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Is the world finally ready to end the deadliest infectious disease?

Maybe the short answer is: We need a better imagination? The global health world hasn’t set its goals high enough, hasn’t dreamed big enough when it comes to stopping tuberculosis, says Dr. Paul Farmer, physician at Harvard Medical School and founder of the nonprofit Partners In Health. “We’ve had a failure of imagination,” he says. […]

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Elon Musk settles with SEC, agrees to step down as Tesla chairman

Updated at 1:02 a.m. ET Sunday Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, has reached a deal with the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle a securities fraud charge brought against him on Thursday, the agency announced on Saturday. Under the terms of the settlement, Musk has agreed to step down as chairman of the Silicon Valley-based […]

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U.S. closes consulate in Basra, citing Iran-backed violence

The State Department is temporarily closing the U.S. Consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra and evacuating all diplomats stationed there, following a rocket attack early Friday morning. Although there were no casualties, concerns back in Washington grew. The decision comes out of concern for the safety of U.S. personnel stationed in that Iraqi […]

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Matt Damon is a sniffing, shouting Brett Kavanaugh on ‘SNL’ season premiere

Saturday Night Live kicked off its 44th season in a sketch many of us expected in some form or another: a send-up of the emotionally charged hearings into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The show skipped any impression of accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, starting the scene just before Kavanaugh’s […]

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More than 800 confirmed killed after tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia

Updated at 5:49 a.m. ET Sunday The number of people confirmed killed after a tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia rose dramatically to 832 on Sunday, Indonesian authorities said. Officials warned that the number of people killed could even reach into the thousands as rescuers reach more affected areas. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an unexpected […]

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Government may gain new power to track, shoot down drones

An aviation bill Congress is rushing to approve contains a little-noticed section that would give authorities the power to track, intercept and destroy drones they consider a security threat, without needing a judge’s approval. Supporters say law enforcement needs this power to protect Americans from terrorists who are learning how to use drones as deadly […]

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FBI contacts Deborah Ramirez, Kavanaugh accuser, as investigation begins

Updated at 7:35 a.m. ET Sunday The FBI on Saturday began its first full day of work on an additional background investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and has reached out to the woman who alleges that the Supreme Court nominee exposed himself to her while the two were students at Yale University. The woman, Deborah […]

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Fire ecologists say more fires should be left to burn. So why aren’t they?

When a wildfire starts, whether by lightning or human hand, it is almost always smothered. Firefighters and aircraft are dispatched at the first sign of smoke. Ground crews build tight containment lines, contouring where they can with the fire’s edge. Helicopters douse hot spots and flames with deluges of foamy water. The public and media […]

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Airport workers in New York, New Jersey to receive minimum of $19 per hour

It’s being called the highest minimum wage in the country. Thousands of airport workers in New York and New Jersey — baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, people at concession stands — will see their hourly pay rise to $19 by 2023, after the Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to require businesses to […]

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Google CEO holds ‘very productive’ meeting with U.S. lawmakers

Google CEO Sundar Pichai went to Washington Friday to discuss concerns about the company’s business practices with members of Congress and emerged with an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump during an upcoming roundtable. Larry Kudlow, the head of the National Economic Council, extended the invitation while meeting with Pichai and the offer was […]