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For more than a year, the White House has looked at imposing tariffs on cars/car parts imported from close allies in Europe and Japan.

The auto industry opposes the tariffs — but they may have to keep waiting to find out if their pleas have been heard.
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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law a ban on nearly all abortions in the state.

The law makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.
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Authorities say a fire at a mosque in New Haven, Connecticut, was set intentionally, @wnpr reports.

The blaze comes during the holy month of Ramadan.
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Correction: This photo depicting their mugshots should have been attributed to "TopFoto/The Image Works" — not to the FBI.

💉 We're used to kids needing lots of shots to ward off lots of illnesses. But what about adults?
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Mink, a black bear who had become (a little too) comfortable around humans in the New Hampshire town that loved her (and often fed her doughnuts) was relocated to the Canadian border.

A year later, she made her way back home — because doughnuts.
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President Trump is set to unveil an immigration plan tomorrow that would vastly change who's allowed into the U.S. — with a focus on reducing family-based immigration.
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Just in: California fire officials have determined power lines owned and operated by utility giant PG&E were the cause of last fall's Camp Fire, the deadliest in California history.

In the 1800s, educator Horace Mann insisted that teachers impart values like persistence, loyalty and cooperation. @heckmanequation says these skills still matter today.

What's Not On The Test 📏📏 @HiddenBrain
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"They cannot stand, that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim shows up in congress thinking she's equal to them."

Rep. Ilhan Omar has faced a storm of criticism. But many say it is more about who she is than what she says. @MorningEdition
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President Trump will lay out the principles of a new immigration plan tomorrow afternoon, a senior administration official said.

The new plan would focus on reducing family-based immigration to the U.S. in favor of skill-based immigration.
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Former NRA employees told NPR about low wages and underfunded pensions at the National Rifle Association as leaked documents show lavish, six-figure spending by CEO Wayne LaPierre. @nprpolitics
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The number of measles cases this year has climbed to 839 in 23 states, affecting mostly unvaccinated people, the CDC reported this week.
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Over the course of her first three records, Carly Rae Jepsen went from a relatively unknown Canadian Idol contestant to a viral phenomenon to a lowkey critical darling.

Still, she had yet to really let fans in until now.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's final report elicited plenty of late-night punditry.

But what it hasn't led to is legislation aimed at securing U.S. election systems from future foreign interference. @nprpolitics
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The Alabama Senate bill banning abortions would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman's life is threatened or in case of a lethal fetal anomaly.
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Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born. And it's an ongoing slump: 2018 was the fourth consecutive year of birth declines.
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A first-of-its-kind new map may help increase the precision of the HIV/AIDS response, as some data-savvy researchers narrow their focus on the continent's worst-affected areas — to the size of a small town.
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With nearly 900 million eligible voters, India's elections are considered the world's largest. Now travelers — both Indian and foreign — want to experience what it's like across the country.
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In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. called on clergy across the country to come to Selma, Ala. to support the civil rights marchers. James Reeb, a white minister from Boston, knew he had to go. He would never return.

Listen to "White Lies" on Apple Podcasts.
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A generalistic fast (low TTL) Mastodon instance for USA and Canada.

A no-nonsense, Nazi-free social media. Serving Philadelphia-New York-Toronto-Montrèal areas with fast response and low latency.

Home of the Mastodon Newsbot Service

The following newsbots are running on this instance:

  • NPR / National Public Radio (United States)
  • WHYY / WHYY Philadelphia (an NPR radio station)
  • BreakingNews / NBC Breaking News (posts to public)
  • BBCRadio4 / Intelligent, insightful programming from BBC Radio 4
  • 6ABC / WPVI Television in Philadelphia
  • KIRO7 / KIRO Television in Seattle, Washington
  • TheHill / US Political news from The Hill (all posts behind CW)
  • Reason / Reason Magazine - Politics from a pragmatist libertarian point of view

Tech Newsbots

Some other newsbots

  • RT - Russia Today, the Russian state news broadcaster (English)
  • Le Monde - The World, popular French newspaper (French)