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The Rigopiano Hotel, shown early on Thursday, was hit by an avalanche in Farindola, Italy, after earthquakes shook the region on Wednesday.
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 06:49

About 30 people are missing in the Abruzzo region of Italy after an avalanche, apparently triggered by earthquakes Wednesday, covered a three-story mountain hotel in snow.

The 60-year lease Trump holds on his Washington, D.C., hotel, is with the U.S. General Services Administration, which owns the building where the hotel is located.
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 06:34

When Trump becomes president, he may violate the lease on his Washington, D.C., hotel. A government agency owns the building, and the contract specifies no elected U.S. official may hold the lease.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sweet potato consumption in the United States nearly doubled in just 15 years.
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 06:00

These sugary spuds are cheap and easy to grow, but the rise of postwar industrialization and processed foods made them less popular. Now, fad diets and trendy restaurants have sparked a renaissance.

Most of Boeing's job cuts this year will come from the commercial jetliner workforce at Boeing facilities in western Washington, including at the company's wide body assembly factory in Everett.
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 05:59

Aviation giant Boeing, a corporate sponsor of the inauguration and one of the country's largest exporters, is planning new buyouts and layoffs on top of nearly 11,000 job cuts last year.

A humvee passes the guard tower at the entrance of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in October 2016.
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 05:59

Despite President Obama's executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, dozens of detainees from the war on terror are still there.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Energy Department. His confirmation hearing is on Thursday.
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 04:07

Perry, nominee for energy secretary, has significant experience with energy as the former governor of Texas, but has little in regards to the nuclear weapons he'd be responsible for protecting.

An overhaul of Obamacare could still change health coverage for people who get insurance on the job at large companies.
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 04:00

With the future of the Affordable Care Act on the line, health insurance benefits for workers at large companies hang in the balance.

Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung, arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on January 18. A judge said there wasn't enough evidence for his arrest on bribery charges.
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 02:57

Judges in Seoul said early Thursday there was insufficient cause to arrest the head of South Korea's most powerful conglomerate. But he's not exonerated.

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue talks with reporters after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York in November 2016. He's Trump's choice for agriculture secretary.
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:51

Perdue is popular with farmer groups and establishment Republicans. If he is confirmed, he will be in charge of food aid to the poor and other programs that some members of Congress want to cut.

Houston Astros longtime first baseman and four-time All-Star Jeff Bagwell is pictured announcing his retirement from baseball in 2006. Bagwell was elected to the Hall of Fame Wednesday.
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 20:46

A dazzling speedster, a slugger, and one of the best catchers the game has ever seen will be enshrined at Cooperstown.

EPA Administrator nominee  Scott Pruitt testifies at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:07

Scott Pruitt also told a Senate committee on Wednesday it's not clear how to measure humanity's effect on the climate. As attorney general of Oklahoma, he has filed many lawsuits against the agency.

Cage-free chickens walk in a fenced pasture at an organic farm near Waukon, Iowa.
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:20

New rules for organic farming will require farmers to give chickens more pasture. Some of the biggest organic egg producers will have to change their practices, or stop calling their eggs organic.

Ricky Gray is scheduled to be executed at the Greensville prison in Jarratt, Va., Wednesday night.
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:55

The execution of Ricky Gray on Wednesday was the first known instance of a state using midazolam, a sedative, that was not manufactured by a pharmaceutical company.

One of the 8,400 remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan guards the bay of a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter as it flies near Kabul.
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:50

President Obama is the first president to serve eight years with the U.S. at war nonstop, from beginning to end. Donald Trump now inherits ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Obama holds his final press conference at the White House on Wednesday.
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:46

NPR's politics team, with help from editors and reporters across the newsroom, annotated Obama's remarks on press freedom, Russia, the Middle East and more.

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