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The Department of Health and Humans Services is adding a Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to take part in some kinds of care because of moral or religious objections.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:53

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom at Health and Human Services is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people.

President Donald Trump with congressional leaders on Wednesday during a congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole at the U.S. Capitol.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:44

The president rejected a plan crafted by congressional Republicans to extend long-term funding for a popular children's health care program as part of a short-term spending agreement.

Amazon says the second headquarters will be a "full equal" to its corporate headquarters in Seattle, Wash., shown here.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:43

Amazon says it reviewed 238 proposals in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It says it will invest $5 billion in building the new headquarters, which could create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs.

The late Aaron Hernandez, #81 of the New England Patriots, lost his helmet during this play against the New York Jets in 2011. Hernandez killed himself in 2017, and after death his brain was studied; based on the pathology report, researchers said he'd had one of the most severe cases of CTE ever seen in someone his age.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:22

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that it's repeated, direct hits to the head that cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

A Yazidi tomb in a village in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Many families were displaced when ISIS killed hundreds of men and kidnapped thousands of women and children. More than 3,000 Yazidis are still missing.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:37

His phone rarely stops ringing. Most calls and messages are from other Yazidis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, asking for help to find their relatives. Others are from people threatening to kill him.

Hugh Wilson arrives at a <em>WKRP In Cincinnati</em> Reunion at The Paley Center for Media on June 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wilson, who created the sitcom, has died at 74.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:09

Wilson also worked in movies, directing the first Police Academy as well as Guarding Tess and The First Wives Club. Wilson had been battling lung cancer and emphysema.

China's manufacturing sector helped boost the country's GDP, in statistics released on Thursday. Here, a worker at a Ford manufacturing plant uses a laptop next to a car body on an assembly line in Chongqing.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:17

China's economy, the second-largest in the world, grew by 6.9 percent in 2017. It's the first time since 2010 that the speed of China's economic growth went up rather than edging down.

An NPR investigation finds that people with intellectual disabilities suffer one of the highest rates of sexual assault — and that compared to other rape victims, they are even more likely to be assaulted by someone they know.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:29

Two psychologists both have a rare specialty: counseling sexual assault survivors who have intellectual disabilities. The stories of sexual violence in their clients' lives have striking similarities.

Athletes compete in the 110-meter hurdles semifinal run during the national track and field championship in Moscow in July 2017.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:00

More than 30 athletes that were to compete at the Siberian Indoor Championships last weekend suddenly pulled out of the event claiming various illnesses.

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:26

Apple says it's bringing billions of dollars back to the U.S. and using it to build a new campus and create 20,000 jobs. Analysts say the announcement is a mix of politics and economics.

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:27

Also: A winter storm across the South turns deadly; Secretary of State Tillerson says the U.S. won't build a Turkey-Syria border force; and a thief steals millions in casino chips in Macau.

President Trump listens to President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan during a joint press conference in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:07

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey finds Americans believe Trump has divided the nation in his first year as president. But people who backed him in 2016 continue to be firmly behind him.

Among the promises President Trump has kept during his first year in office is passing a tax bill, which he signed in December.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:00

In 2016, Donald Trump offered a list of things he wanted to accomplish as president. As his first anniversary in office approaches, here is what he can check off and what is incomplete.

The House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on Thursday about whether to release the transcript of its meeting with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:00

Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson is said to have given the House Intelligence Committee a road map of leads on the Russia investigation. Lawmakers are voting on whether to make his testimony public.

President Trump and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., support reviving earmarks as a way for Washington to find more compromise.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:00

There is strong bipartisan support in the House to overturn the 7-year-old earmark ban in order to give lawmakers a greater say in directing federal dollars.

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