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A Republican party observer, right, watches as an employee at the Palm Beach County Supervisor Of Elections office goes through a stack of damaged ballots, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:49

Palm Beach County, which has experienced myriad elections issues in recent years, says that its elections office was breached by a ransomware attack before the 2016 election.

A pro-democracy protestor holds a placard ahead of a meeting between the Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Vera Jourova, and the First President of Poland's Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 28 in Warsaw. European Commission officials were in Poland for talks regarding controversial judicial reforms.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:41

The country's ruling Law and Justice party has sought to dramatically reshape the courts, triggering popular protests and threatening Poland's status within the EU parliamentary process.

The first U.S. case of COVID-19 was treated at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. Robin Addison, a nurse there, demonstrates how she wears a respirator helmet with a face shield intended to prevent infection.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:43

So far, only 15 cases of coronavirus disease have been identified in the U.S. But if large numbers of people were to suddenly get infected, would hospitals be prepared to cope?

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., (center), Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have been pushing a bipartisan resolution to limit the president's war powers regarding Iran.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 13:49

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., led the effort to pass a bipartisan war powers resolution to end the president's ability to launch further strikes against Iran. The Trump administration has vowed to veto it.

A clerk pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse in New York. <em>Amazon Empire</em> director James Jacoby describes the pace of work within the company's warehouses as "incredibly grueling."
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 13:16

Director James Jacoby catalogs the reach of the tech giant in his new PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Amazon Empire. "So much power is pooled into the hands of one company and one man," he says.

Houston Astros players Alex Bregman and José Altuve look on as owner Jim Crane addresses reporters during a news conference Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:39

The apology seemed to be an attempt to turn the page for the embattled team amid criticism that the punishment meted out by the league was too light given the scale and longevity of the cheating.

Firefighters spray water on a smoldering tree in the wake of a bushfire near Bumbalong in New South Wales, Australia. February has brought much-needed rain to the state, where fires have burned about 13.3 million acres of land.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:15

One of the most stubborn fires to be declared out this week was a 2,000-acre beast that had been burning since July.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch speaks Wednesday at Georgetown University, where she received the Trainor Award for excellence in diplomacy.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:49

"Foreign service officers are wondering if it is safe to express concerns about policy, even behind closed doors," the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said during remarks at Georgetown University.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is among nine Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who signed a letter accusing the Trump administration of politicizing the immigration courts.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:46

In a bluntly worded letter to the Justice Department on Thursday, Democratic senators accuse the administration of deliberately eroding the independence of U.S. immigration courts.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks Wednesday at a press conference ahead of the House's vote to remove the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:35

Changing the deadline is one way ERA proponents are trying to make the amendment part of the Constitution, but there isn't legal consensus on the tactic, and the Senate is expected to kill the bill.

Students Caleb Lam (left), 15, and Kevin Ng, 16, have been taking online classes since the schools shut down. ""You have nothing to do at home after classes. We chat online," Lam says.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:30

Students, business owners, sanitation workers and doctors are all struggling to cope with the daily frustrations of living in a city of 7 million that's afraid of an outbreak of COVID-19.

McClatchy acquired Knight Ridder, the owner of the <em>Miami Herald</em> and dozens of other newspapers, in 2006 but sold off several of those papers.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:12

The company, which operates 30 newsrooms in 14 states, announced a Chapter 11 restructuring. Saddled with debt and pension obligations, McClatchy said it will operate as normal during the process.

Sudan says it is settling a lawsuit filed by victims and families of people killed aboard the USS Cole in a 2000 terrorist attack. The destroyer is seen here in Norfolk, Va., in 2016.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:44

The move is aimed at helping Sudan get off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. The guided missile destroyer was attacked in 2000 while refueling in Yemen. Seventeen people onboard died.

Where should you sit on a plane to reduce the risk of exposure to germs spread by infectious passengers?
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:36

Here are recommendations from researchers on how to stave off infectious diseases such as the common cold and the flu during a flight.

Harkness Tower on Yale University's campus in 2016. The Department of Education said Yale failed to disclosed a total of $375 million in foreign money.
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:37

The Ivy League schools have been singled out in a federal crackdown on institutions of higher learning for allegedly not reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign donations.


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