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Under Kamala Harris' new proposed plan, businesses could be fined 1% of their average daily profits during the last fiscal year for every 1% wage gap between men and women.

Those fines would reportedly help fund family and medical leave. (@KQEDnews)
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Rural hospitals are in decline across America. More than 100 have closed since 2010, and hundreds of others are vulnerable.

Older doctors are also retiring — and taking over a small-town practice is too expensive for many younger physicians.
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Kids who live in areas with bad air pollution are more likely to develop asthma.

Now, researchers have found that new cases of asthma dropped dramatically in Los Angeles communities where air quality has improved the most over 20 years.
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When Aretha Franklin died last August, family and lawyers said they believed she didn't have a will.

On Monday, three handwritten wills found in her Detroit-area home were filed in probate court.
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The New York Assembly has passed a bill that closes the "double jeopardy" loophole, permitting state authorities to prosecute someone who receives a pardon from the president.
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Review: Right-wing Fox host Mark Levin conducts no interviews and offers no original research in his book; it is little more than a free gift with purchase: People are instead buying his message to the media.
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She's among more than 1,750 undergraduates who got diplomas from Georgetown University last weekend.

Before that, she was valedictorian of her high school. She was also living with her family at a homeless shelter, which shut down last year.
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Hackers breached Baltimore's servers two weeks ago. Since then, the online aspects of running the city are at an impasse.

The cyberattack is just one of more than 20 made on municipalities this year.
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A year ago immigration agents arrested 32 men at a plant in Iowa. Now they’re stuck in a Catch-22.

If they leave the U.S. before their hearings, they forfeit their bonds and are considered felons. But unable to work, they have no way to support themselves
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Since 1982, the NEA Jazz Masters award has been an annual tradition — often described as the highest honor the U.S. bestows on living jazz artists.

Meet the four incoming inductees.
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📬 The U.S. Postal Service is experimenting with self-driving trucks to move mail across state lines.

The two-week pilot program focuses on a 1,000-mile route between Dallas and Phoenix.
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RT @nprmusic: We asked @idislikestephen to watch every musical performance from this season @nbcsnl; he ranked them from best to Greta Van…

RT @npratc: New cases of asthma dropped dramatically in Los Angeles communities where air quality improved the most over 20 years. The resu…

RT @nprmusic: Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood wasn't planning on a career as a rock star or as a classical composer. On this week's @allsongs,…

A federal report finds that crew training deficiencies played a crucial role in a deadly 2017 Amtrak train wreck in Washington state.

"Could this accident have been prevented? The answer is a resounding yes," said the chair of NTSB. (@KUOW)
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McDonald's Corp. is again facing allegations of rampant sexual harassment of low-wage employees.

Allegations include inappropriate touching, indecent exposure, lewd comments, requests for sex and retaliation for reporting. They span across 20 cities.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will convene a meeting Wednesday morning to hear from Democrats on whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
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New: Washington has become the first U.S. state to legalize a type of human burial called recomposition — sometimes known as body composting. (@KUOW)
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At a time of scandals and ratings struggles for CBS, Gayle King has emerged with a hefty new contract at CBS News.

She's now at the center of the re-imagined "CBS This Morning." And she is to play an even more central role for the network's news division.
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