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Washington man is 1st in US to catch new virus from China

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. on Tuesday reported its first case of a new and potentially deadly virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who returned last week from the outbreak's epicenter was hospitalized near Seattle.

Ex-CIA contractor defends brutal post-9/11 interrogations

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An architect of the brutal CIA interrogation and detention program developed after the Sept. 11 attacks defended the agency and its practices on Tuesday as those techniques become the focus of an effort to dismiss key evidence against five men charged in the terrorist plot.

Curious Kids: Why do onions make you cry?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why do onions make you cry? – Dana L., age 12, Belmont, Massachusetts Onions are…

Migrants test Trump strategy, cross river into Mexico

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Hundreds of Central American migrants waded across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico Monday in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump's Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border. The migrants…

Celebrity Birthdays: Jan. 20

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Buzz Aldrin, Bill Maher, Kellyanne Conway, Questlove and more.

Fact-checking Trump's frequent claims of 'biggest' ever

Just as President Donald Trump's tax cuts are far from the biggest in history, the economy isn't the best ever and his election victory in 2016 was no landslide of historic proportions. A sampling from a week in political rhetoric.

#MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defense

When his trial opens in the coming days, Harvey Weinstein’s defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if they acted like victims afterward.

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key flashpoint in the national debate over gun violence.