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Computer mouse pads with "Secure the Vote" logos on them sit on a vendor's table at an election officials conference in 2018.
Wed, 01/29/2020 - 04:01

Local governments could perform a simple upgrade to make it clear to voters that they are reading from a legitimate source. But on the whole, they aren't doing it.

A Brightline train approaches a railroad crossing on Jan. 18, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In its first two years, more than 40 people have been killed by Brightline trains on tracks and at rail crossings.
Wed, 01/29/2020 - 04:00

In its first two years, 40 people have been killed on tracks by the passenger line. Florida officials are concerned, but Brightline says suicides and people using drugs make up most of the deaths.

Goldie Federico-Rubin, 2, of Des Moines, stands next to her mom, Laura Federico, as they list to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Saturday, Jan 11, 2020 during a campaign event at Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa.
Wed, 01/29/2020 - 04:00

Democrats have descended on the state in the hopes that they pass muster with Iowans. Hear the voices and see the scene in the days leading up to first contest in the 2020 presidential race.

House Democratic impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., second from left, walks on Capitol Hall after a news conference with the House Democratic impeachment managers on Tuesday.
Wed, 01/29/2020 - 04:00

Over the next two days, senators will be able to ask questions of both prosecutors and defense lawyers. As soon as Friday, a much-anticipated vote could happen on bringing in witnesses to the trial.

In a photo taken in May, customers enjoy their drinks at a Starbucks in Beijing. The U.S.-based coffee chain as decided to close more than half its stores in mainland China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 18:28

The coffee chain has temporarily closed the stores locations to limit the spread of the coronavirus that has sickened more than 4,500 people.

A sketch artist's rendering of White House counsel Pat Cipollone speaking in the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial against President Trump on Jan. 21. In the trial, senators play the role of jurors, and Chief Justice John Roberts presides.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:48

Democratic impeachment managers and President Trump's defense team have both completed their opening arguments in the Senate trial. Here's the bottom line for each side.

As the death toll from the new coronavirus tops 100, hospitals in Wuhan, China, are attending to many patients with confirmed or suspected cases of the illness. Public health officials are working to prevent further spread of the outbreak in China and globally.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:29

Globally, health officials are on high alert, implementing airport screenings, evacuations, border controls and other measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow rides an elevator to the Senate chamber for the impeachment trial Tuesday.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:18

President Trump's attorneys closed their arguments on Tuesday with a rejection of Democrats' case and a warning about the peril to future chief executives if he is removed for this.

Travelers wait at the ride-share pickup location at Sacramento International Airport. Uber is allowing drivers at three California airports to set their own fares.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:15

The experiment underway at three airports comes in reaction to a recent state law that makes it harder to classify people as contract workers rather than as employees.

"That reporter couldn't have done too good a job on you yesterday," President Trump told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday. He added, "Think you did a good job on her, actually."
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 16:43

President and CEO John Lansing is sending a letter "demanding answers." Earlier Tuesday, President Trump appeared to praise Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for yelling at another NPR reporter.

Waves splash in a pool during an earthquake, seen in a still frame from social media video, in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 16:38

The 7.7-magnitude temblor struck off the coasts of Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands. Social media was flooded with posts of photos and video from people documenting the event.

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 16:28

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has its own vocabulary. Here are definitions for some of the keys words and phrases you might be hearing.

Willie O'Ree (left) and Howie Young (center) of the Los Angeles Blades talk during warm ups before their game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena during the 1963-64 season in Los Angeles, Calif. O'Ree became the first black player in the National Hockey League when he joined the Boston Bruins in 1958.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 14:00

The National Hockey League was the last major sports league to integrate, and is still the least diverse, with a lot to do to develop talent and build goodwill in minority communities.

An FBI affidavit that lays out the case against Charles Lieber includes what federal prosecutors say is a contract between the Harvard researcher and a university in China.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 13:31

An FBI agent says China's deal with Charles Lieber, the chair of Harvard University's chemistry department, paid him up to $50,000 monthly, along with another $150,000 per year.

Amid impeachment and the 2020 election, surveys show political fevers running high at work, undercutting trust and productivity. And workers and employers are bracing for those dynamics to get worse.
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:28

Amid impeachment and the 2020 election, surveys show political fevers running high at work, undercutting trust and productivity. And workers and employers are bracing for those dynamics to get worse.

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