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The symbol for the newly formed Space Force has been widely ridiculed since its unveiling on Friday.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 18:55

Fans of the beloved television show don't want the symbol to live long or prosper. Instead, they're calling the design a knockoff.

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr with Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler. "He caught my attention because he wasn't wearing socks. And he has very expensive loafers, or they seem that way. And so I did a sketch of him. And the next day, he had it as his profile picture on Twitter."
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 17:27

Art Lien, a courtroom artist who normally covers the Supreme Court, has been sketching the Senate proceedings. "I'm looking for color," he says — such as sleeping senators and fidget spinners.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not receptive to being asked about his support of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 17:16

As the State Department faces ongoing questions over Marie Yovanovitch's treatment as U.S. envoy to Ukraine, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells NPR, "I've defended every single person on this team."

Damage at the al-Asad military base in Iraq, days after a missile attack by Iran. The barrage was in retaliation for the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general in a drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 16:28

More than half the American troops diagnosed with concussions were transferred from the Iraqi base that was attacked to Germany or the U.S.

A man in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the current coronavirus outbreak, walks by a local mural.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 13:48

Residents in Wuhan and other Chinese cities affected by the Wuhan coronavirus are using platforms like Weibo to share their fears and frustrations.

A Chicago woman in her 60s is the second U.S. citizen to become infected with the dangerous new coronavirus, health officials said.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 13:08

Health officials announced that a second person in the United States is infected with the dangerous new coronavirus and that 50 more possible cases in the U.S. are under investigation.

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 13:00

In 2005, journalist Laurence Rees described the inner workings of the Nazi death camp in his book, Auschwitz: A New History, and Elie Wiesel spoke in 1988 about his experience at Auschwitz.

Scooter Norton, captain of the Washington-Liberty High School's Rocket League team, says before the team was playing to improve, but now they have a goal in mind.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:13

Today, more than 170 colleges and universities offer esports. And there's money on the table — more than $16 million in college scholarships. Naturally, high schools have followed suit.

President Trump addresses a Cabinet meeting last month at the White House, as Vice President Pence looks on in the background. On Friday, the Trump administration suggested some of California's federal funds could be in jeopardy over the state's requirement that insurers cover abortions.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:12

Health officials said the state has 30 days to repeal the requirement or some of its federal funds might be in jeopardy. The threat comes on the same day Trump addressed an anti-abortion rights march.

Emergency personnel work the scene of the early morning explosion that Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said caused significant damage to nearby homes and even knocked some off their foundations.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:38

The blast was felt more than 30 miles away, knocking homes off their foundations and casting debris about half a mile. A criminal probe is underway, though it's not clear what caused the explosion.

Roughly 1 in 10 infants were born prematurely in the U.S. in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The drug Makena is widely prescribed to women at high risk of going into labor early, though the latest research suggests the medicine doesn't work.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:23

An expert panel convened by the FDA says the drug Makena should be withdrawn from the market because a review of its effectiveness shows it doesn't work. But OB-GYNS who prescribe the drug disagree.

A Davos sign sits atop a hotel roof ahead of this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:19

Critics love to hate the World Economic Forum's annual meeting for elites. But people who work in global health and development say it has helped do some good.

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Trump in the Senate.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 07:00

On Friday, House impeachment managers are focusing on President Trump's alleged obstruction of Congress. Watch the proceedings live.

A man holding an umbrella walks past excavators at the construction site where a new quarantine and treatment center is being built to treat patients of a new coronavirus.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 05:25

Hundreds of workers were told to get the center near the city of Wuhan built in under a week as authorities cope with the new viral pneumonia that has killed 26 people and infected 876 others.

A motorbike convoy in November follows the last ride of Harry Dunn, who died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision in August 2019, near RAF Croughton, in Brackley, England.
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:36

The State Department says Anne Sacoolas has diplomatic immunity and will not be returned to face dangerous driving charges related to the Aug. 27 death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn.

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