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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Sept. 27, 2018.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:35

A new book by The New York Times' Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly extends the investigation into the SCOTUS justice's history, chases down sexual misconduct allegations, and considers his years since.

People walk by election campaign billboards in Tel Aviv, Israel, showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (billboard on left) alongside the Blue and White alliance leaders (billboard on right, from left to right), Moshe Yaalon, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Gabi Ashkenazi. Tuesday is the second time Israelis go to the polls in less than six months.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:59

Tuesday is the second time Israelis go to the polls in less than six months. The results may be just as inconclusive.

An adult spotted lanternfly searches for tasty grapevines at Vynecrest Vineyards and Winery, near Allentown, Pa.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:50

A stowaway from China, the spotted lanternfly, is eating its way across Pennsylvania, killing trees and grapevines. Scientists are considering importing the bug's natural enemies from back home.

The Raconteurs
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:35

Help Us Stranger marks the first Raconteurs album recorded at White's studio in Nashville and the first since Benson got sober.

A survey of women ages 18 to 44 found that for an estimated 3.3 million women in that age group, their first sexual experience was rape. Researchers say if the numbers included all women they'd be much higher.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 11:41

The average age of those who were raped was around 15, and their assailants were typically older partners. Women who were raped had a greater likelihood of long-term health problems.

<em>Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals,</em> by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:43

Understanding the lives of animals can illuminate our own, and those of loved adolescents too. But authors Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers at times push cross-species links too far.

The Taliban say the Red Cross may resume its work in Afghanistan, more than five months after threatening the group. In this photo from March, an orthopedic technician walks past artificial limbs in a workshop at the International Committee of the Red Cross hospital for war victims and the disabled in Kabul.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:57

"We welcome the acknowledgment of our humanitarian principles and renewal of security guarantees," says the Red Cross leader in Afghanistan.

Bridget Desmukes (center) and her husband, Jeffrey, love having a big, active family. "The kids are always climbing on things, flipping all the time — it's not dull," she says, laughing. Because Desmukes had developed preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy, her OB-GYN recommended low-dose aspirin at her first prenatal appointment this past spring.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 05:54

Pregnant women at high or even moderate risk of developing the life-threatening condition preeclampsia should consider taking a very small dose of aspirin daily to prevent it, doctors say.

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 05:54

Since August 2018, NPR has been tracking about 80 items sold at a Georgia Walmart with an eye toward products caught in the trade war. On average, prices rose 3%. Tariffs are one of many factors.

Map printouts showing voting districts in Franklin and Wake counties sit on a table during a North Carolina Senate redistricting committee meeting.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:24

Lawmakers in the North Carolina legislature face a Wednesday deadline to submit new voting district lines to a state court. The previous lines were found to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

MuralNet CEO Mariel Triggs installs broadband equipment on the Havasupai reservation. Tribal members Travis Hamibreek and Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss can see the Wi-Fi signal on their phones.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:01

The Havasupai Tribe's reservation, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is finally getting broadband access. Tribal members say it will improve education, health care and economic development.

This image provided on Sunday by the U.S. government and DigitalGlobe and annotated by the source, shows a prestrike overview at Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Buqayq, Saudi Arabia.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 02:38

It's the largest one-day surge in crude prices in years. Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes, but the U.S. says Iran played a key role. Iran denies involvement.

Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn, shown last week. The company, which makes OxyContin and other drugs, filed court papers in New York on Sunday seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 01:01

The bankruptcy follows the Sackler family, which owns Purdue, agreeing to surrender control of the company and offering $3 billion in cash to opioid-hit communities.

A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will issue an emergency regulation banning certain flavored products amid a health scare linked to vaping.
Mon, 09/16/2019 - 00:30

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will issue an emergency regulation banning certain flavored products. The move comes amid advances toward a similar federal ban.

Ric Ocasek of The Cars, performing at the group's induction ceremony into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Ocasek died Sunday.
Sun, 09/15/2019 - 21:53

The lead singer of The Cars — the offbeat Boston rock band that became a mainstay of radio in the 1980s — died Sunday afternoon in Manhattan.

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