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Bob Boilen and I are back together again to share some of the phenomenal new music we've been hearing, starting with Brittany Howard's stirring and inspired "He Loves Me," from her upcoming solo debut Jaime. She named the album after her sister who passed away when they were both teenagers. The music is a celebration of the human spirit.

An Australian state appellate court on Wednesday upheld lower-court verdicts against Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic cleric to be found guilty of sexual abuse.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Court of Appeal of Victoria state rejected Pell's request to overturn his December conviction. The 78-year-old prelate, a former archbishop of Sydney who later became a top Vatican adviser, is serving a six-year prison sentence for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys.

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President Trump has called the Danish prime minister's comments "nasty" after she rejected the idea of selling Greenland to the United States as "absurd" — in an escalation of diplomatic tensions that began suddenly last week.

Trump complained Wednesday at the White House that Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's statement was "not nice" and showed disrespect.

"All she had to do was say 'No, we wouldn't be interested,' " he told reporters. "She's not talking to me, she's talking to the United States of America."

This Way Up, which premieres on Hulu on August 21, is a stellar example of one of the challenges in what we've come to know as "peak TV": It doesn't have a star who's famous in the United States, it doesn't have a particularly high concept, and at first glance, there are other shows superficially similar to it. But it's very good, and it's warm and clever, and it will — or would — precisely hit the spot for a lot of people, if only they can find it.

More on Recycling Plastics

The U.S. used to send a lot of its plastic waste to China to get recycled. But last year, China put the kibosh on imports of the world’s waste. The policy, called National Sword, freaked out people in the U.S. — a huge market for plastic waste had just dried up.

Where was it all going to go now?

Animal and environmental activists are filing an appeal after a Portland-based judge dismissed their case against the U.S. government, which claims the government has violated the groups' constitutional rights to a safe and sustainable environment.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane dismissed the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Seeding Sovereignty’s lawsuit last month after the groups failed to make the case that the Constitution guarantees a "right to wilderness."

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the abrupt resignation of his city's police commissioner Richard Ross Tuesday amid reports of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination within the police department.

Calling himself "disappointed," Kenney, in a statement, said Ross has been "a terrific asset to the Police Department and the City as a whole."

The bargaining team representing thousands of classified staff at Oregon’s seven public university employees has declared an impasse in contract negotiations, inching closer to a strike.

Declaring an impasse means management has until Friday to submit a final offer to workers. After that, there’s a 30-day cooling off period. During that period, workers can give notice of a strike.

Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook.

The social media giant is launching a long-promised tool that allows users to limit what the network can gather about you on outside websites and apps.

The company said Tuesday that it is adding a section where users can see the activity that Facebook tracks outside its service, via its “like” buttons and other means. Users can opt to turn off the tracking; otherwise, tracking will continue the same way it has been..

A  federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. today rejected California’s legal challenge to the Trump administration’s plans to ease decades-old air quality regulations for power plants, oil refineries, steel mills, and other large industrial sources of toxic air pollution.

But the court’s decision is not a total loss for the state, and California’s attorney general is vowing further challenges to the environmental deregulation.

A  federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. today rejected California’s legal challenge to the Trump administration’s plans to ease decades-old air quality regulations for power plants, oil refineries, steel mills, and other large industrial sources of toxic air pollution.

But the court’s decision is not a total loss for the state, and California’s attorney general is vowing further challenges to the environmental deregulation.

The Koch brothers are a ripe target: political plutocrats who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in a decades-long effort to reshape the country and the Republican Party.

They’ve used their vast wealth to build a hydra-headed network of think tanks, lobbying shops, and “astroturf” advocacy groups to advance a philosophy that conveniently overlaps with the economic interests of their Wichita-based corporation.

Lawyers for the city of Rohnert Park have agreed to settle with a Texas man who sued the Police Department last year over three pounds of legal marijuana seized from him during a 2017 traffic stop. The city will pay Zeke Flatten $415,000, according to his attorney, Izaak Schwaiger, pending approval of the City Council.

Too Much ‘Reasonable’ Deadly Force

Aug 20, 2019

A new California law says law enforcement can use deadly force only when “necessary” instead of the previous standard of “reasonable.”

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 392 that attempts to restrict deadly force to that which is “necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or to another person.”

The U.S. agency charged with caring for unaccompanied migrant children is eyeing California’s Inland Empire as a potential location for a major new shelter facility, according to official records.

The proposal, which was posted earlier this month on the Federal Business Opportunities website, comes at a time when the number of minors in federal custody has dipped since the beginning of the year but still remains at historic highs.

Two former Major League Baseball stars, pitcher Octavio Dotel and infielder Luis Castillo, have been implicated in a massive drug trafficking bust in the Dominican Republic. The country's attorney general, Jean Alain Rodríguez, announced Tuesday that the operation targeted alleged drug kingpin César Emilio Peralta, also known as "César the abuser," and the extensive criminal operation he led.

A new report estimates about 2% of the Portland metro area’s population, or 38,000 people, were homeless at some point in 2017.

The report provides a simple, if rough, estimate of the scale of homelessness regionwide – in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties — over a single year.

A former pathologist at an Arkansas veterans hospital was charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients whose records he allegedly falsified to conceal his misdiagnoses.

According to federal prosecutors, Dr. Robert Morris Levy, 53, is also charged with four counts of making false statements, 12 counts of wire fraud and 12 counts of mail fraud, stemming from his efforts to conceal his substance abuse while working at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks.

National parks across the nation will be free to enter on Sunday, including popular California destinations like Muir Woods, Yosemite and Joshua Tree.

To celebrate the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday on August 25, every Park Service site that usually charges an entrance fee will offer free admission to all visitors. 

National parks across the nation will be free to enter on Sunday, including popular California destinations like Muir Woods, Yosemite and Joshua Tree.

To celebrate the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday on August 25, every Park Service site that usually charges an entrance fee will offer free admission to all visitors

How could anybody, after years spent working on a 16-hour country music documentary, pick just five favorite country songs out of thousands?

When I propose the idea to Ken Burns, he calls it “the impossible Top 5,” and with good reason. The documentary series Country Music, premiering Sept. 15 on PBS, is full of songs. Timeless songs. Songs with incredible backstories. Songs interwoven into the fabric of America. “Crazy.” “Lovesick Blues.” “I Walk the Line.”

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