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Engraved portrait of George Clinton, a former U.S. vice president who was also New York state's first and longest-serving governor, in the late 18th-century — not long after the first sign of the word <em>gubernatorial</em> appeared in the English language.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:09

Saturday is the final gubernatorial election of 2019 which got us wondering: why we use the term gubernatorial in the first place.

President Trump pauses during an event on health care prices at the White House on Friday.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 16:22

The president and his personal lawyers are looking to the high court for help in two developing legal battles over the tax returns, testing the separation of powers.

Photo taken Sun., Aug. 28, 2016. A health official inks a child finger to indicate she has been administered with a polio vaccine at a camp of people displaced by Islamist extremist in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 16:06

Health officials have long known that virus from the oral vaccine can contaminate water supplies; they underestimated how big a problem this would be.

Nissan says it is recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. that pose a potential fire danger because of a braking system defect.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 16:01

The Japanese automaker says a pump seal may wear down and cause brake fluid to leak onto circuitry, creating an electrical short.

A woman and girl drop off flowers at a makeshift memorial in Central Park near Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., where a student shot five fellow teenagers Thursday.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:29

One of two students killed at Saugus High was a nephew of a sheriff's employee. Three off-duty officers were the first to respond to the 911 call — they were dropping their kids off at the school.

Judge Thad Balkman listens to statements from the defense during a hearing last month in Norman, Okla.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:31

The new number from Judge Thad Balkman comes nearly three months after he ordered the drugmaker to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid crisis. Both sides had questioned that sum.

Even as the popularity of e-cigarettes exploded — with unknown health risks — the federal government was slow to regulate vaping companies.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:29

Even as the popularity of e-cigarettes like Juul has exploded — with unknown health risks — the federal government has been slow to regulate vaping companies.

Activists opposed to partisan gerrymandering hold up representations of congressional districts from North Carolina, left, and Maryland, right, ahead of Supreme Court arguments last spring. The court ultimately decided that federal courts could not adjudicate partisan gerrymandering cases.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:28

The plan follows a ruling by a state court last month that said North Carolina Republicans, who control the legislature, had unfairly disadvantaged Democrats.

Hoda Muthana was held in al-Hol camp, which houses relatives of Islamic State group members in northeastern Syria. She was recently transferred to a different detention camp.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:22

Hoda Muthana, a 25-year-old who was a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham when she traveled to Syria, is currently imprisoned at a detention camp in northern Syria with her young son.

One rule announced by the Trump administration Friday puts pressure on hospitals to reveal what they charge insurers for procedures and services. Critics say the penalty for not following the rule isn't stiff enough to be a an effective deterrent.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:25

Two regulations announced Friday take aim at health care prices. One, to affect patients by 2021, addresses hospital rates. The second, a proposal, would require more upfront clarity from insurers.

Ugali, a staple starch in many parts of Africa, is filling but lacking in micronutrients.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:24

To pack a healthier punch into staple foods like flour, researchers borrowed technology from the pharmaceutical industry.

Former adviser to President Trump, Roger Stone, leaves the courthouse after being found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election on Friday in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 11:45

Stone faced charges that he lied to congressional investigators and obstructed an official proceeding. He pleaded not guilty and said he'd done nothing wrong.

Students cover their faces with masks to protect themselves from air pollution in Delhi.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:27

Even though the Delhi government has urged folks not to exercise outdoors, a "Race for Children" still took place. The Twittersphere was outraged!

Fleas transmit plague — but the pneumonic plague, the type reported from China this week, can spread from person to person as well.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:17

Authorities have censored Chinese-language news of the hospitalization of a couple who traveled from Mongolia to Beijing for treatment, perhaps to tamp down fears.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies during the second public hearing of the House impeachment inquiry.
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 09:26

The remarks were part of an opening statement in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

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