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Vitaly Churkin, Russian Ambassador To U.N., Is Dead At 64

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 5 min ago

The career diplomat was widely admired by colleagues for his skill, wit and effectiveness representing first the Soviet Union and then Russia.

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The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 17 min ago

Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.

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After Underage Sex Comments, Milo Yiannopoulos Loses CPAC Invite, Book Deal

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 35 min ago

The American Conservative Union disinvited the far-right provocateur citing comments it said condoned "pedophilia." Hours later, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling the publication of his book.

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High Court To Hear Case Of Mexican Boy Killed In Cross-Border Shooting

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 12:43pm

The question before the Supreme Court comes down to whether the family of a Mexican citizen shot on Mexican soil has the right to sue under the U.S. Constitution.

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President Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster New National Security Adviser

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 12:12pm

The president called McMaster "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

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Nearing 93, Robert Mugabe Shows No Sign Of Stepping Down

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 11:53am

The world's oldest leader, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, turns 93 Tuesday. He has no intention of retiring and his wife has said even if he dies before next year's election, he should run "as a corpse."

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Uber Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims By Engineer

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 10:43am

Uber's CEO has ordered an investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer after she published a blog post detailing her experience.

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Pence Reaffirms Commitment To NATO, But Says Europe Must Commit More

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 9:34am

Vice President Mike Pence told allies at NATO headquarters in Brussels that President Trump expected to see "real progress" by NATO members in raising their defense spending by the end of 2017.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis: 'We're Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody's Oil'

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 8:17am

In an unannounced visit, Defense Secretary James Mattis traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders. He arrived during a fight to retake western Mosul, with allies' faith in the U.S. at a low.

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New Research Shows How 'Atmospheric Rivers' Wreak Havoc Around The Globe

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 8:01am

The idea of plumes of moisture curling above our heads might seem beautiful, but new research shows atmospheric rivers to be among the most damaging of weather systems.

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The Burning Problem Of China's Garbage

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 5:43am

China produces 520,000 tons of garbage a day. To get rid of it, the government favors burning it, which harms the environment. One answer: sorting garbage and recycling. But that's proved challenging.

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The 'Haze Craze': Beer Lovers' Newfound Obsession With Murky IPAs

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 5:00am

East Coast brewers have been making unfiltered, unpasteurized, hazy IPAs for about a decade. Their customers love the aromas and murky look of the beers. Now, the hazy beer craze has gone national.

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Trump Meets Finalists; May Expand Search For National Security Adviser

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 3:20am

President Trump on Sunday interviewed four finalists for the job of national security adviser. A White House spokesman says more names may be added to the list on Monday.

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Mattress No Longer Delegated To Bottom Of Shopping List

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 2:37am

While a new mattress was often a purchase put off as long as possible, consumers today are replacing their mattresses more often.

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The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 2:05am

Denver's innovative approach to school choice gets high marks from many parents and pundits. The program also raises questions about the limitations of choice in narrowing access and equity gaps.

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Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 2:03am

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

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Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 2:02am

New guidelines encourage doctors to tell patients to try non-drug therapies for acute lower back pain first.

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Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

NPR Top Stories - February 20, 2017 - 1:43am

Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.

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Rio's Carnival Is A Glitter-Filled Euphoria, Even If Brazil's Government Is Not

NPR Top Stories - February 19, 2017 - 5:05pm

Amid the parties and celebrations of Rio de Janeiro's carnival lie the political satire and protest. To see this, you just need to look at the costumes.

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Hampton University President Says 'The Quad' Doesn't Correctly Represent HBCUs

NPR Top Stories - February 19, 2017 - 3:51pm

William Harvey, president of Hampton University, says the season premiere of BET's new show The Quad was a "bogus representation" of historically black colleges and universities.

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