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Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That

NPR Top Stories - 2 hours 32 min ago

Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills and encourage composting instead.

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Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 40 min ago

Of those 64 Democrats who cast a key anti-abortion vote in November 2009, only 12 remain in the House today.

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U.S. Drone Strikes Target Suspected Al-Qaida Militants In Yemen

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 47 min ago

The strikes come just days after Yemen's the U.S.-backed government resigned in the face of an uprising by Shiite Houthi rebels, effectively leaving the country with no government.

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India's Modi Makes A Name For Himself — Literally — In Meeting With Obama

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 23 min ago

The Indian prime minister wore a suit with pinstripes that read "Narendra Damodardas Modi." The reaction on social media was scathing, but Modi is often lauded for his fashion choices.

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Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 40 min ago

Making pot legal for adults means teens will be more likely to use it too, say pediatricians. And while they're concerned about health effects, they say there are better ways to deter usage than jail.

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Greece's Left-Wing Prime Minister Takes Charge

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 25 min ago

Alexis Tsipras, who led Syriza to an improbable win in the parliamentary election, was sworn in today amid fears about what his win means for the country's bailout agreements with the European Union.

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'Quad Copter' Flew Into, Crashed On White House Grounds, Secret Service Says

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 8 min ago

The Secret Service says the overnight incident is being investigated. The White House says the device posed no threat. The president and the first lady are in India.

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Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 23 min ago

A new report says 52 colleges offer, or plan to offer, some credits based on learning, not just seat time.

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Obama Attends India's Republic Day Celebrations

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 37 min ago

The president became the first U.S. head of state to attend a parade to mark the day India adopted its constitution.

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From New Jersey To Maine, Northeast Braces For Massive Blizzard

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 23 min ago

The potentially historic nor'easter could bring more than 2 feet of snow to the region today and Tuesday. Travel is expected to be affected, with thousands of flights already canceled.

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Guinea's Grand Imam Pulls No Punches In His Ebola Message

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 22 min ago

Religious leaders must play a role in stopping the outbreak in this West African country, the cleric says. And that will mean changing not only attitudes but funeral practices.

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Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 26 min ago

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says he is concerned about the toll of repeatedly rotating the same soldiers back to the front lines.

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Obama Views Republic Day Parade In Solidarity With India

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 50 min ago

He took in a display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first U.S. leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities.

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Rising Football Star: Prepare For The Worst, Pray For The Best

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 26 min ago

Football is the most watched sport in America — and increasingly, one of the most controversial. High school football star Nahshon Ellerbe shares what he loves about the game.

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High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 27 min ago

Returning immediately to demanding physical or mental activities after a concussion can be bad for the brain, neuroscientists agree. But what about after symptoms resolve? How much rest is best?

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DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 28 min ago

A simple blood test can analyze bits of fetal DNA leaked in the mother's blood stream. It's less risky than invasive alternatives like amnio, but also doesn't tell as much about fetal health.

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Threats Prompt 2 Plane Evacuations At Seattle-Tacoma Airport

NPR Top Stories - 14 hours 45 min ago

A JetBlue flight from Long Beach, Calif., and a SkyWest jet from Phoenix were involved. On Saturday, bomb threats targeted 2 jets bound for Atlanta. It's unclear if any of the threats were connected.

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Got $15 Million? Actor Rowan Atkinson Has A Car For Sale

NPR Top Stories - January 25, 2015 - 1:58pm

The actor who most famously plays Mr. Bean wrecked the high-performance car back in 2011. Luckily, he wasn't seriously injured. But it did cost him $1.4 million to get it fixed.

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Coach 1K: Mike Krzyzewski Gets 1,000th Career Win

NPR Top Stories - January 25, 2015 - 1:56pm

"Coach K" became the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.

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Ukraine's President Hopes To Revive Shattered Peace Process

NPR Top Stories - January 25, 2015 - 12:07pm

Petro Poroshenko says that the only way forward in ending the conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the country's east is to revive a cease-fire agreement forged in September in Minsk.

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