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Russian short track athletes, first row, and ice hockey players wearing sweatshirts with the words "Russia is in my heart" attend a Russian Olympic Committee meeting  Tuesday. The Russian committee said it will support athletes who compete at the 2018 Winter Games despite a ban on the national team.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:54

The decision comes one week after the International Olympic Committee suspended Russia's national team over a system of doping.

Anna Whiting Sorrell, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in northwest Montana, had hernia surgery a couple of years ago. The Indian Health Service picked up a part of the tab for the surgery but denied coverage for follow-up appointments.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:40

About a quarter of Native Americans report experiencing discrimination in health care, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

An illustration of a Thylacine  (Photo by: Brown Bear/Windmill Books/UIG via Getty Images)
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:39

Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. He's seen here with his wife, Anita Lee, at a NASA event earlier this month.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:49

Mayor Ed Lee was not known to be ill; he died at a San Francisco hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:19

The federal funding of the program lapsed in September. States have been burning through leftover funds, or borrowing from other accounts, as they wait for Congress to act before the end of January.

The Trump administration's decision is being lambasted by consumer rights organizations and members of the U.S. Senate.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:01

Late last week, the Department of Transportation announced it would withdraw proposed measures that would require airlines to show the full cost of booking, including baggage, at ticket purchase.

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:39

Also: The latest on southern California wildfires; France hosts a world climate summit and President Trump isn't invited; and "The Endless Summer" surf film director, Bruce Brown, dies at 80.

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:09

After losing some ground to the massive Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles over the weekend, firefighters on Monday managed to bring it to 20 percent containment.

Turning out black voters is key for Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones; African-Americans make up about 27 percent of Alabamians and about 23 percent of registered voters.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:01

No matter what happens in Alabama on Tuesday, it will have consequences that stretch from Birmingham to the Beltway.

A week after Hurricane Harvey swept through southern Texas in August, the streets of Katy, Texas were still flooded. People in the Puerto Rico and the Southeastern U.S. who were affected by the hurricanes are among those who may have extra time to enroll for 2018 health plans.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:00

Some people looking for 2018 insurance under the Affordable Care Act may have a little longer to sign up — for example, in states and U.S. territories hit by this year's hurricanes.

A supporter of Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore attends a campaign rally at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope, Ala., on Dec. 5. Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:00

Yes, the race is between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. But this contest touches on scandals involving sexual misconduct, President Trump's influence and Democratic hopes for 2018.

African migrants sitting in a shelter at the Tariq Al-Matar migrant detention center on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on Monday.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:04

The rights group to stop illegal migration, EU governments work with Libyan authorities who they know hand over refugees to criminal gangs and militias.

In this Oct. 12, 2005 file photo, former U.S. Army deserter Charles Robert Jenkins, speaks to reporters in Tokyo.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:49

Stationed at the DMZ, the sergeant made a fateful decision in 1965 to cross over to North Korea. He spent the next four decades as a trophy of Pyongyang.

Vice president of the Indian National Congress Party Rahul Gandhi (center) waves while being garlanded during a political rally at Chilloda village on Nov. 11. Gandhi takes over the party leadership this week from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who is stepping down because of health concerns.
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:26

Rahul Gandhi, the 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, takes over the Congress party from his mother. Will the generational shift signal a change in fortune for the lackluster opposition?

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00

Tulsa, Okla., has been the focus of much debate over the long-term benefits of preschool. The most recent findings by Georgetown University researchers are another strong endorsement for early ed.

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