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Texas state Capitol building in Austin. This week, state officials confirmed that 23 municipalities have been infiltrated and ransom demanded.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:45

Investigators haven't identified who or what is behind the attack that took systems offline, but the Texas Department of Information Resources says the evidence points to "one single threat actor."

Mifepristone is a medication used to end early pregnancies and to relieve the symptoms of  miscarriage. It's heavily restricted by the FDA.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:34

The FDA heavily restricted mifepristone — a drug that ends early pregnancies — when it approved it 19 years ago. A former FDA commissioner asks whether the current restrictions should be revisited.

Kim Gordon's <em>No Home Record</em> comes out Oct. 13.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:21

Hear the album's opening track.

A corridor of newborns at the San Jose de Maicao Hospital in Maicao, Colombia. Venezuelan migrants have given birth to more than 25,000 infants in Colombia over the past two years.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:09

The government has promised to welcome migrants from neighboring Venezuela as "blood brothers." But more than 1 million newcomers are adding to the stress on an already strained health-care system.

Billie Holiday sings at a Sunday afternoon jam session.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:00

The only place Holiday received formal vocal instruction also gave her bad-girl cred and an ambitious spiritual discipline. It was The House Of The Good Shepherd For Colored Girls, a Catholic convent.

<em>Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession,</em> by Rachel Monroe
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 07:01

With her well-researched, beautifully written book, Rachel Monroe addresses the desire to consume stories of murder and mayhem — and what it reflects about us and the world around us.

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:00

We thought you might need a laugh right about now, so this year's summer reader poll celebrates all the books (and one short story, and a few uncategorizable gems) that make you laugh out loud.

Protesters gather in Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Sunday.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:22

Russia gets most of the attention when it comes to malicious use of social media by state actors. The protests in Hong Kong have made clear China is using the same playbook.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, seen during a visit to a hospital in southwest England on Monday, calls the backstop deal "inconsistent with the sovereignty of the U.K."
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:17

In response, European Council President Donald Tusk says the idea would lead to reestablishing a border. Johnson calls the backstop deal "inconsistent with the sovereignty of the U.K."

A new survey finds that a majority of Americans, including gun owners, support laws that allow family members or law enforcement to request temporary removal of guns from a person who is seen to be a risk to themselves or others.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:08

People are hotly divided about many gun restrictions — but not on extreme risk protection orders. They allow police to temporarily take guns from people seen to be a risk to themselves or others.

A 15-year-old in Cambridge, Mass., shows off her vaping device in 2018. Schools and health officials across the U.S. are struggling to curb what they say is an epidemic of underage vaping.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:00

Though tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years, the marketing of electronic cigarettes isn't constrained by the law. Public health advocates consider that a loophole that hurts kids.

Residents in Ventura, Calif., believed large hilltop water tanks would provide ample water during a wildfire. But the water stopped flowing for some residents trying to protect their homes during 2017's Thomas Fire.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:00

Warm temperatures have Californians again bracing for wildfires. But to better prepare, the residents of Ventura say they need a clearer picture of what went wrong in the destructive 2017 Thomas Fire.

This photo released by the U.S. Defense Department shows the launch of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif., on Sunday.
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 03:40

The Pentagon says it tested a modified cruise missile that flew "more than 500 kilometers" — a distance prohibited under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty scrapped earlier this month.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's top political leader (second from left), has been involved in the group's negotiations with U.S. officials.
Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:18

The Afghan government has been left on the sidelines as the U.S. and the Taliban have held multiple rounds of talks this year in the Gulf nation of Qatar.

In surveillance video, an unarmed black man Markeis McGlockton (far left) is shot by Michael Drejka, who is white, during an altercation a the parking lot in Clearwater, Fla., in July 2018.
Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:26

Michael Drejka who is white, says he feared for his life after Markeis McGlockton, who is black, pushed him to the ground in a dispute over a handicapped-accessible parking space in 2018.

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