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Mario Rayna, center, chants with others at an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 19:52

Despite the proposed raid drawing the attention of millions, no aliens were freed today.

Workers fix the damage in the Aramco's Khurais oil field in  Saudi Arabia, Sept. 20, 2019, after it was hit during Sept. 14 attack the U.S. alleges Iran carried out.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 19:32

The Pentagon provided few details on the deployment. The announcement appears to indicate that the president has not made a decision whether to take military action against Iran

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency looks on during a news conference Thursday at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 19:23

The lawsuit comes two days after the Trump administration revoked California's ability to set its own rules for automobiles. The state's top prosecutor blasted the move as "arbitrary and capricious."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back against GOP criticism that her plan calling for the federal government to negotiate drug prices interfered with the free market.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:14

In a wide-ranging interview, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said she opposes the efforts of leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to enact a government-run health care system.

Citing "growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes," Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:13

The nation's largest retailer cited regulatory "complexity and uncertainty" around e-cigarettes. U.S. health officials have raised alarms over growing cases of lung injury associated with vaping.

The inmate population at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, once stood at nearly 700 but has since dwindled to 40.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 15:56

Few foreign ISIS fighters captured in Syria and Iraq have been repatriated. Unless European allies accept nationals who are ISIS prisoners of war, Trump said, "we're releasing them at the border."

Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie poses at a community space where women cook and sell meat. She started drag as an escape from oppression she felt at Stellenbosch University for being "black, Xhosa, poor, queer and effeminate." "It is through pageantry and performance that I became more inclined with my queerness and how boundless expression should be," she says. "Drag became the therapist I never had."
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 15:41

Even though they face discrimination, they proudly embrace their heritage in the way they dress.

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 15:30

In developing countries, public toilets may be in short supply. And even when they are available, women and girls might not feel comfortable using them.

A historical sign memorializes the March 28, 1979, partial meltdown at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:16

The plant is best known for the partial meltdown of one of its nuclear reactors in 1979. The remaining reactor stopped producing electricity on Friday. Decommissioning the site will take decades.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested a new law is needed to be able to indict a sitting president for potential lawbreaking while in office.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:35

"I do think that we will have to pass some laws that will have clarity for future presidents. [A] president should be indicted, if he's committed a wrongdoing," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NPR.

People in Houston navigate the floodwaters on Thursday. The city got more than 9 inches of rain on that day alone, according to the National Weather Service in Houston.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:03

The National Weather Service in Houston said the amount of rainfall in Houston and Galveston on Thursday was "one for the record books." At least four deaths have been blamed on the storm.

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:01

The Trump administration ordered new sanctions on Iran, in response to the attack in Saudi Arabia that temporarily cut off nearly 6% of the world's oil supply. The sanctions' effect may be limited.

President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Trump says reports of an improper conversation with a foreign leader are "ridiculous."
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 11:17

The president blamed a "partisan whistleblower," whose identity he said he didn't know, for an allegation that Trump had an improper conversation with a foreign leader.

Some insurers using this new payment model offer a single fee to one OB-GYN or medical practice, which then uses part of that money to cover the hospital care involved in labor and delivery. Other insurers opt to cut a separate contract with the hospital.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 10:49

Instead of paying doctors piecemeal for prenatal appointments and delivery of the baby, some insurers now offer medical practices one lump sum to cover it all.

Fifty books made the cut for the 2019 National Book Award longlists. Winners will be announced in November.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 09:46

Colson Whitehead and Marlon James headline the longlists of names in contention for the literary prize. Altogether, 50 books across five categories stand a chance at winning in November.

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