Archive for February 14th, 2019

Racial Disparities In Cancer Incidence And Survival Rates Are Narrowing

Health | | February 14 2019, 7:40 PM

African-Americans still have the highest death rate and the lowest survival rate of any U.S. racial or ethnic group for most cancers. But the "cancer gap" between blacks and whites is shrinking.

Emergency Declaration For Border Wall Could Tap Military Funds

US & World | | February 14 2019, 7:20 PM

A 1982 law empowers the secretary of defense to redirect military construction funds during a presidentially declared national emergency.

New Orleans Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Race-Motivated Post-Katrina Shooting

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2019, 7:20 PM

The case is the last high-profile legal action arising from the violent and chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Americans Tightened Their Belts And It Might Hurt Economic Numbers Important To Trump

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2019, 5:00 PM

What started off as a strong holiday shopping season ended with a whimper, as December retail sales posted the sharpest drop in nine years. That could mean GDP growth will miss the president's target.

Third Suspect In Poisoning Of Former Russian Spy Named By Investigative Group

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2019, 4:20 PM

The suspect is a high-ranking officer in Russia's military intelligence agency, Bellingcat says. The group accuses the Russian government of expunging documents to conceal the man's identity.

U.S. Looking To Reduce Kabul Embassy Staff As Afghanistan Mission Changes

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2019, 3:40 PM

An internal memo says the embassy has grown to an "extraordinary footprint" and it is time to "ensure our Embassy is right-sized for the long-term."

Initial Democratic Primary Debates Will Accommodate Up To 20 Candidates

Politics | | February 14 2019, 3:20 PM

The DNC plans to host 12 sanctioned debates during the 2020 primary cycle. The first one will be in June on back-to-back weekday nights. The format changes follow criticism from the 2016 campaign.

World Health Organization Forms Committee To Guide Editing Of Human Genes

Health | | February 14 2019, 2:20 PM

WHO acted in reaction to a Chinese scientist's announcement in 2018 that he had created the world's first gene-edited babies, a step that highlighted the need for uniform gene-editing guidelines.

The Heartbreaking Plight Of Zimbabwe's Doctors

US & World | | February 14 2019, 12:20 PM

Inflation in Zimbabwe is sky-high — marked by long lines for fuel and ill-equipped hospitals. NPR talks with two doctors who say they don't have the supplies to keep patients, and themselves, safe.

With Constitution Changes, Egypt's President Could Stay In Power Until 2034

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2019, 11:20 AM

The parliament overwhelmingly approved the changes, which require a referendum to enter into force. Human rights groups are expressing alarm, saying they "sanction lifelong presidency."

Federal Watchdog Issues Scathing Report On Ed Department's Handling Of Student Loans

Education | | February 14 2019, 10:40 AM

The department's own inspector general says student loan companies aren't following the rules, and that the government isn't doing enough to hold them accountable.

Despite Prevention Programs, Sexual Assaults Rise At Military Academies

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2019, 9:20 AM

An anonymous survey found 747 students suffered unwanted sexual contact in the last school year at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies. That's up nearly 50 percent from a survey two years earlier.

Denver Teachers Reach Tentative Deal To End Walkout

Education | | February 14 2019, 8:20 AM

"This agreement is a win, plain and simple: for our students; for our educators; and for our communities," said Denver Classroom Teachers Association President Henry Roman.

Texas Man With 3D-Printed Gun And 'Hit List' Of Lawmakers Sentenced To 8 Years

US & World | | February 14 2019, 7:20 AM

The man printed the gun after a background check stopped him from purchasing a firearm legally. His sentencing comes as lawmakers around the country are trying to expand background check requirements.

Conspiracy Theorist And Frequent Presidential Candidate Lyndon LaRouche Dies At 96

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2019, 6:20 AM

LaRouche was connected to bizarre conspiracy theories and ran for president eight times between 1976 and 2004.

You May Be Surprised To Learn Which Two Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

Environment & Science | | February 14 2019, 4:40 AM

Satellite images show the amount of green vegetation on Earth increasing, despite deforestation. But some of the added greenery has a down side.

The Big One: Episode 6 is out

Local | | February 14 2019, 8:53 AM

We take for granted every day that the buildings we work in are safe. But how do you know? What are they made out of? When were they built? Have they ever been retrofitted? In episode 6, we investigate two office buildings in downtown L.A.

An atmospheric river is flowing over SoCal, bringing heavy rain and high winds

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2019, 7:51 AM

The heavy downpour is expected to keep up through the afternoon and rain rates could reach about a half-inch per hour.

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West Hollywood mayor John Duran asked to step down amid harassment allegations

| February 14 2019, 10:01 AM

Members of the West Hollywood city council on Tuesday called for John Duran to resign as mayor.

Police unions & civil liberties groups spar over application of CA law allowing easier access to investigative records of officer-involved shootings

| February 14 2019, 9:57 AM

Despite its reputation as a liberal, progressive state, California has long held some of the strictest laws in the country regarding public access to internal police records.

FBI overreach? Andrew McCabe says FBI / DoJ considered reaching out to Cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment

| February 14 2019, 9:54 AM

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview aired Thursday that he worried that investigations into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice would be shut down after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

How will the land conservation packaged passed by the Senate affect California?

| February 14 2019, 9:50 AM

The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments.

Hyper-conscientious and over-prepared: do the same traits that make girls good at school undermine them at work?

| February 14 2019, 9:48 AM

It’s been well-reported than girls outperform boys when it comes to grades, but why doesn’t that academic rigor seem to correlate with success in the workplace?

So much for HQ2 in New York. Amid protests, Amazon drops plan to open up second headquarters in Queens

| February 14 2019, 9:47 AM

Amazon will not be building a new headquarters in New York, a stunning reversal after a yearlong search.

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