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North Carolina Lawmakers, Governor Announce 'Compromise' To Repeal 'Bathroom Bill'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:11:00 -0400

LGBT activists quickly said the bill would leave in place "the harms of the discriminatory HB2 law." The vote on the proposal is expected to be close.



Federal Judge In Hawaii Extends His Block On Trump Travel Ban

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:41:00 -0400

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson says the state of Hawaii has shown it is likely to succeed with its argument that the restrictions on travel from majority Muslim countries is unconstitutional.



In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, 'Modern Slavery' Persists

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:35:00 -0400

A new report highlights victims of human trafficking in the food industry, from farm workers to restaurant cooks and wait staff. Some victims are exploited for both sex and labor.



#BlackWomenAtWork: Women Speak Out After Criticism Of Journalist, Congresswoman

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:25:00 -0400

Incidents like the ones involving veteran reporter April Ryan and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters this week are "not a rarity" for black women in the workplace, says activist Brittany Packnett.



Felony Charges For U.S. Diplomat Over Alleged Contacts With Chinese Agents

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:31:00 -0400

For years, a State Department employee allegedly received tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from Chinese intelligence operatives and failed to report the repeated contacts to U.S. officials.



Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:56:00 -0400

Capturing carbon emissions from coal plants would reduce coal's effect on climate change. But high costs and other factors have stymied efforts to use that technology at more U.S. power plants.



Democratic Senator Urges Trump To 'Do More Than Talk' On Opioid Crisis

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:44:00 -0400

Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire addressed the opioid problem in her state for several years as governor. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Hassan about President Trump's opioid plans.



Ivanka Trump To Be An Official White House Employee Covered By Ethics Rules

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:42:00 -0400

She already has an office in the West Wing. "I have been working closely ... with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role," she said.



Missouri Rejects Federal Money In Order To Set Up Its Own Abortion Restrictions

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:21:00 -0400

Abortion is already heavily restricted in Missouri, but now the state is cutting more funding to organizations that provide abortions, even though it means rejecting millions of dollars from the feds.



Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:20:00 -0400

After devastating floods, California is looking to spend billions on dams and levees. Some are calling for a new approach to flood control, one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it.



U.S. Census To Leave Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Questions Off New Surveys

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:12:00 -0400

"Sexual orientation and gender identity" was listed in a Census Bureau report as a proposed topic for the 2020 Census or the American Community Survey. But the topic was later removed.



Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:48:00 -0400

Thursday the private company SpaceX plans on launching a satellite using a rocket that it has launched once before. Reusing equipment could make it cheaper to do business in deep space.



New Owners Work To Preserve Legacy Of Nina Simone's Home

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The North Carolina home of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone has sold. Now the new owners are trying to figure out how to honor her past.



Fishermen Catch 50-Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0400

MacArthur Park in Los Angeles is not the most picturesque location, but it is where the California Ghetto Carping Club caught a 50 pound carp this week.



Trump Holds 'Listening Session' On Opioid Addiction

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0400

President Trump held a "listening session" on opioid addiction Wednesday, the beginning of what the White House says will be its effort to address a problem that resonated on the campaign trail.