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Prompted by layoffs of thousands of Toys R Us employees, New Jersey's governor this week signed into law measures providing extra protections for workers.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 19:26

"Workers' performance and workers' dedication to the company were secondary. Now, they'll be moved more to the forefront," state Sen. Joe Cryan, a co-sponsor of the bill, said.

Members of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL) demonstrate in front of the Bloomington-Normal Amtrak station in Illinois to demand the suspension of an Amtrak policy that led to exorbitant fees for removing train seats to accommodate riders in wheelchairs. Later on Wednesday, Amtrak announced it would suspend the policy.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 18:51

The rail carrier Amtrak says passengers who use wheelchairs will no longer have to pay for the added cost of accommodating them.

Marchers raise a rainbow flag during the 2018 Pride parade in Salt Lake City. Late Tuesday, state regulators implemented a ban on "conversion therapy" aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ young people.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:14

A host of medical experts has rejected the practice — aimed at changing a patient's sexual orientation — as "futile and destructive." In Utah, the ban took effect with a regulatory change Tuesday.

Alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (far left) consults with his defense attorneys in the U.S. military courtroom in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as a man who waterboarded him, retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell, takes the stand.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:00

One of the psychologists who designed the CIA's torture program appeared at war court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday. He testified about an inmate who was waterboarded more than 80 times.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14. The two septuagenarians have sparred in recent days about Social Security.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:46

The two Democratic presidential candidates are increasing their scrutiny of each other's long records.

A man holds a cold-stunned iguana outside an apartment complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. "This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s," the National Weather Service said Tuesday.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:29

"Verified the iguana warning," the National Weather Service office in Miami says. There are also reports that, much like in 2018, some people see the cold-stunned lizards as free meat.

This artist sketch depicts the Trump impeachment trial on Tuesday.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:21

An objection to being referred to as a juror made by a senator in the Clinton impeachment trial was upheld by the presiding chief justice. That ruling now seems forgotten by many.

This chicken from Memphis Meats was produced with cells taken from an animal and grown into meat in a "cultivator." The process is analogous to how yeast is grown in breweries to produce beer.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:58

Memphis Meats, a startup company that has just raised $161 million, says it has a "clear path" to bringing cell-based meats to market. Yet the company and its competitors face challenges.

A visualization of the SARS virus. It is a type of coronavirus and displays the coronavirus' signature crownlike appearance under a microscope.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:49

The virus that has emerged in China is part of a family known as coronaviruses. Here's how some of the best-known coronaviruses compare with this newly identified member of the viral family.

An Iraqi protester grabs a tear gas canister fired by riot police amid clashes following a demonstration east of Tahrir Square, on Monday.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:35

Tactics such as blocking highways and forcing closure of government offices have now set the protest movement, which began in early October, on a more dangerous collision course with security forces.

Mexico's National Guard prevents migrants who walked across the river from making their way further into Mexico.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:12

After Mexican officials fought to stop a migrant caravan from entering, Saury Vallecilla Ortega was temporarily separated from her youngest child and feared for the worst.

A bus driver wears a mask on Jan. 22 in Wuhan, China. Public transportation is being suspended as of Thursday morning because of concerns about the spreading coronavirus.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:59

It's the most dramatic change in the wake of the newly discovered virus, which has so far infected some 500 individuals and killed 17. Will it help stem the outbreak?

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., sits at the center of what top Democrats and some ethics advisers see as a unique web of conflicts of interest.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:10

President Trump's inaugural committee spent more than a million dollars renting event space at the hotel in January 2017, a cost that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine says is far above market rate.

In the Senate on Tuesday, Chief Justice John Roberts cited the 1905 impeachment trial of Judge Charles Swayne; this photo of Swayne appeared in a March 1905 issue of <em>The Literary Digest</em>.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:06

Chief Justice John Roberts trotted out an obscure term during impeachment proceedings yesterday; here's what it means.

Harvey Weinstein leaves court in New York City on Tuesday. The former Hollywood megaproducer, whose career unraveled beneath scores of allegations, is facing multiple criminal charges of rape and predatory sexual assault.
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:06

For years, dark rumors swirled around the movie producer. So how did those whispered allegations result in a full-fledged criminal trial? Here's an abridged history.

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