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Storm Dennis, Massive Bomb Cyclone, Hits United Kingdom

By Wynne Davis โ€” February 16th 2020 at 01:53
Members of the 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland erect flood barricades in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, as Storm Dennis sweeps in over the region.

Across the United Kingdom, people are enduring another weekend of strong winds, heavy rain and potential flooding as a powerful bomb cyclone hits the region.

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Halfway Through U.S. Quarantines, Two Women Describe 'Surreal,' Lonely Waits

By Rob Stein โ€” February 14th 2020 at 21:09
A masked Yoda and Pikachu guard a table with signs notifying evacuees of times for daily temperature checks.

A New Orleans law professor and a New Jersey financial analyst are waiting for their stints in the first federal quarantine in a half-century to end. Here's glimpse of their daily lives.

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U.S. To Evacuate Americans From Virus-Struck Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

By Wynne Davis โ€” February 15th 2020 at 15:34
Passengers walk along the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, on which about 3,600 people have been quarantined because of fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus.

The State Department informed U.S. citizens aboard the quarantined ship that it would send a charter plane to remove them. This comes as 67 more COVID-19 cases were identified on the ship.

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Nevada Voters Begin Early Caucusing On Saturday. Here's What You Need To Know

By Miles Parks โ€” February 15th 2020 at 13:01

Democrats in Nevada have been scrambling to adjust their plans, in response to the debacle in Iowa. Early voting opens on Saturday with the state's full caucus set for one week later.

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Why Pakistanis In The Otherworldly Highlands Aren't Happy To See Pakistani Tourists

By Diaa Hadid โ€” February 15th 2020 at 13:01
Trash from an informal dump in far northern Pakistan is frequently incinerated, sending up plumes of foul-smelling smoke right near a glacial lake frequented by tourists.

In the far northern region of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, rivers and orchards, domestic visitors are earning a bad reputation.

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PHOTOS: Scenes From The Epicenter Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

By Elena Renken โ€” February 15th 2020 at 13:01
On Feb. 4, beds were installed in the Wuhan Keting Exhibition Center. With 2,000 beds planned, the center will accommodate patients with mild cases of COVID-19.

A photojournalist in Wuhan, China, portrays a city under quarantine in the midst of COVID-19.

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Early Novel Written By Free Black Woman Called Out Racism Among Abolitionists

By Jack Rodolico โ€” February 15th 2020 at 13:00
JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, poses with a monument that was erected in Harriet E. Wilson

In 1859, Harriet E. Wilson published a book about life as an indentured servant in New Hampshire. It remains an obscure classic because it challenges white ideals about racism in the North.

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Break-Ups And Throw-Ups: What It's Like To Work At A Restaurant On Valentine's Day

By Elena Schwartz โ€” February 15th 2020 at 00:01

Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurant staff. They have some ... stories.

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LA County DA Moves To Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana-Related Convictions

By Vanessa Romo โ€” February 15th 2020 at 00:01
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced she has asked a judge to wipe out and seal cannabis-related convictions dating back to 1956. It

"We believe it is the largest effort in California to wipe out old criminal convictions in a single court motion," District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.

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North Dakota And Native American Tribes Settle Voter ID Lawsuits

By Brakkton Booker โ€” February 14th 2020 at 23:31
Delaine Belgarde (right) shows the new Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa identification card, in Belcourt, N.D., in 2018.

Tribes had sued because the law required voters to present identification with their home's street address — which often doesn't exist on reservations. Emergency rules will broaden the ID allowed.

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U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Blocking States' Medicaid Work Requirements

By Laurel Wamsley โ€” February 14th 2020 at 23:13
A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that blocked work requirements in Arkansas and in Kentucky, which has since rescinded them. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar is seen testifying before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

A three-judge panel found the Trump administration failed to analyze whether such requirements "would promote the primary objective of Medicaid — to furnish medical assistance," as required by law.

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For U.S. And China, Coronavirus Adds Pressure To Relationship Already Under Strain

By Jackie Northam โ€” February 14th 2020 at 22:15
President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka last June. The two leaders spoke by phone earlier this month. Since the coronavirus outbreak, China has let in some experts from the World Health Organization but has not yet allowed in a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Right now, the U.S.-China relationship is suffering from a deep deficit of trust," says Evan Medeiros, a former National Security Council chief adviser for Asia.

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Rare Weedy Seadragons Hatch At California Aquarium

By Jordan Pascale โ€” February 14th 2020 at 21:39
A baby weedy seadragon swims at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, Calif. Two of the rare fish hatched there recently, making the aquarium one of the few in the world to successfully breed them.

The delicate creatures resemble bits of seaweed and are distant cousins of the seahorse. The aquarium says the two inch-long babies are already feeding on tiny shrimp.

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'Not A Paramilitary.' Inside A Washington Militia's Efforts To Go Mainstream

By Hannah Allam โ€” February 14th 2020 at 19:35
Attendees recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the United Against Hate rally by the Washington Three Percent in Seattle last month.

Matt Marshall, the leader of the Washington Three Percent, leads a nonprofit corporation. He serves on a school board. Now, a domestic terrorism scandal complicates his political ambitions.

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More Than 1,700 Health Workers In China Have Been Infected With New Coronavirus

By Colin Dwyer โ€” February 14th 2020 at 20:51
A bus departs from the dock where the Diamond Princess cruise ship sits under quarantine with its thousands of passengers and crew. Japanese authorities said Friday that some older passengers who tested negative for the coronavirus were allowed to disembark.

Chinese officials also said that six health workers have died from the disease now known as COVID-19. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases worldwide rose to more than 64,000.

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Former FBI Official Andrew McCabe Won't Face Charges

By Brian Naylor โ€” February 14th 2020 at 19:09
The Justice Department will not charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, had been under investigation over whether he lied about a media leak.

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How COVID-19 Kills: The New Coronavirus Disease Can Take A Deadly Turn

By Maria Godoy โ€” February 14th 2020 at 19:07
A doctor wearing a face mask looks at a CT image of a lung of a patient at a hospital in Wuhan, China.

Most cases of the illness are characterized as mild, with symptoms similar to those of a common cold or the flu. But there have been over 1,300 deaths.

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U.S. Reaches 'Reduction In Violence' Deal With Taliban In Afghanistan

By Laurel Wamsley โ€” February 14th 2020 at 19:04
U.S. Marines stand guard during the change of command ceremony at Shorab military camp in Afghanistan

The step is meant to serve as an initial confidence-building measure and would last for seven days. A more-formal agreement could be signed in the coming weeks.

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Power Of The Past: Retelling Utah's Suffragette History To Empower Modern Women

By Dianna Douglas โ€” February 14th 2020 at 18:00
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signs bill honoring the state

Women in Utah became the first in America to vote under an equal suffrage law on Feb. 14, 1870. There are celebrations, but it means confronting the state's uncomfortable polygamy history, too.

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Real Orgasms And Transcendent Pleasure: How Women Are Reigniting Desire

By Malaka Gharib โ€” February 14th 2020 at 15:01

Katherine Rowland, author of The Pleasure Gap: American Women and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution, says it's time for women to start having better sex.

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