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Barbara Walters hospitalized after hitting her head

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The veteran American television reporter Barbara Walters has been hospitalized after falling and hitting her head, her employer ABC News said Sunday.

“Barbara Walters fell on a stair (Saturday) evening while visiting the British Ambassador’s residence and the fall left her with a cut on her forehead,” ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey Schneider said.

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“Out of an abundance of caution, she went to the hospital to have her cut tended to, have a full examination and remains there for observation,” he said in a statement.

“Barbara is alert — and telling everyone what to do — which we all take as a very positive sign.”

The 83-year-old reporter was the first American woman to co-host network news back in 1970s, breaking into a field long dominated by men.

She has interviewed scores of heads of state and other celebrities over the course of her decades-long career, which has been defined by high-profile interviews with major newsmakers.

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She covered US president Richard Nixon’s landmark 1972 visit to China and in 1977 arranged the first-ever joint interview with Israeli leader Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat during the Camp David peace process.

She held the first interview with Monica Lewinsky in 1999, the first sit-down with Al Gore after his narrow defeat in the 2000 election, and landed a rare hour-long primetime interview with Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

These days she is a co-host of the popular daytime talk show “The View,” but occasionally returns to her journalistic roots with high-profile interviews.

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In December 2011 she landed a rare interview with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in which he famously denied having ordered the killing of thousands of protesters.


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Will Trump peacefully vacate the Oval Office if he loses the presidential election in 2020? A lesson from 1800

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As primary season heats up in the United States, the Democrats are anxiously debating the best path to unseat Donald Trump in 2020. But the question of how to beat Trump is perhaps less urgent than the issue of whether he will accept defeat.

Trump has already questioned his loss of the 2016 popular vote with baseless accusations of voter fraud. He has also repeatedly toyed with the idea of extending his presidency beyond the eight-year limit enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, even trumpeting Jerry Falwell Jr.’s assertion that his first term be extended by two years to compensate for the Russia investigation. Perhaps most ominously, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen warned while testifying before the House Oversight Committee in February 2019:

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Something is killing galaxies — and science is on the case

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In the most extreme regions of the universe, galaxies are being killed. Their star formation is being shut down and astronomers want to know why.

The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world’s leading telescopes is hoping to do just that. The new program, called the Virgo Environment Traced in Carbon Monoxide survey (VERTICO), is investigating, in brilliant detail, how galaxies are killed by their environment.

As VERTICO’s principal investigator, I lead a team of 30 experts that are using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) to map the molecular hydrogen gas, the fuel from which new stars are made, at high resolution across 51 galaxies in our nearest galaxy cluster, called the Virgo Cluster.

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Inside the Trump administration’s chaotic dismantling of the Federal Land Agency

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Early this month, workers at the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management gathered to discuss a Trump administration plan that would force some 200 people to uproot their lives or find other jobs.

With a vague plan that keeps changing as officials describe it — and no guarantees that Congress would fully fund their relocations — the employees were being detailed to distant locations in the West like Grand Junction, Colorado, and Reno, Nevada. Many career staff saw the move as part of a wider Trump administration effort to drive federal employees out of their jobs. Acting White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney has described that approach as a “wonderful way to streamline government.”

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