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Diane Rehm testifies for assisted-death bill in Maryland

Retired radio talk show host Diane Rehm testified in favor of a Maryland measure to allow the terminally ill to end their lives with a doctor’s help, describing the misery her husband suffered during his final days. Opponents, however, say the measure is dangerous and could enable vulnerable people to kill themselves, even if they aren’t terminally ill. Read More

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers in Illinois

A 15-year employee being fired from a manufacturing company opened fire in its suburban Chicago plant today, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Read More

Parkland shooting victims are remembered in silence

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and other schools across the U.S. bowed their heads in a moment of silence and took part in volunteer projects today to mark the anniversary of the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives. Read More

Vessel discovers wreck of World War II carrier Hornet

A research vessel funded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen has discovered the wreckage of an American aircraft carrier sunk in the South Pacific during World War II. It is the latest in an ongoing effort to discover sunken vessels. Read More

Senate OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

Trump had demanded $5.7 billion to start building more than 200 miles of wall. The bipartisan agreement provides under $1.4 billion. Read More

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Barr, who previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993. Read More

‘Atmospheric river’ dumps more rain and snow across the West

The storm made stronger by the phenomenon called an atmospheric river hit Northern California and southern Oregon on Wednesday before moving down the coast overnight and threatening the southwestern corner of California. Read More

Year after Parkland massacre, 17 victims remembered

The massacre renewed the national debate on guns and school safety and turned some victims’ parents and surviving students into political activists. Read More

Ex-FBI official was concerned Russia probes could ‘vanish’

According to CBS, which conducted the interview, McCabe said Justice Department officials discussed bringing the Cabinet together to consider using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Read More

Admissions bias lawsuit against Harvard in judge’s hands

A federal judge will now decide whether Harvard University intentionally discriminates against Asian-American applicants, an allegation made in a 2014 lawsuit that was debated in a final round of arguments today. Read More

Source of fall romaine outbreak a mystery, regulators say

U.S. food regulators say they weren’t able to identify a contamination source for a food poisoning outbreak that prompted them to warn people to avoid romaine lettuce this fall. Read More

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

Brock Long said in a letter to FEMA employees that he was resigning to spend more time at home with his family. His last day is March 8. Read More

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

Flight controllers tried numerous times to make contact and sent one final series of recovery commands Tuesday night along with one last wake-up song, Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You.” There was no response from space, only silence. Read More


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