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President Trump Turns Attention To Welfare Programs

President Trump quietly signed an executive order Tuesday, directing federal agencies to strengthen the work requirements for various welfare programs. The move could eventually affect recipients of Medicaid, food stamps, housing assistance and cash welfare.<p>The administration argues that despite …

Health Care

States Turn To National Guard To Help Protect Future Elections From Hackers

In elections past, the integrity of the vote was protected by poll workers and election officials. But in 2018 and likely beyond, elections are being protected by people like the anonymous man who works in the basement of the West Virginia Capitol.<p>He's member of the West Virginia National Guard who …

National Guard

NRA, In New Document, Acknowledges More Than 20 Russian-Linked Contributors

The National Rifle Association has accepted contributions from about 23 Russians, or Americans living in Russia, since 2015, the gun rights group acknowledged to Congress.<p>The NRA said in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., unveiled on Wednesday, that the sum it received from those people was just …


Did Fake News On Facebook Help Elect Trump? Here's What We Know

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before a joint Senate Committee on Wednesday, he led off with a mea culpa. Just a few paragraphs into his opening statement, he took personal responsibility for the disinformation:<p>"[I]t's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from …


Women Can't Have Prior Salaries Used Against Them, Court Says In Equal Pay Case

Employers can't pay women less than men just because they made less at a previous job, a federal appeals court has ruled. The continuing gender pay gap is "an embarrassing reality of our economy," the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its opinion.<p>The court said a woman's prior salary, …

Scott Pruitt

Democrats Call For Senate Hearing Over 2020 Census And Citizenship Question

The announcement of the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire has launched calls for lawsuits, legislation and now multiple congressional hearings. In a letter written to the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has …


U.K. Investigators Raid Cambridge Analytica Offices In London

Investigators with Britain's information commissioner searched the London headquarters of Cambridge Analytica on Friday amid reports that the firm harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook users as part of a campaign to influence the U.S. 2016 presidential elections.<p>The move comes after a …

Cambridge Analytica

After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

Robert Taylor isn't sure why he's alive.<p>"My mother succumbed to bone cancer. My brother had lung cancer," he ticks them off on his fingers. "My sister, I think it was cervical cancer. My nephew lung cancer." A favorite cousin. That cousin's son. Both neighbors on one side, one neighbor on the …

Mississippi River

21 Tech Companies Band Together Against Wildlife Trafficking

Twenty-one top tech companies are banding together to try to stop wildlife traffickers from trading endangered species on their platforms.<p>The Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, organized by Google and the World Wildlife Fund, was announced Wednesday morning. It includes companies …


Trump Administration Quietly Decides — Again — To Allow Elephant Trophy Imports

The Trump administration has lifted a ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from certain African countries, just over three months after President Trump appeared to pause a first attempt to do so amid public uproar. In a memo dated March 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that …


Education Department Wants To Protect Student Loan Debt Collectors

<b>Updated at 11:09 a.m. ET</b><p>Student loan debt collectors have been accused of deceiving and abusing student borrowers and have been sued by attorneys general in a handful of states. Now, they may be getting some relief.<p>The debt collectors, that is. Not their customers.<p>In an internal document obtained …

Higher Education

Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Shaorong Deng is sitting up in bed at the Hangzhou Cancer Hospital waiting for his doctor. Thin and frail, the 53-year-old construction worker's coat drapes around his shoulders to protect against the chilly air.<p>Deng has advanced cancer of the esophagus, a common form of cancer in China. He went …


Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

Animals that live in the ocean communicate with sound — humpback whales, for example. But these voices could soon be drowned out by powerful sonic booms from vessels searching for oil and gas.<p>President Trump is opening up the Atlantic Coast to companies to explore for fresh reserves. And to …

Marine Mammals

China's Ban On Its Domestic Ivory Trade Takes Effect

As China steps into the new year, it is doing so without a once-thriving facet of its economy: the ivory trade. The country's ban on the domestic sale and processing of ivory and its products took effect on Sunday, making good on a commitment Chinese authorities made at the beginning of 2017.<p>The …


At Age 101, She's A World Champ Runner

Man Kaur is 101, but her routine could tire most 20-somethings.<p>Every day she wakes up at 4 a.m., bathes, washes clothes, makes tea, recites prayers until about 7 a.m. Sometimes she goes to the Gurdwara, the place of worship for Sikhs, other times she prays at home.<p>And then she goes to the track for …


Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'

Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with recycled bluish-white paint. They recycle their rainwater, compost their food waste and carefully separate the paper and plastic they toss out. But recently, after loading up their Prius and …


Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense

"The Defense Department is starting the first agency-wide financial audit in its history," the Pentagon's news service says, announcing that it's undertaking an immense task that has been sought, promised and delayed for years.<p>Of the tally that is starting this week, chief Pentagon spokesperson …

Middle East