Merrit Kennedy

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Sayonara, Scion: Toyota Ending Brand Geared Toward Younger Drivers

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Toyota has announced that it is pulling the plug on Scion, its offshoot car brand aimed at younger drivers.

Scion, which started in 2003, has seen lagging sales, with a mere 56,167 cars sold last year in the U.S.

Scion owners will be able to get their cars serviced ...

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Army, Marine Corps Generals Say Women Should Have To Register For The Draft

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

For the first time, top Army and Marine Corps leaders have testified that they think women should register for the draft.

"I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said during a hearing of the Senate ...

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Landmark Deal Protects Over 9 Million Acres Of Canadian Rain Forest

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A landmark deal 10 years in the making will protect 9.1 millions acres of Canadian rain forest on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia.

The protected area in the Great Bear Rainforest is about half the size of Ireland.

The new land-use order — reached between aboriginal groups known ...

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Controversial Emergency Manager Of Detroit's Public Schools Resigns

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Michigan emergency manager tied to two major controversies has resigned from his current post running Detroit's public school district.

Darnell Earley has faced escalating criticism over poor conditions in Detroit schools. Before that, he ran the troubled city of Flint. As Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta reports:

"He carried ...

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BP Earnings Plunge 91 Percent In 4th Quarter

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Global oil and gas price drops have shattered BP's profits.

The British energy giant said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter "underlying replacement cost profits" (or net income) dropped 91 percent. Profits fell to $196 million, compared with $2.2 billion in the year-ago quarter.

The full-year figures were somewhat less dramatic: 2015 ...

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E. Coli Outbreaks At Chipotle Restaurants 'Appear To Be Over,' CDC Says

Monday, February 01, 2016

Two E. coli outbreaks linked to Chipotle restaurants "appear to be over," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The first, larger outbreak hit 55 people in 11 states, with Washington having the most cases, the CDC says. The second outbreak, which was caused by a different strain ...

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Scientists Say The Moon Really Does Impact Rainfall On Earth

Monday, February 01, 2016

Praying for rain? You'll get (slightly) less when the moon is very high, a new study finds.

Scientists at the University of Washington say the moon's position impacts the amount of rainfall on Earth.

"As far as I know, this is the first study to convincingly connect the tidal force ...

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U.K. Regulator Gives Go-Ahead For Scientists To Edit Genes In Human Embryos

Monday, February 01, 2016

A team of British scientists received approval by U.K.'s fertility regulator to edit genes in human embryos.

"It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it," the BBC reports.

Now that Britain's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has given the ...

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Virginia Reverses New Concealed-Carry Restrictions, Secures Bipartisan Gun Deal

Friday, January 29, 2016

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state Republican leaders have announced a rare bipartisan compromise on gun laws for the state.

McAuliffe, who is a Democrat, tells reporters that "the balance of this deal changes Virginia law permanently in ways that would keep guns away from people who would use ...

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Zika Virus Spurs Concerns Over Summer Olympic Games In Rio

Friday, January 29, 2016

The spread of the Zika virus is raising concerns about the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which are only 189 days away.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports that the International Olympic Committee is sending an advisory about the mosquito-borne virus to competitors. Here's more from Lourdes:

"The ...

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Reaction To U.N. Envoy's Video Shows Difficulties Of Syria Peace Talks

Friday, January 29, 2016

U.N.-sponsored Syrian peace talks are beginning today in Geneva in an effort to put an end to the nearly 5-year-old conflict.

The main Syrian opposition group says it will attend the talks, after initially refusing to go to Geneva.

The opposition's High Negotiations Committee says its decision to participate "was ...

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For-Profit DeVry University Is Sued Over Employment Figure Claims

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DeVry University, which has at least 55 locations across the U.S., advertises that 90 percent of its graduates seeking employment found jobs in their field within six months of graduation.

That claim by the for-profit university is coming under fire. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against ...

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Massive Cover-Up: Nude Statues In Italy Deemed Too Racy For Iran's President

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On a typical day at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, a visitor might expect to see classical nude statues like this:

But this was the scene before Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a news conference this week at the museum:

Out of apparent ...

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France's Justice Minister Resigns Following Controversial Anti-Terrorism Proposal

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has resigned amid fallout over proposals to strip French citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism.

The controversial measure was proposed in the wake of the November terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

"Sometimes to resist is to remain, sometime to resist is ...

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Amherst College Drops Mascot Criticized As Offensive

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Amherst College says it will stop using the controversial "Lord Jeff" as an unofficial mascot following complaints that the character is racist.

The mascot is a caricature of Lord Jeffery Amherst, an English general who proposed giving blankets from smallpox patients to Native Americans.

"Could it not be contrived to ...

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100 Years Later, Beatrix Potter's Tale Of A Fanciful Feline To Be Published

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A long-lost Beatrix Potter book, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, is set to be released this fall, 150 years after the beloved author's birth.

The tale about a sharply dressed feline has "all the hallmarks of Potter's best works," editor Jo Hanks, who stumbled upon the story, says in an ...

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$50K Reward As Manhunt Continues For 3 Escaped Inmates In California

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Authorities are now offering $50,000 for information leading to the apprehension of three men who escaped from a maximum-security jail in Orange County, Calif.

This comes amid a flurry of questions about why it took authorities 16 hours to realize the men were missing.

The men escaped from the Men's ...

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Zika Virus Will Spread Through The Americas, Health Group Says

Monday, January 25, 2016

The World Health Organization says it expects the Zika virus to spread to every country in the Western Hemisphere except Canada.

It says the virus has already "spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas."

"Canada is off the list simply because it's too cold for the type ...

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A Look At Egypt's Uprising, 5 Years Later

Monday, January 25, 2016

On this day five years ago, tens of thousands of Egyptians flooded into Cairo's Tahrir Square.

It was the start of an uprising that would unseat Egypt's longtime dictator, Hosni Mubarak, 18 days later.

Police initially allowed protesters leeway but then cracked down with tear gas and water cannons. Here's ...

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Flint Mayor: 'Politics And Profit' Perpetuated Lead-Tainted-Water Crisis

Thursday, January 21, 2016

High lead levels in Flint, Mich.'s water has led President Obama to declare a state of emergency, as criticism mounts that the problem has not been handled promptly.

"The people weren't put first, the health of the people was not put before profit and money," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says ...

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