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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 19:22

The last time Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was at the White House, Trump bragged about firing former FBI Director James Comey.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says federal laws that allow foreign nationals to buy guns in the U.S. should be reviewed after a Saudi gunman carried out a mass shooting in Pensacola, Fla. DeSantis says, "The Second Amendment is so that we the American people can keep and bear arms. It does not apply to Saudi Arabians."
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 17:15

Calling for a review of federal gun laws, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says, "The Second Amendment is so that we the American people can keep and bear arms. It does not apply to Saudi Arabians."

Former United States president George H. W. Bush, right, leaves the field with the help of Pierce Bush, his grandson, before the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game in 2009 in Houston.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 17:10

The CEO of a nonprofit organization joins a crowded GOP field in a suburban Houston district likely to be a Democratic target in 2020.

Jenni Grover holds a collection of finished patches from a quilt created by more than 100 volunteers across the country. The plans for the quilt were discovered at the estate sale of 99-year-old Rita Smith, who died earlier this year. Several dozen volunteers gathered to help put the pieces together at the Wishcraft Workshop in Chicago on Dec. 7.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 17:00

A Chicago woman found an unfinished quilt of the United States at an estate sale and sought help online to finish it. Quilters from around the country joined her last weekend to complete the project.

For owners of rescue dogs of mixed breed heritage, it can be tempting to buy a DNA kit to get intel on your pup's ancestry.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 16:37

If you own a rescue dog, you're probably curious about your pup's heritage. DNA kits may offer insights, but experts warn to be a little skeptical about results.

A federal appeals court on Monday heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by more than 200 Democratic lawmakers. The suit claims that President Trump violated the Constitution by not seeking congressional approval for his overseas private business dealings.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:40

The legal challenge is one of a number of court battles aimed at Trump over alleged violations of the emoluments clauses, which ban the president from profiting from foreign governments.

Mike Calhoun talks about how student loans are forcing younger Americans to delay homeownership at a housing conference in September.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:39

Mike Calhoun rang the alarm bell early on about the subprime mortgage debacle — before reckless lending drove the economy into recession. These days, he's sounding the alarm about student loans.

Pete Frates, (seated, center) participates in the Ice Bucket Challenge with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to raise money for ALS research at the Statehouse in Boston in 2015.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:24

The former Boston College baseball star was diagnosed with ALS when he was 27. He turned a fundraising challenge into a national story and helped raise millions for ALS research.

Health insurers say the U.S. government owes them more than $12 billion in payments that were rescinded by a Republican-controlled Congress. The money was supposed to subsidize insurers' expected losses between 2014 and 2016.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 14:36

The case centers on $12 billion in payments the federal government pledged to insurers to defray their losses in the first years of the health law. Did rescinding those payments send premiums soaring?

Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa takes her first walk as Miss Universe after winning the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 14:19

Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa speaks out on "natural" beauty, gender equality and climate change.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting on Ukraine with German Chancellor at the Elysee Palace on Monday in Paris.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 14:07

More than 13,000 people have been killed in the Russian insurgency since it began five years ago. The Ukrainian president entered the talks in a tricky position, wanting peace but lacking leverage.

Sanna Marin celebrates after winning her party's prime minister nomination on Sunday. The 34-year-old will be Finland's third female government head.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 13:01

She was nominated to lead the Social Democratic party on Sunday after her predecessor stepped down. The four other parties in her coalition are all led by women.

A 4% hike in metro fares sparked major protests in Santiago, Chile, that raised many issues of inequality, including long waits at public hospitals and overcrowded schools.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 12:45

A report issued by the U.N. Development Programme says that the 20th-century thinking about global inequality no longer works in the 21st century.

Smoke billows from White Island after a volcanic eruption on Monday. Officials say some remain unaccounted for, and it remains too dangerous for emergency services to access White Island.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:29

Fewer than 50 people are believed to have been on or near White Island. Officials say some are still unaccounted for, and it remains too dangerous for emergency services to access White Island.

In <em>Dolemite Is My Name</em>, Eddie Murphy leads the star-studded biopic about Rudy Ray Moore, whose iconic alter ego became a blaxploitation legend.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:25

The Golden Globe nominations are always odd, but this year they may be even odder than usual, particularly on the TV side. But it must be said: The Globes love a star, and now they love Netflix.

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