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Trump To Sign Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:16:00 -0400

The president is set to sign an order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, and possibly reverse the designation of some marine sanctuaries.

West Virginia State University Says It Is Suing Dow Chemical For Contamination

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:23:00 -0400

The school alleges the chemical manufacturing giant is responsible for the elevated levels of three likely carcinogens in its groundwater. Its lawsuit asks that the company provide for their removal.

After Ann Coulter Speech Cancellation, Protesters Rally At Berkeley

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:08:00 -0400

The university and city of Berkeley saw dueling, but peaceful demonstrations with police on hand. Coulter suggested that she might "swing by" to greet supporters but never did.

As Los Angeles Burned, The Border Patrol Swooped In

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:06:00 -0400

People often remember tensions between African-Americans, white police officers and Korean business owners. That story gets more complicated when you step into a predominantly Latino neighborhood.

With Billions At Stake, Trump Agrees To Mend NAFTA — Not End It

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:38:00 -0400

Despite his long-standing criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Trump has opted to reopen negotiations on the deal rather than run the risk of scrapping it altogether.

Google Spins Up Its First Servers In Cuba

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:14:00 -0400

The company can speed up delivery of high-bandwidth content like YouTube videos because the servers will now store data locally. But accessing the Internet in Cuba remains difficult and expensive.

This Time, 'Dear White People' Is Not So Much About Them

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:20:00 -0400

Netflix's hit show, with its incessant and incisive look at race at a fictional Ivy League college, doesn't really focus much on white people at all.

Because I Was Harmed

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:06:00 -0400

An advocate against female genital mutilation/cutting explains: "I wanted to break the sense of powerlessness that persists generation after generation."

Why Do So Many Africans Drown?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:43:00 -0400

One of the most dangerous spots is Lake Victoria. And even the police who patrol the lake don't always know how to swim. But a life preserver may be on the way.

As Trump And Congress Flip-Flop On Health Care, Insurers Try To Plan Ahead

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:16:00 -0400

Insurance companies face deadlines to offer Affordable Care Act plans for next year, but lawmakers and the White House have left key decisions up in the air.

California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:15:00 -0400

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. That's because avocados grow year-round in Mexico's climate, but not California's. Researchers are working to change that.

Arkansas Poised To Carry Out Its Fourth Execution This Month

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:16:00 -0400

And hours before his scheduled execution, lawyers for death-row inmate Kenneth Williams continued to try to stop it in court. He is the fourth and final inmate scheduled to die in Arkansas this month.

For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:52:00 -0400

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.

Trump's Tweet-And-Switch On Shutdown And Flynn

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:09:00 -0400

The president went on a tweetstorm Thursday blaming Democrats for a possible shutdown, even though one's unlikely. Why? Democrats happened to be plastered on cable news talking about Michael Flynn.

Michael Flynn Is The Subject Of A Pentagon Investigation

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:06:08 -0400

The military investigation could force the retired general to forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars to make up for payments from entities linked to foreign governments.