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In trying to get people to eat the <em>Pez Diablo</em>, or suckermouth catfish, sustainable fisheries specialist Mike Mitchell says it isn't "a problem of biology or science, but marketing."
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:45

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

China's President Xi Jinping gives a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party Congress on Wednesday.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:23

China's president has embraced a strongman style of personal rule. The 19th Communist Party Congress, now underway in Beijing, is expected to strengthen his ability to bend the system to his will.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a vigil ceremony marking the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the Department of Justice.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:24

All nine Democrats on the committee recently sent Sessions a letter essentially informing him that they expected him not to broadly assert executive privilege on the president's behalf again.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:14

Also: Amazon Studios' leader resigns after allegations of sexual harassment; Houston reservoirs finally release the last of hurricane floodwaters; and Chinese leaders hold a major congress.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:53

Rimas Meleshyus has been lost at sea in small boats for much of his sailing career. The latest voyage landed him at the island of Saipan after yet another ill-fated adventure.

Omar Jadwat (center), director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, speaks outside a federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:22

The plaintiffs "have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits," District Judge Theodore Chuang wrote, dealing another setback to the Trump administration.

Filled to the brim by Hurricane Harvey's rainwaters, the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are finally empty once again. In this photo from Sept. 1, days after the hurricane first made landfall, a family looks at floodwaters in the Addicks Reservoir from a closed freeway.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:09

In late August, Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to Houston. In mid-October, the city's two large federal reservoirs are finally back to empty.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about immigration in Falls Church, Va., last week.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:13

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at a Senate oversight hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers have questions about his contacts with Russia and his reversals on civil rights positions.

Amazon's Seattle campus has ballooned in size as the company became one of the world's fast-growing businesses. Now, cities are deciding how much they are willing to give to lure Amazon's second headquarters.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:13

Amazon's unmatched promise of 50,000 well-paying jobs has red carpets rolling out across the U.S. — but also some soul-searching: How much should communities subsidize wealthy American corporations?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:00

There are 2,666 emojis for tweeting and texting. A mosquito is not one of them. Global health campaigners are trying to change that.

Gregory Matthews has glaucoma and uses prescription eyedrops. The dropper's opening creates a bigger drop than he needs, causing him to run out of his medication before the prescription is ready to refill.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 04:00

When eyedrops dribble down your face, it's not your fault. Drugmakers have long known that their drops of medicine exceed the capacity of the human eye. Why didn't companies make the drops smaller?

Debbie Wolfe looks at the antique pitcher that once belonged to her grandmother after finding it in the burned ruins of her home on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:47

Some 34,000 of the 100,000 people forced to flee the blazes are still under evacuation orders. Authorities said they were getting close to containing the largest of the fires in Northern California.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:00

When this new boys-only, public school in Washington, D.C., opened its doors in August 2016 to a class of roughly 100 freshmen of color, NPR and Education Week were there. All. Year.

A United Airlines jet taxis to a gate at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago in June.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 02:13

David Dao, a 69-year-old Kentucky doctor, was injured as he was dragged from a United Express flight in April. Video taken by fellow passengers went viral, sparking outrage.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:52

Price was suspended last week after producer Isa Hackett, who works on the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, said he had "repeatedly and persistently" propositioned her.


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