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House Democratic impeachment managers led by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California arrive for the start of the Senate trial on Tuesday. The managers begin opening arguments on Wednesday.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:58

House impeachment managers are taking to the Senate floor Wednesday, arguing their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. Trump, meanwhile, called the case against him a "hoax."

Intelligence Community Threats Executive Shelby Pierson told NPR that more nations may attempt more types of interference in the United States. "This isn't a Russia-only problem," she said.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:14

In an exclusive interview with NPR, election threats executive Shelby Pierson says more nations may attempt more types of interference in the U.S.

Many Americans who get overwhelmed by student loan debt are told that student debt can't be erased through bankruptcy. Now more judges and lawyers say that's a myth and bankruptcy can help.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:13

Many Americans who get overwhelmed by student loan debt are told student debt can't be erased through bankruptcy. Now more judges and lawyers say that's a myth and bankruptcy can help.

Randi Weingarten, of the American Federation of Teachers, says the message of her organization's lawsuit is clear: "Protect the students of the United States of America — not the for-profit [schools] that are making a buck off of them."
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:01

Before its repeal, the gainful employment rule served as a warning to certain colleges: If graduates didn't earn enough money to pay their student debts, schools could lose access to federal aid.

Kendra Espinoza, the lead plaintiff in the case, has two daughters attending the Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, Mont. She is an office manager and staff accountant, who works extra jobs in order to pay for her children's tuition.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:07

For the first time, the high court will rule on "no-aid" state constitutional provisions that conservative religious groups and school-choice advocates have long sought to invalidate.

Voters in King County, Wash., will have the opportunity to vote on their smartphones in February. It will be the first election in U.S. history in which all eligible voters will be able to vote using their personal devices.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:07

King County, Wash., plans to allow all eligible voters to vote using their smartphones in a February election. It's the largest endeavor so far as online voting slowly expands across the U.S.

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 04:00

In more than 30 states, it is illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without first disclosing their status. Some are now trying to change that, arguing that those laws endanger public health.

Some people land in the hospital over and over. Although research suggests that giving those patients extra follow-up care from nurses and social workers won't reduce those extra hospital visits, some hospitals say the approach still saves them money in the long run.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 04:00

A study this month showed giving extra social services to the neediest patients didn't reduce hospital readmissions. Now health advocates say that might not be the right measurement of success.

Jeremy Sabus has fished and guided on the some of the Northwest's most iconic trout streams for more than two decades.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 04:00

With Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead on the brink of extinction, there are new efforts being brokered to save the famed fish.

Hospital staff wash the emergency entrance of Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where patients infected with a new virus are being treated, in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 03:56

Chinese health officials say that while the new virus doesn't appear to be as virulent as the one that caused a SARS pandemic 17 years ago, it is still "highly infectious."

A pro-choice activist holds a sign as Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, speaks during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in May. A recent Gallup poll found that more Americans want less strict abortion laws.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 03:01

A new poll from Gallup finds increased dissatisfaction with the nation's abortion laws, mostly among Democrats, who want fewer restrictions.

Drinking fountains are marked "Do Not Drink Until Further Notice" at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., in May 2016. After 18 months of insisting that water drawn from the Flint River was safe to drink, officials admitted it was not.
Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:08

In refusing to take up two cases involving the 2014 water crisis, the higher court has upheld earlier rulings saying neither city nor state officials are protected from being sued.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was among a group of Senate Republicans who insisted that the time each side has to make its case be extended.
Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:50

The Senate majority leader's own members didn't want to go along with his first vision for the procedure in the impeachment trial. But the GOP did reject calls for more witnesses and evidence.

Some of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are seen parked in Moses Lake, Wash., in October 2019.
Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:40

Boeing suggests it could fly about mid-2020. Industry sources note that the FAA and other regulators around the world could take months longer to find the planes safe to fly passengers.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, shown here during a press conference last July, has been accused by Brazilian federal prosecutors in a hacking probe.
Tue, 01/21/2020 - 17:06

The U.S. journalist decried the accusation as an "obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation for the revelations we reported." A judge will decide whether the case moves forward.


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