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U.S. Hate Groups Rose 30 Percent In Recent Years, Watchdog Group Reports

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 16:30, modified at 19:02

The Southern Poverty Law Center says many groups are driven by white supremacist ideology and the "hysteria over losing a white-majority nation." Critics accuse the group of overblowing the threat.

What To Expect From North Korea At The Next Trump-Kim Summit

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 15:21, modified at 17:17

Analysts weigh the possible offers North Korea's leader could make later this month in Vietnam.

When Nazis Took Manhattan

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 18:00, modified at 19:35

In 1939, an event at Madison Square Garden was billed as a "Pro-America Rally." It was, in fact, a rally in support of Hitler and fascism.

Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 10:00, modified at 17:10

The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

Dream Hampton Takes On 'Ecosystem' That's Supported R. Kelly

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 17:12, modified at 18:42

The activist, filmmaker and writer chronicles sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly in the six-part docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, even as new allegations against him surface.

Uranium Ore Stored At Grand Canyon Park Museum May Or May Not Pose Health Risk

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-19 21:41, modified on 2019-02-20 18:09

A safety director issued a public warning that buckets of ore may have exposed employees and tourists to unsafe radiation. But it's not clear whether anyone experienced dangerous levels of radiation.

EXCLUSIVE: Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its Finalists

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 16:01, modified at 18:49

Five books remain in the running: Tommy Orange's There There; Tayari Jones' An American Marriage; David Chariandy's Brother; Jennifer Clement's Gun Love; and Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Arrest Of Heavily Armed Former U.S. Military Members In Haiti Sparks Many Questions

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 16:48, modified at 18:37

"They said that they were here on a 'government mission,' " Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR from Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.

Insurers Hand Out Cash and Gifts To Sway Brokers Who Sell Employer Health Plans

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 10:01, modified at 18:49

Independent brokers help employers choose health benefits for their staff but are paid by the health insurance industry, creating financial incentives to sell more without regard to cost.

'You Get Paid For Doing Therapy': Stand-Up Comedians On Anger

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 10:01, modified at 15:50

For centuries, people have turned to jesters for relief from the miseries of life. As it turns out, some stand-up performers turn pain and rage into their own coping and catharsis.

Russia Intelligence Seeks To Extend Detention Of Ex-U.S. Marine Accused Of Spying

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 11:06, modified at 15:50

Michigan resident Paul Whelan has been held in a Russian prison since he was arrested in December on suspicion of spying. His family says he was just attending a friend's wedding in Moscow.

As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For 'Bold Moves'

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 13:02, modified at 14:42

American Catholics have become disappointed as Pope Francis described the meeting as featuring "prayer and discernment" — hardly an ambitious vision for what could have been a momentous event.

Supreme Court Blocks Texas From Executing Mentally Disabled Man

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 12:57, modified at 15:38

Justices criticized a state appeals court for using outdated medical standards when it determined that a murderer wasn't intellectually disabled and could therefore be executed.

Plotted From A Prison Cot, Wrongly Accused Man Whips Smoothie Dream Into Reality

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 10:01, modified at 13:10

As an exoneree, Mark Schand did not qualify for job training, tuition help or other re-entry services offered to people on parole. But he did fight for, and receive, monetary compensation.

British Woman Who Joined ISIS In Syria As Teen Is Stripped Of U.K. Citizenship

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 09:46, modified at 14:40

Shamima Begum, 19, left England in 2015. Now she is a married mother and living in a refugee camp. Begum says she wants to come home, but the U.K. government doesn't want her back.

In Garlic Capital, Tariffs And Immigration Crackdown Have Mixed Impacts

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 12:48, modified at 16:12

Gilroy, Calif., is known as the garlic capital of the world. Two Trump administration policies — one on trade, the other on immigration — are affecting the town in starkly different ways.

Trump Officials Tried To Rush Nuclear Technology To Saudis, House Panel Finds

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-19 17:55, modified on 2019-02-20 02:43

Whistleblowers told the Oversight committee that efforts by some national security officials to try to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to the Saudi government potentially violated the law.

Trump Threatens To Cancel California's $929 Million High-Speed Rail Grant

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 03:16, modified at 14:03

The president is in a Twitter war with Gov. Gavin Newsom over the project and the president's emergency declaration to build a border wall.

Seeking To Bounce Back From Nassar Fallout, USA Gymnastics Names New President

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-19 19:01, modified on 2019-02-20 02:29

Li Li Leung, a former gymnastics competitor, will now head an organization in turmoil, as USA Gymnastics seeks to recover from its widespread sex abuse scandal.

Houston Police To Cease 'No Knock' Warrants, Chief Announces After Deadly Raid

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-19 18:33, modified at 19:29

"I'm very confident that we're going to have criminal charges on one or more police officers" from a raid that left two suspects dead, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

Chinese 'Ivory Queen' Sentenced To 15 Years In Jail In Tanzania

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-19 22:31, modified at 19:29

Yang Fenglan, who has lived in Tanzania on and off for decades and operated a Chinese restaurant, was found guilty of working with two Tanzanian men to smuggle more than 800 pieces of ivory.

Burberry Apologizes For Nooselike Knot On Fashion Hoodie

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 01:02, modified at 01:30

A runway model who objected to the impression made by the drawstring says she was initially told to "keep it to yourself."