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President Trump at a Cabinet meeting July 16, 2019 at the White House.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 12:40

The White House has been quietly working to draft a bill that aims to unite Republicans on the issue. It doesn't deal with the millions currently in the country.

An alligator that eluded capture for a week in a Chicago park is now in custody, officials announced Tuesday. The gator is seen here in an image provided by Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:12

It took some 36 hours of looking in Humboldt Park's lagoon, but a Florida alligator specialist finally brought in an animal that had become something of a celebrity in Chicago.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump met in the demilitarized zone between the Koreas on June 30.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:08

Pyongyang accused the U.S. of "unilaterally reneging on its commitments" and said North Korea is "gradually losing our justification to follow through" on its own promises.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy says <em>Ode to Joy</em> is defiantly joyful in the face of global political and cultural upheaval.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:18

The album, Ode to Joy, is a defiantly hopeful collection of songs for dark days.

Bacteria (purple) in the bloodstream can trigger sepsis, a life-threatening illness.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:14

Sepsis, the body's overreaction to infection, strikes more than a million Americans a year and kills more than 250,000. Evidence suggests that regulations can improve its diagnosis and patient care.

Members of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and allies hold a protest rally last month in New York City's Times Square demanding justice for Eric Garner, who died after he was put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer in 2014.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:10

Officer Daniel Pantaleo could still face disciplinary action by the New York Police Department. In 2014, Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry in national protests.

U.S. lawmakers will question lobbyists and officials from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple on an array of issues.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 09:42

Lawmakers in the Senate and House are questioning lobbyists and officials from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple on an array of issues, including whether they're so big they stifle competition.

Text of a House resolution condemning remarks by President Trump about four members of Congress.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 09:00

The House will vote Tuesday evening on a resolution "condemning President Trump's racist comments directed at Members of Congress."

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:52

When you have a voice like Brittany Howard, just about anybody looks good singing along. But when that person is Terry Crews, it's all the more sweeter.

"Help Wanted/No Irish Need Apply" sign photographed in 1998 at O'Riley Hibernian Pub in Lawrence, Mass.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:45

By repeating that these immigrants are "not you" the president defined them as "the other" in stark terms. The battle lines could not be clearer, and the battle is nearly as old as America itself.

Container ships and other maritime vessels currently run on pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. The world's largest container-shipping company, Maersk, has promised to make its operations zero carbon by 2050. Doing so will require using new fuels such as hydrogen.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:38

The shipping industry is starting to move away from pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. Scientists and private companies are betting on a clean replacement technology: hydrogen fuel cells.

The town of Harlech in Wales is officially home to the world's steepest street, according to Guinness World Records.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 06:19

The town of Harlech in Wales has ousted Dunedin, New Zealand, for the title of world's steepest street. Residents are elated about the title, which required a lengthy verification process.

Musicians walk on a crosswalk painted like a piano Outside the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Increasingly, urban designers and transportation planners say this kind of art — colorful crosswalks and engaging sidewalks — leads to safer intersections, stronger neighborhoods, and better public health.
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 06:18

Intersection art makes streets more inviting and can remind motorists to respect crosswalks and bike lanes. But the federal government says the designs can also be distracting.

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 05:32

The show is centered on the suicide of a teenage girl, and the first season's finale shows her taking her own life. Several organizations raised concerns that it could romanticize suicide.

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 04:59

You know "the Force" that binds all things — the one that can let your mind move objects? The latest Future You video demos an armband that allows users to control objects with thoughts.

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