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Visitors lined up at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning as the justices prepared to hand down decisions.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:13

The court decided four cases Monday, and three defied the usual ideological fissures.

Geriatrics is a specialty that should adapt and change with each patient, says physician and author Louise Aronson. "I need to be a different sort of doctor for people at different ages and phases of old age."
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 13:03

Physician Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s — as well as those who are older than 100. She writes about changing approaches to elder health care in her book Elderhood.

Powder methamphetamine packaged in foil for an illegal street sale. Across the U.S., more and more opioid users report using methamphetamine as well as opioids — up from 19% in 2011 to 34% in 2017, according to one study.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:58

Many users now mix opioids with stimulants such as meth and cocaine. Researchers say efforts to get doctors to reduce opioid prescriptions may have driven some users to buy meth on the street instead.

Sotheby's says its board has accepted a purchase offer from telecom billionaire Patrick Drahi. Here, the auction house's headquarters are seen on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:02

The deal puts the auction house, which was founded in 1744, on a path to becoming a private company again.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Beijing in January. The two leaders plan to meet this week in North Korea, according to state news agencies of both countries.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:51

The leaders are scheduled to meet on Thursday, according to Chinese and North Korean news agencies. The visit comes after stalled negotiations with President Trump.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, shown here in 2012, has died, according to Egyptian state television.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:34

The ousted leader asked to speak in court, according to the public prosecutor. After speaking, Morsi reportedly fell to the ground and died before he arrived at the hospital.

Sara Fitzgerald (left) and Michael Martin, both with the group One Virginia, protest gerrymandering in front of the Supreme Court in March.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:30

Eleven legislative districts in Virginia were declared to be sorted by race and were redrawn. The court's decision Monday left that in place.

A young Gloria Vanderbilt appears in Long Island, N.Y., with her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, in 1934, the same year Whitney fought for custody of the heiress.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:11

Vanderbilt, the mother of CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, was known for vivid paintings and collages, and for designing glamorous jeans.

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:08

Four of the people injured were teenagers. "It's just another case of wanton and senseless violence that we can't get our brains around," the city's police commissioner said.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians performing at the state capitol, in Annapolis, June 13, to urge Gov. Larry Hogan to release state funding for the financially strapped orchestra.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:29

Contract and salary negotiations between musicians and management have stalled, leaving BSO players picketing outside their concert hall.

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong addresses the crowd outside Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Monday, during a demonstration demanding that Hong Kong's leaders step down and permanently withdraw an extradition bill.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:59

"Hello world and hello freedom," said the activist, who served a month on a contempt of court charge. Wong called on Hong Kong's leader to resign after protests over a controversial extradition bill.

Anne Schauer-Gimenez (from left) Allison Pieja and Molly Morse of Mango Materials stand next to the biopolymer fermenter at a sewage treatment plant next to San Francisco Bay. The fermenter feeds bacteria the methane they need to produce a biological form of plastic.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 07:07

Entrepreneurs are eager to find substitutes for plastic that naturally degrade. One option is a "natural" plastic made by microbes and then eaten by them. But the process is still in the early days.

Since her spinal surgery, Liv Cannon has been able to work in the garden and play with her energetic dogs without having to worry about pain.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:09

A service called neuromonitoring can cut the risk of nerve damage during delicate surgery. But some patients are receiving large bills they didn't expect.

A handful of young upstarts are changing Naples' traditional pizza-making habits, bolstered by a new flour called Nuvola (Italian for "cloud"), developed by Italian miller Caputo.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:00

Bucking generations of tradition, some Neapolitan pizzaiolis are experimenting with new ideas, bolstered by a new flour that creates a charred, puffier and lighter crust. And the trend is catching on.

The disclosure of millions of once-secret tobacco industry documents — which are now readily searchable online — has opened a window into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interactions with tobacco executives and lobbyists.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:01

The Senate majority leader wants to raise the age for tobacco sales to 21. An NPR review of once-secret documents shows how closely McConnell has worked with the industry over decades.

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