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Montana GOP Candidate's Assault Charge Hangs Over Tight Special Election

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:00 -0400

Greg Gianforte got in an altercation with a reporter Wednesday, drawing even more attention to a congressional race with a national spotlight. But it's unclear whether that will affect the outcome.

Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:13:00 -0400

For over 35 years, the all-female Shonen Knife has been serving up catchy punk titles like "Wasabi," "Hot Chocolate" and "Sushi Bar." But don't mistake them for bubblegum pop. These ladies are legit.

Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:03:00 -0400

What appears to be a feat actually requires almost no muscle effort from the bird. The researchers found even a dead flamingo's body will fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind'

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:50:00 -0400

People with the "right mind set" can pull themselves up, Carson said. Many conservatives and the Trump administration say cuts to government benefits could incentivize people to find work.

In NATO Speech, Trump Scolds Leaders But Doesn't Recommit To Defense Pledge

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:33:00 -0400

At a dedication for two memorials, President Trump told gathered NATO leaders that it was "not fair" to U.S. taxpayers for NATO countries to spend less than they pledged on their own national defense.

Do You Know What Red Nose Day Is?

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:19:00 -0400

The name may be silly, but Red Nose Day — which is today — has a serious mission. How do charity evaluators size up this campaign?

Trump's Proposed Budget Would Cut $2.2 Billion From Global Health Spending

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:13:00 -0400

The administration wants to reduce the current $8.7 billion global health budget by about 26 percent. Family planning programs would be the hardest hit.

40 Years After 'Star Wars' Error, Newspaper Apologizes To Wookiee Community

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:01:00 -0400

In its 1977 review, The Dallas Morning News called Chewbacca a "Wookie." Now, on the film's 40th anniversary, the long national nightmare has ended. On that note: We, too, have something to confess.

As Trump Slams NATO Allies, Obama Defends 'International Order'

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:55:00 -0400

Former President Obama spoke to a large crowd in Berlin Thursday, calling for a renewal of the international order. His message was in sharp contrast to President Trump's policy of "America First."

Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:35:00 -0400

The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.

4th Circuit Court Ruling Keeps Trump's Travel Ban On Hold

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:30:00 -0400

A 13-judge panel in Virginia was one of several federal appeals courts hearing arguments over President Trump's executive order that would restrict travel from six majority-Muslim countries.

Why Did The Top Student Aid Official Under Betsy DeVos Resign?

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:26:00 -0400

Conscience or incompetence? Two competing narratives — along partisan lines — have emerged to explain the sudden departure of the head of the Federal Student Aid Office.

'Mother Of All Landslides' In Big Sur Buries Section Of California's Highway 1

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:22:00 -0400

Dirt and rock now cover a third of a mile of the road known for its breathtaking views. And where the coast used to form roughly a straight line, aerial photos now show a rocky bulge into the Pacific.

Many Adults Don't Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:09:00 -0400

Nicotine, heavy metals and tiny particles that can harm the lungs float around in the aerosol from e-cigarettes. But a survey finds many adults don't think secondhand vape is dangerous for children.

Google A.I. Clinches Series Against Humanity's Last, Best Hope To Win At Go

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:00 -0400

Ke Jie is a wunderkind — the 19-year-old undisputed master of what might well be the world's most complex game. And he just soundly lost a best-of-three series to an artificial intelligence program.