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She Sentenced A Teen To 241 Years In Prison. Now She Wants Her Decision Overturned

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:11 -0500

Judge Evelyn Baker gave 16-year-old Bobby Bostic a life sentence after he was convicted of armed robbery, among other charges. Now, 20 years later, she wants the Supreme Court to overrule her.

Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:11 -0500

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

Goodbye, Mr. Okra: New Orleans Remembers Its Singing Vegetable Vendor

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:00:20 -0500

Arthur James Robinson, known as "Mr. Okra," died this week. But New Orleans residents will never forget his distinctive inventory call and his brightly-painted truck, winding through the city.

Mueller Indictment Of Russian Operatives Details Playbook Of Information Warfare

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:05:20 -0500

There were Facebook groups and events inciting both left and right; fake identities to pay real people involved with rallies; and stolen U.S. identities used to facilitate payments for digital ads.

Rio Carnival: When Brazil Lets Out Its Mysterious 'Inner Chicken'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:00:50 -0500

"There are people who go through life until they are 80 or 90 years old, desperate to let out their chicken. They die without doing so, which is a mistake," a Carnival reveler says.

A Dr. Seuss-Like Poem About The Woman Who Pulled 14 Worms From Her Eye

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:00:20 -0500

Her story was so inspirational to readers that they literally sprung into verse, with a Dr. Seuss-inspired poem. What they created is the most joyful poem about eye worms ever written.

The Russia Investigations: Mueller Indicts The 'Internet Research Agency'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

Here are five takeaways from the indictment unveiled on Friday that charged a St. Petersburg troll farm and a number of individual Russians with waging "information warfare" against the United States.

Should The Parkland Shooting Change How We Think About Phones, Schools and Safety?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500

Security experts say allowing students to have their phones with them during the school day is unlikely to make anyone safer. Maybe even the opposite.

PHOTOS: Highlights Of Week 1 At The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:02:20 -0500

By the end of the first week, Norway's team led in medals, with 19. Athletes from Team USA won eight medals, including five gold — the first of which went to 17-year-old snowboarder Red Gerard.

Tribal Leaders: Infrastructure Bill Should Include Indian Country Priorities

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:50 -0500

"Tribal infrastructure is American infrastructure," the president of the National Congress of American Indians said in response to Trump's proposal for investing in U.S. infrastructure.

'This Must Be Some Mistake,' Says Snowboarder After Winning Olympic Gold In Skiing

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:06:11 -0500

She went up the hill a snowboarder but came down an Olympic champion skier. That's one way to tell the story of Ester Ledecka, the Czech athlete who stunned the world in South Korea.

Contingent Of Teenagers Rock Pyeongchang

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:19:07 -0500

Teens from all over the world made the cut to represent their countries at the Winter Games. Youthful energy and savvy social media have propelled many to Olympic stardom.

Nathan Chen Turns Page, Makes Olympic History By Landing 6 Quads

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:33:00 -0500

In a huge comeback, Nathan Chen spun around four times in the air during six jumps on the second and final day of the men's singles figure skating competition.

Alleged Ex-Trump Paramour Says 'Catch And Kill' Practice Kept Her Quiet

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:23:18 -0500

Karen McDougal spoke to The New Yorker, in her first on-the-record remarks about an agreement she signed with the National Enquirer's parent company about the alleged 2006 affair.

Men's Figure Skating Forecast: Chilly With A Chance Of Pooh Rain

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:00:37 -0500

Fans showered the ice with Winnie the Pooh plush toys after Yuzuru Hanyu's performances this week. The A. A. Milne character has become an unofficial mascot for the Japanese skater.