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Here's What Betsy DeVos Said Today On Capitol Hill

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:03:00 -0400

The education secretary testified before a House subcommittee on the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal, which calls for deep cuts to education.



Hot Tip On Old Heist Could Be Worth $10 Million, Gardner Museum Says

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:55:00 -0400

It's been 27 years since thieves made off with more than a dozen works of art from Boston's Gardner Museum. But the museum's trustees hold out hope — and have doubled the bounty on the masterpieces.



Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:33:00 -0400

A study of seven popular fitness trackers found they are generally good at measuring heart rate, but may mislead consumers about how many calories they have burned.



Miami's Zika Outbreak Began Months Before It Was First Detected

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:23:00 -0400

Travelers infected with the Zika virus in the Caribbean brought it to South Florida multiple times before officials realized it had reached the U.S., an analysis of virus genomes finds.



Doctors Once Thought Bananas Cured Celiac Disease. They Saved Kids' Lives — At A Cost

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:43:00 -0400

In the early 20th century, kids with the disease faced severe malnutrition, even death. The banana-based diet doctors came up with seemed to cure them — but led kids back to foods that made them sick.



'Top Gun 2' Means One More Ride Into The Danger Zone

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:25:00 -0400

It's been 31 years since Top Gun. Cruise told an Australian TV show that a sequel will start filming "probably in the next year."



Why Did Melania Trump Cover Her Hair At The Vatican But Not In Saudi Arabia?

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:20:00 -0400

Despite the criticism, the first lady's attire was in keeping with protocol of the countries she visited and the precedent set by other foreign leaders who have visited them.



Total Failure: How George Foreman's Losses Showed Him The Light

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:00 -0400

In the second part of our series, we talk to the boxer about his 1974 loss to Muhammad Ali and how it changed him forever.



Trump Casts Shadow Over Tightening Montana Special Election

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:57:00 -0400

A super-charged political environment and backlash against the GOP health care bill have made Thursday's special congressional election for Montana's lone House seat primed for a possible upset.



Black Ministry Students At Duke Say They Face Unequal Treatment And Racism

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:23:00 -0400

The dean says pushing the school to be a more diverse and inclusive environment is a top priority.



Fox News Retracts DNC Staffer Conspiracy Story, But Hannity Keeps It Alive

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:49:00 -0400

Fox News retracted a story about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer that was based on a groundless conspiracy theory. But host Sean Hannity, who pushed the theory, stood by it.



'We Can Use Peace,' President Trump Says After Exchanging Gifts With Pope

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:41:00 -0400

The president made the remark after the pope presented him with a medallion featuring an olive branch. "I give this to you so that you can be an instrument of peace," the pope told him.



'He Is Something': Trump Visits Pope Francis At The Vatican

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:37:00 -0400

Wednesday's meeting, which focused on pursuing peace, comes a year after the pope suggested that Trump "is not Christian" because of his plan for a U.S-Mexico border wall.



Pompeo Signals He'll Move CIA In A More Aggressive Direction

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:37:00 -0400

"We are back in the business of stealing secrets," says CIA chief Mike Pompeo, who made the comment Tuesday night in a session at CIA headquarters in northern Virginia. We examine what he meant.



Concert Bombing Was An Appalling Tragedy, British Ambassador Says

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:37:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the U.S., about the aftermath of the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night.