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Nancy Pelosi Cuts Deal With Democratic Rebels To Ensure Return To Speakership

Nancy Pelosi is poised to once again be speaker of the House, after cutting a deal with several House Democrats who had previously opposed her. Pelosi will serve a maximum of four years in the post.

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Fentanyl Surpasses Heroin As Drug Most Often Involved In Deadly Overdoses

When fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the drug supply in the U.S. it had an immediate, dramatic effect on the overdose rate.

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Top Cardinals Embroiled In Sexual Abuse Scandal No Longer On Papal Council

Javier Errázuriz had been accused of ignoring sexual abuse in Chile. George Pell has reportedly been found guilty of sexually assaulting children in Australia.

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Evelyn Berezin, Computer Scientist Behind Groundbreaking Word Processor, Dies At 93

Berezin studied physics but, despairing of the job market in physics, she turned to the rapidly transforming computer industry. She invented the first truly computerized system for word processing.

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Congress To Make Members Pay Out Of Pocket For Sexual Harassment Settlements

Lawmakers are expected to vote this week to overhaul how Congress handles accusations of sexual misconduct. The deal follows a nearly yearlong standoff over member liability and other issues.

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Remembering Rosanell Eaton, An Outspoken Advocate for Voting Rights

Remembering Rosanelle Eaton, the North Carolina woman who in her 90s became the face of efforts to overturn laws that civil rights activists said discriminated against black voters.

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The Unbelievable Tale of a Fake Hitman, a Kill List, a Darknet Vigilante... and a Murder

Hitman-for-hire darknet sites are all scams. But some people turn up dead nonetheless.

Gian Volpicelli | Wired UK | Dec 2018
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Arctic Report Card Documents 'Cascading Effects' Of Warming Ocean Temperatures

The U.S. government says warming ocean temperatures and melting ice have resulted in the "most unprecedented transition in history" in the Arctic, leading to extreme weather events across the globe.

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Senate Poised To Vote To End U.S. Military Support For War In Yemen

A bipartisan resolution directs the administration to end military assistance to the Saudi-led conflict. It draws on the Vietnam-era War Powers Act, marking the first debate on this war authority.

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Tribune, Tronc And Beyond: A Slur, A Secret Payout And A Looming Sale

Tribune Publishing secretly started to pay more than $2.5 million to a fired news executive to settle a lawsuit. It sought to keep a slur by controlling owner Michael Ferro from becoming public.

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Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

American teens are chronically sleep deprived, in part because of early school start times. But how much difference can a later start make? As Seattle's school district found out, it can help a lot.

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From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter: 'I Was So Lucky To Come Out Of This'

Keri Blakinger spent nearly two years locked up on narcotics charges before becoming a journalist. "I've been so privileged in so many ways to end up with hope and second chances," she says.

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What To Know About The No-Confidence Vote Facing British Prime Minister Theresa May

Britain's prime minister faces a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday evening. Why do members of her own party want to sack her?

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Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison Following Plea That Implicated Trump

The onetime fixer for Trump has admitted that not only did he commit financial crimes but also that Trump directed him to arrange hush-money payments to two women. Cohen also says he lied to Congress.

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Quake-Up Call: Magnitude 4.4 Temblor Rattles People Out Of Bed Across Southeast U.S.

The earthquake struck eastern Tennessee before dawn Wednesday. As mild as it was, its effects were felt far and wide — from eastern Kentucky all the way to Atlanta.

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Showering Has a Dark, Violent History

In the 19th century, cold rinses and days-long baths became a way to treat—and control—psychiatric patients.

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Demon Underneath

The rise and fall of fraudster John DeLorean.

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Mayors And Governors Rebut Trump Administration Position At Climate Summit

Federal officials at the U.N. climate meeting are ignoring climate science and touting coal and fossil fuels. But local and state authorities pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own.

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Manhunt Underway For Suspect In Attack On French Christmas Market

On Tuesday evening, a man opened fire on the famous market in Strasbourg, France, killing two people and leaving a third brain-dead. Hundreds of law enforcement officers are searching for the suspect.

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America's Growing Cop Shortage

A hot job market and skepticism about law enforcement are making it harder for police departments across the country to replace officers who are retiring.

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