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PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

The ploughshare tortoise of Madagascar is down to perhaps 100 adults in the wild. Poachers sell the tortoises as pets for up to $4,000 apiece on the black market. Tim Flach hide caption toggle caption Tim Flach Earth is facing an extinction crisis – and humans shoulder the blame. Wildlife poaching and illegal trade. Climate change. Urbanization. Mining. These are some of the myriad things we do that endanger animals and, in the process, damage our own well-being. Three-quarters of the earth’s estimated 8.7 million species are at risk, according…

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Jones Win in Alabama Senate Race Could Signal a Democratic Wave in 2018

The national political landscape appears to have shifted in the wake of Tuesday’s Senate election victory by Democrat Doug Jones in Republican Alabama. Jones defeated controversial Republican candidate Roy Moore, who had the backing of President Donald Trump. In the wake of Jones’ victory, Democrats are more confident about success in next year’s congressional midterm elections, and Republicans are looking for a way to rebound. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington. … Read the referenced story here: Jones Win in Alabama Senate Race Could Signal a Democratic…

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Jones Victory in Alabama Could Signal Democratic Wave in 2018

The political landscape in the United States looks a bit different in the wake of Tuesday’s Senate election victory by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama. In an outcome few could have imagined several weeks ago, Jones defeated controversial Republican candidate Roy Moore, who had the backing of President Donald Trump. In the wake of Jones’ victory, Democrats are more confident about success in next year’s congressional midterm elections, and Republicans are looking for a way to rebound. Late Tuesday, Jones paid tribute to the voters and staffers who supported him…

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US: Terror Group Ties Could Cost Pakistan Territorial Control

The United States has warned Pakistan it could lose control of its territory unless Islamabad abandons ties with terrorist groups operating in the country that are growing in “size and influence.” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued the warning as Washington and Islamabad engage in renewed diplomatic efforts to improve mistrust-marred bilateral relations and find “common ground” to promote peace in neighboring Afghanistan. “We want to work with Pakistan to stamp out terrorism within their boundaries as well, but Pakistan has to begin the process of changing its relationship…

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If You Knew You Were Dying, Could You Still Look On The Bright Side Of Life?

Sudden events can turn our lives around and put us in a position where we don’t know what to do and how we’re going to get on from that point. A sudden event can force us to ask ourselves questions about what we did with our lives if we made a difference if we achieved our goals if we fulfilled our dreams. In these questions, we find ourselves stressed and tense, but we should look at the positive signs and events that take place during these hard times. Will Reiser…

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New York Attack Could Tighten Immigration Rules

Authorities continue to seek information on terror suspect Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant and New York resident who prematurely detonated an explosive Monday morning, inside one of midtown Manhattan’s busiest transit centers. Following the attack, the White House renewed its calls for an end to “chain migration.” Ramon Taylor reports from New York. … Read the referenced story here: New York Attack Could Tighten Immigration Rules

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Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Enlarge this image Michele Comisky of Vienna, Va., enrolled her 8-year-old son Jackson in a study to test the value of probiotics in preventing the gut distress often experienced when taking antibiotics. Rob Stein/NPR hide caption toggle caption Rob Stein/NPR It’s a typical hectic morning at Michele Comisky’s house in Vienna, Va., when she gets a knock on her front door. “Hi, how are you?” Comisky says as she greets Keisha Herbin Smith, a research assistant at Georgetown University. “Come on in.” Comisky, 39, leads Herbin Smith into her kitchen….

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Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Enlarge this image Michele Comisky of Vienna, Va., enrolled her 8-year-old son Jackson in a study to test the value of probiotics in preventing the gut distress often experienced when taking antibiotics. Rob Stein/NPR hide caption toggle caption Rob Stein/NPR It’s a typical hectic morning at Michele Comisky’s house in Vienna, Va., when she gets a knock on her front door. “Hi, how are you?” Comisky says as she greets Keisha Herbin Smith, a research assistant at Georgetown University. “Come on in.” Comisky, 39, leads Herbin Smith into her kitchen….

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