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The University of Iowa is working to include teens on the autism spectrum in its programs for gifted students.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 16:48

A center at the University of Iowa is making sure that its programs for gifted teens include those with autism spectrum disorders.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with 1,500 self-funded health plans, sued Sutter Health for antitrust violations. The closely watched case, which many expected to set precedents nationwide, ended in a settlement Wednesday. Above, Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:53

Health care costs in Northern California, where Sutter Health dominates, are 20% to 30% higher than in Southern California, even after adjusting for cost of living. Settlement terms aren't yet public.

The parents of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old who was killed in England when an American woman drove the wrong way, said no to President Trump's suggestion on Tuesday they meet with the woman right then. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn are seen here in New York City on Tuesday.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:05

The president said his meeting with the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn "was beautiful in a certain way," before arguing that driving the wrong way in Europe "happens to a lot of people."

The Department of Justice announced that hundreds of people have been charged in the takedown of a massive darknet child pornography website.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:51

The porn website has been shut down and 23 children were rescued. "You may try to hide behind technology, but we will find you and we will arrest and prosecute you," a federal official warns.

The Census Bureau is turning to existing government records, such as state driver's licenses, to try to fill in gaps in the incomplete responses it collects from its survey.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:23

The Census Bureau is gathering records on people's U.S. citizenship status as part of Trump administration efforts to produce data that a GOP strategist said could politically benefit Republicans.

Teachers, staff and their supporters marched through downtown Chicago on Monday to show support for the teachers union.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:21

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that she expects the teachers union to move ahead with a strike after a contract agreement wasn't reached.

Michael McKinley (center), former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, arrives to testify at a closed-door deposition as part of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 13:16

Michael McKinley says he quit his job and then testified to House investigators because of the use of ambassadors "to advance domestic political objectives."

The UAW GM National Council will vote on a new tentative deal Thursday in a potential end to the national strike that has idled GM plants.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:26

When the union's GM national council reviews the deal's terms Thursday, it will decide whether nearly 50,000 workers should remain on strike or whether they should go back to work immediately.

In Hamburg, Germany, estimated life expectancy in the city's poorer neighborhoods still trails wealthier neighborhoods by 13 years.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:21

Even with generous health coverage, sizable health disparities persist between Hamburg's wealthier and poorer neighborhoods. Crowding, poor air quality and fewer physicians plague poorer areas.

President Trump holds a news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House on Wednesday.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:17

In a press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, President Trump said Kurdish fighters who had been U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS were "more of a terrorist threat than ISIS."

Forest biologist Patricia Maloney is raising 10,000 sugar pine seedlings descended from trees that survived California's historic drought.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:08

When it comes to surviving the warming climate, scientists are finding that some plants and animals have an edge. The hope is that these "super adapters" can help preserve their species.

Donny Chan reads in his apartment, one of a growing number of tiny, upscale units known as "microflats," in Hong Kong. The apartments, dubbed "mosquito-size units" or "gnat flats" in Chinese, are drawing online ridicule and underscore worries over the Asian financial hub's overheated real estate market and widening inequality.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:06

After being shouted down by opposition lawmakers, the Hong Kong chief executive announced new public housing projects in the notoriously expensive city.

A wall inside the CIA headquarters honors members of the CIA who died in the service of their country.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:06

After the 2001 al-Qaida attacks, the CIA ramped up counterterrorism operations. This included a surge in young, female recruits. Three have written new books about their secretive work.

Goldfish, like these showcased at Tokyo's Nihonbashi Art Aquarium, have been bred in China over centuries, into forms so varied and rare that one can be worth hundreds of dollars.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:06

China is considered the motherland of aquarium goldfish, bred over centuries into rare forms. Now tariffs have some U.S. sellers of these goldfish in a tailspin.

Alex, at 4 years and 11 months old, throws a toy football.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:06

Alex Yiu was born a seemingly healthy baby. But by age 2, his muscle control and speech were deteriorating. His baffling condition took a decade to diagnose. The reanalysis of a DNA test was the key.

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