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UN Makes Big Push to Wipe Out Polio on African Continent

The World Health Organization and U.N. children’s fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling […]

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Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader, offers Democrat help to fix Obamacare if repeal off the table

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Sunday that Democrats are ready to work with President Trump to fix Obamacare if Republicans abandon their drive to repeal the law. The New York Democrat made the offer in the wake of Friday’s decision by Mr. Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to pull the GOP […]

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Trump blames GOP conservative faction for blocking health care bill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday took hard-line congressional Republicans to task over last week’s failed attempt to push through a health care overhaul measure, but the principal target of his Twitter broadside declined to engage in any sparring with the White House, instead emphasizing the need to move forward. The episode, however, could […]

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Dead Sea drilling reveals ‘epic’ droughts throughout history

Scientists from Columbia University use geological sample to reveal arid spells that lasted for decades or centuries, thousands of years ago By Melanie Lidman A sample of the geological core drilled 450 meters (1500 feet) into the Dead Sea floor reveals layers of mud from the rainy season on the left and layers of salt […]

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House GOP postpones vote on health care

WASHINGTON — House GOP leaders postponed a much-anticipated vote Thursday on legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act amid a Republican revolt that raised doubts about the fate of the measure as well as President Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed negotiating skills. After initially vowing to continue talks through the night, a frustrated White House told a […]

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Rick Perry questions presidential election results — at his alma mater

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks the president stole the election. No, he’s not talking about President Donald Trump, Perry’s new boss as the former governor leads the Energy Department. He’s talking about Bobby Brooks, a kid from Belton who just was elected student body president at Perry’s alma mater Texas A&M […]

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At Least 25 Starve to Death in Somaliland – Official

At least 25 people have died of starvation in the self-declared republic of Somaliland as the Horn of Africa grapples with an increasingly severe drought. “The drought situation is at its most dangerous level. Eighty percent of the livestock have gone and we are struggling with saving people, who have started dying. So far, we […]

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Obama defends Affordable Care Act as Republicans look to take first step in repeal

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a robust defense of the law Republicans sought to begin repealing Thursday. In a lengthy written statement, Obama made no explicit mention of the action pending in the House. But he clearly contrasted the grueling process that ended with his […]

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Asian American students push to reveal what the ‘model minority’ myth hides

Between three jobs and a full academic course schedule, University of Washington senior Sam Le is always on the go. He also plans to graduate on time this June. But that wasn’t the case when he was a freshman and nearly flunked out. “I was taking hard classes early on and I was commuting really […]

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Cal State trustees approve controversial tuition hike

LONG BEACH, Calif. — After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, California State University’s Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 Wednesday to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding. “I don’t bring this forward with an ounce of joy,” said Cal […]

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Azerbaijan Praised as ‘Beacon of Religious Tolerance’ Following Visit by Children From Atlanta Jewish Academy

ATLANTA, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Azerbaijan was hailed as a ‘beacon of religious tolerance’ following a visit by a group of children from the Atlanta Jewish Academy to the Muslim majority country, which is wedged between Russia and Iran. 17-year-old Devorah Chasen said she felt welcomed and safe in Azerbaijan, stressing the country’s open […]

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Minnesota university denounces anti-Semitism after Muslim student body president’s tweets resurface

The president of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, is denouncing anti-Semitism after a tweet by the school’s student body president calling Israel supporters “scum of the earth” resurfaced online. Now-deleted tweets dating back to 2012 by Undergraduate Student Government (USG) President Mayzer Muhammad were unearthed by anti-Semitism watchdog Canary Mission, prompting […]

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Ancient relative of crabs, shrimps and lobsters is named in honor of David Attenborough

Scientists have discovered the fossil remains of a 430-million-year-old crustacean previously unknown to science — a proto-shrimp that they’re naming in honor of British naturalist and television personality David Attenborough. The new species, described in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, could shed fresh light on crustacean evolution. Cascolus ravitis may not sound like the […]

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Henrietta Lacks’ family divided over HBO movie

BALTIMORE — A day after the eldest son of Henrietta Lacks admonished HBO for an upcoming movie about his mother and the use of her cells, a second son threw his support behind the drama starring Oprah Winfrey that will air next month. David Lacks Sr. was among a group of family members who issued […]

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