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18 Million People Could Lose Insurance In First Year After Partial Obamacare Repeal

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 2:26pm

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that, without the federal mandate and subsidies, the number of people who will lose their health insurance could grow to 32 million over 10 years.

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Kenyan Politician Proposes Women Withhold Sex Until Men Register To Vote

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 2:13pm

"Deny them sex until they show you their voter's card," Mishi Mboko urges. The tactic is not new. Women have gone on sex strikes in the past to try to end wars and curb violence. But is it effective?

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Gulf Between Richest And Poorest Is Wider Than Previously Thought, Oxfam Says

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 1:54pm

Last year, Oxfam said the world's richest 62 people had as much money as the poorest 3.6 billion. Turns out those numbers were wrong: The richest nine people had as much wealth as half the planet.

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Watch Live: Betsy DeVos' Secretary Of Education Confirmation Hearing

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 1:53pm

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, faces her Senate confirmation hearing.

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President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 1:45pm

President Obama has shortened the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private who leaked military secrets to WikiLeaks. Obama also pardoned a general who lied to leak investigators.

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For Many People, Medical Care Works Best When It's Incremental

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 1:39pm

We often imagine the best medical care as a miracle cure. Atul Gawande argues that for chronic illness, the best care may be a long, slow process of improving health a little bit at a time.

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Gambia Declares State Of Emergency As Leader Refuses To Cede Power

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 12:54pm

The president-elect is scheduled to take office on Thursday. But longtime President Yahya Jammeh has defiantly said he won't allow that to happen, citing supposed voting "irregularities."

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A Superbug That Resisted 26 Antibiotics

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 12:01pm

How close are we to the point when a bacterial infection can resist all available antibiotics? A case in Nevada, reported this past week in the CDC journal, says that we're already there.

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Who's Lifting Chinese People Out Of Poverty?

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 11:56am

China says it has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. But who's doing the lifting? And why use the term 'lifting' in the first place?

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More People Over 60 Are Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans, Report Finds

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 11:24am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the number of people 60 and older with student loan debt has quadrupled in the past decade. Most loans were taken out on behalf of a child or grandchild.

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Nigerian Military Strike Kills Dozens In Displaced Persons Camp

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 11:13am

Teams from Doctors Without Borders say they've counted 52 dead and at least 120 wounded in the bombing on the camp in Rann, Nigeria. The country's president said the air force strike was accidental.

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Chamoy Is Mexico's Flavor Fiesta Condiment, Courtesy Of China

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 10:59am

Fruity, sweet, spicy and salty all at once, this frenzied treat for your taste buds takes many forms — from sauces to seasonings to candy. And its journey from Asia to Mexico took hundreds of years.

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High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 10:36am

Three decades ago, Congress set up a system to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases. The law has worked, but at a high cost.

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Trump Fires Back After Polls Show His Favorability Ratings In The Basement

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 9:48am

Two new polls show that only around 4 in 10 Americans view Donald Trump favorably. The president-elect responded by blasting polls as "phony" and "rigged."

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Trump Will Be Sworn In With Same Bible As Lincoln And Obama

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 8:56am

The Lincoln Bible was purchased for the 1861 inauguration by Supreme Court Clerk William Thomas Carroll.

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China's Xi Jinping Defends Globalization In First-Ever Speech At World Economic Forum

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 6:47am

"No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war," the Chinese president said in Davos, Switzerland. He responded to statements by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, without mentioning his name.

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U.S. Abortion Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 5:01am

A report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that backs legalized abortion, puts the 2014 rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age — the lowest recorded rate since 1973.

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Search For Missing Flight MH370 Suspended After Almost 3 Years

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 4:09am

In March 2014, the flight vanished from radar with 239 people on board. Search crews have examined more than 45,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean, to no avail.

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5 Things To Look For In Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearing

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 3:02am

Donald Trump's nominee for Education Secretary faces tough questions as her Senate confirmation hearings start today.

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Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2017 - 1:59am

Drugmakers have brought almost 450 orphan drugs to market and collected rich incentives by doing so. But nearly a third of the medicines aren't new or were repurposed many times for financial gain.

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