Asthma, Heart Disease And Cancer Have In Common? Maybe Childhood Trauma

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:03:00 -0500

Toxic stress in childhood can lead to a lifetime of health problems and, ultimately, a shorter life. Here's what schools can do to help.



Hugh Masekela, Father Of South African Jazz, Dies At 78

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:24:00 -0500

He recorded more than 40 solo albums and performed with musicians ranging from Harry Belafonte to Paul Simon. Masekela died after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer.



Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:02:00 -0500

A new NPR/Marist poll shows that more than half of contract workers don't get employee benefits. "We really don't have much of a social safety net, and that's terrifying," freelancer Matt Nelson says.



Part Of Oregon's Funding Plan For Medicaid Goes Before Voters

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:01:00 -0500

Last summer, the Oregon legislature passed a package of state taxes to cover Medicaid's expanding rolls. But Oregon voters Tuesday could throw a wrench in that plan by refusing some of the taxes.



Trump Says 'Nobody Knows' If An Immigration Deal Can Happen

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:00:24 -0500

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to bring up a bill to address DACA, border security and other issues, even if no consensus emerges before the next funding deadline, on Feb. 8.



Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:00:24 -0500

Many specialists in family leave policy say the tax credits included in the new federal law are too small to persuade most employers to offer such benefits.



5 Workers Are Missing After An Explosion At Oklahoma Drilling Rig

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:46:00 -0500

One worker was taken to a hospital and 16 others made it out of the area safely. The fire was put out Monday night but rescue workers can't search for the missing until the site cools down.