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Elongo Gabriel, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, drops his kids off on the first day of school at St. Joseph's Elementary in Missoula, Mont. He is one of 330 refugees to be resettled since 2016 in the college town of 75,000 people.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:44

The number of refugees being allowed into the U.S. is the lowest it's been since 1980. Some smaller resettlement agencies particularly in rural states are closing putting refugees' lives further in limbo.

Untreated hearing loss increases the risks of social isolation, dementia and depression, research finds.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:37

Hearing loss often happens gradually and earlier than expected. Getting hearing aids can help stave off side effects like depression and even early death.

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren say corporate America has put profits before workers by shifting jobs to other countries.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 14:26

When it comes to trade, Trump and the Democrats sound a lot alike. "It's like Donald Trump has co-opted Democratic trade policy," one analyst says. So how do his opponents differentiate themselves?

Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu on Feb. 14, 2015.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 14:09

In an interview with NPR about his memoir, Permanent Record, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden denies any cooperation with Russian intelligence and says he would return if guaranteed a fair trial.

An El Paso County grand jury has indicted Patrick Crusius, who is now charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting deaths of 22 people at the Cielo Vista Walmart on Aug. 3.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:56

Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for the 21-year-old man accused of killing 22 people last month in a hate-filled attack at a Walmart.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the repeal of Obama-era water rules will end an overreach by the federal government.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:52

The change ends an "egregious power grab," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says.

Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife, Susan Barksdale, 59, escaped custody on Aug. 26 while being extradited from New York to Arizona after overpowering two security guards.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:49

The U.S. Marshals Service says Blane Barksdale, 56, and wife Susan, 59, "overpowered and kidnapped" three people, including two security guards, on Aug. 26 during extradition from New York to Arizona.

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:56

Early this year, the president declared an emergency to address the issue of sexual assault — then ended it some months later without explanation. Activists are not happy but are still hopeful.

Lyft is under growing pressure to strengthen background checks and adopt better security measures for passengers after dozens of women reported that they had been sexually assaulted by drivers.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:51

Dozens of women say Lyft drivers sexually assaulted them. They are suing the ride-hailing company to force it to make rides safer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators received a message from business leaders Thursday, urging them to take action on gun violence in the U.S.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:37

In a letter to the Senate, the business leaders say it is "simply unacceptable" to do nothing about gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S.

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills (left) and Michael Stipe performing in 2004.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:38

Originally written for the 2001 album Reveal, this 2004 version was recorded in Nassau, Bahamas.

United Auto Workers President Gary Jones speaks in Detroit on July 16. The FBI is investigating allegations that Jones and other UAW officials accepted bribes.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:29

General Motors and the United Auto Workers sit down soon to negotiate a new contract. Recession fears and slowing sales are concerns, along with allegations of corruption among UAW leaders.

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 08:21

From students to professionals to retirees, many people are eager to fly off for a volunteer stint. How can we make sure they really do make things better?

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 07:58

More and more schools are investing in technologies that scan social media posts, school assignments and even student emails for potential threats. Privacy experts say the trade-offs aren't worth it.

Twelve-year-old Jesús Ruiz grieves as he stands before the coffin containing the remains of his father, Mexican journalist Jorge Celestino Ruiz Vazquez, in Actopan, Veracruz, on Aug. 3. The Committee to Protect Journalists said Ruiz Vazquez was the third journalist killed in a single week in Mexico.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 07:23

Amid violent crime and impunity, press advocates say the president's harsh approach toward reporters is not helping the situation.

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