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Sarah Thomas, a 37-year-old cancer survivor, swims across the 21-mile English Channel. She said she had been stung in the face by a jellyfish during the epic swim.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:41

Sarah Thomas of Colorado plunged into the record books with her 54-hour feat. She finished Tuesday and said she was stung in the face by a jellyfish in the process.

A man sets up portraits of North Korean defector Han Seong-ok and her 6-year-old son, who are believed to have died from starvation, at a makeshift shrine in downtown Seoul on Aug. 28.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:32

A mother and her young son were found dead in July, apparently of starvation. The case has refocused attention on the circumstances of defectors, who often struggle to start new lives in the South.

Cokie Roberts was one of NPR's most recognizable voices and is considered one of a handful of pioneering female journalists who helped shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture. She died Tuesday.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:01

Roberts, who joined the fledgling network in 1978, was a seasoned Washington insider who developed a distinctive voice as a reporter and commentator for both NPR and ABC News.

Eulalio Barrera Barrera's family was one of 6,000 to receive a monthly stipend funded by USAID that was cut off last month because of President Trump's foreign aid funding freeze. Like many families in the program, he spent the last cash on chickens.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:48

In April, the president put $450 million on hold for Guatemala as well as Honduras and El Salvador over what he described as the failure of their governments to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S.

Afghan police inspect the site of a bombing in Parwan province, where Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was speaking at a campaign rally. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:59

The attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, occurred as President Ashraf Ghani was making a rare personal appearance. Due to security concerns, he gives many speeches through his laptop.

NASA's Dragonfly mission will hop across Saturn's moon Titan, taking samples and photos.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:03

Almost everyone who learns about the project thinks it sounds "crazy," admits one scientist. But the technology should work.

A group gathers at the state capitol in Austin, Texas, in May to protest abortion restrictions. In defiance of the state's ban on city funding of abortion providers, the Austin City Council has found a workaround to help women seeking the procedure.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:03

The Austin City Council is defying Texas state legislators, setting aside $150,000 in city funds to help local women who seek abortions pay for attendant costs, such as transportation or child care.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah cast their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 05:09

In the second election in just five months, Israel's longest-serving prime minister is hoping to eke out a governing coalition. Once again, he faces a tough battle with a centrist rival.

Amish families passing on the road in Lancaster, Pa., one on foot and the other on horse-drawn carriage. The high cost of farmland is driving some Amish to move to where land is more affordable.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 04:09

The Amish country of Lancaster, Pa., is changing as only about a third of the fast-growing religious group still farm. Most Amish heads of household work in businesses and construction these days.

Crime Stoppers lets people call in anonymous tips to its programs across the United States.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 04:00

Offering rewards to catch criminals may, in rare instances, motivate people to come forward with a tip. However, few people actually claim rewards and there's little evidence that they actually work.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally Monday night in Rio Rancho, N.M.
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 00:42

The president will be attending private fundraisers near Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills. It is his first visit to the San Francisco Bay Area since his election, when he lost California by 30 points.

Shane Gillis was set to join the cast of <em>Saturday Night Live</em>, premiering on Sept. 28. On Monday, a spokesperson announced the show had fired Gillis after a video of him using a racial slur for Chinese people surfaced online.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 18:06

The comedian's rising star has dimmed in a controversy over a series of derogatory statements he made on his podcast. SNL said the show had no idea. He said, "I was always a Mad TV guy anyway."

Among the targets hit in the facility are apparently tanks used to hold flammable gas, and separation towers critical to its operation.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 17:43

Independent analysts say the evidence available suggests Iran played a role in the weekend attack. The question is how big that role might be.

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:25

Boeing's board of directors will soon receive recommendations aimed at making the company's planes safer. This comes after two 737 MAX jets crashed, killing all passengers and crew.

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:25

Nearly 50,000 General Motors workers are on strike. They're protesting contract issues such as wages, health care and other benefits at a time when their union is under investigation for corruption.

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