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Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

German automaker Volkswagen will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, ramping up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards, the company said today. Read More

Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah

Michelle Obama began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald Trump moved in. Read More

More leeway for states to expand inpatient mental health

The Trump administration today allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to violence. Read More
 

Oregon hospital removes gender identification from bracelets

A hospital in central Oregon has made a small change that represented a huge difference for its transgender patients: It removed the gender designation from patient identification bracelets. Read More
 

The caravan is still coming. But since the midterms, Trump shrugs.

For weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump warned ominously about the threat from a caravan of migrants streaming from Central America toward Mexico’s border with the United States. Read More

With J.K. Rowling’s help, Jude Law builds a new Dumbledore

When Jude Law met with J.K. Rowling about portraying the younger version of Albus Dumbledore, the two discussed how to rebuild the fan-favorite character from the “Harry Potter” films. Read More
 

Congressman shot at baseball practice talks about new book

After crisscrossing the country to bolster fellow Republicans, a Louisiana congressman who was shot at a congressional baseball practice last year squeezed in a publicity tour for his new book about his survival and recovery before returning to work in Congress. Read More

Former SS guard testifies he was aware of camp conditions

A 94-year-old former SS concentration guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder painted himself today as an unwilling participant in the Nazi machinery of death. Read More

Sri Lankan top court suspends decree dissolving Parliament

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today suspended the president’s order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections, opening the way for lawmakers to vote on whether to accept his earlier ouster of the prime minister. Read More

Russian opposition leader Navalny barred from leaving Russia

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was stopped at a Moscow airport today and barred from leaving Russia as he was about to travel to a hearing at the European Court for Human Rights in France. Read More

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