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Top Stories: More Women Seek Office; Trump Backs Romney Senate Run

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Good morning, here are our early stories:

— More Than Twice As Many Women Are Running For Congress In 2018 Compared To 2016.

— Trump Endorses Romney For U.S. Senate, But Does It Signal Détente?

— Maduro Calls Out President Trump On Twitter, Requesting ‘Dialogue’.

— MLB Sets New Rules To Speed Up The Game.

— Canadians Burn Up The Ice, Shib Sibs Win Bronze In ‘Incredible’ Ice Dance Final.

And here are more early headlines:

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At The Winter Olympics, Robots Are Here To Help. But Don’t Assume They Work All Hours

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A robot sweeps the floor at the main press center at the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics.

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‘No Words Will Do Justice’: Onslaught On Syrian Suburb Kills Some 100 Civilians

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A Syrian man carries a child injured in the government bombing of eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on Monday.

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ISIS’ Parting Gift To Its Former Capital: Thousands Of Explosive Booby Traps

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Young men outside Raqqa, Syria, training to find and destroy hidden explosive devices left by retreating ISIS forces.

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Scientists Develop A Way To Use A Smartphone To Prevent Food Poisoning

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UMass food scientists Lynne McLandsborough, left, and Lili He are researching ways to use your smartphone to detect bacteria in food.

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Formal Doping Case Is Opened Against Russian Curler Who Won Medal In Pyeongchang

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Aleksandr Krushelnitckii of the Olympic Athletes from Russia team is now the subject of an official anti-doping investigation, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday. He’s seen here delivering a stone against Norway in the curling mixed doubles bronze medal game at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games — a match the team ...

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How The U.S. Ambassador To China May Have Xi Jinping’s Ear

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U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Sept. 30 in Beijing, China.

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Navajo President: Go To College, Then Bring That Knowledge Home

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Tommy Rock received his Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University in the School of Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability. Rock grew up in Monument Valley and worked in the tourism industry before going away to college.

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Trump Administration’s Latest Strike On CFPB: Budget Cuts

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Proposed cuts in funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau come amid questions about Trump appointee Mick Mulvaney softening the agency’s stance on payday lenders.

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Goodbye, Mr. Okra: New Orleans Remembers Its Singing Vegetable Vendor

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During the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival last April, Mr. Okra drove his iconic produce truck and called out to customers.

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Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

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Smallpox virus, colorized and magnified in this micrograph 42,000 times, is the real concern for biologists working on a cousin virus — horsepox. They’re hoping to develop a better vaccine against smallpox, should that human scourge ever be used as a bioweapon.


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She Sentenced A Teen To 241 Years In Prison. Now She Wants Her Decision Overturned

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Judge Evelyn Baker gave 16-year-old Bobby Bostic a life sentence after he was convicted of armed robbery, among other charges. Now, 20 years later, she wants the Supreme Court to overrule her.

Article source: https://www.npr.org/2018/02/17/586575834/she-sentenced-a-teen-to-241-years-in-prison-now-she-wants-her-decision-overturne?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

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