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The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that it was putting forward a proposal to designate 988 as a "suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline."
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:56

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously OK'd the proposal, which would allow callers in crisis to reach a national mental health support network simply by dialing 988.

Outgoing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned or commuted the sentences of more than 400 people in his final days in office.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:52

In one case that has drawn particular attention, he pardoned a murderer whose family raised big money to pay off Bevin's campaign debt.

The United States Concealed Carry Association is based in Wisconsin. The organization was created 17 years ago and has more than 300,000 members.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:00

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association is trying to reach 1 million members by using a different message from that of the NRA. Instead of "from my cold, dead hands," USCCA uses "protect the family."

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:01

China says the deal would cover intellectual property protections and currency manipulation, but no details have been released.

China has built a massive international shipping port a few miles from the old fishing port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 09:02

A Chinese state-owned operator took control of a port on a 99-year lease after Sri Lanka defaulted on its loans. An adviser to Sri Lanka's president said the government wants China to "give it back."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler had adjourned Thursday without a vote on the articles of impeachment. Ranking member Doug Collins (in background) likened the move to a "kangaroo court."
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:52

After an abrupt end to a contentious day of debate, the panel reconvened Friday morning to pass the articles on party-line votes. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote next week.

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, smiles during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:56

A look back at the career of a central figure in the Ukraine affair: Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Edward Kibblewhite and his daughter, Jessica, at StoryCorps in Chicago in October 2018. Jessica says that the StoryCorps conversation played a big role in her decision to try to start a family.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:56

Jessica Kibblewhite wonders whether it makes sense to bring a child into a world that seems broken and scary. At StoryCorps, her dad helps her find clarity with advice about humanity.

Rep. Tom Barrett, D-Wis., holds a draft copy of the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton in December 1998.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:29

President Trump and Republican supporters have dismissed the articles of impeachment brought before the president, but how do their arguments stack up?

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren addresses her supporters in Manchester, N.H., at a Nov. 23 event.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:29

The Massachusetts senator has pushed corporate regulation and fighting corruption as campaign centerpieces since early on. So how did "Medicare for All" come to define her platform while support slid?

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:01

For decades, psychology researchers have failed to reproduce findings with similar experiments. This lack of replicability is a big problem for the field. A new global effort is working to solve it.

Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House as an adviser to her father, President Trump, said she has seen a shift in Republican attitudes on paid parental leave.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:00

A Republican president is helping advance what has long been a Democratic priority as part of a defense bill. Not all Republicans are thrilled about it.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his staff returns to 10 Downing Street after visiting Buckingham Palace, where he was given permission to form the next government during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II.
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 00:55

The Tories now have the biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher's win in 1987, all but ensuring the United Kingdom will exit the European Union in January.

At Wednesday's hearing, Dickson greets relatives and friends of people killed in 737 Max crashes.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:33

A day after hearing criticism from Congress that his agency is too cozy with the manufacturer, the FAA administrator warned Boeing's CEO not to expect quick recertification of the grounded planes.

Congressional negotiators have reached tentative agreement on a $1.3 trillion spending package to fund the government through the end of September 2020. "I think we can be very proud of the good work that this Congress is doing," Rep. Nita Lowey, seen here in April, said Thursday.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:05

The agreement would fund programs through the end of September 2020 and avoid a government shutdown. Federal agencies run out of money at midnight on Dec. 20.

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