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Reality TV Roundup

Mar 9, 2019

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We're going to return now to our Troll Watch series.

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European Union officials have moved to clarify travel regulations for U.S. citizens, following erroneous reports this week that Americans will soon be required to apply for visas.

As the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to experience a deadly Ebola outbreak, armed assailants attacked an Ebola treatment center in the eastern city of Butembo early Saturday morning. A police officer was killed, according to The Associated Press, and health workers were wounded.

The violence comes less than a week after the center reopened following a previous attack last month that led the aid group Doctors Without Borders to suspend work in parts of the region.

Leonardo da Vinci is long-thought to have made sculptures, but since his death in 1519, no three-dimensional work of art by him has ever been identified. But now, curators in Italy have unveiled what may be the only known sculpture by the artist, inventor and scientist.

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Beats By Arthur Dubois

Mar 9, 2019

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Let's meet Arthur Dubois. He's 72 years old, a grandfather, a resident of the great city of Chicago and a hip-hop artist.

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And I come to work every week just say it's time for sports.

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Invisibilia, the show about the invisible forces that shape human behavior, is back with Season 5. The first episode of the new season looks at pain in our culture through a medical mystery and a bizarre treatment program that offers a counterintuitive treatment approach.

There's a before, and there's an after.

In the before, it was a relatively normal night. The kind of night any 14-year-old girl might have.

Devyn ate dinner, watched TV and had small, unremarkable interactions with her family. Then, around 10 o'clock, she decided to turn in.

Goodbye suits and A-line skirts. Hello polo shirts, khakis and even bluejeans.

More companies are beginning to move to a more casual dress culture — and not just on Fridays.

This week, Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs announced it's relaxing its dress code. In an attempt to shift toward a workplace that has "a more casual environment," the company said its new policy would allow for more "flexible" attire, according to an internal note issued Tuesday.

After a flurry of people jumping into the presidential race, this past week a rare thing happened: A bunch of people jumped out. But their decision to pass on the race could be an indication that an even bigger candidate is close to launching a campaign: former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Report: K-12 school funding up in states that had teacher protests

A report released Wednesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says K-12 school funding is up in four states where significant teacher strikes or protests occurred in 2018.

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The band Nickelback was a surprise topic of discussion on the House floor yesterday.

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NICKELBACK: (Singing) This is how you remind me of what I really am.

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More girls are taking the ice - not as figure skaters, but as hockey players.

JULIETTE CHAKER BRAVIN: It's fun to skate and to get the puck.

CLEMENTINE PARKER: I like going fast and...

JULIETTE: So do I.

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Commercial satellite imagery of a facility near Pyongyang suggests that North Korea is preparing to launch a missile or space rocket in the near future.

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House Democrats wanted this to be a week of celebration centered on the passage of their signature bill to overhaul campaign finance, ethics and voting laws. Instead, leaders spent the week working to quell internal divisions and struggling to refocus attention on the party's legislative achievements.

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said in a letter to President Trump that she plans to resign from her post effective in late May.

Wilson has been named as the sole finalist to be the next president of the University of Texas at El Paso, a position that the system's regents will vote on after a state-required waiting period of 21 days. She said she will resign after getting the job.

Kentucky teachers poured into the Capitol again Thursday as several counties continued to stage protest "sick-outs." Yet it remained unclear what form education-related bills might take.

Republican leaders in Kentucky are vowing 2019 will be a "watershed year" for the anti-abortion movement in the commonwealth. The comments came at a Kentucky Right To Life Rally in the Capitol Thursday.

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The U.S. women's soccer team has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, accusing it of gender discrimination.

The complaint, filed Friday in California district court, argues that U.S. Soccer "has a policy and practice of discriminating" against members of the women's national team on the basis of gender, by paying them less than similarly situated members of the men's team.

#MeToo Awareness Sharpens Focus On Pay Equity

Mar 8, 2019

U.S. women would have to work an extra 47 days each year to earn as much as men do, says Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

"Because U.S. women earn 82 percent of what men earn," she told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

There's a lot happening on the pay equity front.

White House communications director Bill Shine is resigning his position, the Trump administration announced Friday.

Shine, a former Fox News executive, will become a senior adviser to President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, according to a White House statement.

"Bill Shine has done an outstanding job working for me and the Administration," Trump said in the statement. "We will miss him in the White House, but look forward to working together on the 2020 Presidential Campaign, where he will be totally involved. Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!"

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A New Jersey man is basking in the good fortune of a $273 million lottery jackpot win that wouldn't have happened without the kindness of a stranger.

Mike Weirsky, who is unemployed and recently divorced, purchased lottery tickets at a QuickChek supermarket near New Jersey's border with Pennsylvania.

Three Indian women who were close friends often discussed how inspired they were by their own mothers.

They wondered if their daughters had female role models, too. So they decided to ask them.

They posed the question to their girls, two 18-year-olds and two under age 12. The girls came up with the names of Western pop singers. When pressed for Indian names, they mentioned Bollywood and sports stars — but couldn't think of a single Indian woman from other disciplines.

Commentary: Can Oklahoma Eliminate Overdose Deaths?

Mar 8, 2019

Oklahoma has been making progress in fighting the opioid epidemic. But there's still a lot of work to be done.

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