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Census Finds A More Diverse America, As Whites Lag Growth

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:25:12 -0400

Asian and mixed-race people are the two fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Non-Hispanic whites are the only group to see deaths outpace births.

Louisiana Is First State To Ban Public Colleges From Asking About Criminal History

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:39:53 -0400

The "ban the box" movement is designed to open opportunities to the tens of millions of Americans with some kind of criminal record.

Trump Administration Faces Pressure To Not Deport Detained Iraqi Christians

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:27:59 -0400

Many of the nearly 200 Iraqis currently under detention are from the minority Chaldean Christian community, which faces severe persecution in Iraq.

Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.

Heavy Rains And Flooding As Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:25:00 -0400

States on the Gulf Coast are being hit with severe weather and floods as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland Thursday morning in Louisiana.

Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Hundreds of rural hospitals are on the brink of closing. The House Republican health plan drastically reduces one of their key sources of funding and the Senate bill is expected to do the same.

Rural South Korean County Prepares For Role As 2018 Winter Olympics Host

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:56:00 -0400

Only a handful of tourists come to PyeongChang, usually to hike green hills dotted with Buddhist temples or visit a small nearby ski station. All that is about to change.

How Facebook Uses Technology To Block Terrorist-Related Content

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:55:00 -0400

Social media firms are under pressure to block extremist activity on their sites. Facebook is hiring thousands more people to review content, but artificial intelligence also plays a role.

ISIS Destroys Historic Mosque In Mosul As Iraqi Forces Close In

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:10:00 -0400

Iraq's military said ISIS destroyed the 12th century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City, where ISIS fighters remain. Iraq's prime minister called it "a formal declaration of their defeat."

Virginia Community Mourns Muslim Teen Killed On Her Way To Mosque

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:05:00 -0400

Mourners packed a mosque in Sterling, Va., Wednesday for the funeral of Nabra Hassanen. The 17-year-old was killed early Sunday as she returned to the mosque after a pre-dawn meal with friends.

After Georgia Win, A Triumphant Trump Returns To Campaign Trail In Iowa

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:12:00 -0400

The president decried the "phony witch hunts" against his administration and returned to plenty of his 2016 classics as he relished in a spate of Republican victories in special elections.

Rep. Steve Scalise's Condition Upgraded To 'Fair' After Baseball Field Shooting

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:30:00 -0400

The hospital treating the 51-year-old Louisiana congressman says he is beginning an extended period of healing, a week after being shot during a baseball practice in Virginia.

Democrats Play Blame Game With Pelosi After Georgia Election — To GOP's Glee

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:13:00 -0400

Republicans were able to effectively tie House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to losing candidate Jon Ossoff in Georgia. It's a strategy they've used for years and don't plan to abandon anytime soon.

Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:08:00 -0400

Rodents, primates and bats likely carry hundreds of thousands of viruses we haven't yet identified. But how do you know which ones might infect humans?

FBI Investigating Flint Airport Stabbing As Possible Act Of Terrorism

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:37:00 -0400

The FBI identified the assailant as Amor Ftouhi of Quebec. He reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," before stabbing an airport police officer in the neck Wednesday in Flint, Mich.