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Obama Renaming Continent's Highest Peak From Mt. McKinley To Denali

Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

China Arrests Nearly 200 Over 'Online Rumors'

The rumors ranged from a man leaping to his death in Beijing over stock losses to highly inflated death tolls in the Tianjin industrial blasts.

Obama Gets One More Vote Closer To 'Yes' On Iran Deal

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley announced he's backing the Iran deal despite "significant shortcomings." It brings Obama within three votes of sustaining a veto against congressional disapproval.

Jefferson Davis Statue Comes Down At University of Texas

The larger-than-life sculpture of the president of the Confederacy was removed after an appeal to block the move was rejected last week.

Obama Plays Defense On Climate Change Ahead Of Alaska Trip

President Obama pushed back against what some see as the irony of him expanding oil exploration while talking up climate change.

Refugee Children Rescued In Austria Reportedly Disappear From Hospital

The three Syrian children, aged 5 and 6, were near death from dehydration when they were discovered by police in the back of a minivan on Saturday.

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Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain

Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.

Motive Still Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Texas Sheriff's Deputy

Authorities have charged 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles in the "execution-style" murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, but investigators have yet to make public any motive for the killing.

Sanders Gaining On Clinton. '2008 All Over Again'?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has the energy, the enthusiasm and now showing strength in the poll numbers as the Democratic nomination contest looks more and more like a race every day.

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Rio's Favelas Feel The Peace — And The Pressure — Of Pacification

Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.

Re-Examining The Legal Definition Of Sexual Assault

August 31, 2015
While the jury still deliberates, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, left, leaves the Merrimack Superior Court at the end of day with security in tow Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H.  Labrie was convicted by a jury of several misdemeanors, but ruled not guilty in the most serious felony sexual assault charges. (AP)

A verdict in the New Hampshire prep school rape trial. And calls for changing sexual assault laws.

Looking Past A Shooting At American Gun Culture

August 31, 2015
A television photographer takes video of a memorial for the two slain journalist in front of the studios of WDBJ-TV7 in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday.  (AP)

Lessons from the Roanoke TV shootings. We’ll look at the way forward with the New York Times’ Nick Kristof and other top thinkers.

Personal Trainer Regulations Have Gyms Sweating

August 28, 2015
Dawn Lillington does a deadlift during a CrossFit workout at Ross Valley CrossFit on March 14, 2014 in San Anselmo, California. CrossFit, a high intensity workout regimen that is a constantly varied mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting, is one of the fastest growing fitness programs in the world. The grueling cult-like core strength and conditioning program is popular with firefighters, police officers, members of the military and professional athletes. Since its inception in 2000, the number of CrossFit affiliates, or 'boxes' has skyrocketed to over 8,500 worldwide with more opening every year. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Physical Therapy Board in Washington, D.C. is preparing new guidelines that would place further requirements on the industry.

Ruling Gives Unions Leverage In Negotiations With Franchises

August 28, 2015
Juan Hernandez, 8, protests with his mother, who works for McDonald's, and other fast food workers and community activists outside a McDonald's restaurant in the Loop on June 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The protesters were calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The demonstration was staged to coincide with the 4th hearing of the Wage Board in New York City as it debates the $15-dollar-per-hour increase for its workers. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The ruling from the National Labor Relations Board gave contract workers and employees of franchises more leverage to unionize.

Californians Cut Water Use By 31 Percent Last Month

August 28, 2015
Gillian Flaccus' daughter leaned to brush her teeth without leaving the water running at the family's home, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 near Los Angeles. Flaccus, an Associated Press reporter, and her husband are using the California drought to teach their children life lessons about conservation. (Chris Carlson/AP)

New data shows that residents have surpassed the mandatory water restrictions for the second month in a row.

Lack Of Truck Parking A ‘National Safety Concern’

August 28, 2015
Trucks park at a truck stop, Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, in Franklin, Ohio. (Al Behrman/AP)

A federal survey has found that most states don’t have enough places for trucks to pull over for required rest stops.

Week In The News: On Air Shooting, Wall Street Roller Coaster, Joe Biden’s Rationale

August 28, 2015
WDBJ-TV7 meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and guest anchor Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street’s roller coaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. 10 years since Katrina.

Murder In The Digital Age: The Evolution Of Rage And Humiliation

August 28, 2015
Janna Malamud Smith: The ability to amplify our worst transgressions is new, and, it seems to be a drug more potent and addictive than any other. In this photo, WDBJ meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday. (Steve Helber/ AP)

The ability to amplify our worst transgressions is new, and, it seems to be a drug more potent and addictive than any other.

2 Immigrants Explain What It Took To Come To The U.S. Legally

August 27, 2015
A new United States citizen holds an American flag during a naturalization ceremony, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in New York. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

The majority of immigrants to the United States come legally. More often than not, it’s a complicated process that can take many years.

Anti-Abortion Rights Groups Target Patient Personal Information

August 27, 2015
Cheryl Sullenger is senior policy adviser for the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, based in Wichita, Kansas. She's pictured here on March 14, 2014. (John Hanna/AP)

Activists are increasingly going after the patients and doctors at abortion clinics – and their personal medical records.

Why Americans Are Turning Against Standardized Tests

August 27, 2015
Yamarko Brown, age 12, works on math problems as part of a trial run of a new state assessment test at Annapolis Middle School in Annapolis, Md., Feb. 12, 2015. The new test, which is scheduled to go into use March 2, 2015, is linked to the Common Core standards, which Maryland adopted in 2010 under the federal No Child Left Behind law, and serves as criteria for students in math and reading. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

The public is pushing back on the testing mandate, saying it’s not a good way to judge teachers, students or schools.

Why Don’t We Have Mental Health Parity?

August 27, 2015
The slow-going struggle for mental health parity (Getty Images)

Insurance companies are required by law to cover mental health the same as physical health. So why don’t they?

Think Boston’s Sex Industry Disappeared With The Combat Zone? Think Again.

August 26, 2015
Audrey Morrissey is the associate director at My Life My Choice. She spent 13 years in the sex trade before becoming a mentor to at-risk girls in Greater Boston. (Courtesy of My Life My Choice)

Audrey Morrissey is associate director for the group My Life My Choice, where she mentors at-risk youth now. But she was just 16 years old when she began working as a prostitute in what was then called the “Combat Zone.”

An Argument That The U.S. Immigration System Is Not Broken

August 26, 2015
Martha Moran, with her 6-year-old son listen during a viewing party for President Barack Obama's speech on executive action immigration policy reform on November 20, 2014 in New York City. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Law professor Jan Ting says immigration reform is not needed, rather the U.S. needs to more strictly enforce existing laws.

Trump Kicks Out Univision’s Jorge Ramos: The Aftermath

August 26, 2015
Miami-based Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, left, asks Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a question about his immigration proposal during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. Ramos was later taken from the room. Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Donald Trump continued making media enemies last night when he kicked out Univision’s most recognizable journalist.

New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

August 26, 2015
Young Sino and his daughter Demarri Warren participate in a remembrance event along the Industrial Canal flood wall, seen in background, in the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert 8/29/14)

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. We’ll look at how the city struggled, rebuilt, recovered — and where it stands now.

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