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Gospel Star Edwin Hawkins, Known For 'Oh Happy Day,' Dies At 74

NPR Top Stories - January 16, 2018 - 1:05am

In 1970, the Edwin Hawkins singers won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance for "Oh Happy Day." It became an unexpected hit when a San Francisco disc jockey began playing the song.

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On Visit To Chile, Pope Asks For Forgiveness Over Sex-Abuse Scandal

NPR Top Stories - January 16, 2018 - 12:48am

At least five churches have been vandalized since Friday ahead of Francis' visit, some with firebombs as anger persists years after a major sex-abuse scandal that many see as a coverup by the Vatican.

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Couple Arrested After Children Found 'Shackled To Their Beds' In California Home

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 11:34pm

Authorities said a daughter who managed to escape and dial 911 alerted police to the house of horrors in a Los Angeles suburb: 12 of her siblings, restrained in "dark and foul-smelling surroundings."

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The Huddled Masses And The Myth Of America

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 5:59pm

The United States has always thought of itself as a nation of immigrants. So why has immigration been such a controversial topic throughout our nation's history?

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Google App Goes Viral Making An Art Out Of Matching Faces To Paintings

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 2:46pm

The Google Arts & Culture app, allowing users to compare their selfies to famous works of art, took a top spot in the app store over the weekend and took over social media.

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Trump Advocates For Public Service On MLK Day, But Spends It At Mar-A-Lago Resort

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 2:19pm

Past presidents have honored the civil rights leader's birthday by helping out at libraries or homeless shelters but Preisdent Trump chose to spend the day at his Florida resort.

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NAACP Honors Memphis Sanitation Workers Who Went On Strike In 1968

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 2:06pm

Some 1,300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Works went on strike 50 years ago to protest poor working conditions. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about them a day before his assassination.

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Catherine Deneuve Apologizes To Sex Assault Victims After Controversial Letter

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:26pm

After the letter she signed sparked a backlash, the French actress said she needs to provide "clarification," and denounced the "conservatives, racists and traditionalists" who have supported her.

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How States And The Federal Government Coordinate Emergency Alerts

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:22pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with retired Adm. David Simpson, former chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau about how states coordinate with the federal government for emergency alerts system.

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Catherine Deneuve Apologizes To Victims Of Sexual Violence For Letter About #MeToo

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

The apology comes after she signed a letter last week about the #MeToo movement and she and other co-signers made comments that some harassment victims found offensive.

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50 Years After His Assassination, Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. In Atlanta

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The annual remembrance of civil rights leader at his church in Atlanta carried extra significance this year.

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LinkedIn Co-Founder On What Resolutions Silicon Valley Should Make For 2018

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

Between sexual harassment scandals, fake ads and stronger calls for regulation, Big Tech had a rocky year in 2017. LinkedIn Co-founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman talks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about resolutions Silicon Valley should make in 2018.

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DACA Recipients Uncertain Of Their Status As Congress Works On Potential Deal

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

While Congress tries to come up with a deal on DACA, thousands of recipients are uncertain about their status. NPR's Kelly McEvers checks in with DACA recipient Juan de la Rosa Diaz, who works at Virginia Tech.

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Lawmakers Working On Immigration, Government Funding As Deadline Looms

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

The aftermath of President Trump's alleged use of a vulgarity during immigration talks has brought uncertainty over possibly progress on that issue and averting a government shutdown by Friday.

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What Effect ISIS' Declaration Of War Against Hamas Could Have In The Middle East

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Tareq Baconi, a visiting scholar with Columbia University's Middle East Institute, about ISIS' declaration of war against Hamas. The two organizations have a history of animosity that could rock an already volatile region of the Middle East.

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With Its Economy In Crisis, Tunisia Sees Protests Across The Country

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

Tunisia celebrated the seventh anniversary of when the country ousted a dictator on Sunday. But current economic problems are touching off new protests about unemployment and poverty.

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After False Alarm, A Look At How Hawaii's Emergency Alert System Is Supposed To Work

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

A false missile alarm sent people in Hawaii scrambling for shelter Saturday morning — and it took nearly 40 minutes for officials to alert them to the mistake. All of which raises a tough question for authorities: What went wrong?

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'They Didn't Want Me There': Remembering The Terror Of School Integration

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 12:31pm

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

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The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 10:29am

The lead singer of the popular Irish band died suddenly Monday in London, where she had been working on a recording.

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Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 8:01am

The 16th century epidemic, likely set off or exacerbated by European invaders, was one of the most deadly in human history. New evidence traces it to a type of salmonella that causes a deadly fever.

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