stephen jay gould

(september 10, 1941-may 20,2002)
  • Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns Following Offensive Comments

    Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns Following Offensive CommentsCarl Higbie, the chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, resigned Thursday after CNN unearthed a litany of offensive and discriminatory remarks he’d made on various radio segments.


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  • The Story of the Turpin Family at Center of Abuse Allegations

    The Story of the Turpin Family at Center of Abuse AllegationsDavid and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 counts that included charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.


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  • Delta issues new rules on emotional support animals

    Delta issues new rules on emotional support animalsAfter the airline said it saw a spike in animal incidents, passengers must now provide documentation for their pet to the airline within 48 hours of their flight.


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  • Fox News Guest Goes Off The Rails: 'White Supremacists Are American Citizens'

    Fox News Guest Goes Off The Rails: 'White Supremacists Are American Citizens'A guest on Fox News defended white supremacists over undocumented immigrants on Thursday evening.


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  • Mattis warns of 'growing threats' from Russia, China

    Mattis warns of 'growing threats' from Russia, ChinaDefense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russia, and warned that the US military's advantages have eroded in recent years. Mattis's assessment came as he unveiled the Pentagon's vision for the future detailed in a document called the national defense strategy. "We face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia, nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models," Mattis said.


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  • 'We want to fix it': Google, YouTube CEOs on Election Meddling

    'We want to fix it': Google, YouTube CEOs on Election MeddlingGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki discuss what changes technology companies are making in the wake of foreign meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election via digital information platforms.


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  • Chris Christie Reportedly Turned Away From Airport VIP Entrance

    Chris Christie Reportedly Turned Away From Airport VIP EntranceChris Christie, no longer the governor of New Jersey, was reportedly denied access to a special VIP entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday.


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  • Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet

    Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabetKazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe.  A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue.  This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan “real independence” and help it join the “information world”. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An “against apostrophes” hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a “No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!” Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.  “With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,” he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short “a,” or consonants similar to “s” and “sh”.  Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for “bottle,” pronounced “shisha,” is written “s'i's'a”, while “east,” pronounced “shyghys,” becomes “s'yg'ys”. Those are hardly the worst: The word for “skier” will be “s'an'g'ys'y” and that for “crucial” will be “s'es'u's'i”. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written “Qazaqstan Respy’bli’kasy”. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border.  “The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,” Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.  Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused “much discussion,” this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.  But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.  “From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,” said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to “work with the new alphabet” before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. “He wants to go into history … as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,” Mr Sarym said. “You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.”


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  • 13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1

    13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 total counts, including charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.


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  • Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin has begun: Erdogan

    Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin has begun: ErdoganTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday a military operation in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region had begun after cross-border shelling by the Turkish army. Turkey's army said on Saturday it hit shelters and hideouts used by militants from three groups - the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), PYD and YPG, after militants fired on Turkish positions inside Turkey.


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  • Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

    Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing babyA car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade, killing a baby and injuring more than a dozen people.


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  • New Images Released of the Texas Home Where Some of the Captive Siblings Used to Live

    New Images Released of the Texas Home Where Some of the Captive Siblings Used to LiveDavid and Louise Turpin, accused of abusing their 13 children, face life in prison if convicted.


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  • Aly Raisman Tells Nassar 'You Are Pathetic' After He Complains About Sentencing Hearing

    Aly Raisman Tells Nassar 'You Are Pathetic' After He Complains About Sentencing HearingOlympian Aly Raisman addressed serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar in court Friday with a powerful statement, calling the former USA Gymnastics team doctor “pathetic” for complaining about the length of his sentencing hearing and “a monster” for abusing the trust of his young patients.


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  • The Donald Trump Show Wraps Up First Season

    The Donald Trump Show Wraps Up First SeasonWASHINGTON – At least from a ratings standpoint, America’s 45th presidency without a doubt has had a successful first season, tremendous even.


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  • The Electrification Era Moves Closer for Cars

    The Electrification Era Moves Closer for CarsAutomakers are seeing the future, and increasingly it’s more high voltage than high octane. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, just under the sheet metal and hoods ...


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  • Deported Man's Wife Will Be State Of The Union Guest

    Deported Man's Wife Will Be State Of The Union GuestRep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) was so moved by the story of Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old man deported to Mexico this week after living most of his life in the U.S., that she plans to bring his wife Cindy Garcia as her plus-one guest to the 2018 State of the Union address.


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  • Classmate speaks out about California ‘House of Horrors’ victim

    Classmate speaks out about California ‘House of Horrors’ victimA classmate of one of the victims who attended community college says the Turpin son was very thin and always in the same clothing.


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  • Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks

    Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacksPHOENIX (AP) — The nine shooting deaths around metropolitan Phoenix that occurred in just a three-week span seemed unconnected at first glance. The victims differ in age, gender and geographical location. But the more law enforcement investigated, the more correlations came to light.


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  • Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

    Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensiveTurkey on Saturday launched a new air and ground operation to oust a Kurdish militia from their northern Syrian enclave, defying US warnings that the action risked further destabilising the area after almost seven years of civil war. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly vowed that Turkey would root out the "nests of terror" in Syria of the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey deems a terror organisation. Turkey's army said operation "Olive Branch" began at 1400 GMT and was aimed at the YPG and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.


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  • Paramedics called to treat Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

    Paramedics called to treat Supreme Court Justice SotomayorU.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a life-long diabetic, was treated by paramedics for low blood sugar at her home in Washington on Friday morning but was able to go to work afterward, a court spokeswoman said. The 63-year-old Sotomayor, one of the nine-member court's four liberal justices, was diagnosed as a child with type 1 diabetes and has openly discussed her experience with the chronic illness in the past. "Justice Sotomayor experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning.


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  • 2 Boys Arrested After Vandalism That Killed 500,000 Bees On Iowa Honey Farm

    2 Boys Arrested After Vandalism That Killed 500,000 Bees On Iowa Honey FarmTwo boys are facing felony charges after vandalism at an Iowa honey farm killed 500,000 bees, according to police.


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  • 'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey Milstein

    'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey MilsteinJeffrey Milstein’s overhead images of ports, train yards, airports, parking lots, and cityscapes, reveal harmonious symmetries invisible during daily life yet still somehow familiar.


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  • Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That Way

    Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That WayThe mother of a University of Alabama student who received national scorn for her racist rants on video said she agreed with the school’s decision to expel her daughter.


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  • Trump official resigns after 'Muslim s***hole' rant exposed

    Trump official resigns after 'Muslim s***hole' rant exposedCarl Higbie – who served as external affairs chief at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – was recorded telling followers of Islam to "go back to your Muslim s***hole". Mr Higbie served as a surrogate for Mr Trump's campaign in 2016 and has worked as a spokesman for the Great America PAC, which supports Mr Trump. After CNN re-posted the clips, which were taken from from a radio show Mr Higbie formerly hosted called "Sound of Freedom", he resigned.


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  • This Photo Of Me At The Women's March Went Viral And Changed My Activism Forever

    This Photo Of Me At The Women's March Went Viral And Changed My Activism ForeverBeing a black woman in this country is an exercise in ongoing frustration and fear.


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  • Mattis unveils new National Defense strategy

    Mattis unveils new National Defense strategyDefense Secretary Jim Mattis released the National Defense Strategy today that focuses on China and Russia as the biggest challenges to the U.S.


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  • Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer

    Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to sufferLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison.


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  • Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime

    Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent CrimeThere's been a string of violent crimes in Montego Bay


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  • Turkish army launches new strikes on Kurdish militia in Syria

    Turkish army launches new strikes on Kurdish militia in SyriaThe Turkish army said it launched new strikes Saturday against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in northern Syria, amid mounting expectations of a cross-border ground operation. The army said it hit in "legitimate self defence" camps and refuges used by the YPG in response to fire coming from the Afrin region controlled by the militia group, which Turkey deems to be a terror organisation. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened over the last days to launch a ground operation, also including pro-Ankara Syrian rebels, to oust the YPG from Afrin and the area.


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  • Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking

    Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest ReworkingA photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trump’s face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.


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  • South Korea President Moon's approval rating drops on Olympics furor

    South Korea President Moon's approval rating drops on Olympics furorSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has fallen to a four-month low, a poll showed on Friday, after a public backlash over a decision for South and North Korea to field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Winter Olympics. Moon's approval rating dropped to 67 percent, Gallup Korea said in a press release, down from last week's 73 percent and the second-lowest ever after the rating stood at 65 percent in late September last year.


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  • This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown

    This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government ShutdownFlu cases are continuing to rise in the U.S., with some states, such as California, seeing record numbers of patients seeking medical attention.


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  • One year into Trump's presidency, is the Russia probe what will bring him down?

    One year into Trump's presidency, is the Russia probe what will bring him down?Now James Comey is gone, fired by Trump for failing to end the Russia inquiry. The most critical of the three is headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former head of the FBI who has expanded his inquiry to looking at Mr Trump’s murky business affairs. The activities of Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, are under intense scrutiny from Mueller’s investigators.


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  • The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

    The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.


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  • Why It's So Hard For Victims Of Extreme Abuse To Leave

    Why It's So Hard For Victims Of Extreme Abuse To LeaveWhen police entered the home of David and Louise Turpin in Perris, California, they encountered 12 siblings who were being held in filthy, dark conditions ― some chained to furniture.


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  • Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for help

    Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for helpSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Top financial officials in Puerto Rico offered a peek Friday into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demanded more transparency and information about the island's finances.


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  • Watch the World's First Ever Drone Surf Rescue

    Watch the World's First Ever Drone Surf RescueA drone deployed an emergency flotation device to save two struggling swimmers in Australia


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  • Taiwan blocks China flights after route row

    Taiwan blocks China flights after route rowTaiwan has blocked nearly 200 flights by Chinese airlines over the strait that separates the two rivals due to the carriers' use of controversial new travel routes introduced by China. Taipei has repeatedly called for four new flight paths to be cancelled since China launched them earlier in January, but their complaints have fallen on deaf ears on the mainland. China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Air have since requested to operate 176 additional flights between Taiwan and China during the Lunar New Year period in mid-February.


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  • Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

    Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife traffickingThai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.


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  • Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett killed in U.S. helicopter crash

    Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett killed in U.S. helicopter crash(Reuters) - Exiled Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett and four other people were killed in a helicopter crash in a remote northern part of the U.S. state of New Mexico, officials and his political party said on Thursday. The crash of a private Huey helicopter in rugged terrain near Raton, New Mexico, on Wednesday evening killed Bennett, 60, along with his wife, Heather Bennett, 55, James Coleman Dodd, 57, of Colorado, Charles Ryland Burnett, 61, of Texas and Paul Cobb, 67, of Texas, New Mexico State Police said.


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  • 'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

    'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax EvasionOn Friday, “Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.


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  • Anti-abortion activists rally in annual 'March for Life' in Washington

    Anti-abortion activists rally in annual 'March for Life' in WashingtonThousands of anti-abortion activists from around the U.S. gathered in the capital Washington Friday for the annual "March for Life" -- fired up by the support of Donald Trump, who addressed the crowds via video link.


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  • Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is 'Among The Richest Countries I've Ever Been To'

    Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is 'Among The Richest Countries I've Ever Been To'CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday gave Conan O’Brien a glowing review of Haiti before the talk show host’s trip there.


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  • Takata Recalls 3.3 Million More Airbags

    Takata Recalls 3.3 Million More AirbagsTakata has expanded its already massive recall by an additional 3.3 million airbag inflators over the same concerns that they might explode and spray dangerous metal fragments into the vehicle’s ...


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  • The Latest: VP Pence greets troops in Ireland

    The Latest: VP Pence greets troops in IrelandWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Middle East (all times local):


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  • How to Solidify Your Retirement Fund

    How to Solidify Your Retirement FundThe traditional three-legged retirement stool -- consisting of pensions, personal savings and Social Security benefits -- is looking wobblier than ever. Defined benefit pension plans, which have been disappearing for some time, are now on the verge of extinction. Just 8 percent of private employers offered pension plans in 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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  • We Reno'd a 900-Square-Foot House to Feel Way Roomier (and Succeeded!)

    We Reno'd a 900-Square-Foot House to Feel Way Roomier (and Succeeded!)One of the biggest game changers? Widening doorways


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  • Croupier and guard arrested over $6m Macau casino heist

    Croupier and guard arrested over $6m Macau casino heistPolice in the world's biggest gambling hub Macau have arrested a croupier and a security guard over a massive casino heist where almost HK$48 million ($6 million) in gaming chips were stolen from a VIP room. Semi-autonomous Macau is the only part of China where casino gambling is legal and is a favourite haunt of mainland high rollers. The heist happened early Tuesday morning at mega casino Wynn Macau, owned by United States gaming tycoon Steve Wynn.


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  • Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

    Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional mapsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to suspend the Jan. 9 order by a federal court panel in Greensboro that gave the Republican-controlled General Assembly until Jan. 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts.


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  • NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare move

    NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare moveJeanette Epps was set to become the first African-American to liveon the International Space Station.


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