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Last Friday night, the Berlin bookstore Shakespeare and Sons hosted a Sabbath dinner as part of the pre-kickoff activities for Nosh Berlin, the German capital's first Jewish food festival. Guests at the bookstore included many non-Jewish Germans who purchased tickets.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:46

The German capital is experiencing growing Jewish immigration, despite a rise in anti-Semitism. Organizers of the city's first Jewish food festival are hoping it can help foster unity and pride.

House Speaker Paul Ryan holds a news conference to announce that the Republican Party has decided not to vote on its health bill on Friday. "We were close," he said, but the votes weren't there to pass it.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:46

House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump were unable to corral the votes necessary to replace the Affordable Care Act after seven years of promises to do so. Facing defeat, they pulled the bill.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, pleaded guilty Friday to two charges related to last year's armed confrontation at the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, D.C. Welch says he was "self-investigating" false Internet rumors of a pedophile ring at the pizzeria.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:08

Edgar Maddison Welch accepted a plea deal over his armed confrontation at the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, D.C., last year. The North Carolina man says he was motivated by online rumors.

An International Red Cross plane drops emergency food supplies in Leer, South Sudan.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:08

It's difficult. It's potentially dangerous. It's costly. And it's going on in South Sudan right now.

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:43

Americans may see themselves working past retirement age, but to do that, they may face obstacles getting hired. New research shows that can be harder when you're older.

Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to the media about the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:34

It's unclear when Trump's former campaign chair will speak. Meanwhile, the next open hearing is either postponed for logistics or canceled over Democratic objections — depending on whom you believe.

The health insurance company Anthem has said the GOP bill would benefit both insurers and individuals.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:24

As House Republicans and the White House try reach a deal on a plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, much of the insurance industry likes what it's seeing.

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (center) moves the ball upfield against England during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup match on March 4 in Harrison, N.J. England won the match, 1-0.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:39

The U.S. is now No. 2, behind Germany and ahead of France, England and Canada. The American squad has been ranked in the top two spots since FIFA created the world rankings for women back in 2003.

Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Anson Chan oversaw the handover of her city from Great Britain to Hong Kong in 1997. She says if she knew then what she knows now, she wouldn't have reassured her fellow citizens with such enthusiasm. Now, she says, "The top levels in the government [are filled] by people whose criteria is not merit, but simply whether you're loyal and whether you'll toe the line."
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:33

Elections for the chief executive of Hong Kong, the city leader, are scheduled for March 26. But only a small group of people will be able to vote directly.

Gov. Gary Herbert resisted recent calls to veto a bill giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country, lowering the blood alcohol limit to .05 percent, down from .08 percent. Last week, demonstrators on both sides of the issue visited the Utah State Capitol.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:26

Utah's new DUI law will also lower the alcohol limit for people carrying guns. The strict law has been controversial in Utah, with hundreds of calls to the governor's office.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, says the latest version of the GOP bill would let states decide on required benefits.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:02

House Republicans altered their health care bill to let states decide what coverage is required. That would make it harder to buy coverage for childbirth or chronic illness, analysts say.

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:30

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:30

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

After a prosecutor issued an order for Hosni Mubarak's release earlier this month, a group of people gathered in front of the Al Maadi Hospital in Cairo to celebrate.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 07:19

Hosni Mubarak, 88 and ailing, was acquitted by Egypt's top appeals court of charges that he ordered police to kill anti-government protesters in 2011.

President Trump met with truckers and industry CEOs at the White House on Thursday regarding health care.
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:38

The president's reputation as a deal-maker is on the line Friday as House Republicans face a politically perilous vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


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