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Trump Bans U.S. Funding For Groups That 'Promote' Abortion Overseas

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:26:00 -0500

The new president has reinstated the "Mexico City" policy first instituted by Ronald Reagan in 1984. And this version is even broader than previous ones.

Dippin' Dots Beef Puts White House Press Secretary On The Spot

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:53:00 -0500

Recently discovered tweets show Sean Spicer has been at odds with the "ice cream of the future" for years. On Monday, Dippin' Dots tried to end the (one-sided) feud with a letter asking to be friends.

Trump's Press Secretary Tries For A Reset, But Goes On To Lament Negative Narrative

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:47:00 -0500

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in his first full press briefing, pledges never to lie, although, he says, "Sometimes we can disagree with the facts." He called media coverage "demoralizing."

'Like High-Definition From The Heavens'; NOAA Releases New Images Of Earth

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:06:00 -0500

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the first public images from its new weather satellite. The agency says the satellite's data will lead to more accurate weather forecasts.

Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant Otter Species In China

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:47:00 -0500

Six million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100 pounds lived among birds and water lilies in the wooded wetlands of China's Yunnan province. The discovery sheds light on how otters evolved.

Trump Files Documents To Shift Management Of Businesses To His Sons

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:34:00 -0500

For many weeks, the president said he would step away from managing his businesses, but he offered no evidence. Now documents are turning up, showing he no longer is listed as top executive.

Trump's Telecom Chief Is Ajit Pai, Critic Of Net Neutrality Rules

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:24:00 -0500

A champion of limited government, Pai has indicated plans to reel back Internet and other regulations. As FCC commissioner since 2012, Pai typically was a reliable opponent of Democrats' proposals.

Politics Aside, Counting Crowds Is Tricky

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:11:00 -0500

Claims about the size of crowds for both President Trump's inauguration and the protests that followed the day after, are being debated. Scientists struggle with how to do that kind of head count.

In West Bank, Witnesses To Conflict Are Using Video To Document What They See

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:06:00 -0500

This week, Israel will sentence a soldier convicted of killing a wounded Palestinian man last year in Hebron. A Palestinian shoemaker recorded a video of the shooting, which was shown at the trial.

Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

Opioid abuse is rising fast among those who live in rural areas. Research suggests the drugs' illicit use there spreads rapidly via social networks, which could be part of the solution, too.

Judge Blocks Health Care Merger, Saying It Would Hurt Competition

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:35:00 -0500

In his decision, Judge John Bates said he believed health insurance giant Aetna had tried to leverage its original support for Obamacare to get federal approval for its acquisition of rival Humana.

Invasive Fern In Florida Threatens To Take Down More Than Just Trees

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:26:00 -0500

The tenacious Old World climbing fern — native to Africa, Asia and Australia — is toppling trees as it swamps the state. It also threatens to derail a national wildlife refuge.

A Prosperous Dutch Village Hopes For A Right-Wing 'Bit Of Revolution'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:22:00 -0500

The Dutch village of Volendam is prosperous, picturesque — and a stronghold of Geert Wilders' far-right Freedom Party. Though it has few immigrants, Wilders' anti-immigrant message resonates.

75 People Arrested, Accused Of Trafficking Stolen Art And Archaeological Relics

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:29:00 -0500

Authorities say they recovered about 3,500 pieces of stolen art, most of it from countries at war. Spanish police announced the suspects were arrested across Europe.

How To Get Dads To A Parenting Class? Ask Them To Read To Their Kid

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:59:00 -0500

In a world of mom-focused parenting classes, this class got low-income Latino dads engaged by focusing on a tangible skill: reading to their preschoolers. It ended up helping dads and kids alike.