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Roundup Of The Week: Taxes, Sexual Harassment And Russia In The Politics Podcast

It was an unusually busy week on Capitol Hill. The House passed the tax bill , largely along party lines. Now it's on to the Senate, where Republicans are tacking on a rollback of the Obamacare individual mandate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress — again — and says his story about Russia contacts during the Trump campaign "has never changed." Another committee held hearings on the issue of sexual harassment on the Hill. That hearing was planned even before the new...

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The head of Puerto Rico's power authority stepped down Friday amid controversy over his handling of a system that still can't deliver electricity to that island two months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid.

Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, resigned as he was unable to shake off questions about a $300 million contract that he had awarded to Whitefish, a small Montana-based energy firm, that was supposed to restore power on the island.

A Facebook post from the only Democratic justice on the Ohio Supreme Court is causing some to call for his resignation. 

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill, who is the only Democrat holding statewide elected office, says he stands by a controversial Facebook post, in which he disclosed he’d had more than 50 lovers and revealed some identifying details about them. 

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Olivia Newton-John brings her concert tour to Ohio tonight with a show at the Midland Theatre in Newark.

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One of America's most coveted dining experiences is a 40-seat restaurant in a converted grist-mill in the rural village of Freedom, Maine.

Chef Erin French, who is self-taught, opened the Lost Kitchen in her hometown of Freedom without much of a plan. She loved the space, and at first thought she would make English muffins and offer brunch, not convinced that the village of just over 700 people could become a dinner destination.

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The tiny nation of Denmark has just three stations for monitoring atmospheric radiation. Each week, scientists change out air filters in the detectors and take the used ones to a technical university near Copenhagen. There, Sven Poul Nielsen and other researchers analyze the filters. They often snag small amounts of naturally occurring radioactivity, radon for example. Then about a month ago, Nielsen was startled to find something far stranger: a radioactive isotope known as ruthenium-106....

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