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Cassini Spacecraft Starts Weaving Between Saturn And Its Rings

4 hours 20 min ago

"Shields Up!" the Cassini craft's Twitter feed announced Wednesday. If all goes well, new images of the ringed planet will reach Earth early Thursday.

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Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

5 hours 33 min ago

Appliance makers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the energy efficiency program. Energy Star is among 50 EPA programs that would be eliminated under the president's budget plan.

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China Celebrates Launch Of 'Homemade' Aircraft Carrier

5 hours 37 min ago

The not-yet-named carrier is the second in China's arsenal. It took less than four years to build.

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In Fast-Paced China, Marathon Craze Is Off And Running (Despite A Clumsy Start)

6 hours 4 min ago

Six years ago, China held 22 marathons; this year, more than 400 are scheduled. But it's long-distance running with Chinese characteristics, and some twists including cigarettes and fruity soap.

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How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside

6 hours 33 min ago

Long before it became a "superfood" in the U.S., schisandra was made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

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Trump Administration Vows 'Biggest Tax Cut,' 'Largest' Overhaul In History

6 hours 45 min ago

The White House is issuing tax-plan guidelines today. It's not likely to get taken up soon, but Trump's Treasury secretary is pledging to move quickly — and to achieve 3 percent growth.

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Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

8 hours 28 min ago

Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.

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Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival

8 hours 30 min ago

Portugal's economy has rebounded dramatically since its European Union bailout in 2011. Wages are up and unemployment down. What's surprising is that this happened only as austerity was canceled.

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Trump's Efforts To 'Drain The Swamp' Lagging Behind His Campaign Rhetoric

8 hours 33 min ago

The phrase didn't originate with the Trump campaign. Advocates of tougher laws on political money and lobbying have used it for years.

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Recordings Reveal Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

8 hours 55 min ago

Scientists recently tracked eight baby whales using special sound and movement recorders. The sounds the babies made turned out to be far different from the eerie songs of adult male humpbacks.

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Milwaukee Prosecutors Weigh Charges In Inmate's Dehydration Death

10 hours 23 min ago

Prosecutors say Terrill Thomas, 38, had been left alone in his county jail cell for seven days without water. The medical examiner's office says he died of "profound dehydration" in the 2016 incident.

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Supreme Court Justice Breyer Guilty Of Not Silencing His Cellphone

10 hours 32 min ago

Arguments before the Supreme Court Tuesday morning were interrupted by a ringing cellphone. Amused colleagues watched as Justice Stephen Breyer reacted quickly to turn off the device.

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Confirmed: Mountain Lion Took Pescadero, Calif., Dog While Owner Slept

15 hours 39 min ago

Wildlife authorities say DNA identifying the predator was found in the home, mixed with blood from the pet. The cat entered through an open door and snatched the dog from the foot of the owner's bed.

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What This Doctor Is Going To Do With His $1 Million TED Prize

16 hours 3 min ago

Raj Panjabi must use the award "to solve a timely, pressing problem." Here's what he plans to do.

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Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:50

The Interior Secretary says, under the policy, his department will review protective designations since 1996 of 100,000 acres or more, particularly their size.

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Watchdog Group Sees Conflicts In Jared Kushner's Vast Wealth, Resposibilities

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:05

Democracy 21 says President Trump's son-in-law should recuse himself from certain duties. Kushner's lawyer says her client "has consistently said that he would follow government ethics requirements."

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Trump Names Retired Marine Corps General To Lead Secret Service

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:02

Randolph Alles is currently at Customs And Border Protection. He will take over an agency stretched thin and beset by poor morale and other issues.

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Cherokee Nation Sues Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens Over Tribal Opioid Crisis

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:58

But the Cherokee tribe says these companies regularly filled large, suspicious prescriptions within the Cherokee Nation's 14 counties in northeastern Oklahoma.

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Federal Court In San Francisco Blocks Trump's Threat Against Sanctuary Cities

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:55

The president's immigration policies have been dealt another setback. A federal judge's ruling will stop the administration from penalizing sanctuary cities while a lawsuit winds through the courts.

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Mexicans No Longer Make Up Majority Of Immigrants In U.S. Illegally

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:41

Mexicans made up half of the 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. last year, according to new estimates by the Pew Research Center. There are growing numbers from Central America and Asia.

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