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The late R&B singer Aaliyah, posing backstage at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1995.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 20:34

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, N.Y., have added another charge against the R&B singer: that in 1994, he paid an Illinois official to make a fake ID that claimed that Aaliyah was 18 years old.

Uber received a total of 5,981 allegations of serious sexual assault in the U.S. in 2017 and 2018, according to a new report. The claims range from unwanted touching and kissing to rape.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 18:04

A new report from Uber, covering 2017 and 2018, says the claims range from unwanted touching and kissing to rape. Also, 19 people were killed in physical assaults during or soon after an Uber ride.

A humpback whale feeds on a school of fish off Long Island, New York. Migrating whales have increased dramatically in this region in recent decades — but they're also facing human challenges.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:36

New York has awarded two contracts for large offshore wind farms, with more anticipated. Researchers are surveying whales in the area to craft strategies to mitigate dangers to them and their habitat.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, pictured in May, said his department was not obligated to inform the district attorney about the audits related to evidence booking. But, he added, they were mentioned in criminal cases referred to the district attorney's office.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:08

Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders suggested that prosecutors covered for law enforcement, helping to keep systematic mishandling of evidence out of public view. "The implications are massive."

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:37

The World Health Organization has released the latest data on measles. The increase in cases is notable — and a sign of how much work needs to be done to address the outbreak.

A progesterone pill held between a woman's fingers.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:26

Three of the 12 women enrolled in a study of progesterone to reverse a medication-based abortion required ambulance transport to a hospital for treatment of severe vaginal bleeding.

Activists demanding justice in the case of a veterinarian who was gang-raped and killed last week shout slogans during a protest on Thursday in Kolkata, India.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:25

The woman says one of the men who attacked her on Thursday is the same man who raped her last year. It's another horrifying incident in a country grappling with high levels of sexual violence.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, in his office on Capitol Hill.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:14

NPR host Mary Louise Kelly interviews Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

A Norwegian spruce stands at the center of London's Trafalgar Square on Wednesday. Many are calling this year's tree — a gift from Oslo — meager and sparse.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:32

Every year, a Norwegian city gives London a Christmas tree in gratitude for British aid during World War II. However, many are not impressed with this year's present.

Democrats have failed to allow for "a robust set of hearings" on impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee, says Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:27

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee tells NPR the Trump administration should take part in the process but says Democrats have made cooperation all but impossible.

Former Vice President Joe Biden at a town hall last month. On Thursday, Biden got into a heated exchange with an Iowa voter, calling the man a "damn liar."
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:26

The confrontation comes amid a week in which Biden appeared to be strengthening his standing as the Democratic front-runner. The exchange is not the first time Biden has got toe-to-toe with a voter.

Rory Gamble was unanimously as president by the executive board at the United Auto Workers union Thursday.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:35

Gamble, 64, will serve the remainder of the term of former head Gary Jones, who has been implicated in a federal embezzlement and bribery scheme at the union and resigned his post last month.

Robert Marbut has been tapped to lead the federal office on homelessness. Marbut is seen here in 2011 in a shelter in Clearwater, Fla.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:25

Advocates for the homeless worry that Robert Marbut, a consultant who has been hired by many cities, will roll back the successes of arranging housing for the homeless.

GM and LG Chem say they'll create more than 1,100 jobs in the area around Lordstown, Ohio — where GM closed a manufacturing plant earlier this year. Here, GM's former Lordstown Complex is seen one year ago.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:07

The two companies expect to create more than 1,100 jobs in northeast Ohio. The new plant will be built near GM's Lordstown facility that was shuttered earlier this year.

Drew Lehman of Lansdale, Pa., became unable to work after a traumatic car accident. He's one of hundreds of thousands of borrowers who qualify to have their student loans erased because of significant, permanent disabilities.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 13:18

NPR found the vast majority of student loan borrowers with disabilities aren't getting the debt relief they're owed. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking for an investigation.

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