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How much do we really know about the Zika virus?

Apr 30, 2016

In April, the CDC announced that there’s finally enough evidence to draw a definitive connection between Zika virus and microcephaly, the condition where infants are born with unusually small heads and brain damage. But many questions remain, such as how the virus passes from mother to child.

If Donald Trump were a woman

Apr 30, 2016
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Earlier this week, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing “the woman card.”

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she'd get 5 percent of the vote,” he said during a primary night victory speech at Trump Tower.

That got me wondering. What would the Trump life experience and campaign look like if he were a woman? A few thoughts come to mind:

  1. If Trump were a woman, he would have to break the greatest glass ceiling in American politics without being too demanding, loud, unladylike, or smart.

Up In Flames: Kenya Burns More Than 100 Tons Of Ivory

Apr 30, 2016

To burn or not to burn? That is the question facing African countries in their fight against the multimillion-dollar illegal ivory trade.

Kenya, which introduced the world to burning ivory in 1989, still thinks it's a good idea. On Saturday morning, it hosted the most spectacular burn event yet: The tusks of nearly 7,000 elephants — 105 metric tons' worth — were set alight in 11 separate pyres in Nairobi's National Park.

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American Stars Jam With Cuba's Best Musicians In Havana

Apr 30, 2016
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The Week In Sports

Apr 30, 2016
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One photo of a pensive Congolese woman in her distinctive makeup could be mistaken for a Renaissance painting. Another, of a coal plant sending smoke plumes over a town in China, looks like a still from a 1950s propaganda film. And another, of a little girl yawning during an Indonesian festival, will just make you smile.

When I meet the captured ISIS fighter, he doesn't look much like the bombastic murderers in the propaganda videos.

Ahmed Darwish, 29, is slight, hunched and shuffling in orange plastic sandals, wincing in pain as he walks into a police station in Rumeilan, northern Syria, escorted by the Kurdish fighters who captured him running away after a battle. His arms are bandaged and head is wounded: he was struck in a coalition airstrike in support of the anti-ISIS forces.

Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal?

Apr 30, 2016

It's a well-worn (if not-entirely-agreed-upon) idea that college makes people more liberal. But a new report adds a twist to this: the most educated Americans have grown increasingly liberal over the last couple of decades.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of death for teenagers in the United States, and alcohol is involved in 1 out of 4 of those crashes. The stronger a state's restrictions on alcohol overall, the lower the teen death toll, a study finds.

Policies aimed at the general population were more effective than those targeting teens, the study found. They included regulations that limit the hours alcohol can be sold and the density of alcohol outlets in a particular area, as well as taxes on alcohol sales.

A summary out Friday shows there are still elevated levels of hexavalent chromium in Southeast Portland — and Department of Environmental Quality investigators still don’t know where it’s coming from.

State health officials say the emission levels don’t pose an immediate health risk, but Health Authority spokesman Jonathan Modie said risks can go up, the longer people are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals.

Donald Trump has called himself the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. But he can't become the real presumptive nominee without first gaining a lot of votes in the California primary on June 7 – the last day of voting on the GOP primary calendar.

It's the first time in decades that California will make a difference in picking the GOP nominee. That's why all three remaining candidates will be speaking at the California Republican Party's convention, which begins Friday.

The stories are heartbreaking. An infant rolls off a bed and suffocates on a plastic bag. A one-month-old dies while sleeping between two adults.

According to a report on child fatalities released Friday by Washington state’s Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds, unsafe sleep conditions are the leading cause of death for infants in whose families have come into contact with the child welfare system.

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