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Headlines Edition

Thursday Headlines: Nothing to see here.

Key takeaways from the first day of public impeachment hearings, which included Ambassador Taylor's testimony that a member of his staff overheard Trump ask Sondland about "the investigations."

The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin called that moment in the hearing "a bombshell," and Chris Wallace of Fox News said Taylor's testimony was "very damaging to the president."

But you shouldn't watch the hearings, say Republicans, because it's all so boring.

The New York Times interviewed an extremely informed third grader on the impeachment hearings.

A collection of all the publicly available documents concerning the impeachment inquiry.

“I arrive red-eyed and sleepy to work now and don’t care.” Remembering the 15 weeks of public TV coverage of the Senate’s Watergate hearings in 1973.

An analysis of the closed-door impeachment inquiry transcripts shows Republicans' involvement was nearly equal to Democrats'.

Following a US appeals court decision not to revisit its prior decision, the Supreme Court is the next likely venue to hear Trump's attempts to block the release of his tax returns.

A federal court has ruled that suspicionless searches of travelers' electronic devices at US ports of entry is unconstitutional.

The number of migrant children held in US government custody has increased by 42% over the past year.

According to the FBI, violent hate crimes have reached a 16-year high. Advocacy groups say the actual number is even higher.

The Supreme Court has ruled that a survivor and relatives of Sandy Hook victims can sue the manufacturer of the weapon used in the murders.

In a first, astronomers have recorded a star being flung out of the Milky Way by a supermassive black hole.

US maps of light pollution adjusted to show where outsized amounts of light exist per person.

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Pneumonic plague, which is more contagious than bubonic plague, has been diagnosed in two Beijing patients.

“This is an evil I haven’t faced before.” Doctors provide disturbing descriptions of the lungs of vaping illness patients.

A visit to the outdoor "body farms" where decomposing corpses help train researchers and law enforcement in forensics.

Some South Korean academics are naming their teenage children as research co-authors—perhaps to improve their college chances.

Journalists are using an anonymous Google Doc to share the details of their (by and large, low) salaries.

The 2018 VIDA Count—measuring literary publications' gender diversity—has been released, and the New York Review of Books has work to do.

Iowa courts hired hackers to test their systems. Now the hackers face robbery charges, despite bona fides.

Wallpaper patterns with images of security cameras, by Dan Funderburgh.

Strange—and real—job titles matched with what they really do, from Phone Whisperer (cold caller) to Jedi Knight (product manager).

Watch: An art installation depicts a single discarded cigarette butt's environmental effects per minute.

The shortest buildings in Manhattan, photographed by Adam Friedberg.