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Is Obamacare's Research Institute Worth The Billions?

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 44 min ago

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is supposed to figure out which medical treatments work best. But there are sharp political and scientific disagreements over how to do that.

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Delta And American Ban Big Game Trophies As Airline Freight

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 3:17pm

Delta said in a statement on Monday that, effective immediately, it "will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies." American followed hours later.

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Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression?

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 1:30pm

Most young children who are extra choosy about what they'll eat eventually outgrow the habit. But research finds that in extreme cases, the pickiness may be linked to depression or social anxiety.

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From The Eye Of The Hurricane To Near Oblivion: Katrina's Forgotten Town

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 1:28pm

Tiny Pearlington, Miss., was obliterated 10 years ago. In a town of 1,700, only two houses stood relatively unscathed. Volunteers did most rebuilding, for better or worse, and recovery has been slow.

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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 1:28pm

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.

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Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 1:27pm

Young entrepreneurs in Africa say they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

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New York Attorney General Orders Immediate Halt To Realistic Toy Gun Sales

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 1:20pm

New York law requires toy guns made in realistic colors to have a bright, 1-inch-wide orange stripe "down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel," according to a press release.

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California Wildfire Blazes Through 60,000 Acres, Containment Estimated Next Week

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 1:13pm

Cal Fire says almost 3,000 firefighters — using four airtanker planes, 19 helicopters and 285 fire engines — have been "working aggressively to build control lines."

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Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 12:53pm

Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

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Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 12:52pm

Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.

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Ultimate Frisbee Recognized By Olympic Committee

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 12:31pm

The official recognition by the International Olympic Committee means that disc sports are now eligible for future Olympic Games.

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How EPA Rules Would Hit Coal-Heavy West Virginia

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 12:31pm

Host Melissa Block speaks to West Virginia University law professor James Van Nostrand about the impact of EPA power plant rules in his state.

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Obama's Climate Plan Faces Huge Political Challenges

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 12:31pm

Even before he officially unveiled it, President Obama's plan to cut the carbon pollution produced by power plants faced significant opposition.

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Koch Brothers Gather Conservative Donors To Hear GOP Candidates

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 12:31pm

The Koch brothers' political network of wealthy donors this weekend auditioned five GOP presidential candidates, another sign of billionaires' increasing political clout.

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Puerto Rico Fails To Make Its Bond Payment

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 12:31pm

Puerto Rico's default on Monday raises pressure on Washington to step in with help and opens a new chapter in Puerto Rico's relationship with its lenders — one now expected to move to the courts.

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Darren Wilson, An Uneasy New Dad In Virtual Hiding

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 12:31pm

Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo., officer who shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, spoke with the New Yorker's Jake Halpern. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Halpern about the interviews.

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The Attack On Planned Parenthood Funding Is The Latest Of Many

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 9:22am

Flashback to the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan tried to restrict funding for Planned Parenthood. Efforts in Congress have continued since then, with the latest focused on fetal tissue research.

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Texas Attorney General Turns Himself In On Fraud Charges

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 9:01am

Facing three felony charges that allege securities fraud, Ken Paxton was processed at a county jail and released on bail Monday morning.

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Second American Accused In Illegal Killing Of Lion In Zimbabwe

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 8:29am

Zimbabwean wildlife officials say the man killed the lion in April during a hunt that was illegal. This comes a week after the killing of a lion named Cecil sparked a worldwide outcry.

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Ted Cruz Makes 'Mmm ... Machine-Gun Bacon'

NPR Top Stories - August 3, 2015 - 8:14am

Cruz cooking bacon on a machine gun follows a string of GOP candidates trying to stand out online by destroying a cell phone, playing Operation, and critiquing Sharknado 3.

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