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Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:50

Shuping Yang praised the "fresh air of free speech" in the U.S. during her commencement address at the University of Maryland. That sparked a backlash from classmates and from people in China.

Spectators watch the world's top-ranked Go player, Ke Jie, square off against Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, during the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, China, on Tuesday. The program beat Ke in the first of three matches.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:39

"Last year, it was still quite humanlike when it played," the world's No. 1 Go player, Ke Jie, said after losing the first of a three-match series. "But this year, it became like a god of Go."

Robert Mueller, the Justice Department's pick as special counsel in the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 elections, has been cleared of any conflicts of interests related to the work of his former law firm.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:28

Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, had been working for a law firm whose clients include Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort. Justice has ruled Mueller may serve as special counsel.

President Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas participate in a welcome ceremony Tuesday at the Presidential Palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:55

The president provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. He said it could "begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East."

Tomiko Shine holds up a picture of Tamir Rice during a protest in Washington, D.C.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:54

Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget at the White House on Tuesday.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:24

The administration's proposed budget would cut billions out of health programs at the NIH, CDC, and FDA, as well as Medicaid services for children, the elderly and disabled.

A woman lays flowers for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack in central Manchester on Tuesday.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:34

The post-concert bombing is the 12th terrorist attack in Western Europe in a little over two years. This coincides with the rise of the Islamic State, which has been linked to most all the attacks.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (in black dress shoes) walks with U.S. Army leaders across a NATO logo last month as he arrives at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:48

The uptick in support, especially among U.S. Democrats, comes after the turbulent U.S. presidential race where Donald Trump called NATO "obsolete." He now says it's "no longer obsolete."

Former CIA Director John Brennan prepares to testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:57

Brennan testified about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and Russia's use of "active measures." He also touched on leaks regarding national security.

Roger Moore described his most famous role as "a lover and a giggler."
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:43

British actor Sir Roger Moore began his career as a model and small-time MGM studio player but was best known for stepping into the role of James Bond in the 1970s and 1980s.

People leave Manchester Arena in England on Monday night, after an explosion that killed 22 people and wounded dozens more.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:49

Greater Manchester Police believe Salman Abedi, 22, was the suicide bomber. They also report making at least one related arrest. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 06:57

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling, which found the two districts had been unlawfully drawn to diminish the voting power of African-Americans and ordered them redrawn.

Retraining generally isn't a top priority in the retail sector, analysts say. But Wal-Mart trains about a quarter-million of its employees a year in more advanced skills.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 05:01

Many retail workers are losing their jobs amid major technological shifts. And while some industries invest to retrain their workers with new skills, retail largely hasn't succeeded in doing that.

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 04:00

If states opted to change so-called essential health benefits, as the current health care bill allows, out-of-pocket spending limits and caps on coverage in large group insurance plans could weaken.

Actress Dina Merrill poses at home in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 20, 1960. Merrill died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y.. She was 93.
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 03:09

Merrill, the daughter of Wall Street broker E.F. Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, went on to become a leading lady in movies. She died Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y.

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