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Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget

Highlights from President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019, released Monday. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION The Trump administration wants NASA out of the International Space Station by 2025 and to have private businesses running the place...

 

What 'merit-based' immigration means in different parts of the world

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: The White House is seeking to create a “merit-based” immigration system rather than one based...

 

Prehistoric wine discovered in inaccessible caves forces a rethink of ancient Sicilian culture

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in its bowels...

 

Missouri House advances needle-exchange bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Tuesday advanced a bill to make it legal for organizations to provide free needles to drug users, a change backers said could prevent the spread of disease and help combat the opioid epidemic. Some...

 

Facebook joins effort to fight opioid crisis in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facebook is launching an effort to help fight the opioid crisis in New Mexico — a state that has battled heroin addiction for decades, the social media giant announced Tuesday. The tech company said it will work with New...

 

Houston surgeons separate toddlers joined at chest, abdomen

HOUSTON (AP) — Doctors in Houston have successfully separated twin toddlers who were born in 2016 conjoined at the chest and abdomen. A spokeswoman at Texas Children's Hospital says 13-month-old Anna and Hope Richards were in good condition...

 

East Texas city honors African-American doctors, ministers

TYLER, Texas (AP) — In his 74 years of attending the St. James Christian Methodist Church, James Shackelford, 85, of Tyler, has learned to view church as a place where he can find healing for what troubles him. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports...

 

Condom-wearing chile helps raise STD awareness in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — February is National Condom Month and New Mexico health officials are spreading the word. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the New Mexico Department of Health started the month with an Instagram post: "Wrap it up! It's your...

 

Dutch OK law: Everyone is organ donor unless they opt out

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch senators have approved a new law that makes everybody a potential organ donor unless they decide to opt out of the system. The new system narrowly passed a vote in the upper house of the Dutch parliament...

 

Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries

With the first primaries of the 2018 elections less than a month away, you might expect federal officials to be wrapping up efforts to safeguard the vote against expected Russian interference. You'd be wrong. Federal efforts to help states button...

 

Experts: What states can do to secure their elections

Newly released "playbooks" from a bipartisan team at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government aims to help state and local elections officials protect against hacking and disinformation. Here are the group's key findings and recommendations. KEY FINDIN...

 

UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

LONDON (AP) — The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such content from their platforms. The...

 

Slain doctor's body may have been in home for months

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut scientist was arraigned Tuesday on charges that she murdered her husband, a UConn doctor whose body may have been left inside their home since June. Linda Kosuda-Bigazzi, 70, declined comment as...

 

Trump fights releasing details on national monument decision

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government says it doesn't have to release documents involving legal arguments for President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments because they're protected presidential communications. The Department of...

 

SUV's accelerator sticks at speeds up to 100 mph in Florida

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida state troopers managed to stop an SUV with a stuck accelerator after it traveled about 50 miles (80 kilometers) on Interstate 95 at speeds up to 100 mph (160 kph). A Florida Highway Patrol report says 28-year-old...

 

Police find van, body stolen from a cremation business

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say they've recovered a van with a body still inside it that was stolen from a cremation business. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says someone spotted the abandoned minivan on Tuesday, a day after it...

 

Derailed locomotive left to run for a week in Adirondacks

JOHNSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Railway workers in the Adirondacks have been trying to move a derailed locomotive that has been left running for a week. The Post-Star reports the Saratoga & North Creek Railway locomotive went off the tracks in Johnsburg,...

 

Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate's parents donate to his rival

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson have donated the maximum amount to the campaign of their son's Democratic rival, Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Nicholson is in a primary battle against Republican state...

 

Deja vu: Convicted fraudster pleads in $340K 'psychic' case

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman who claims to be a psychic has been convicted of scamming people — again. WRC-TV reports Gina Marie Marks, who worked under the name Natalie Miller, pleaded guilty Friday to multiple counts of felony theft...

 

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