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A divided Senate voted 50 to 48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the high court. The bitter campaign could leave a mark on his reputation and on public confidence in the institution, legal experts say.

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Deborah Blum's book, _The Poison Squad_ , tells how Harvey Washington Wiley and his band of chemists crusaded to remove toxins, such as arsenic and borax, from food. How? By testing them on volunteers.
Hotels and casinos are turning more and more to technology, and according to one estimate, the city could lose up to two-thirds of its jobs to automation by 2035.
Twelve months after the reporting that brought down Harvey Weinstein, the movement to address sexual harassment has permeated the national political and cultural conversation.
The fight over the nomination rises from the emotional cauldron that boiled through the 2016 campaign and has simmered ever since.
Is geography destiny? It goes against the core idea of the American dream, but a new online data tool says where you were born and raised actually makes a huge difference — down to the very block.
Around the country, communities are learning their drinking water is polluted with a potentially harmful group of chemicals. The Trump administration is working on a plan to manage them.
Ottawa agreed to make it easier for U.S. farmers to ship dairy products into Canada. The U.S. also agreed to shield Canada from auto tariffs.
California has more homeless people than any other state and thousands of homeless are working in part-time or full-time jobs. Many are afraid to tell their employer about a lack of housing.
More states are requiring that children learn about consent and healthy relationships, and students themselves are among those pushing for change.
Fire ecologists are urging forest managers to allow more wildfires to burn on the landscape to help thin overgrown forests. Many challenges stand in the way.
Army Maj. D.J. Skelton was grievously wounded in Iraq, yet managed to return to active duty and command a platoon in Afghanistan. He taught the Pentagon the continuing worth of wounded troops.
Scientists demonstrate that a "gene drive" can rapidly spread a genetic mutation through a species, perhaps providing a potent new weapon against malaria. But there are plenty of skeptics.
Good Charlotte ruled the pop punk world in the early 2000s. Now, as rocker dads, the band has released a new album to inform the next generation about depression, drug use and more.
Despite the growth of population in the western U.S., water use in cities such as Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix is going down. The reason? High- tech, low-flow toilets.
Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s, is open to appearing before a Senate panel next week.
Butina's friends and contacts describe a driven young woman whose ardent support for gun rights brought her across the world and eventually into the center of the Russia investigation.
The Carolinas' recovery from Hurricane Florence is already raising difficult questions about repeated flooding.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against a Supreme Court nominee are familiar. But there are some key differences between the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh and those against Clarence Thomas.
Vox photo editor Kainaz Amaria talks about the unaddressed culture of sexual harassment in the photojournalism industry — a rampant issue she says stems from a glaring gender imbalance.