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Consumer watchdog is a Trump target ... eventually

Republicans are eager to replace the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But Trump has higher economic priorities, and Democrats are poised to fight for its current head, Richard Cordray.

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Trump's big foreign policy change: looser ties with Europe

In a weekend interview that shocked European leaders, the president-elect expressed indifference to EU disintegration and reiterated campaign rhetoric that NATO was 'obsolete.' 

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As rift grows, cause of Antarctica ice shelf crack draws scientists' attention

At 90 miles and counting, the Larsen C ice shelf crack just keeps growing. Could studying this unusual crack predict future ice movements?

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'How America Lost Its Secrets' depicts a darker, complicated Edward Snowden

The image of Snowden as a brave idealist takes a pounding in this deeply researched biography.

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'The Girl in Green' tells a dark, funny, poetic tale of the US in Iraq

A Desert Storm vet returns to Iraq 20 years later, this time on a mission of hope.

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Finding unity on a new health-care law

Obamacare set down access to health care as a universal good, a point that Trump and much of the GOP now concedes. A new law would help fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act.

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How hundreds of girls are seeing 'Hidden Figures' for free

Several people, including a teen from Florida, have launched fundraising campaigns with the goal of sending groups of girls to see 'Hidden Figures,' a movie that tells the little-known story of three black women working at NASA.

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German auto stocks slip as Trump threatens tariffs

In a Sunday interview, Donald Trump threatened to impose a 35 percent tariff on imported cars, criticizing German automakers for not making more of their vehicles in the United States.

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Home equity line of credit rates to rise; here's what to do.

With one increase in each of the past two Decembers, and with a Fed plan to raise rates three more times this year, it’s pretty clear: Your home equity line of credit rate is likely heading higher. 

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How young activists are reclaiming a more radical version of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King's disruptive tactics once earned him a reputation for divisiveness among most of the American public.

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What could that strange, humongous shape in Venus' atmosphere reveal about the mysterious planet?

Researchers spotted a massive bow-shaped structure in the cloud tops over Venus, and it could offer new insights into what lies below.

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The forces that drive the price of a bouquet of roses (and the best time to order one for Valentine's Day)

We decided to do an experiment: We found a bouquet of a dozen red roses at five different online florists and tracked the price every week for a year. Here's what we found.

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Japan's mini-rocket crashes, but may hold hints of the future

Following a communications failure, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aborted its mini-rocket's mission. But demand is growing, and similar devices could be prominent features of space in the future.

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In urgent race to repeal Obamacare, rifts emerge in push for speedy reform

President-elect Donald Trump and many GOP lawmakers have repeatedly called for an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but others are urging caution, wary of the political repercussions that could follow a rushed repeal.

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Days before Trump inauguration, writers gather to celebrate the power of language

Instead of wielding signs and chanting, the participants in the Writers Resist movement joined around the world to use prose passages and poems as a form of protest.

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Are money-market savings accounts worth it?

Money-market accounts, which promise a more lucrative home for money you don’t need to access on a regular basis, come with significant caveats and limitations that make them a dubious choice for most consumers.

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Creamy bacon and spinach rigatoni

This easy weeknight meal combines salty bacon and fresh spinach in a creamy, simple sauce.

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How organic farming is helping black farmers come back to the land

Black-owned farmland is experiencing a resurgence. Organic and sustainable farming are methods driving that change, but persistent obstacles remain a burden to those trying to break into new markets.

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Paris disconnect: Why many Palestinians don't want that two-state solution

Two in three Palestinians say the model is no longer viable, and many are deeply frustrated with Palestinian Authority leadership.

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How Nepal got the electricity flowing

Hours-long daily blackouts ended suddenly last October after an engineer approached the problem differently – and got the government's backing to solve it.

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Where does musical phenomenon 'Hamilton' go from here?

The Broadway show 'Hamilton' became a smash hit after opening in Broadway in 2015. What happens now with the culture-dominating production?

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White House news conferences out of the White House: more access or less press?

The Trump transition team is considering moving White House news conferences out of the building, sparking fears it will diminish the role of the White House press corps. 

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Pendant unearthed at Nazi death camp may be connected to Anne Frank, researchers say

A pendant unearthed in an excavation of Sobibór, a Nazi death camp in Poland, is thought to have belonged to a young girl who may have had ties to Anne Frank. 

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Amazon seeks FCC permission to run undisclosed tests in Washington State

The online retailer has remained tight-lipped about the nature and scope of its plans.

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Lockheed CEO pledges to cut cost of F-35, create 1,800 jobs

On Friday the CEO of Lockheed Martin announced the company's intention to lower the cost of the F-35 Lighting aircraft and to create 1,800 jobs in Texas.

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Does the bald eagle's comeback spell bad news for other species?

The national bird has made a dramatic comeback in the last few decades. But now, the predator is seeking out livestock and even some endangered species as food.

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Scores of migrants feared dead after attempting to cross Mediterranean

Last year, a record 181,000 boat migrants, mostly from Africa, reached Italy, according to government figures. 

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Bahrain executes 3 convicted in Arab Spring police bombing

The executions of the Shiite men drew swift condemnation from human rights groups and sparked outrage among opponents of the Sunni-ruled government.

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At Paris meeting, major powers to caution Trump over Middle East peace

Trump has pledged to pursue more pro-Israeli policies and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Has killing 70,000 birds failed to make NYC flights any safer?

More than 70,000 birds have been killed in an effort to open NYC flight paths since U.S. Airways flight flew into a flock of geese and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009.

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Is the new 'silencer' gun bill a matter of public safety?

Silencers, or suppressors, can protect a shooter's hearing while also reducing recoil, advocates say.

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Ringling Bros. shuts down: Is this the end of an entertainment era? (+video)

'The Greatest Show on Earth' announced that the circus will perform for the last time in May, bringing more than a century of entertainment to a close.

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What Mexico wants to talk about with Trump

If recent rhetoric is anything to go by, change is afoot in the relationship between Mexico and the United States. But when they do sit down, what issues will Mexico want to discuss?

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How SNL parodied Trump's press conference

Saturday Night Live's cold open sketch, starring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, touched on a number of contentious issues surrounding the president-elect's transition. 

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What makes humanity thrive

As the besieged Christian communities of the Middle East shrink, the Middle East becomes the poorer.

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Could new 'clip-on' evidence help solve the D.B. Cooper case?

Three amateur scientists given access to the clip-on tie left behind on the hijacked plane found more than 1,000 particles on it, which they say could lead to the true identity of the infamous skyjacker. 

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Iraqi Military: Mosul University fully liberated

The spokesman for the Joint Military Command declared the campus was under the full control of Iraqi special forces.

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China rejects Trump's suggestion to negotiate Taiwan again

Since recognizing Beijing in 1979, Washington has maintained only unofficial ties with Taiwan — a status quo that Trump has repeatedly threatened to upend since winning the November election.

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SpaceX launches, lands rocket after four-month hiatus

The high-stakes Saturday launch was an important success for the company, which had been grounded ever since a SpaceX rocket exploded on the launchpad last September.

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What you should know about China's Zhou Youguang, inventor of pinyin

Zhou Youguang, who in 1958 invented pinyin, the romanized spelling system that linked ancient Chinese writing to the modern age, died Saturday in Beijing. The system forever changed how the world learns and types Chinese.

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