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Should taxpayers cover the light bills at university labs? Trump kicks off a tense debate

0SHARESShare Medical research can’t be done in the dark. But should taxpayers be covering the light bills at university labs across the country? The Trump administration’s answer is no. The president has proposed a massive $7 billion budget cut for the National Institutes of Health over the next 18 months. And Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price said ...

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Clashes, fire at Paraguay congress after re-election vote

0SHARESShare ASUNCION, Paraguay — Violent clashes erupted between police and protesters outside Paraguay’s congress after senators approved a constitutional amendment to allow a president to run for a second term. Some protesters broke through police lines and entered the first floor, setting fire to papers and furniture. Police late Friday used water cannon and fired rubber bullets to drive demonstrators ...

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More than 100 dead after river overflows, destroying homes in Colombia

MOCOA, Colombia — Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos says at least 112 people have been killed after intense rains triggered an avalanche of mud and water from overflowing rivers that swept through a small city. Santos arrived at the disaster zone Saturday, warning the death toll could rise as the search for survivors continues. The incident happened around midnight in ...

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Do taxpayers get their money’s worth from the National Institutes of Health?

Two weeks ago, a budget proposal from the Trump administration, to the surprise of many scientists, called for a 19 percent reduction in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Congress must approve the final terms of fiscal year 2018 budget, but the proposed cuts raise questions about the value of the America’s health research organization. Founded in 1887, the ...

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Sessions calls Ferguson an emblem of tense relationship with police

0SHARESShare ST. LOUIS – Ferguson, Missouri, has become “an emblem of the tense relationship” between law enforcement and those it serves, especially minority communities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday during a visit to St. Louis. Sessions, speaking to a gathering of law enforcement leaders at the federal courthouse that sits roughly 12 miles from Ferguson, said the Justice Department ...

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Before you lament the end of your internet privacy, read this

0SHARESShare Top Republicans pushed a measure through the House on Tuesday that overturns Obama-era regulations intended to protect consumers’ data from being shared with advertisers without consent. If you’re reading this story on a computer or internet-connected device, that obviously includes you. The bill, which passed 215-205 in the House, pulls back legislation passed by Congress in 2016. Originally proposed ...

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WATCH LIVE: Spicer expected to address Russia investigations in news briefing

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is expected to address the investigations into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections — as well as former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s offer to testify in exchange for immunity — at a Friday news briefing. On Friday, President Donald Trump says his former national security adviser is right to ask for immunity in ...

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White House tells lawmakers in Russia probe: Come see intel yourselves

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — The White House refused Thursday to say whether it secretly fed intelligence reports to a top Republican lawmaker, fueling concerns about political interference in the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Fending off the growing criticism, the administration invited lawmakers from both parties to view classified material it said relates to surveillance ...

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Defense Secretary Mattis says he worries about ‘reckless’ actions from North Korea

0SHARESShare LONDON — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expressing worry about what he calls “reckless” actions by North Korea, alluding to its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Mattis spoke at a news conference Friday in London with his British counterpart, Michael Fallon. RELATED CONTENT Tillerson: Use of pre-emptive force an option with North Korea North Korea test-fires missile, apparently ...

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Tillerson says U.S. will uphold Russia sanctions until it respects pledges

BRUSSELS — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Washington will ease sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine only when Moscow respects commitments to help restore peace. RELATED CONTENT Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia must honor Ukraine deal Paul Ryan on working with Trump, Russia sanctions and GOP goals Tillerson says U.S. can ‘define a different ...

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