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Research Misconduct Allegations Shadow New CDC Director

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 2:32pm

Critics say the Trump administration failed to properly vet Dr. Robert Redfield. Sen. Patty Murray says a past research controversy suggests a "pattern of ethically and morally questionable behavior."

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Israel Acknowledges Having Bombed A Suspected Syrian Nuclear Reactor In 2007

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 1:50pm

The revelation confirms long-held suspicions that the raid destroyed what Israel believed to be a nuclear reactor. Israeli officials made clear they intend this announcement to send a message to Iran.

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NPR Survey: Still On Facebook, But Worried

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 1:38pm

NPR asked Americans what steps they take to protect their Facebook data. Most say they still use the site, but they're concerned about who can see their information — and how it can be used.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Cambridge Analytica Scandal

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 12:55pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence addressing the controversy over how a voter targeting firm harvested the personal data of some 50 million users. He acknowledged the company made mistakes.

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Tax Change Delivers A Blow To Professional Sports

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 12:53pm

The change of a single word in the 2017 tax overhaul means professional sports franchises could take a big tax hit each time they trade a player.

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More Details Emerge About Austin Bomber

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 12:43pm

Details are beginning to emerge about the Austin bombing suspect. Reporter Courtney Collins from member station KERA speaks with Jeremiah Jensen, one of Mark Anthony Conditt's hometown friends.

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Zuckerberg Breaks Silence, Promises To Protect Facebook Community

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 12:34pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted his first responses, followed by a CNN appearance, after the controversy surrounding reports that Cambridge Analytica exploited users' data without their knowledge,

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal Weighs In On How Congress Could Regulate Facebook

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 12:30pm

Congressional staffers are slated to meet with Facebook officials this week. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and a member of the Commerce and Judiciary committees, about what action Congress could take to regulate how Facebook uses user data.

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Federal Judge Expected To Rule In Kansas Voter Registration Lawsuit This Fall

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 12:30pm

The trial has ended in the lawsuit alleging Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's requirements for registering to vote in his state are unreasonable, as has a hearing to determine if Kobach was in contempt of court. A federal judge will rule on the suit this fall.

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U.S. Security Officials Uncertain Of How To Address Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 12:30pm

The U.S. is warning against Russian cyber attacks targeting the energy grid and infrastructure as President Trump congratulates Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection. Many wonder what the Trump administration is doing to keep Americans safe from these potential attacks.

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'Seize This Moment': Doug Jones Tackles Gun Control In First Senate Speech

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:47am

The Alabama Democrat said recent student protests remind him of the civil rights movement. He called for tighter control of gun purchases and expressed respect for the Second Amendment.

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'He's Not A Psychopath,' Says Friend Of Austin Bombings Suspect

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:27am

A friend of the suspect, Jeremiah Jensen, describes Conditt as shy, smart and thoughtful. "He was an intense person and could be hard to love but he was a person," he says.

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Mississippi Is Sending Its First Woman To Congress. Here's When Your State Did That

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:26am

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith will be Mississippi's first woman in Congress when she takes over for Sen. Thad Cochran, leaving Vermont as the only state that has never sent a woman to Capitol Hill.

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Federal Regulator Cites Baltimore Hospital After Patient Left At Bus Stop In Gown

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:14am

The investigation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that the hospital failed to protect the patient from "harassment and potential harm."

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In Oaxaca, Mexico, A Locally Made Soda Takes Aim At Coca-Cola's Supremacy

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:07am

Oaxacan restaurants are offering diners an alternative to the ubiquitous Coke by selling Zega-Cola, an artisanal soda made in small batches nearby. Its maker hopes that will translate into local jobs.

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WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 10:25am

MIT researchers unveiled a Soft Robotic Fish prototype in hopes of boosting aquatic observation. It can wiggle like a fish, dive to 18 meters, work autonomously — and hopefully avoid getting eaten.

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Congress Set To Unveil $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 10:19am

The legislation is said to include nearly $1.6 billion in border security increases without addressing a legal fix for the roughly 700,000 immigrants who stand to lose protection under DACA.

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'Amazing' News About The Awful Guinea Worm

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 9:56am

Despite an ongoing civil war, South Sudan has successfully stopped transmission of the horrific parasite. The milestone means the worm is circulating in only three countries.

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Cambridge Analytica's Role In Trump's 2016 Campaign Raises Potential Legal Flags

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 9:42am

The British firm, which worked for President Trump's campaign, gathered data from as many as 50 million Facebook users. Did it break the limits on what foreign nationals can do in U.S. campaigns?

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Why An Imperfect HIV Vaccine Could Be Better Than None At All

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 9:22am

Public health interventions and antiviral drugs have put HIV on the ropes in the U.S. But it's unlikely that infections can be wiped out without a vaccine.

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