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Two fourth-graders rock side to side while doing math equations at Charles Pinckney Elementary School's "Brain Room" in Charleston, S.C., in 2015.
Fri, 11/08/2019 - 04:01

Brain scans of 104 boys and girls doing basic math tasks found no gender differences. The finding adds to the evidence that boys and girls start out with equal ability in math.

The self-driving Uber SUV that struck pedestrian Elaine Herzberg on March 18, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 21:57

The death of a pedestrian struck by the self-driving vehicle in Arizona last year highlights safety concerns and calls for regulating the testing of such vehicles.

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses a business group in Montgomery, Ala., last year. Sessions announced Thursday that he will run to regain his old Senate seat.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 20:37

A year ago, Sessions resigned as attorney general after months of tension with President Trump who complained that the former Alabama senator was not sufficiently loyal.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entering a crowded GOP primary to try to win back his old Senate seat representing Alabama.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:59

GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, a longtime ally of Jeff Sessions, says his former Senate colleague could win a bid to regain his old seat despite a "difficult relationship" with President Trump.

Michael Bloomberg is reconsidering entering the Democratic presidential primary. If he entered, he would be the second billionaire to join the race who walked back an earlier decision not to run.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:21

A possible late entry into the Democratic primary by Michael Bloomberg less than three months before the Iowa caucuses would shake up the still-crowded field.

Until recently, Ernst & Young coached some top women leaders to look "polished" and speak briefly. The large accounting firm has since disavowed the program, arguing its workplace culture promotes women.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:59

Until recently, the accounting giant coached some top women leaders to look "polished" and speak briefly. The company has since disavowed the program, arguing its workplace culture promotes women.

Authorities announced Thursday that a New York-based company and seven of its employees are  being charged with fraud, money laundering and illegal importation of equipment manufactured in China.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:59

Aventura Technologies Inc. and seven of its employees are facing charges of fraud, money laundering and illegal importation of Chinese equipment, which officials say endangered military personnel.

Essex authorities examine the truck that was found to contain 39 dead migrants. Police said Thursday the victims have been identified as Vietnamese nationals.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:10

British and Vietnamese authorities conducted DNA tests of the victims, who were found dead in a truck container on Oct. 23. Police previously said the victims were Chinese nationals.

Flight picketing in front of the Munich Airport Thursday, some holding signs with slogans that read "Change is in the air???" Lufthansa has cancelled a total of 1300 flights due to the announced 48-hour strike by flight attendants.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:58

Thousands of employees picketed outside of airports in Germany. Lufthansa, that nation's largest carrier, expects 180,000 passengers will be affected by the two-day work stoppage.

Under Las Vegas' new law, people found sleeping in public areas affected by the rules could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:51

Homeless activists swarmed the Las Vegas City Council chambers chanting, "Housing, not handcuffs!" The mayor said the measure is necessary in order to address a homeless problem that is not abating.

Methane emitted by ruminant animals like cattle and sheep accounted for 34% of New Zealand's greenhouse emissions in 2017. A flock of merino sheep on the country's South Island are seen here in April 2017.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:50

The Zero Carbon bill is ambitious but contains a major exception for methane emitted by plants and animals. Methane from animals like cattle and sheep made up 34% of the country's emissions in 2017.

George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, arrives at a closed session with House impeachment investigators on Oct. 15. Lawmakers released the transcript of that deposition on Thursday.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:02

"Politically related prosecutions ... undermine the rule of law," George Kent said in his deposition. The transcript of his interview with impeachment investigators was released on Thursday.

Saint Augustine was among the saints who pushed some of the bans and policies that may have paved the way for a breakdown of extended family networks in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:01

Researchers combed Vatican archives to find records of how ancient church policies shaped Western values and family structures today.

Leaders of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, (from left) Sam Rainsy, Mu Sochua and Kem Sokha, give speeches in Phnom Penh in 2014. Rainsy and Sochua now live in self-imposed exile outside the country, while Sokha has been jailed since 2017.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:01

Sam Rainsy of the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party was barred from boarding a plane from Paris to Thailand. His deputy was detained in Malaysia. Both risk arrest if they enter Cambodia.

Congress has approved the first law making severe animal abuse a federal crime, in a move that Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., calls "a milestone for pet owners and animal lovers across the country."
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:52

The PACT Act would be the first national law making severe animal cruelty and torture illegal. An earlier law only banned videos of such acts.

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