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Trump faces pressure to keep sanctions from GOP

GOP lawmakers are warning President Trump against lifting sanctions on Russia.<p>Doing so, they warn, would spark an immediate backlash from Congress …

Beijing hits back after US says it will 'defend' interests in South China Sea

Beijing has gone on the offensive over challenges made by Donald Trump’s administration to its claims in the South China Sea, asserting its “indisputable sovereignty” in the region and warning the US to “act cautiously”.<p>The remarks came after White House spokesman Sean Spicer signaled a break from …

Doctors consider removing tube for 41st President Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia considered Thursday whether to take out a breathing tube while his …

CNN/ORC Poll: Confidence drops in Trump transition

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president.<p>Following a tumultuous transition period, approval ratings for …

A Texas lawmaker is trying to make abortion a felony. Here's why you should be genuinely concerned.

A bill introduced in the Texas legislature would criminalize abortion and direct the state to ignore federal law established by Roe v. Wade. Normally …

Democrats turn to American people to protect Obamacare from looming repeal

The Affordable Care Act, which ushered in the most significant changes to the US healthcare system in half a century, has been placed on life support. But the healthcare law is not dead yet, and Democrats are turning to the public to save it.<p>Paul outlines Obamacare replacement as Sanders rallies …

Health Care

Wyoming Bill Would Outlaw Renewable Energy

Republican lawmakers in Wyoming have introduced a bill that would block the use of renewable energy in the state. If passed, utilities that use wind …

Renewable Energy

An American Woman Died From an Antibiotic-Resistant Infection

Are we seeing the end of the age of antibiotics?<p>When you get sick, you take medicine. If the medicine doesn’t help you get better, you try a …

Microbiology

Donald Trump says Britain was right to vote Brexit and he will offer a 'quick' and 'fair' trade deal

Time left until Donald Trump officially becomes president<p>Britain and America will get a new trade deal “done quickly and done properly”, Donald Trump said on Sunday night as he promised he would help make Brexit great.<p>The US president-elect praised Britain for voting to leave the European Union, …

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Russia prepares to decriminalize some domestic violence

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> There's an old Russian expression: "If he beats you it means he loves you."<p>Now, in a chilling reminder of that sentiment, Russian legislators are moving toward decriminalizing some forms of domestic violence. Women's rights groups fear it will reignite a problem that still plagues …

Hubble gazes into a black hole of puzzling lightness

The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation imaged by the …

Serbia warns France over extradition of Kosovo ex-premier

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia warned on Friday that it would ignore future possible extradition requests for terrorism and other suspects wanted by …

A Hacker Just Proved That Apple May Have Been Right About the F.B.I.

A major security breach reveals that phone-hacking company Cellebrite’s clientele ranges from the F.B.I. to the Kremlin—and that Tim Cook was right to worry about creating a backdoor to the iPhone.<p>Last year, when the F.B.I procured a court order forcing Apple to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of …

Republican Lawmakers Keep Taking Down This Painting

A high school student's painting that depicts the tension between police and the black community in Ferguson, Missouri, keeps getting pulled down from a Capitol hallway by Republican lawmakers.<p>The artwork, painted by Missouri teen David Pulphus, was selected as part of the Congressional Arts …

Trains in the Netherlands Now Run Entirely on Wind Energy

NS, the Dutch rail operator, has announced that its trains now run on 100 percent wind energy, according to <i>The Guardian</i>. Together with energy …

President Obama’s optimism on clean energy is more hopeful than realistic

Progress is never unstoppable.<p>President Barack Obama has written a piece in Science magazine about progress on climate change and clean energy under his administration, progress that he, or at least his headline, characterizes as “irreversible.” (It’s one of several pieces he’s publishing in …

Hillary Clinton Gets a Standing Ovation at Broadway's 'The Color Purple'

The cast of the Broadway play <i>The Color Purple</i> may have received a big applause after their final performance Sunday, but Hillary Clinton apparently …

If Congress really wants to become more diverse, it should pay staffers more and stop unpaid internships

For years, congressional offices have struggled to build more diverse staffs.<p>A 2015 report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, for example, found that while people of color make up more than 36 percent of the US population, they make up only 7.1 percent of top Senate staffers. …

Great Barrier Reef almost drowned; climate implications

The research also provided an accurate identification of the age of the fossil reef that grew before the modern Great Barrier Reef, some …

Climate Change

Black Lives Matter Activists Not Happy Civil Rights Leaders Attended Trump Meeting

The question of whether to oppose Trump unconditionally is a big one across left-leaning groups, but it’s also heightening generational tensions within the black activist community.<p>WASHINGTON — Young black activists are frustrated with the black leaders and organizations who have met with …

Rights & Freedoms

This $130 ring is actually a panic button in disguise

While smartphones make it easier than ever before to dial 911, and smartwatches include features like SOS, sometimes you just want the people in your life to know where you are <i>before</i> something bad happens.<p>Enter Nimb: a panic button disguised as costume jewelry.<p>The Nimb ring is designed to be a …

2 weeks before his inauguration, Trump again tweets about Hillary Clinton's scrapped election-night fireworks show

"Hillary and the Dems were never going to beat the PASSION of my voters," Trump said on Twitter. "They saw what was happening in the last two weeks before ... and knew they were in big trouble — which is why they cancelled their big fireworks at the last minute. THEY SAW A MOVEMENT LIKE NEVER …

Nearly a quarter of Americans are not religious: Why doesn’t that diversity show up in politics?

<b>(shutterstock/Salon/Mireia Triguero Roura)</b><p>About 1 in 4 Americans has no religious affiliation — but only 1of 538 members of Congress admits to that<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>January 6, 2017 9:59am (UTC)<p>Most people know that that Congress unfortunately doesn't look like the rest of the country. It's more male, …

Republicans face the obvious on Obamacare: Their replacement will be worse

After years of bluster, GOP lawmakers must now face the facts: Their weak “replacement” isn’t what Americans want<p>On Thursday Politico’s Playbook made a point about the current Republican attitude toward a repeal of Obamacare that seems like an important admission:<p>Republicans are now realizing how …

Woman prosecuted by Jeff Sessions can't forgive

<b>Marion, Alabama (CNN) —</b> Evelyn Turner says she still has nightmares about what happened in this small Alabama city more than three decades ago. And it involves President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions.<p>The year was 1985 and Sessions, then a US attorney, prosecuted …

'Friends, Long Live': Philippine President Duterte Tells Russian Navy

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte showcased his country’s increasingly close ties with Moscow on Friday, as he toured one of a pair of Russian warships visiting Manila.<p>Rear Adm. Eduard Mikhailov, deputy commander of Russia's Pacific Fleet, and Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev, escorted Duterte …

Asia

Trump alleges delay in his briefing on ‘so-called’ Russian hacking; U.S. official says there wasn’t one

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night to say that a planned intelligence briefing for him on “so-called ‘Russian-hacking’ ” had been delayed until Friday, a development he called ‘very strange!” -- but one that a U.S. official said wasn't a delay at all.<p>The tweet was the …

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