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Astronauts thinking deep thoughts.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:02

Over half of the 7.5 billion humans on Earth live in just seven countries. What will the planet's population picture look like in 2100?

Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer, testifying on the seventh day of his retrial in Hamilton County Common Pleas earlier this month at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:31

Jurors couldn't agree on a verdict in the murder and manslaughter case against former police officer Ray Tensing over his fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015.

The silver carp captured Thursday in Illinois just downstream of the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. It weighs about 8 pounds and measures 28 inches long.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:17

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in watches a test-firing of an indigenously developed ballistic missile at the state-run Agency for Defense Development in Taean, South Korea.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:21

Military strength is needed for dialogue with North Korea to work, President Moon Jae-in says. Officials say the Hyunmoo-2 missile, with a range of nearly 500 miles, hit its target accurately.

Comedian Bill Cosby walks with spokesman Andrew Wyatt during deliberations in Cosby's sexual assault trial earlier this month at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:40

"This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today," a spokesman for the comedian said. "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying."

Our brains can store huge amounts of information, but forgetting some of that information may actually make us smarter.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:15

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.

The vast majority of contingent or independent workers in the U.S. do not receive employee benefits, though some companies and lawmakers are trying to change that.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:11

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

Qatar's neighbors have told it to shut down its Doha-based news network Al-Jazeera and affiliates, one of 13 demands made Friday.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:17

If Qatar wants to end a recent diplomatic standoff, Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states say the country has 10 days to comply with a steep list of demands, including shutting down Al-Jazeera.

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:45

Darren Osborne faces charges after a rental van plowed through a crowd of people outside the mosque Monday.

President Trump holds up the signed Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 on Friday.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:48

The president has been boasting about all the laws he has signed, but compared with other recent presidents, it's not that many — and he still hasn't gotten any major pieces of legislation.

Tributes to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are left near the building in West London on Friday. Combustible cladding has been found in a number of similar tower blocks in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:19

Investigators also say some of the building's exterior materials failed safety tests. Police say they're considering manslaughter charges over the blaze, in which at least 79 people died.

The FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Headquarters is aging and obsolete, and officials want to replace it with a more modern structure in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:48

Some critics say Vornado Realty Trust should recuse itself from bidding on the project because of its financial relationship to the president and his family.

Gary Koivu and his wife Kim came to StoryCorps to talk about Koivu's friend Vincent Chin. Chin died 35 years ago, and his death became a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:48

The Detroit resident's violent death become a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation. Thirty-five years later, his friend Gary Koivu recalls their final night together.

Ozzie Ling, manager of Shanghai's Yingyi Golf Club, says government inspection squads will sometimes visit his club, looking for wayward government officials who might be guests of the club.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:48

China has had a complicated history with golf. At one time, the country seemed golf crazy, but it became synonymous with corrupt officials. Once again it is in the crosshairs of China's government.

A dirt biker "popping a wheelie".
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:29

More cities are dealing with off-road vehicles being driven on their streets. But the riders say they're helping the community by keeping young people out of trouble.

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