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How What Happened 25 Years Ago At Ruby Ridge Still Matters Today

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 12:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Jess Walter about the significance today of the 1992 deadly standoff between right-wing fundamentalists and the federal government at Ruby Ridge in Idaho.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson Reacts To President Trump's Response To Charlottesville

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 12:31pm

NPR has been checking in with the Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas since primary season. Following backlash over President Trump's comments following white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va., NPR's Robert Siegel checks in with Hutchinson to ask how he thinks the president is handling the situation.

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The Role Of Solar Eclipses In Religion

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 12:31pm

Throughout human history, solar eclipses have been seen as having great religious significance, often as omens or signs of divine warning or punishment. Major and minor religions alike have their own understandings.

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Why Are Terrorist Groups Using Low-Tech Tactics To Carry Out Attacks?

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 12:31pm

ISIS terror attacks are increasingly low-tech — rather than firearms and explosives the weapons of choice are knives and vehicles. What could these choices say about the organization?

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Oklahoma Senator James Lankford Reacts To Steve Bannon's White House Departure

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 12:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma about Steve Bannon's departure from the White House.

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Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 12:13pm

The move reverses an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water. The aim was to cut back on plastic litter.

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Did A Bail Reform Algorithm Contribute To This San Francisco Man's Murder?

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 10:00am

The July murder of photographer Ed French, is raising questions and concerns about a pretrial risk assessment computer tool used by a growing number of county and city courts.

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2 Dead In Stabbing Attack In Turku, Finland

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 9:53am

Police say they have apprehended a suspect after shooting him in the leg, and it's not clear what his motivations were. Six other people were injured in the attack about 100 miles from the capital.

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Steve Bannon Out As Chief White House Strategist

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 9:07am

Earlier this week, President Trump offered only half-hearted support for the man considered instrumental in getting him to the Oval Office.

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Charlottesville Victim's Mother Says She Will Not Take Trump's Calls

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 8:53am

"You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry," Susan Bro told Good Morning America. Her daughter Heather Heyer was killed as she was protesting against white supremacists.

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'Today Is A Day Of Mourning': Remembering The Victims Of Spain's Terror Attacks

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 8:42am

American Jared Tucker was one of at least 14 people killed in the attacks. More than 100 others were injured. In all, the victims came from at least 34 countries. Here's a portrait of the lives lost.

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From Israel, Quiet Efforts Are Underway To Aid Civilians In Syria

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 8:03am

The two countries have fought each other in the past and technically remain in a state of war. But both the Israeli military and private organizations are quietly delivering humanitarian aid.

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Who Are The Confederate Men Memorialized With Statues?

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 7:54am

Confederate statues and monuments are coming down all over the country.

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Maryland State House Removes Statue Of Judge Who Wrote Dred Scott Decision

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 7:21am

The infamous 1857 decision upheld slavery and declared that blacks were not citizens. Maryland's State House Trust voted Wednesday to remove the statue from its grounds, where it stood for 145 years.

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What We Know: Multiple Terrorist Attacks Hit Spain

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 6:20am

In the search for the perpetrators, Moussa Oukabir, who's reportedly 17, emerged as a key figure. He's a dual citizen of Morocco and Spain, police say.

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Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 5:15am

It was 15 years ago that Maine began the first, and still the only, statewide school laptop program. Experts worry that an attempt to bridge the digital divide might have widened it.

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USS Fitzgerald Leaders Punished, Crew Is Praised After Collision With Cargo Ship

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 3:33am

"Through their swift and in many cases heroic actions, members of the crew saved lives," the Navy said. It also blamed an avoidable crash on inadequate leadership and flawed teamwork.

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Waste Of Thyme: Why Do We Have To Buy More Herbs Than Recipes Call For?

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 3:00am

Fresh herbs are some of the most perishable items in the produce section. And yet, shoppers must buy amounts that are bound to go wasted at home.

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Sheriff Arpaio: Trump Has 'Guts And Courage'

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 2:37am

Former "America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio tells NPR he has not asked President Trump for a pardon and has not heard directly from him. "But I will accept it if he does do it," he said.

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3 Questions About A Pro-Russia Congressman's Meeting With Julian Assange

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 1:00am

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., met in London with Julian Assange — and has a secret message from Assange for President Trump.

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