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Bob Vollmer, seen in a 2016 photograph provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, shows the now-102-year-old at work. The state's oldest employee plans to retire next month, after nearly six decades on the job.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:32

Bob Vollmer, a land surveyor for nearly six decades, tells NPR he's got new projects in mind — like building a pool. And he's got some advice: "If anybody does anything for you ... say thank you."

U.S. troops clear debris following an Iranian missile strike at the Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq on Jan. 8. No one was killed, and U.S. officials initially said no American service members had been injured.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:16

Eight Americans were taken to Germany and three to Kuwait to receive medical care after Iran's missile strike last week, a Defense Department spokesperson says.

A joint investigation involving the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom helped take down the WeLeakInfo site, which the Justice Department says sold billions of stolen usernames, passwords and other data.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:42

The site weleakinfo.com is now down. The Justice Department says that for a fee, users could access stolen personal data names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses. Two people were arrested in Europe.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley appears in a video for The Root, the African American-focused online magazine, in which she reveals her bald head and talks about living with alopecia.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:25

The freshman lawmaker says she felt that it was particularly important for her to speak out about her condition because her hairstyle, Senegalese twists, has become a part of her political brand.

Casper changed mattress shopping with the promise of a 100-night "risk-free" trial and easy returns. Now the cost of those returns is being scrutinized as the online company prepares to go public.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:47

Casper changed mattress shopping with the promise of a 100-night "risk-free" trial and easy returns. Now the cost of those returns is being scrutinized as the online company prepares to go public.

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:21

Dass, who died Dec. 22, was a practitioner of Eastern-inspired philosophy who became interested in the religious potential of LSD in the '60s and '70s. Originally broadcast in 1990.

Eminem performs on stage during the MTV European Music Awards in 2017.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:51

The rapper's 11th studio album is packaged with assists from Black Thought, Ed Sheeran, Q-Tip, Anderson .Paak and the late rapper, Juice WRLD.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's speech came after a period that saw mass public support after the death of a Iranian general and outrage over the downing of a commercial airliner.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:48

"These American clowns lie" when they say they stand with the Iranian people, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a large crowd of worshippers in Tehran.

A woman carries a baby born on China's National Day, Oct. 1, 2019, at a hospital in Chengdu, China. Experts say that once-strict government restrictions on births is likely to place a burden on the country's economy.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 08:31

Last year, there were 10.48 births per 1,000 people — the lowest since the country was founded in 1949. Beijing also said its economy cooled to the slowest pace in nearly three decades.

Crowds scatter after reports of shots fired in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto in June. By the end of 2019, more than 760 people had been shot in the city, 44 of whom were killed.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 08:20

Last year, more than 760 people were shot. Canada has tighter gun laws than in the U.S., and officials and gun control advocates are trying to figure out why the surge is happening and how to stop it.

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body overreacts to infection. It's a leading cause of death worldwide.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 07:09

Hopes were high that a cocktail of vitamins and steroids could treat a deadly disease that kills some 270,000 Americans annually. Trial results were disappointing.

Volunteers paint a banner for the front of the demonstration. Organizers hosted the event to bring supporters together ahead of this year's Women's March, scheduled for Saturday.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 05:50

For the fourth year, the anti-Trump Women's March will stage events in Washington, D.C., and other places. After years of controversy, the group now has new leadership and a new focus.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters after a vote. Journalists' normal access is being constrained for the impeachment trial.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 04:18

Authorities are cracking down on the places correspondents may go, with whom they may talk and for how long. News outlets don't want to go along.

The two self-funding billionaire candidates, Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, together have spent more on ads than all the other Democratic candidates combined through Jan. 13.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 04:00

Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg have used their own fortunes to outspend other candidates in the Democratic primary race. But so far, most voters aren't buying what they are selling.

The Recording Academy has placed Deborah Dugan on administrative leave. The statement did not specify the nature of the allegation, nor who is accused of committing the misconduct.
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 01:40

The organization that puts on the annual Grammy Awards says Deborah Dugan has been placed on administrative leave after an allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the organization.

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