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PBS Host Tavis Smiley Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Variety reports Smiley had sexual relationships with subordinates who were afraid their jobs were on the line. Smiley is the second PBS talk show host suspended in the wake of misconduct allegations.

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We Regret To Inform You That A British Surgeon Was Branding His Initials On Livers

Simon Bramhall has pleaded guilty to assault in a case that a prosecutor called "without legal precedent." He was burning his initials into human livers during transplant operations.

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After Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise Fees

The site — popular with independent musicians, writers and artists — allows fans to make small, repeated payments to creators. A change in the pay structure sent shockwaves through the Internet.

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Martial Law Extended For Another Year In Southern Philippines

The move to keep martial law in the Muslim-dominated south was requested by President Rodrigo Duterte. The decree is worrisome to many Filipinos who remember a deadly era of martial law in the 1970s.

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Remembering Bruce Brown, Whose Search For The Perfect Break Redefined Surfing

Brown, who died Sunday at the age of 80, revolutionized how the world viewed the sport with The Endless Summer. But first, he had to struggle to get his beloved movie seen.

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Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As Economy Rolls On

Policymakers increased a key rate for the third time this year. The quarter-point move indicates the Fed is confident in the economy as it continues to recover from the financial crisis.

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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Will Replace Al Franken In U.S. Senate

Smith's appointed term will run through January 2019. She will also be running in a special election next year to serve out the remainder of Franken's term, which ends in 2020.

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Abbas Says U.S. Shouldn't Lead Mideast Peace Process, Citing Jerusalem Policy

An emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was dominated by talk of the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Rock Hall To Induct Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits And Moody Blues

From a field of 19 strong contenders, the Cleveland-based institution has named its newest entrants.

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Top Stories: Deputy A.G. To Visit Congress; Progress On Calif. Fires

Also: A U.S. Marine helicopter in Japan loses its windshield over a school, injuring a boy; the lead singer of the Smithereens dies; and odd headlines from 2017 include "covfefe".

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Smithereens Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Dies At Age 62

Pat DiNizio, a singer and songwriter who made popular rock songs as the leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday, his fellow band members say.

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U.S. Marine Helicopter In Okinawa Loses Windshield Over School

A 10-year-old boy was slightly injured when the object landed. It is the latest incident in the Japanese prefecture that have emboldened calls from locals to close down U.S. military bases there.

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California's Thomas Fire 25 Percent Contained

The wildfire has burned through 236,000 acres and destroyed more than 700 homes.

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In India, 6 People Get Death Penalty For 'Untouchable' Attack

A young couple was attacked by a gang of knife-wielding men in 2016. The woman's family orchestrated the "honor killing" because she had married below her caste.

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Deputy AG To Answer Allegations Of Bias On Special Counsel's Team

Rod Rosenstein is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to discuss special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's election interference.

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U.S. Secretary Of State Wants To Start Talks With North Korea With No Conditions

Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. would be willing to open negotiations without requiring North Korea to agree beforehand to give up its nuclear weapons program.

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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

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Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

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An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

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Human Feet Still Washing Up In Pacific Northwest, But Don't Panic

For years, human feet have been bobbing ashore in Washington State and British Columbia. Last week another was found on Vancouver Island. No foul play has ever been uncovered.

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