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A progesterone pill held between a woman's fingers.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:26

Three of the 12 women enrolled in a study of progesterone to reverse a medication-based abortion required ambulance transport to a hospital for treatment of severe vaginal bleeding.

Activists demanding justice in the case of a veterinarian who was gang-raped and killed last week shout slogans during a protest on Thursday in Kolkata, India.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:25

The woman says one of the men who attacked her on Thursday is the same man who raped her last year. It's another horrifying incident in a country grappling with high levels of sexual violence.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, in his office on Capitol Hill.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:14

NPR host Mary Louise Kelly interviews Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

A Norwegian spruce stands at the center of London's Trafalgar Square on Wednesday. Many are calling this year's tree — a gift from Oslo — meager and sparse.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:32

Every year, a Norwegian city gives London a Christmas tree in gratitude for British aid during World War II. However, many are not impressed with this year's present.

Democrats have failed to allow for "a robust set of hearings" on impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee, says Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:27

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee tells NPR the Trump administration should take part in the process but says Democrats have made cooperation all but impossible.

Former Vice President Joe Biden at a town hall last month. On Thursday, Biden got into a heated exchange with an Iowa voter, calling the man a "damn liar."
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:26

The confrontation comes amid a week in which Biden appeared to be strengthening his standing as the Democratic front-runner. The exchange is not the first time Biden has got toe-to-toe with a voter.

Rory Gamble was unanimously as president by the executive board at the United Auto Workers union Thursday.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:35

Gamble, 64, will serve the remainder of the term of former head Gary Jones, who has been implicated in a federal embezzlement and bribery scheme at the union and resigned his post last month.

Robert Marbut has been tapped to lead the federal office on homelessness. Marbut is seen here in 2011 in a shelter in Clearwater, Fla.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:25

Advocates for the homeless worry that Robert Marbut, a consultant who has been hired by many cities, will roll back the successes of arranging housing for the homeless.

GM and LG Chem say they'll create more than 1,100 jobs in the area around Lordstown, Ohio — where GM closed a manufacturing plant earlier this year. Here, GM's former Lordstown Complex is seen one year ago.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:07

The two companies expect to create more than 1,100 jobs in northeast Ohio. The new plant will be built near GM's Lordstown facility that was shuttered earlier this year.

Drew Lehman of Lansdale, Pa., became unable to work after a traumatic car accident. He's one of hundreds of thousands of borrowers who qualify to have their student loans erased because of significant, permanent disabilities.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 13:18

NPR found the vast majority of student loan borrowers with disabilities aren't getting the debt relief they're owed. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking for an investigation.

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:56

The comet, 2I/Borisov, looks surprisingly like comets closer to home. It's a sign that the processes that formed the sun and planets are at work elsewhere in the universe.

Over the last four decades, incomes in the United States have grown much less equal. Inequality is less pronounced in Western Europe.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:47

The share of total income of the top 1% of earners in the U.S. more than doubled over four decades. But in Europe, the gains were less dramatic. What accounts for the difference across the Atlantic?

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:40

Time correspondent Simon Shuster recently spoke with Ukraine's president. After six months in office, Shuster says Volodymyr Zelensky is "quite cynical" and feels "there are no reliable allies."

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Opera's 50th anniversary gala in 2017 in New York.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:00

His simultaneous dismissal from two of the world's leading opera houses comes after an investigation into allegations of misconduct during a Royal Opera performance in Tokyo.

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:22

Officials in the Southeast Texas city have issued a voluntary evacuation order, citing potentially unhealthy levels of a chemical detected more than a week after the blast at the local facility.

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