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A Bother, A Brotherhood: Living Among The Mines In Coal Country

Enlarge this image Mary Jo and Mike Picklo stand in their front yard in Somerset County, Pa. Behind them is the Acosta Deep Mine. Laura Roman/NPR hide caption toggle caption Laura Roman/NPR Walk up the white steps of the front porch where Mary Jo and Mike Picklo live, and you’ll see three rocking chairs and a pair of binoculars. The couple bought their home on five acres in 2003 and planned to spend their golden years overlooking a vista of green farmland and thick trees in western Pennsylvania. But a…

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Russia, Iran, North Korea Among CIA Chief’s Topics at Forum

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Russia has no plans to leave Syria and will continue to try to meddle in U.S. affairs to “stick it to America.”   He reiterated his belief that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and described the U.S.-Russia relationship as “complicated.”   Pompeo also said he has seen only minimal evidence that Russia has pursued a serious strategy against Islamic State militants in Syria. He said any suggestion that Russia has been a U.S. ally in Syria is not borne out by…

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John McCain Was Diagnosed With A Glioblastoma, Among The Deadliest Of Cancers

Enlarge this image Glioblastomas are the most common malignant brain tumor. About 12,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the cancer every year. Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Lab/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Lab/Science Source Doctors use words like “aggressive” and “highly malignant” to describe the type of brain cancer discovered in Arizona Sen. John McCain. The cancer is a glioblastoma, the Mayo Clinic said in a statement Wednesday. It was diagnosed after doctors surgically removed a blood clot from above McCain’s left eye. Doctors who were…

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Story of Afghan girls is among many at global robotics event

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin WASHINGTON (AP) — An international robotics competition in Washington is in its final day Tuesday with teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations competing. Sixty percent of the teams participating in the competition were founded, led or organized by women. And among 830 teens participating, 209 are girls. There are six all-girl teams, including squads from Afghanistan, the United States, Ghana, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Vanuatu’s nickname: the “SMART Sistas.” Sixteen-year-old Samira Bader … Read the referenced story here: Story…

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