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A small Alaska town reels as the Coast Guard weathers on without pay

While the shutdown has affected hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the United States, halting paychecks and furloughing those who have been deemed nonessential personnel, it has brought a particular chill to Kodiak, a small town of 6,300 on an isolated island in the Gulf of Alaska. Read More

Her visit to a men-only temple went smoothly. Then the riots started.

Every year, millions of people wait for hours to climb the 18 gold-plated steps leading to the Sabarimala Temple, one of Hinduism’s holiest shrines. For centuries, however, pilgrims say, they have observed a de facto bar against women between the ages of 10 and 50, thinking that to allow menstruating women inside would disturb the temple’s celibate deity, Lord Ayyappa. Read More

Supreme Court justices express skepticism of Tennessee liquor law

One hundred years to the day after the ratification of the 18th Amendment, leading to the nation’s 14-year experiment with Prohibition, the Supreme Court considered whether Tennessee may impose significant restriction on liquor sales. Read More
 
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Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule State of the Union amid shutdown

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to scrap his Jan. 29 State of the Union address, citing security constraints from the partial government shutdown. Read More

Heart attack, stroke could be sign of cancer

Researchers studied records of 374,331 Medicare beneficiaries, mean age 76, who were given cancer diagnoses from 2005 to 2013. The researchers found that the highest risks were in those with diagnoses of lung and colorectal cancers. Read More

Former Mexican president took $100M bribe from El Chapo, witness testifies

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from international drug traffickers, according to a witness at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo. Read More
 
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Hedge fund called ‘destroyer of newspapers’ bids for USA Today owner Gannett

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Operating under the name Digital First Media, MNG owns around 200 publications, including The Denver Post and The San Jose Mercury News in California. Read More

Sesame Street tackles homeless plight

Sesame Workshop has produced several segments involving Lily’s story arc, including one where Elmo and Rosita interact with real-life children who are homeless. Read More

Animals express what some consider to be Oscar-caliber performances

Animals were among the first silent film stars, and they’ve been hailed as natural performers ever since. Read More

In Chilean Patagonia, following a track to a rich landscape of native fauna

One of Chile’s least-visited parks is also among its most dramatic — studded with volcanoes and teeming with wildlife — hares, tuco-tucos, armadillos, foxes, pumas, guanacos, lizards and dozens of species of birds unique to Patagonia. Read More

New York Times recommends these 52 places to explore in 2019

The New York Times has selected its 52 Places to Go in 2019, ranging from New York City to Gambia. Some feature events or celebrations this year, while others are now more accessible or safer to visit. Read More

FBI opened inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia

The investigation, whose fate is unclear, led counterintelligence investigators to consider an explosive question: whether the president’s actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Read More

Saudi women, tired of restraints, find ways to flee

World attention was drawn to the status of Saudi women after another teenager, Rahaf Alqunun, was stopped in Thailand last week while trying to make it to Australia to seek refuge Read More
 

Government shutdown: Urgent national crisis, or curiosity? Media coverage shows both

The government shutdown and partisan wrangling over a wall at the southern border have produced high political drama in Washington, where President Donald Trump has sought to portray the impasse as a national emergency. Read More

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