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Pickleball For All: The Cross-Generational Power Of Play

5 hours 55 min ago

A fun and social game at any age, pickleball is giving older adults — and their middle-aged kids — an extended lease on the benefits of team sports.

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After 55 Years, Target Will Finally Open A Store In Vermont

6 hours 8 min ago

The news prompted a "Breaking News" banner on the local paper's website. As they're saying over at Vermont Public Radio: "This is not a drill."

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30-Foot Border Wall Prototypes Erected In San Diego Borderlands

7 hours 23 min ago

While the mockups are massive, it's anybody's guess whether they'll ever get built.

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Xi Jinping's War On Poverty Moves Millions Of Chinese Off The Farm

8 hours 1 min ago

Remote mountain villages where residents lived in poverty are being cleared, with villagers being given new apartments in the city. But finding work may be a challenge for some of the former farmers.

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President Of Rio's 2016 Olympic Bid Is Charged With Corruption

8 hours 7 min ago

Former Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman is charged with helping to run a criminal organization. The evidence includes undeclared assets in the form of 16 gold bars.

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Iditarod Sled Dogs Test Positive For Banned Substance

8 hours 23 min ago

At the end of this year's annual run to Nome, Alaska, several dogs from a single team tested positive for a banned pain killer, the race board says.

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Top Stories: Health Care Waiver Uncertainty; Catalonia's Autonomy Jeopardized

9 hours 45 min ago

Also: A study shows more young kids get small screen time; a suspect in shootings in 2 states is arrested; and there's a report that some Iditarod dogs tested positive for a banned drug.

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Having Changed America, The League Of POW/MIA Families Fades

9 hours 56 min ago

Almost 50 years ago, a small group of families started a movement to demand an accounting of the nation's POW/MIAs. They changed the way America thinks about its servicemen and women lost at war.

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Ousted Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif Indicted On Corruption Charges

10 hours 11 min ago

The former prime minister, who resigned after being disqualified from office in July, has pleaded not guilty along with his daughter and son-in-law in connection with the so-called Panama Papers.

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Administration Sends Mixed Signals On State Health Insurance Waivers

10 hours 55 min ago

When states applied for waivers from Obamacare rules to reduce premiums and strengthen their insurance markets, they didn't get the answers they wanted, prompting some to suggest a conspiracy.

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Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens

10 hours 55 min ago

A new national survey of parents suggests mobile device use by children under 8 has increased tenfold in the last 6 years.

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Why Older People Didn't Fare Well In Northern California Wildfires

10 hours 55 min ago

Forty-one people have died in those fires, and that number could rise. Of those who perished, the vast majority who've been identified were over the age of 65.

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Quebec Enacts 'Religious Neutrality Law' To Curb Full-Face Veils In Public

12 hours 7 min ago

The bill, passed by the province's legislature, would effectively ban face coverings worn by Muslim women at any time they are giving or receiving public service.

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Spain Moves To Strip Catalonia's Autonomy After Secession Showdown

14 hours 16 min ago

Spain said it would invoke a constitutional clause allowing it to impose direct rule over semi-autonomous Catalonia after the region's leader refused to categorically renounce independence.

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Federal Judge Orders Government To Allow Abortion For Teenager In The U.S. Illegally

18 hours 48 min ago

The case pits the Trump administration and anti-abortion groups against civil libertarians and immigrant rights advocates.

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Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says She Was Molested For Years By Team Doctor

October 18, 2017 - 1:44pm

The gold medalist says Dr. Larry Nassar claimed he was giving her "medically necessary treatment." She says the abuse began on a team trip when she was 13 years old.

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Veterans, Survivors' Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences

October 18, 2017 - 1:22pm

"There is the feeling that all of this is diminishing our national character," one support group wrote, as a political debate unfolds over calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat.

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Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election

October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Kenya's electoral confusion threatens to become a constitutional crisis. This comes as a senior electoral official resigned and fled to the U.S., saying the planned rerun of the presidential election in eight days is not guaranteed a fair process.

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President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

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Majority Of Northern California Wildfire Victims Were 65 Or Older

October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

The majority of people who lost their lives in the northern California wildfires were age 65 or older. But what factors did the age of the victims have in their deaths?

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