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Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid tips his hat during a November fundraiser for the Nevada Democratic Party in Las Vegas.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 01:24

The former Senate majority leader said Nevada's diverse population is more reflective of the Democratic electorate and after Iowa's troubles, his state has "a tremendously good case."

Deir Hassan, Syria, is shown in February 2019 (left) and February 2020.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 21:24

Fighting in northwest Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of people — many of them women and children — to seek shelter along the border.

Toronto videojournalist Andrew Collins noticed that the new plates are "totally unreadable from a distance at night." He tweeted this still from a dash camera video.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:27

Some people were already grumbling about the redesign, but drivers soon noticed a bigger problem: The new license plates can be hard to read at night.

HSBC says it will shed about 35,000 jobs over the next three years. The firm wants to shift more focus to Asian markets.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:56

The bank says it will shed nearly 15% of its workforce and $100 billion in investments as it refocuses on growth markets in Asia and reduces operations in Europe and the U.S.

Jackson, Miss., residents use shovels to work their way through Pearl River floodwaters on Sunday.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:52

The Pearl River crested at 36.7 feet in Jackson, Miss. — lower than feared. Flooding also hit parts of Tennessee, where one official said, "It is a chess match we're playing with Mother Nature."

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home in 2012. On Tuesday, Trump commuted the 14-year sentence of Blagojevich, who has been serving a prison term after being convicted on corruption charges.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:06

On Tuesday night, Blagojevich walked free from a federal prison four years before he was scheduled to be released. He is among 11 people who received clemency, the White House says.

The house that John High rents with his son in Norman, Okla., doesn't even have a windowless room he could retreat to in a tornado, he says, and he can't afford to build a a wheelchair-accessible storm shelter.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:43

Oklahoma used to have more public shelters that could accommodate wheelchairs. But many have closed, and there's still no financial aid for renters with disabilities to build safe alternatives.

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:00

Winters are warming faster than summers in many places, and colder parts of the U.S. are warming faster than hotter ones. The warming winter climate has year-round consequences across the country.

A view of the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 8, 2019.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:57

President Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank is still under investigation, so David Enrich's story is necessarily incomplete. But he shows the bank's tale is complex — more than one gone rogue.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco on March 1, 2017.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:12

In 2017, Susan Fowler published a blog post that revealed Uber's misogynistic corporate culture — and helped change the world. In her memoir, she urges readers not to see her as a victim.

Checking for signs of COVID-19, a medical worker in a protective suit checks the temperatures of people who were on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship as they fly on a chartered evacuation plane from Japan to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:04

"It is important to know that these people being released from quarantine pose no health risk to the surrounding community," a CDC press officer said in a statement to NPR.

Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley stands in the mostly empty suite of offices at the agency's new planned headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:00

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's acting chief says the decision to relocate the agency's headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colo., means "locals can come and see us."

Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a wide lead among Democratic voters nationally, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 06:08

The survey by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist gives the former New York mayor enough polls showing him over 10% nationally to be on stage for the next Democratic debate Wednesday in Nevada.

Sleep trackers have become increasingly popular, but for some people, perfecting their sleep score becomes an end unto itself.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 06:00

A boom in technology promising to improve sleep has an ironic side effect: orthosomnia. Thanks to sleep trackers, people get so obsessed with perfect sleep that they are losing sleep over it.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., eats lunch with musician Benny Starr at Bertha's Kitchen on Friday in North Charleston, S.C.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 04:00

The Democratic presidential candidates have so far stood for elections in two of the whitest states in the country. That changes with Nevada and South Carolina.

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