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Giraffe Now Listed As 'Vulnerable' To Extinction As Population Plummets

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:57:47 -0500

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says the giraffe population has declined by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years, and could face extinction if the trend is not reversed.



U.S.-Led Coalition Hits Main Mosul Hospital With Airstrike

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:52:00 -0500

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says it launched the strike at the request of the Iraqi military, and that ISIS was using the hospital as a command and control center.



History-Making Somali-American Legislator Reports 'Hateful' Taunts In D.C.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:23:00 -0500

Ilhan Omar says she was "subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, Islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced" in a cab during her visit to the nation's capital.



2 Juveniles Charged With Arson, Suspected Of Starting Deadly Tennessee Wildfire

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:56:00 -0500

The fire in east Tennessee that began last month has killed at least 14 people and caused widespread destruction in the town of Gatlinburg. Two minors have been arrested and might be tried as adults.



RNC Official On Trump's Cabinet Picks, Tweets: 'Business As Usual Has Ended'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:52:00 -0500

Rachel Martin talks to Sean Spicer, the communications director for the Republican National Committee, about the overall shape of the Trump transition.



At 93, Diana Kennedy Still Reigns As Mexico's Feistiest Food Expert

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:00:18 -0500

The cookbook Nothing Fancy, first published in 1984, has just been re-released — and is the closest thing to a memoir that the formidable "Julia Child of Mexico" has ever written.



As He Leaves The Senate, Harry Reid Says He's 'Hopeful' On Trump

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:39:00 -0500

Reid, the Nevada Democrat, is wrapping up a 30-year run in Congress. "I agree with the American people - I don't have a real high regard for Congress either, because we're not getting things done."



Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:02:00 -0500

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.



Diver's Ambassador Life Showed Bigotry Is Never Far From The Surface

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:42:00 -0500

Years after Pearl Harbor and decades before a proposed "Muslim registry," Sammy Lee tried to "prove that in America, I could do anything." America hasn't always been convinced.



Deadly Fire In Oakland May Spur Crackdown On Off-The-Grid Artists' Spaces

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:17:00 -0500

Rents in the Bay Area are among the highest in the country, pushing many artists into illegal work/live spaces like the Ghost Ship, where a fire left 36 dead. Now, officials vow to step up regulation.



Behind Trump's Taiwan Phone Chat, A Veteran Washington Insider

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:52:00 -0500

Former GOP senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole helped Taiwan connect with the Trump transition team. Federal disclosure reports show Dole has lobbied for Taiwan for nearly two decades.



Information Overload? Not Everybody Is Feeling It, Pew Study Says

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:25:00 -0500

A Pew Research Center study finds that people do not feel as overloaded by information as they did a decade ago. In fact, people with more access to information find it helps them simplify their life.



Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:17:00 -0500

A new report from the Overseas Development Institute finds that impoverished children are working long hours in violation of the country's labor laws.



School Choice 101: What It Is, How It Works And Does It Work?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:16:00 -0500

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on the campaign trail that school choice is "the new civil rights issue of our time." But talk of school choice is, at best, confusing.



Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:08:00 -0500

Early intervention for treating psychosis and grants to train more psychologists and psychiatrists are just some of the ways the legislation would change mental health services.