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22 Killed In Manchester Attack; Flynn Invokes 5th Amendment

Police are treating the explosion at Manchester Arena as a terrorist incident. And, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn refuses to hand over documents subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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Retraining generally isn't a top priority in the retail sector, analysts say. But Wal-Mart trains about a quarter-million of its employees a year in more advanced skills. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Business

As Store Layoffs Mount, Retail Lags Other Sectors In Retraining Workers

Many retail workers are losing their jobs amid major technological shifts. And while some industries invest to retrain their workers with new skills, retail largely hasn't succeeded in doing that.

Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics, notified the White House and federal agencies in April that his office wanted to see all ethics waivers issued by President Trump's administration, setting a June 1 deadline. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Ethics Agency Rejects White House Move To Block Ethics Waiver Disclosures

The Office of Government Ethics "declines your request to suspend its ethics authority," its director tells the White House. The administration said compiling the waivers exceeded OGE's authority.

A depiction of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that creates a deadly toxin. The preformed toxin can be found in home-canned foods and some retail products, such as canned cheese, chili sauces and oil infused with garlic. Jennifer Oosthuizen/CDC hide caption

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The Salt

Nacho Cheese Sauce Tainted With Botulism Kills California Man

An outbreak of botulism caused by nacho cheese sauce from a gas station has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California.

Keyshla Rivera smiles at her newborn son Jesus as registered nurse Christine Weick demonstrates a baby box before her discharge from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia in 2016. All mothers who deliver at the hospital receive a box, which functions as a bassinet, in an effort to reduce unsafe sleep practices. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Face-To-Face Sleep Education Plus 'Baby Boxes' Reduces Bed Sharing

The two-pronged approach to promoting safe sleep led to a 25 percent drop in the risky practice of bed sharing with babies in the first eight days of life, a study found. But more research is needed.

A statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, as it was removed from its longtime resting place in New Orleans on Friday. Lee's statue was the last of four Confederate monuments to be removed under a 2015 City Council vote. Scott Threlkeld/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Miss. State Lawmaker: Sorry For Saying Confederate Statue Removers 'Should Be Lynched'

In a Facebook post over the weekend, Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver said New Orleans politicians "should be LYNCHED" for taking down the memorials. He took back the remarks on Monday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits to be introduced during a service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 9 in Washington, D.C. Sessions issued an order on Monday narrowing the scope of his financial threat to "sanctuary cities." Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Law

Justice Department Narrows Scope Of 'Sanctuary Cities' Executive Order

The move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes after a federal judge blocked a key part of the directive, which threatened to withhold federal funds from jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration officials.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, pictured in April, is extending the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haitians in the U.S. until January 2018. But he says conditions are improving in Haiti, seven years after an earthquake killed more than 200,000 people there. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Homeland Security Extends Protections For Thousands Of Haitians In U.S.

Some 58,000 Haitians are in the U.S. under a program, which Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has extended for six months, but Trump administration officials say conditions are improving in the Caribbean nation.

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All Tech Considered

At The Dawn Of Recorded Sound, No One Cared

In the late 19th century, French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville patented the earliest known sound recording device. But his accomplishments were recognized only recently.

At The Dawn Of Recorded Sound, No One Cared

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John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers at the University of Texas, Austin say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative. Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT hide caption

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All Tech Considered

At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

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In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

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Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry in Hurley, Va. Poverty in the coal-mining region is 29 percent, twice the national average. Unemployment is also high, and younger families are moving out. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

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