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The Vending Machine

The Vending Machine

Automatons that sell goods on behalf of humans? Vending machines are so ubiquitous in our world that we tend to overlook the weirdness and wonder of the advancement. In this episode of Invention,
US Starts to Withdraw Troops from Trump Border Mission

US Starts to Withdraw Troops from Trump Border Mission

The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Donald Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central
Trump Plan to Reclassify Nuke Waste Alarms Environmentalists

Trump Plan to Reclassify Nuke Waste Alarms Environmentalists

The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier.The proposal by the U.S.
Puerto Rico Overhauls Tax Laws to Help Workers, Businesses

Puerto Rico Overhauls Tax Laws to Help Workers, Businesses

Puerto Rico's governor signed a bill Monday to overhaul the U.S. territory's tax laws in a bid to attract foreign investment and help workers and some business owners amid a 12-year recession.The bill
US Sanctions Three N. Korean Officials for Suspected Rights Abuses

US Sanctions Three N. Korean Officials for Suspected Rights Abuses

The United States on Monday sanctioned three North Korean officials, including a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing "ongoing and serious human rights abuses and censorship," the U.S.
Incoming House Majority Leader Promises to Address ‘Immigration Challenges’

Incoming House Majority Leader Promises to Address ‘Immigration Challenges’

In a roomful of pro-immigrant advocates and activists Monday afternoon, one of the highest-ranking Democrats in Congress made big promises — ones lawmakers have not been able to uphold for years. U.S.
US Presidential Hopefuls Pushed to Go Big on Climate Change

US Presidential Hopefuls Pushed to Go Big on Climate Change

Environmental activists are ramping up a pressure campaign designed to drum up Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, with the 2020 presidential campaign in their
A Chicago Neighborhood Battles Endless Flow of Illegal Guns

A Chicago Neighborhood Battles Endless Flow of Illegal Guns

Ke'Shon Newman's daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood.He walks on brightly lit streets, the ones
US Has Arrested 170 Immigrants Who Tried to Claim Migrant Children

US Has Arrested 170 Immigrants Who Tried to Claim Migrant Children

U.S. immigration authorities arrested 170 people between early July and late November who came forward to claim migrant children in government custody, according to official data released on Monday, a
US Arrests 32 at San Diego Border Demonstration

US Arrests 32 at San Diego Border Demonstration

U.S. authorities arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and
US Lawmakers to Unveil Revised Criminal Justice Bill

US Lawmakers to Unveil Revised Criminal Justice Bill

A proposed overhaul of America's prison policies and criminal sentencing standards was being revised on Monday as U.S. lawmakers scrambled to win enough support for it ahead of the end of the year,
Agency: Fear of Returning Home Spikes at US-Mexico Border

Agency: Fear of Returning Home Spikes at US-Mexico Border

The number of people expressing fear of returning to their home countries when stopped at the U.S. border with Mexico has spiked, according to figures released Monday by U.S. Customs and Border
With US Federal FGM Law Struck Down, Attention Shifts to States

With US Federal FGM Law Struck Down, Attention Shifts to States

When a U.S. district judge last month ruled a federal ban on female genital mutilation unconstitutional, he undercut the federal government and alarmed anti-FGM activists, who hope to eradicate the
What's Happening With the Trump-Russia Investigation

What's Happening With the Trump-Russia Investigation

President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he
Trump, Lawmakers Scramble to Avoid Shutdown

Trump, Lawmakers Scramble to Avoid Shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Democratic leaders Tuesday in a final effort to secure border wall funding as part of a larger government spending package that must be passed by Dec. 21.
China, US Discuss Next Stage of Trade Talks

China, US Discuss Next Stage of Trade Talks

China and the United States discussed the road map for the next stage of their trade talks on Tuesday, during a telephone call between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven
US Denies Climate Change, Promotes Fossil Fuel Energy During UN Conference

US Denies Climate Change, Promotes Fossil Fuel Energy During UN Conference

A U.S. energy official says “no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability” during a U.N. climate discussions in Poland. Preston
Five Missing US Marines Declared Dead after Air Crash Off Japanese Coast

Five Missing US Marines Declared Dead after Air Crash Off Japanese Coast

Nearly a week after two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air off the Japanese coast and crashed in the Pacific Ocean, the search for five missing crew members have been called off.All five
Mueller Probe Points to Numerous Links Between Trump Associates, Russia

Mueller Probe Points to Numerous Links Between Trump Associates, Russia

U.S. President Donald Trump has insisted on numerous occasions that his 2016 presidential campaign had nothing to do with Russia.“Time for the Witch Hunt to END!” Trump said in a message on Twitter
The Tale of The Exploding Whale

The Tale of The Exploding Whale

Beached whales sometimes spontaneously explode due to build up of gases, mostly methane, as the carcass decomposes. Occasionally, whale carcasses are also exploded using actual explosives, after they