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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was a supporter of Israel and took a hard line against terrorism, but eventually U.S. administrations began to pressure the Egyptian leader over human-rights abuses.
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 05:26

For many Egyptians, Mubarak became the symbol of all that was wrong with their country. His nearly 30-year rule is recalled as a time of repression and economic stagnation for all but an elite few.

Former Vice President Joe Biden attends services Sunday at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C.
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 04:24

A lot is on the line in the 2020 primary debate. It might be the last chance for moderates to slow Bernie Sanders' momentum. And who comes out better — Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg? Here's a guide.

New inmates with a mental illness arrive daily in the Los Angeles County jail system. It now holds more than 5,000 inmates with a mental illness who've had run-ins with the law.
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 04:06

Overcrowding, understaffing and poor treatment for inmates with mental health issues held in Los Angeles jails underscore growing failures in America's mental health and justice systems.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, shown in a courtroom sketch, has been at the center of a series of high-profile Russia cases — most recently, one involving self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" Roger Stone.
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 04:02

Jackson has been a player in Washington, D.C.'s legal world for three decades and now is center stage amid disputes over Roger Stone and the independence of the Justice Department.

Attorney General William Barr is expected to try to convince senators to vote to reauthorize provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which are set to expire next month.
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 04:01

The senate majority leader has asked the attorney general to meet with the conference to discuss surveillance legislation. The president also may need convincing.

Kenichi Wiegardt is a fifth-generation oyster grower. He's worried he'll be the last in his family if the coronavirus doesn't get better and trade doesn't pick up again to China and other Pacific Rim countries. Exports there make up the majority of his fresh-oyster packing business.
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 04:01

Fewer ships from China are docking in the U.S., which hurts U.S. farmers who send exports on the ships' return trips. And perishables that do make it sometimes rot on the docks in China.

A precinct leader, right, counts votes at a caucus location at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nev., on Saturday.
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 19:12

Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy joins a growing chorus of caucus skeptics, which now includes former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Major league pitcher Madison Bumgarner carries the 2014 San Francisco Giants championship pennant while riding a police horse before a game in 2015. <em>The Athletic</em> reports that Bumgarner has been competing at rodeos under an alias.
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 16:45

The left-handed pitching ace has been entering — and sometimes winning — rodeo events under the alias "Mason Saunders."

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark (L) and CEO Jim Buckmaster pose in front of the Craigslist office March 21, 2006 in San Francisco. The site has become a behemoth but changed little aesthetically.
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 16:26

While other sites keep updating, Craigslist just looks old. "It's like a shark that's never had to evolve," says Jessa Lingel, who's written about the history of Craigslist.

During the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, then President Barack Obama was vaccinated by a White House nurse. It took a little more than five months from the discovery of the virus to develop a vaccine.
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 15:59

The new coronavirus disease has been diagnosed in 28 countries, and new outbreaks are worrisome. But the World Health Organization sees some encouraging trends.

A man on stilts wears State of Jefferson regalia at a Timber Unity rally in front of the Oregon Capitol in Salem, Ore., on Feb. 6, 2020. Timber Unity's signature issue is opposition to cap and trade, a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the group attracts others such as climate change deniers and State of Jefferson secessionists.
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 15:59

Some residents are so frustrated with Democratic politics they are trying to change the map, so that most of Oregon and a chunk of Northern California would break off and join Idaho, a red state.

People suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus wait for diagnostic tests at a medical center in Daegu, South Korea.
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 14:01

With 833 cases, the country now says it is on "red alert" and is taking measures to contain the disease.

Supporters of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange hold U.S. and U.K. flags outside Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London on Monday as his extradition hearing begins.
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:13

The U.S. government wants the WikiLeaks co-founder to face 18 charges related to illegally obtaining and disclosing classified data. Assange's lawyers argue that the case is politically motivated.

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:50

In a new book, lawyer/journalist Adam Cohen makes the case that the Supreme Court has been "a right-wing court for 50 years," siding with corporations and the wealthy — and against the poor.

A woman wearing a face mask talks on her phone as she walks in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade in downtown Milan on Monday. Italy's Health Ministry says the country now has 229 coronavirus cases, with six deaths.
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:21

Italy's health experts haven't been able to trace how the coronavirus got a foothold. The WHO's chief says COVID-19 has the potential to be a pandemic.

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