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Equifax CEO Richard F. Smith, seen in an interview with Bloomberg in 2007.
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 08:34

The credit reporting agency said Chairman and CEO Richard Smith is retiring — just weeks after Equifax acknowledged that hackers had accessed that personal information of up to 143 million consumers.

Aktham Abulhusn rides the subway on his way to Berlin Alexanderplatz. He came from Syria to Germany in early 2015 on a student visa and now lives there on a refugee visa. Now that his German language skills are improving, he is trying to find a girlfriend.
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 08:27

in the final episode of NPR's Rough Translation podcast, Aktham Abulhusn seeks help from a dating coach in Berlin to learn the unwritten rules of German culture. He hopes to find a girlfriend.

"All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government related work," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said after reports emerged of senior Trump administration officials using private email.
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 06:59

Private email use by public officials was a hot topic in the 2016 presidential race — and one which then-candidate Donald Trump used to accuse rival Hillary Clinton of breaking federal laws.

Piper Su, seen here with her son, Elliot, lives in Alexandria, Va. She has registered with several transplant centers in hopes of increasing the odds of getting an organ.
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 06:27

The nation's organ transplant network is considering changing how livers are distributed. The goal is to make the system fairer, but critics worry patients in poorer rural areas could lose out.

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 05:39

In an attempt to hire and retain the best retail employees, Target Corp is raising its minimum hourly wage for workers to $11 next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020.

From left, Bill Wanlund of the Falls Church electoral board, Jessica Wilson of voting machine company Hart InterCivic and David Bjerke, the Falls Church director of elections test the city's new voting machines ahead of this November's election.
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 05:05

One of the most drastic steps was a decision to adopt all new paper-backed voting machines before November after deciding that the paperless electronic equipment was vulnerable to attack.

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore debates with Sen. Luther Strange in Montgomery, Ala., on Sept. 21.
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:00

Polls still show Sen. Luther Strange trailing Judge Roy Moore, with Trump unable to pull the appointed senator to a win. Trump allies say Moore is the true candidate who can "drain the swamp."

At Urumqi's Grand Bazaar, a police officer chats with a local vendor while a video promoting China's ethnic minorities plays on a big screen overlooking the square. This was the site of Uighur protests in 2009 that sparked citywide riots, leading to the death of hundreds. Since then, the city has become one of China's most tightly controlled police states.
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 03:59

Following riots and attacks in past years, residents of Urumqi, the capital of the western region, now live and work under intense surveillance, and are subject to detention after traveling abroad.

American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin speaks with reporters at the U.S. Olympic team media event Wednesday. Shiffrin said it's "cool" to see sports play a bigger role in politics and culture than it has in the past.
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 23:29

Some NASCAR and Olympic figures spoke out for and some against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

Carmen Rivera, at left in the orange dress, sits on a cot at the Cataño shelter. She suffers from severe asthma and knee pain and has had to be rushed by ambulance to the hospital for asthma treatment twice since the hurricane. She says she feels forgotten by authorities.
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:17

In Cataño, near San Juan, the storm left hundreds living in a shelter where conditions are becoming increasingly dire.

Jose Torres's rearranges some of the photos he was able to save in his home.
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:01

Hurricane Maria knocked out power across the entire island, and many areas lack running water. Doing laundry, turning on the lights, eating dinner: Everyday life has become a constant challenge.

Mount Agung volcano, seen at sunrise in Bali, Indonesia, could erupt soon, say authorities.
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:59

Authorities say the mountain, which last erupted 54 years ago, is poised to go at any time.

Until it was surpassed recently by a similar instrument in China, the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, completed in 1963, was the world's single largest.
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:28

Early reports that a secondary dish at the observatory was destroyed by Maria turn out not to be correct, according to a group that helps run the facility.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., continues to tweak the health care bill he cosponsors in an effort to persuade reluctant senators to back it.
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 17:29

The Congressional Budget Office says it won't have time to analyze all the impacts of the latest GOP effort to repeal the ACA, but it says millions more would be uninsured than under current law.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Susan Collins, R-Maine (seen in 2013), along with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have announced firm opposition to the latest GOP health care bill.
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 17:23

Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she'll vote no on the latest push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. That once again leaves the GOP short of the votes it needs to pass a health care bill.

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