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The Day Shimon Peres Returned To His Boyhood Village

NPR Top Stories - 1 hour 11 min ago

Like many founding fathers of Israel, he was born in Eastern Europe. After the Soviet Union collapsed, he returned in 1992 searching for his old family home.

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California Eliminates Statute Of Limitations On Rape Cases

NPR Top Stories - 2 hours 17 min ago

The bill is widely believed to be inspired by allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, after some of his accusers came forward long after the alleged sexual assaults took place.

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Agnes Nixon, 'Queen Of Modern Daytime Drama,' Dies at 93

NPR Top Stories - 2 hours 37 min ago

Soap opera pioneer Agnes Nixon created All My Children and One Life to Live. She was known for exploring challenging and taboo social issues through daytime television.

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California Imposes Sweeping Sanctions On Wells Fargo Amid Scandal

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 3:06pm

California's state treasurer has announced he is suspending major parts of the state's business relationship with Wells Fargo because of a scandal involving unauthorized customer accounts.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 2:15pm

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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What Meerkat Murder Tells Us About Human Violence

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 1:07pm

What is the most murderous mammal? A new study says it's the meerkat. But the study argues that over all of human history, humans are still more lethally violent than the average mammal.

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Parents Speak Out, Say FBI Arrest Saved Son On Verge Of Joining ISIS

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:42pm

Parents of a young man who pleaded guilty to trying to join ISIS met with community leaders this week. They made the case for why parents should report their kids if they suspect them of radicalizing.

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Coins From The Roman Empire Are Found In Ruins Of Japanese Castle

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:34pm

The copper coins were found in 2013; X-ray analysis shows that they bear an image of Constantine the Great.

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The U.S. Is Sending 600 More Troops To Iraq

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:28pm

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the increase, which brings the American total to about 5,000, anticipates a major operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

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No, Donald Trump Didn't Win Post-Debate 'Polls'

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:06pm

The Internet surveys the GOP nominee frequently cites are unscientific and can be easily manipulated. Reputable scientific polls taken after the debate show Hillary Clinton was the clear winner.

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In Israel, Mourners Come To Terms With Shimon Peres' Complex Legacy

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

After former Israeli President Shimon Peres' death, the country has been somber in remembrance. Leaders and mourners marked the passing of one of Israel's last remaining founders.

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In A First For Obama, Senate Overturns Presidential Veto On Sept. 11 Bill

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

The Senate voted Wednesday to override President Obama's veto of a bill that allows the victims of Sept. 11 to sue Saudi Arabia for any role it may have played in the terror attacks. This is the first time Congress has successfully acted to overrule the president's veto.

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In Recent Violence, Aleppo's Civilians Find Themselves In Regime Cross-Hairs

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

The Syrian regime and Russian forces have been bombarding the city of Aleppo, often hitting civilian targets in the process. An attack on a bread line is among the latest.

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Florida Resists Joining Interstate Bid To Cut Down On Double Voting

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

There is a fairly cheap and easy way to clean up voting rolls. But, as Renata Sago of member station WMFE reports, Florida has refused to join, citing legal concerns about sharing voter data.

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Austerity Measures In Cuba Spark Fears Of A Return To Dark Economic Times

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

Since July, authorities have cut work hours, electricity and gas supplies. Those measures have prompted fears of a return to austere economic times. Meanwhile, Venezuela has cut subsidies to Cuba.

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PHOTOS: Typhoon Megi Slams Into Taiwan And Southeast China

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 11:24am

The powerful storm forced tens of thousands to evacuate their homes. At least four people in Taiwan and one person in mainland China were killed.

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The Americas Is Now Officially 'Measles-Free'

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 11:14am

But that doesn't mean no child in the region will ever catch measles again.

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We're No. 3: U.S. Infrastructure, Education Faulted In Global Competitiveness Index

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 10:55am

The last time the U.S. ranked No. 1 in a key economic index was in 2008. Key issues cited in the 2016 report: America's problems with its infrastructure, health and primary education systems.

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 10:17am

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.

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Journalist Says Trump Foundation May Have Engaged In 'Self-Dealing'

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2016 - 9:56am

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold says the Trump Foundation doesn't operate like a typical charity: "[Trump] doesn't seem to have understood that a charity isn't set up to benefit you."

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