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How Will You Die?

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 16 min ago

Cooking dinner, having sex and going to the bathroom are three of the riskiest things you can do in many parts of the world.

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Scientists Say The Moon Is Hiding A Lumpy Middle

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 25 min ago

It turns out that our nearest neighbor in space is sort of a squashed sphere. The lead author in a new paper published in Nature describes it as "a lemon with an equatorial bulge."

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds State's Controversial Labor Law

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 10 min ago

The law, championed by Gov. Scott Walker, sparked mass protests in the state capitol and attracted national attention. The decision gives Walker an important election-year victory.

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20 Million Gallons Later, UCLA Water Main Finally Plugged

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 42 min ago

The 93-year-old main burst earlier this week, spewing water into a parking garage on campus.

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How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 48 min ago

A trip to an underground Air Force nuclear bunker becomes a unexpectedly delicious culinary experience. Just don't order the gravy bowl.

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Conflict In Gaza: What You Need To Know Today

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 30 min ago

Israel called up 16,000 reservists, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy tunnels built by Hamas "with or without a ceasefire."

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Dutch, Australian Experts Reach MH17 Debris Field In Ukraine

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 12 min ago

The team's effort had been thwarted for a week by heavy fighting. But the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said experts were finally able to reach the site using a new route.

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Argentina's Default: 5 Headlines That Tell The Story

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 38 min ago

After talks with creditors broke down, the country has defaulted on its debt for the second time in more than 12 years. This could mean higher interest rates and higher inflation for Argentina.

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Israel Calls Up 16,000 Reserves Amid Intensive Gaza Fighting

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 50 min ago

The new call-up follows another day of intensive fighting, in which tank shells struck a U.N. school where Palestinians were sheltering and an airstrike tore through a crowded Gaza shopping area.

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What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 24 min ago

Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame.

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With Congress Set To Adjourn, Border Crisis Remains Unresolved

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 28 min ago

Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.

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In Kansas City, Obama Brushes Off House GOP's Vote To Sue Him

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 29 min ago

Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday's vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama.

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Fighting Continues To Block Investigators From MH17 Wreckage

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 29 min ago

Financial Times reporter Guy Chazan tells Linda Wertheimer that while the world is focused on the crash site of MH17, civilians are dying in battles between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia rebels.

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New Bill Aims To Hold Colleges Accountable For Campus Sex Crimes

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 29 min ago

Under new bipartisan legislation, colleges and universities could face strong new penalties for mishandling cases of sexual assault on campus. Critics question whether they can be implemented.

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Argentina Is In Default. What Does That Actually Mean?

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 29 min ago

Talks between Argentina and holdout bondholders collapsed Wednesday. With no additional talks scheduled, it appears Argentina has defaulted for the second time in about 12 years.

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House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 3:45pm

The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who unable to access VA services to see private doctors.

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House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 2:48pm

House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."

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Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 2:33pm

A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."

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Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:54pm

Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth.

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Amid Confusion, 17 Killed By Shelling At Market In Gaza

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:50pm

Israel's army declared a humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday but said it did not apply to all areas. A market that Palestinians had thought was safe was hit, killing 17 and wounding dozens more.

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