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Think New York's subway trains are moving slower? You're right

The good news is there's a fix, but it won't solve the bureaucratic rot that allowed this problem to fester for years.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2FZol6v

Manson follower recommended for parole for third time

After a hearing at the women's prison, commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings found for the third time that the 69-year-old Van Houten was suitable for release.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2GcYuaE

Dems gain as GOP state lawmakers switch sides because of Trump extremism

"Those of us who were moderates are clearly not welcome," said one Republican official who switched parties.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2G0N3ne

Last-ditch talks with Russia on key Cold War nuke treaty have failed

The pact was designed to keep ground-based nuclear weapons out of Europe. Washington has accused Moscow of violating it for years.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2G0598D

Federal report blasts Michigan State for failure to stop Larry Nassar

Hundreds of girls and women said Nassar sexually molested them while he worked for Michigan State and Indiana-based USA Gymnastics.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2G0BHzC

GM halts operations at 11 Michigan plants due to extreme cold

Consumers Energy warned that “without additional reductions, we run the risk of not being able to deliver natural gas to families and critical facilities."

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2Sa9pZ9

Here's the problem with the labor rhetoric of Democrats like Sherrod Brown

This rhetoric of hard work is meant to be encouraging, but it often feels patronizing instead.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2TklRCB

LGBTQ people of color face 'compounded violence,' advocates say

The alleged attack of black, gay actor Jussie Smollett is “reflective of what we see in our national data of hate violence,” according to Anti-Violence Project’s Eliel Cruz.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2DJVoJr

El Chapo prosecutors say drug lord feared justice on American soil

The arguments came at a trial where Guzman is facing multiple drug and murder conspiracy charges that could land him in prison for life if he's convicted.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2SixnBg

Is it OK to ask your employer to stay home in bad weather?

Expert tips on what to do if you can't make it to work due to severe weather.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2UzpuoN

96-day church service ends with sheltered family escaping deportation

Supporters used a law that bars police from entering a place of worship while a service is in progress to stop them from being deported.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2DL4WnF

U.S. moves ahead with oil leases near sacred park

Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and environmentalists have criticized the federal Bureau of Land Management for pushing ahead despite the recent government sh

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2ToIANU

ICE force-feeding detainees on hunger strike

The force-feeding of detainees through nasal tubes at Guantanamo Bay garnered international blowback.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2MIejqR

Protesters in Venezuela keep pressure on Maduro

“We are staying in the streets,” opposition leader Juan Guaidó said to students. “Not just because of how bad things are, but also for the future.”

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2SjPvus

Data show no evidence that teens' social media use predicts depression over time

Longitudinal data from adolescents and young adults show no evidence that social media use predicts later depressive symptoms. However, the findings do show that relatively higher depressive symptoms predicted later social media use among adolescent girls.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Gc6nx1

Sexing ancient cremated human remains is possible through skeletal measurements

Ancient cremated human remains, despite being deformed, still retain sexually diagnostic physical features, according to a new study. The authors provide a statistical approach for identifying traits that distinguish male and female remains within a population.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2WsS3FX

Difference in brain connectivity may explain autism spectrum disorder

Researchers have identified a possible mechanism of human cognition that underlies autism spectrum disorders, or ASD. They found there was brain overconnectivity in the unimodal-subcortical connections and brain underconnectivity in the supramodal-subcortical connections for ASD individuals, as compared to the typically developing control group, suggesting a relationship between connectivity and the expression of ASD.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Tp49hm

Exercise may improve thinking skills in people as young as 20

Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or climbing stairs may improve thinking skills not only in older people but in young people as well, according to a new study. The study also found that the positive effect of exercise on thinking skills may increase as people age.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RYqc22

How a one-hour 'planting party' lifts spirits, builds skills among women in prison

Exposure to nature, even through a brief gardening activity, can improve well-being among women in prison, a new study finds.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2CThRlL

Scientists develop tool to measure success of HIV cure strategies

Scientists have developed a new assay to accurately and easily count the cells that comprise the HIV reservoir, the stubborn obstacle to an HIV cure. This advance will enable researchers who are trying to eliminate the HIV reservoir to clearly understand whether their strategies are working.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2GaKBcV

Layered cocktails inspire new form of male birth control

For decades, women have shouldered most of the burden of contraception. However, long-term use of female birth control pills could increase the risk for side-effects such as blood clots or breast cancer. Now, inspired by colorful layered cocktails, researchers have developed a medium-term, reversible male contraceptive.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RWfSaG

Some gut cells slow down metabolism, accelerate cardiovascular disease

Researchers have discovered how specific cells in the guts of mice slow down metabolism and eventually contribute to obesity, diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis. The findings, scientists say, could have important implications for the prevention and treatment of these kinds of metabolic diseases in humans.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Tiosgu

Human milk is a 'life-saving intervention' for infants with congenital heart disease

With a lower risk of serious complications and improved feeding and growth outcomes, human milk is strongly preferred as the best diet for infants with congenital heart disease (CHD), according to a new research.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2HFBGm5

With autism on the rise, science is on the hunt for answers

Scientists have used two brain imaging techniques to study autism. They found a correlation between brain activity, amino acid byproduct concentrations, and severity of autism diagnosis.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2HH3Jl4

Extremely high blood pressure in African-Americans is 5 times the national average

Extremely high blood pressure that leads to strokes, heart attacks and acute kidney damage, classified as hypertensive emergency, is five times higher in inner-city African-American patients than the national average, according to a recent study.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2SkEBoi

New molecular player in heart enlargement due to cardiac disease

Researchers have found that an RNA-binding protein called Lin28 is crucial for pathological hypertrophy, an enlargement of the heart associated with diverse cardiac diseases.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2CT0cdY

Calorie restriction prevents asthma symptoms linked to inflammation in mice

Experimenting with mice, researchers report that a low-calorie diet prevented asthma symptoms regardless of the diet's fat and sugar content. The researchers also say they found that obesity resulting from a high-calorie diet led to asthma symptoms in the animals by causing lung inflammation, and a drug that blocks inflammation eased those symptoms.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2FZw5Wb

Novel autism mouse model based on an epigenetic gene developed

In a new study, researchers describe how, in a novel mouse model, epigenetic regulation negatively impacts a downstream gene specifically involved in neurodevelopment and associated behaviors.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RsPMXQ

First study to find digital ads work -- on millennials

While millions of dollars are spent every day on digital advertising, no research has found these ads actually work -- until now.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RstEfS

Puerto Rico's 'fear lab' mentors neuroscience rigor amid diversity

A lineage of young neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds trace their scientific roots to a 'fear lab' in Puerto Rico that the National Institutes of Health has been supporting for two decades. A crucible for studies of fear extinction, the lab has so far published 80 papers -- some the first ever from Puerto Rico for certain journals. Of 130 trainees to date, 90 percent are from Puerto Rico and Latin America and half are women.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2MJGm9j

New 3D imaging technique reveals how pancreatic cancers start

A new technique to study tissue samples in 3D has revealed that pancreatic cancers can start and grow in two distinct ways, solving a decades-old mystery of how tumors form. The new method could help researchers to get more information from tissue biopsies and may lead to improved treatments for pancreatic cancers.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2FZyj88

Want healthier eating habits? Start with a workout

Researchers have found that formerly sedentary young adults who were instructed to exercise regularly for several weeks started choosing healthier foods without being asked to.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Tu68Ru

Drug shows promise to treat diet-induced osteoarthritis

Scientists have found that a drug derived from omega-3 fatty acids can reduce osteoarthritis inflammation that's been caused by a high-fat diet.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2MGRp3j

We need to fine-tune our 'maps' of the visual cortex

Monkey brain scans have revealed new information about the part of the brain that processes visual information.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2DJ96fw

Mental health disorders common following mild head injury

A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. Scientists also identified factors that may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or major depressive disorder following mild mTBI or concussion through analysis of the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study cohort.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Sh2HjZ

Breaking new ground in study of malignant pediatric brain tumor

Researchers identified a series of cancer-causing driver gene mutations and discovered that medulloblastoma is perhaps an even more dynamic and variable tumor than expected.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2TslJ4p

Industrial chemicals pass from mother to fetus throughout pregnancy

Researchers show how PFAS industrial chemicals, which are used in many consumer products, pass through the placenta throughout pregnancy to accumulate in fetal tissue. Further research is now needed to ascertain the effect that highly persistent PFAS chemicals have on the fetus.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2SbxCOJ

Measuring stress around cells

Tissues and organs in the human body are shaped through forces generated by cells, that push and pull, to 'sculpt' biological structures. Thanks to a new tool, scientists will now be able to watch, and map these forces.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2GgRB7Y

New study shows how vegans, vegetarians and omnivores feel about eating insects

Many non-vegan vegetarians and omnivores are open to including insects in their diet. For vegans, however, that is not an option, a new study shows. Researchers examined consumers' intentions to consume foods of insect origin among vegans, non-vegan vegetarians and omnivores. They examined the attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control and food neophobia toward the consumption of foods of insect origin, as well as the conditions for eating insect-based foods among these dietary groups.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RWAuzw

New heart valve modeling technique enables customized medical care for patients

Engineers develop noninvasive way to simulate repairs to the heart's mitral valve allowing surgeons to provide patient-specific treatments.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2FXRwqB

Discovery of blood vessel system in bones

A network of very fine blood vessels that connects bone marrow directly with the blood supply of the periosteum that was previously overlooked has now been discovered.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2BassJ5

Genetic causes of tumors in salivary glands

Acinic cell carcinoma is the third most common malignant form of salivary gland cancer. These tumors are similar to normal salivary gland tissue and occur most frequently in the parotid gland. Until now, the molecular causes for the illness were unknown. Researchers have now been able to shed light on them.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2sX8NHR

Interaction between bacteria and immune cells protects the intestinal barrier

Conditions such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, a poor diet, overuse of certain drugs and stress harm the intestinal barrier and cause inflammation. An international study on mice has discovered a new mechanism that regulates and strengthens the barrier through interaction between a group of Lactobacillus bacteria and immune system cells.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2MGBVwe

Combined SPECT and cardiac MR imaging can help guide ventricular tachycardia ablation

Adding functional imaging to structural imaging of patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) has the potential to improve current VT ablation strategies, according to new research.

from Top Health News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2CUooN1

Data show no evidence that teens' social media use predicts depression over time

Longitudinal data from adolescents and young adults show no evidence that social media use predicts later depressive symptoms. However, the findings do show that relatively higher depressive symptoms predicted later social media use among adolescent girls.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Gc6nx1

Sexing ancient cremated human remains is possible through skeletal measurements

Ancient cremated human remains, despite being deformed, still retain sexually diagnostic physical features, according to a new study. The authors provide a statistical approach for identifying traits that distinguish male and female remains within a population.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2WsS3FX

Difference in brain connectivity may explain autism spectrum disorder

Researchers have identified a possible mechanism of human cognition that underlies autism spectrum disorders, or ASD. They found there was brain overconnectivity in the unimodal-subcortical connections and brain underconnectivity in the supramodal-subcortical connections for ASD individuals, as compared to the typically developing control group, suggesting a relationship between connectivity and the expression of ASD.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Tp49hm

Exercise may improve thinking skills in people as young as 20

Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or climbing stairs may improve thinking skills not only in older people but in young people as well, according to a new study. The study also found that the positive effect of exercise on thinking skills may increase as people age.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RYqc22

Scientists develop tool to measure success of HIV cure strategies

Scientists have developed a new assay to accurately and easily count the cells that comprise the HIV reservoir, the stubborn obstacle to an HIV cure. This advance will enable researchers who are trying to eliminate the HIV reservoir to clearly understand whether their strategies are working.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2GaKBcV

Layered cocktails inspire new form of male birth control

For decades, women have shouldered most of the burden of contraception. However, long-term use of female birth control pills could increase the risk for side-effects such as blood clots or breast cancer. Now, inspired by colorful layered cocktails, researchers have developed a medium-term, reversible male contraceptive.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RWfSaG

Some gut cells slow down metabolism, accelerate cardiovascular disease

Researchers have discovered how specific cells in the guts of mice slow down metabolism and eventually contribute to obesity, diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis. The findings, scientists say, could have important implications for the prevention and treatment of these kinds of metabolic diseases in humans.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Tiosgu

Human milk is a 'life-saving intervention' for infants with congenital heart disease

With a lower risk of serious complications and improved feeding and growth outcomes, human milk is strongly preferred as the best diet for infants with congenital heart disease (CHD), according to a new research.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2HFBGm5

With autism on the rise, science is on the hunt for answers

Scientists have used two brain imaging techniques to study autism. They found a correlation between brain activity, amino acid byproduct concentrations, and severity of autism diagnosis.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2HH3Jl4

Extremely high blood pressure in African-Americans is 5 times the national average

Extremely high blood pressure that leads to strokes, heart attacks and acute kidney damage, classified as hypertensive emergency, is five times higher in inner-city African-American patients than the national average, according to a recent study.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2SkEBoi

New molecular player in heart enlargement due to cardiac disease

Researchers have found that an RNA-binding protein called Lin28 is crucial for pathological hypertrophy, an enlargement of the heart associated with diverse cardiac diseases.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2CT0cdY

Calorie restriction prevents asthma symptoms linked to inflammation in mice

Experimenting with mice, researchers report that a low-calorie diet prevented asthma symptoms regardless of the diet's fat and sugar content. The researchers also say they found that obesity resulting from a high-calorie diet led to asthma symptoms in the animals by causing lung inflammation, and a drug that blocks inflammation eased those symptoms.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2FZw5Wb

Novel autism mouse model based on an epigenetic gene developed

In a new study, researchers describe how, in a novel mouse model, epigenetic regulation negatively impacts a downstream gene specifically involved in neurodevelopment and associated behaviors.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RsPMXQ

Puerto Rico's 'fear lab' mentors neuroscience rigor amid diversity

A lineage of young neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds trace their scientific roots to a 'fear lab' in Puerto Rico that the National Institutes of Health has been supporting for two decades. A crucible for studies of fear extinction, the lab has so far published 80 papers -- some the first ever from Puerto Rico for certain journals. Of 130 trainees to date, 90 percent are from Puerto Rico and Latin America and half are women.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2MJGm9j

New 3D imaging technique reveals how pancreatic cancers start

A new technique to study tissue samples in 3D has revealed that pancreatic cancers can start and grow in two distinct ways, solving a decades-old mystery of how tumors form. The new method could help researchers to get more information from tissue biopsies and may lead to improved treatments for pancreatic cancers.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2FZyj88

Want healthier eating habits? Start with a workout

Researchers have found that formerly sedentary young adults who were instructed to exercise regularly for several weeks started choosing healthier foods without being asked to.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Tu68Ru

Drug shows promise to treat diet-induced osteoarthritis

Scientists have found that a drug derived from omega-3 fatty acids can reduce osteoarthritis inflammation that's been caused by a high-fat diet.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2MGRp3j

Mental health disorders common following mild head injury

A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. Scientists also identified factors that may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or major depressive disorder following mild mTBI or concussion through analysis of the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study cohort.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Sh2HjZ

Breaking new ground in study of malignant pediatric brain tumor

Researchers identified a series of cancer-causing driver gene mutations and discovered that medulloblastoma is perhaps an even more dynamic and variable tumor than expected.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2TslJ4p

Industrial chemicals pass from mother to fetus throughout pregnancy

Researchers show how PFAS industrial chemicals, which are used in many consumer products, pass through the placenta throughout pregnancy to accumulate in fetal tissue. Further research is now needed to ascertain the effect that highly persistent PFAS chemicals have on the fetus.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2SbxCOJ

Measuring stress around cells

Tissues and organs in the human body are shaped through forces generated by cells, that push and pull, to 'sculpt' biological structures. Thanks to a new tool, scientists will now be able to watch, and map these forces.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2GgRB7Y

New study shows how vegans, vegetarians and omnivores feel about eating insects

Many non-vegan vegetarians and omnivores are open to including insects in their diet. For vegans, however, that is not an option, a new study shows. Researchers examined consumers' intentions to consume foods of insect origin among vegans, non-vegan vegetarians and omnivores. They examined the attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control and food neophobia toward the consumption of foods of insect origin, as well as the conditions for eating insect-based foods among these dietary groups.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RWAuzw

New heart valve modeling technique enables customized medical care for patients

Engineers develop noninvasive way to simulate repairs to the heart's mitral valve allowing surgeons to provide patient-specific treatments.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2FXRwqB

Discovery of blood vessel system in bones

A network of very fine blood vessels that connects bone marrow directly with the blood supply of the periosteum that was previously overlooked has now been discovered.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2BassJ5

Genetic causes of tumors in salivary glands

Acinic cell carcinoma is the third most common malignant form of salivary gland cancer. These tumors are similar to normal salivary gland tissue and occur most frequently in the parotid gland. Until now, the molecular causes for the illness were unknown. Researchers have now been able to shed light on them.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2sX8NHR

Interaction between bacteria and immune cells protects the intestinal barrier

Conditions such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, a poor diet, overuse of certain drugs and stress harm the intestinal barrier and cause inflammation. An international study on mice has discovered a new mechanism that regulates and strengthens the barrier through interaction between a group of Lactobacillus bacteria and immune system cells.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2MGBVwe

Combined SPECT and cardiac MR imaging can help guide ventricular tachycardia ablation

Adding functional imaging to structural imaging of patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) has the potential to improve current VT ablation strategies, according to new research.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2CUooN1

A closed cage-like molecule that can be opened

Researchers report the synthesis of a closed molecular cage with areas that can be opened. The opening is achieved through chemical reactions that break the molecular units acting as closures.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2MGZ9SV

The first spontaneous animal model of human hypophosphatasia uncovered

A gene defect identified in Karelian Bear Dogs causes a severe bone disease. A gene test has been developed for diagnostic and breeding purposes.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Tm9bvj

Counties with dirtier air have more stroke deaths

Counties with higher levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution have more stroke deaths and shorter life expectancies among their citizenry. About half of US counties have annual air pollution levels that exceed guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2ME91Nh

Relief on the way for Midwest — but not until after another blast-chilled day

Frigid conditions are blamed for as many as nine deaths across the Midwest, and temperatures won't begin warming until at least Thursday afternoon.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2DLldsC

How Russia's effort to sabotage Mueller's investigation backfired

The fake trove of the special counsel’s files were immediately dismissed as largely fabricated by the reporter and researcher who received them.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2MJFy4h

Foxconn's decision to reconsider Wisconsin plant pleases a lone holdout

Trump had hailed Foxconn’s promise to hire 13,000 workers. Now the company says it may build a smaller facility and hire mostly engineers and researchers rather than blue-collar workers.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2DJ4vKy

U.S. set up a fake university to nab immigration fraud suspects

"The well-intended international student visa program can also be exploited and abused," a U.S. attorney said.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2CRUVmR

Undocumented worker fired from Trump golf club to attend State of the Union

Victorina Morales, who was reportedly fired after disclosing her immigration status, plans to attend as a guest of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2DJVqRz

Sen. Rand Paul awarded more than $580K in suit over neighbor's attack

An attorney for the neighbor said they will appeal, and that while they expected a verdict in Paul's favor, "This far exceeds anything that we were expecting."

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2CZp7N8

Police follow possible lead in Smollett case

Police issued images of two people they'd like to talk to in regard to the attack on the actor.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2UqFd9q

Louisiana law gives Supreme Court new abortion test

In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down an identical Texas law. But the makeup of the court has changed with the addition of conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2UtlPJ6

Alleged strip search of 4 black middle school girls prompts third-party investigation

The four 12-year-old students and their parents say the girls were questioned and forced to disrobe at school on suspicion of drug possession because they were acting "giddy."

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2WqsDJf

Sonar is literally scaring whales to death, study shows

Scientists say banning military exercises in certain areas could help save the deep-diving sea mammals.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2DKSrby

FBI investigating underground tunnel near Chase bank in Florida

The two feet by two feet wide tunnel led to a nearby Chase Bank location but did not make its way underneath the branch.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2DJVz7z

Disgraced former NY attorney general now a meditation teacher

A champion of the #MeToo movement, he resigned last year after a report in The New Yorker magazine detailed allegations of physical abuse.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2BaJ6YM

'Go back to school': Trump assails intel chiefs after they contradict him on Iran, North Korea

The heads of various branches of U.S. intelligence testified before Congress on Tuesday about the threats the country faces from foreign powers.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2Uujz4a

Pelicans may shut Davis down for the season if he's not traded, report says

The team removed the superstar player from their intro video for tonight’s loss to the Nuggets.

from NBC News Top Stories http://bit.ly/2DMoLLr

Parents of slain St. Louis officer want answers in killing by fellow officer

The St. Louis prosecutor raised concerns about how evidence was collected after last week's shooting.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2FYvyDR

PG&E put profits over wildfire safety, judge says

"To my mind, there's a very clear-cut pattern here: that PG&E is starting these fires," U.S. Judge William Alsup said.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2CSxhqo

Sen. Rand Paul awarded more than $580K in suit over neighbor's attack

An attorney for the neighbor said they will appeal, and that while they expected a verdict in Paul's favor, "This far exceeds anything that we were expecting."

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2CZp7N8

Sherrod Brown rips Trump's 'phony populism' as he launches 2020 listening tour

The Ohio senator's "Dignity of Work" tour, which launched in his home state Wednesday night, heads to Iowa next.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2RVFh4h

Massive 7-alarm fire rips through paper plant that makes household products

"The wind is not helping and the cold — it’s causing the fire to spread rapidly," the city's police chief said.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2sWujwv

Alleged strip search of 4 black middle school girls prompts third-party investigation

The four 12-year-old students and their parents say the girls were questioned and forced to disrobe at school on suspicion of drug possession because they were acting "giddy."

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2WqsDJf

Disgraced former NY attorney general now a meditation teacher

A champion of the #MeToo movement, he resigned last year after a report in The New Yorker magazine detailed allegations of physical abuse.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2BaJ6YM

How Russia's effort to sabotage Mueller's investigation backfired

The fake trove of the special counsel’s files were immediately dismissed as largely fabricated by the reporter and researcher who received them.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2MJFy4h

UK study shows e-cigs help smokers quit

New study says e-cigarrettes are twice as effective as nicotine gum and patches — the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2BaBvd1

Police follow possible lead in Smollett case

Police issued images of two people they'd like to talk to in regard to the attack on the actor.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2UqFd9q

Woman with baby who fell down NYC subway steps may have died from medical condition

Her fall sparked a public discussion about safety and accessibility at the city's subway stations.

from NBC News Top Stories https://nbcnews.to/2DJVwsp

Researchers ID, treat faulty brain circuitry underlying symptoms of schizophrenia

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have determined the underlying anatomical cause of certain symptoms of schizophrenia, then ameliorated them with non-invasive brain stimulation. The scientists reported that these symptoms arise from a breakdown in a network between the brain's prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum, and that non-invasive brain stimulation restored network function, which in turn improved schizophrenia's most debilitating symptoms.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2TlRBrh

Flu, flu-like illnesses linked to increased risk of stroke, neck artery tears

Flu-like illnesses are associated with an increased risk of stroke and neck artery dissection. The risk of stroke and neck artery dissections are greatest within a month of a flu-like illness.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Bd2Ye6

Draining blood from bleeding stroke may prevent death

A minimally invasive surgery combining the use of a clot-busting drug and a catheter to drain blood from the brain of hemorrhagic stroke patients reduced swelling and improved patients' prognoses, according to preliminary research.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2WwNk63

'Bugs' in the gut might predict dementia in the brain

The makeup of bacteria and other microbes in the gut may have a direct association with dementia risk, according to preliminary research.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2RoNQ2o

Ingestible, expanding pill monitors the stomach for up to a month

Engineers have designed an ingestible, Jell-O-like pill that, upon reaching the stomach, quickly swells to the size of a soft, squishy ping-pong ball big enough to stay in the stomach for an extended period of time.

from Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2Tlcm6f

New strategy expands the benefits of Internet-delivered CBT

at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have experimented with a new adaptive treatment strategy for Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) that identifies patients within the first month who face a major risk of treatment failure. The results also suggest that such patients may nevertheless benefit if their treatment is adjusted to accommodate their specific needs and challenges.

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How transcription factors explore the genome

Scientists have discovered how proteins that regulate gene transcription can scan and bind the genome efficiently.

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New findings about anti-malaria drug

Researchers have unveiled the molecular effectiveness of artemisinins. The findings could lead to drugs for diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and epilepsy.

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Faster weight loss no better than slow weight loss for health benefits

Losing weight slowly or quickly won't tip the scale in your favor when it comes to overall health, according to new research. Health researchers found that people who lose weight quickly versus those who lose it slowly don't get any additional health benefits and it's the amount of weight lost overall that can have an impact.

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The 2020 field may be crowded — but maybe not as crowded as we originally thought

First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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New to the gym? Use these strategies to make the most of your workouts

It's time to put that gym membership to work. A fitness and weight-loss coach covers everything you need to know.

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Trump says congressional panel negotiating border security 'wasting their time' unless they discuss wall/barrier

Trump's tweet came just hours before the first scheduled meeting of the conference committee.

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Robert Kraft hopes Patriots haters keep on hating 'for quite a while '

Robert Kraft knows the Patriots have gone from Cinderella to the NFL's Goliath.

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How a high-flying balloon could search for life on hellishly hot Venus

NASA's last mission to Earth's closest neighbor launched in 1989. Scientists are campaigning for a return.

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Counties with dirtier air have more stroke deaths

Counties with higher levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution have more stroke deaths and shorter life expectancies among their citizenry. About half of US counties have annual air pollution levels that exceed guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Draining blood from bleeding stroke may prevent death

A minimally invasive surgery combining the use of a clot-busting drug and a catheter to drain blood from the brain of hemorrhagic stroke patients reduced swelling and improved patients' prognoses, according to preliminary research.

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'Bugs' in the gut might predict dementia in the brain