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China just reported its weakest annual growth in 29 years

China's economy grew at its slowest pace in nearly three decades in 2019.That wasn't unexpected, and Chinese officials insisted that the country's economy will be stable this year. But it might be too early to say the worst has passed,…

States sue USDA over new food stamps work requirement

The District of Columbia and New York state filed a lawsuit along with 13 other states and New York City against the US Department of Agriculture on Thursday challenging new Trump administration regulations that will require more food stamp recipients…

Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump officially begins

The third Senate impeachment trial of a US president in history convened on Thursday with the reading of the two impeachment articles charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The seven House impeachment managers who…

Liz Cheney won't run for US Senate seat from Wyoming

Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican and member of GOP House leadership, will not run for Senate in 2020, avoiding a contentious primary in the deeply conservative state. Cheney said in a statement on Thursday that she planned to run…

Senate to vote on Trump trade deal

Senators of both parties are expected to come together Thursday morning to pass the Trump administration's foremost legislative priority -- the revised North American Free Trade Agreement -- with the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump imminent. "We anticipate…

Pope Francis appoints woman to senior Vatican diplomatic role

Pope Francis has appointed a female Italian lawyer to a high-ranking role in the Vatican's diplomatic division, further cementing his credentials as one of the most progressive Holy Fathers in history. Francesca Di Giovanni will serve as the under-secretary in…

Record number of guns seized at US airports last year

More guns were seized at airports across the United States last year than ever before in the Transportation Security Administration's 18-year history, the agency reported Wednesday. The 4,432 firearms detected in carry-on and checked bags at TSA airport checkpoints represent…

Judge blocks Trump's executive order on refugee resettlement

A federal judge in Maryland has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that allows governors to stop refugee resettlement in their states. In a preliminary injunction issued Wednesday, US District Judge Peter Messitte said the executive order "does not…

Spike Lee makes Cannes Film Festival history

Spike Lee will serve as jury president for the upcoming 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival. The writer/director/actor/producer is the first black person to hold the prestigious position in the festival's history. "In this life I have lived, my biggest blessings…

Crews rescue hawk from grill of car in Manchester

Click here for updates on this story MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -- A hawk was rescued from the grill of a car Wednesday morning in Manchester. The Manchester Fire Department said the hawk was hit by a car and got stuck…

First spacewalk of 2020 has all-female crew

The first spacewalk of the year will be an all-female affair, NASA says. Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are scheduled to replace batteries on solar arrays on the outside of the International Space Station during the spacewalk, which gets…

Second all-female spacewalk briefly hampered by helmet issue

The second spacewalk in history to be conducted entirely by female astronauts got underway at the International Space Station on Wednesday morning. NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch ventured out of the space station shortly before 7 a.m. Eastern…