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Peggy Whitson Just Outdid All Her Fellow Astronauts

April 24, 2017 |

Another day, another milestone for US astronaut Peggy Whitson: On Monday, she set the record for cumulative days in space by American. NASA tweeted that Whitson, currently on her third mission, has broken Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days. President Trump and daughter Ivanka will call her at 10am Eastern,…
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After Decades of Work, a Malaria Vaccine Is Here

April 24, 2017 |

Three African countries have been chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with young children. The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives…
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Mystery Surrounds Death of Happy Days’ ‘Joanie’

April 24, 2017 |

Fans and former Happy Days co-stars are mourning Erin Moran, who was found dead in southern Indiana on Saturday. The AP reports that no cause of death has been determined for the 56-year-old former child star, and an autopsy is pending. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office says emergency workers found…
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Sunday’s Vote ‘Humiliated’ French Party Politics

April 24, 2017 |

The election results in France are now final, confirming the political earthquake that has just taken place: Centrist Emmanuel Macron took 23.8% of votes in the first round, with 21.5% for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, the BBC reports. The two candidates will compete for the presidency in…
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New Orleans Starts Taking Down Confederate Statues

April 24, 2017 |

Workers in New Orleans began removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, making it the latest Southern city to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as representing racism and white supremacy. Trucks arrived to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to…
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Man Denied Transplant Due to Pot Use Dies at 20

April 24, 2017 |

Riley Hancey, the Utah man denied a lung transplant by the University of Utah Hospital after traces of pot were found in his system, received new lungs in a different state months later but it wasn’t enough to give his story a happy ending. Riley, whose lungs collapsed after a…
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Lawyers: 2 Arkansas Inmates Too Unhealthy for Execution

April 24, 2017 |

Two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday in what could be the nation’s first double execution in more than 16 years asked an appeals court on Sunday to halt their lethal injections because of poor health that could cause complications. Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams…
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5-Year-Old Missing After Father Found Unconscious

April 24, 2017 |

A 5-year-old boy is missing in California and police say his father, who was found passed out in a park when he was supposed to be in charge of the child, is unable or unwilling to give them helpful answers. Police in South Pasadena took Aramazd Andressian Sr. into custody…
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Results of Election Are a First in Modern French History

April 24, 2017 |

The polls closed at 7pm local time, meaning the first round of the French presidential election is officially in the books. While the official percentages are not yet known, the AP reports centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will advance to the runoff after major opponent Francois…
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College Freshman Killed During Hammer Throw Event

April 24, 2017 |

A track and field event ended in tragedy Saturday afternoon in Illinois. A 19-year-old freshman volunteering at a competition held at Wheaton College was accidentally hit by a hammer during the hammer throw event. WCPO reports the “hammer” is actually a metal ball that’s attached to a grip via a…
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