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As He Leaves The Senate, Harry Reid Says He's Hopeful On Trump

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 14 min ago

Reid, the Nevada Democrat, is wrapping up a 30-year run in Congress. "I agree with the American people - I don't have a real high regard for Congress either, because we're not getting things done."

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Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 52 min ago

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.

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Diver's Ambassador Life Showed Bigotry Is Never Far From The Surface

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 3:42pm

Years after Pearl Harbor and decades before a proposed "Muslim registry," Sammy Lee tried to "prove that in America, I could do anything." America hasn't always been convinced.

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Deadly Fire In Oakland May Spark Crackdown On Off-The-Grid Artists' Spaces

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 3:17pm

Rents in the Bay Area are among the highest in the country, pushing many artists into illegal work/live spaces like the Ghost Ship, where a fire left 36 dead. Now, officials vow to step up regulation.

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Behind Trump's Taiwan Phone Chat, A Veteran Washington Insider

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 2:52pm

Former GOP senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole helped Taiwan connect with the Trump transition team. Federal disclosure reports show Dole has lobbied for Taiwan for nearly two decades.

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Information Overload? Not Everybody Is Feeling It, Pew Study Says

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 2:25pm

A Pew Research Center study finds that people do not feel as overloaded by information as they did a decade ago. In fact, people with more access to information find it helps them simplify their life.

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Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 2:17pm

A new report from the Overseas Development Institute finds that impoverished children are working long hours in violation of the country's labor laws.

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School Choice 101: What It Is, How It Works And Does It Work?

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 2:16pm

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on the campaign trail that school choice is "the new civil rights issue of our time." But talk of school choice is, at best, confusing.

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Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 2:08pm

Early intervention for treating psychosis and grants to train more psychologists and psychiatrists are just some of the ways the legislation would change mental health services.

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Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later: U.S. Recalls A Shocking Attack

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 2:02pm

America remembers the fallen — and how the nation responded to what President Franklin Roosevelt called a "date which will live in infamy."

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Energy Giant Shell Inks Oil Deal With Iran

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 2:00pm

Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, despite the nuclear deal's uncertain future. It's the largest energy company to return since sanctions were lifted.

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Trump Tags Former Wrestling Magnate To Head Small Business Administration

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 1:49pm

Linda McMahon is the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment. The Republican twice ran to become the first female U.S. senator for Connecticut, but lost both bids.

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A Brighter Outlook Could Translate To A Longer Life

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 1:29pm

This study doesn't prove that optimism actually causes better health or postpones death. But it joins a growing body of evidence suggesting that they're fellow travelers.

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Trump's Pick For Education: A Free Market Approach To School Choice

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 1:18pm

Betsy DeVos is the president-elect's candidate for Secretary of Education. The Michigan philanthropist favors a free-market competition and choice approach to school reform.

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Trump Reportedly Picks Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 12:31pm

Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency — his official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda."

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Not For You, Cindy Lou! These Tasty Holiday Treats Are For Grownups

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 12:13pm

With tantalizing twists like liqueur, coffee and spices, kids may turn up their little red noses at these decadent delights — but that just leaves more for you and your adult friends.

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Recovery Efforts End At Oakland Warehouse; Death Toll Stands At 36

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 12:07pm

Authorities say it's still too soon to tell what caused the fire, but that there is no evidence it was intentional.

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Plane Crashes In Northern Pakistan; 48 People Are Believed Dead

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 8:29am

Those onboard included former pop singer Junaid Jamshed, according to local media. Pakistan's aviation agency says the crash seems to have been an accident, not the result of an attack.

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Megyn Kelly On Trump And The Media: 'We're In A Dangerous Phase Right Now'

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 8:27am

The Fox News host tells Fresh Air that she worries about Trump's "de-legitimization" of the media. "Too many millions of Americans aren't listening at all to what the press tells them," Kelly says.

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North Platte Canteen: Where The Heartland Opened Its Heart In WWII

NPR Top Stories - December 7, 2016 - 8:25am

At this bustling Nebraska railroad hub, volunteers — mostly women — greeted and fed about 6 million soldiers. And the taste of those home front meals was a comfort to troops on the battlefield.

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