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WhatsApp Tries To Curb Spread Of Misinformation By Limiting Message Forwarding

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world. With about 1.5 billion users, it's a free way to text and place international voice and video calls.


Harris Wofford, Former Senator, Civil-Rights Activist, Dies At 92

Former Sen. Harris Wofford, a life-long civil-rights advocate and backer of progressive causes died Monday at a Washington hospital at age 92.

Wofford died after suffering a fall, his son told The Washington Post.

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American Held In Russia Unwittingly Got Thumb Drive With State Secrets, Lawyer Says

Before Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow and accused of spying, he was given a thumb drive that he thought held photos of Russian churches but actually contained "state secrets," his lawyer said Tuesday. And Whelan didn't even look at the drive, according to the lawyer, because he was taken into custody immediately.

Whelan, 48, was detained Dec. 28 and is being held in Moscow's Lefortovo prison. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of espionage.


A Tentative Deal In The LA Teachers Strike — Now, Union Members To Vote

On the sixth day of the Los Angeles teachers strike, the school district and union leaders announced that they've reached a tentative agreement.

"This is much more than just a narrow labor agreement. It's a very broad compact around things that get at social justice, educational justice and racial justice," United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl said at a news conference Tuesday.

"The strike no one wanted is now behind us," said Austin Beutner, the city's school superintendent.

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House Democrats' Focus On Abortion Could Stymie Work With Senate

For the first time since the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the House of Representatives has a majority supporting abortion rights. And that majority is already making its position felt, setting up what could be a series of long and drawn-out fights with a Senate opposed to abortion and stalling what could otherwise be bipartisan bills.

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White House Moves Forward With State Of The Union Plans After Pelosi Urged Delay

After a week of tit for tat with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, amid a monthlong government shutdown, the White House is now moving ahead with plans for the president's State of the Union address, proceeding as if it were happening as originally planned next week.

White House officials are aiming for the speech to occur before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 29. But it is far from guaranteed. The House must pass a resolution to call a joint session with the Senate before the president can come speak.


Supreme Court Takes 1st Gun Case In Nearly A Decade, Possibly With Big Consequences

With the Supreme Court now having five justices who are less likely to approve of gun regulations and laws, it granted a major gun case Tuesday for the first time in nearly a decade.

The court granted a right-to-carry case out of New York that that pits the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association against the City of New York. New York bans transporting permitted handguns outside city lines, even if the gun is not loaded and locked in a container. The guns currently can only be taken to one of a handful of shooting ranges within city limits.


Chris Brown Arrested On Charges Of Rape In Paris

A judiciary source in Paris confirmed to NPR's Eleanor Beardsley on Tuesday that Chris Brown has been detained, along with two other unnamed individuals, on charges of "aggravated rape" and multiple narcotics offenses, and that they currently remain in police custody.

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Supreme Court Revives Trump's Ban On Transgender Military Personnel, For Now

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The Supreme Court has reinstated President Trump's ban on transgender service members in the military, granting a stay of two lower-court injunctions that had blocked the president's policy. The justices voted 5-4, reflecting the high court's conservative majority.

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Wilbur Ross To Testify On Census Citizenship Question At House Oversight Hearing

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has agreed to come before lawmakers again to testify about his controversial decision last year to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, is set to appear at a March 14 hearing on Capitol Hill before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the committee's chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., announced Tuesday.