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Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:13

Everything from cars to thermostats is being connected to the Internet, raising security concerns. Samy Kamkar, who once hacked MySpace, hopes exposing vulnerabilities will make these things safer.

Joanna Wright, 58, and Tara Cummings, 47, spoke about their time at New Bethany Home for Girls during a StoryCorps conversation. Both women have testified that they were abused at the Louisiana school.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:13

In a StoryCorps conversation, two women who attended the New Bethany Home for Girls in Louisiana talk about the abuse they say they experienced there and how it affected them years later.

A worker builds an aircraft engine at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, Sept. 6, 2016. Aerospace is among the manufacturing sectors that could be affected by import tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:13

President Trump is weighing tariffs or quotas on steel and aluminum imports. But a backlash is brewing by aerospace companies and other manufacturers, who say such moves will drive up costs.

Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback is one of hundreds of sheriffs across the country who cooperate with ICE by handing over undocumented immigrants.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:01

Immigration and Customs Enforcement often asks local jails to hold undocumented people until federal agents can pick them up. Most sheriffs cooperate, but some have taken a stand against the request.

A CPAC attendee wears a "Make America Great Again," Trump-Pence and Texas flag pins at the annual conservative conference at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:01

Speaking at the annual conservative conference, President Trump will reiterate his earlier calls about guns at schools after the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:00

Over 9 in 10 people think both gossip and deliberate touching are inappropriate at work, and many have seen it happen. Yet, almost no one admitted to doing either in a new Ipsos/NPR poll.

President Trump praised the 2017 opening of this mine in Friedens, Pa., which created around 100 jobs.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:00

The number of U.S. coal jobs rose slightly during the president's first year in office. But energy analysts credit short-term market forces and say they won't stop long-term decline.

This photo combo shows death row immates, from left, Thomas Whitaker from Texas, whose sentence was commuted Thursday, Doyle Lee Hamm from Alabama, and Eric Scott Branch from Florida.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:34

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott granted clemency for 38-year-old Thomas Whitaker. Meanwhile, Florida put to death Eric Scott Branch, and Alabama will have to reschedule the execution of Doyle Lee Hamm.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce speaks to the media last week in Canberra, Australia.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 01:44

New allegations of sexual harassment against Barnaby Joyce were "the straw" that forced him to quit after weeks of intense scrutiny over an extramarital affair with a former staff member.

On Jan. 28, 2015, with a record low snowpack, chairs sit idle on a ski lift at Donner Ski Ranch in Norden, Calif.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:13

As the climate warms, a new report finds that low-snow years like this one can cost the U.S. winter sports industry up to $1 billion. That can bring economic pain well beyond ski resorts.

Bangladesh's Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan (second from right) receives Myanmar's Home Minister Kyaw Swe (second from left) in Dhaka on Feb. 16. A human rights report criticizes Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims. But in presenting the findings, Amnesty officials said Bangladesh's action to accept the Rohingya refugees, a rare bright light in a year of worsening human rights violations.
Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:47

The group's annual report claims that increasingly world leaders are "undermining the rights of millions." It sees a "feeble response" to crimes against humanity from Syria to South Sudan.

Alina Zagitova won the first gold medal for the Olympic Athlete from Russia team at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:31

It's the first gold medal for the Olympic Athlete from Russia team. The three Americans in the field — Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen, and Bradie Tennell — fell short of the podium.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens during an interview at the Missouri Capitol in January 2018 after his extramarital affair was exposed.
Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:03

The first-term Republican governor is alleged to have photographed a semi-nude woman with whom he had an affair and threatened to publish it if she exposed their relationship.

Two South Korean speed skaters face public outrage for unsportsmanlike behavior during a race. Now fans want them banned from the national team.
Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:29

The speedskaters face public outrage for their unsportsmanlike behavior in a race, that left one member sobbing on the sidelines. A petition demands that they be expelled.

President Trump meeting with state and local officials on school violence Thursday, including Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:23

The president held another meeting on the subject of school safety after last week's after 17 people were killed last week in a shooting at a Florida high school.

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