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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is a co-sponsor of the resolution to commemorate the Armenian genocide that passed the Senate Thursday.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:52

The Senate resolution recognizes the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923. Turkey condemned the move, saying it has put the U.S.-Turkey relationship at risk.

Major League Baseball and its players association announced it would remove marijuana from its "drugs of abuse" list and begin testing for newly added drugs, such as opioids.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:57

The changes follow the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found with opioids and alcohol in his system.

McDonald's workers and supporters rally in Chicago in 2015 in what organizers at the time called the biggest-ever mobilization of U.S. workers.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:40

The federal labor law board said McDonald's should not be held liable for labor practices of its franchisees. The ruling directed a judge to approve a settlement in a years-long union case.

Members of the local Jewish community gather Wednesday outside the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City, the site of what is now being called a potential act of terrorism.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 14:17

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said investigators believe the deadly attacks were "potential acts of terrorism." Meanwhile, members of the Jewish community mourned their lost neighbors.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is seen Tuesday in Madrid at the U.N. climate conference.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:51

The climate activist responded like the social media-savvy teenager she is, with a sly change to her Twitter profile.

Anti-government protesters hold an Iraqi flag in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Thursday. As Iraqis continue to demonstrate against their government, U.S. officials say Iran is stepping up attacks.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:19

A rocket attack Thursday at Baghdad's airport appears to be the latest in a string of attacks over the past five weeks that U.S. officials say have escalated both in frequency and potential lethality.

A rescue boat approaches New Zealand's White Island on Monday. A volcano on the island erupted, killing at least eight people.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:51

Specialists went to the volcanic island Friday morning local time in a dangerous operation, as scientists warned of a roughly even likelihood of a fresh eruption. Eight people were killed Monday.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared Thursday before a hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee in Washington, D.C.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:39

The education secretary testified before the House education committee about her handling of a loan relief program for student borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges.

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:24

New York Times investigative reporter Sarah Kliff talks about the costs and challenges of switching to a universal healthcare system — and what it might mean to eliminate private insurance entirely.

Nigerien commandos simulate a raid on a militant camp during U.S.-sponsored exercises in Ouallam, Niger, in April 2018. A spokesman for the Nigerien army says 71 soldiers were killed in an attack on Tuesday.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 11:22

No group has taken responsibility so far for the attack in the West African country, but the region has been a target of Islamist militants in the past.

Members of Parents For Peace gathered in Washington recently for its annual summit. The group is made up of former extremists and their families.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 11:10

Members of the nonprofit Parents For Peace came to Washington to show the human toll of violent extremism. They want Americans to see hate as a public health crisis.

The former players are accused of receiving payouts totaling $3.4 million for medical equipment they allegedly never purchased. Robert McCune is facing the most extensive array of accusations.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 10:24

The former players are accused of receiving payouts totaling $3.4 million for medical equipment they allegedly never purchased. The men charged include Clinton Portis, Robert McCune and John Eubanks.

Dogs wait for their owners outside a polling station in London, part of a popular tradition of taking pets to the polls. The U.K. is voting in a general election to select 650 members of Parliament.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:51

Boris Johnson's Conservatives are expected to win only enough seats to secure a small majority. So far on election day, the most popular figures at polling stations are (literally) dogs.

The German flag is seen outside the Embassy in Moscow, where Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday the expulsion of two German diplomats.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:24

The retaliation, "guided by the reciprocity principle," comes after Germany expelled two Russian diplomats last week. The tussle stems from a killing in Berlin that Germany has linked to the Kremlin.

The new Recording Academy president and CEO, Deborah Dugan, speaking at the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations on Nov. 20 in New York City.
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:07

A task force on diversity and inclusivity led by Time's Up executive Tina Tchen made sweeping recommendations that could transform the Recording Academy.

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