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Cassini Spacecraft Starts Weaving Between Saturn And Its Rings

NPR Top Stories - 4 hours 19 min ago

"Shields Up!" the Cassini craft's Twitter feed announced Wednesday. If all goes well, new images of the ringed planet will reach Earth early Thursday.

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Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 32 min ago

Appliance makers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the energy efficiency program. Energy Star is among 50 EPA programs that would be eliminated under the president's budget plan.

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China Celebrates Launch Of 'Homemade' Aircraft Carrier

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 36 min ago

The not-yet-named carrier is the second in China's arsenal. It took less than four years to build.

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In Fast-Paced China, Marathon Craze Is Off And Running (Despite A Clumsy Start)

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 3 min ago

Six years ago, China held 22 marathons; this year, more than 400 are scheduled. But it's long-distance running with Chinese characteristics, and some twists including cigarettes and fruity soap.

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How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 32 min ago

Long before it became a "superfood" in the U.S., schisandra was made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

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'Maud' Doesn't Quite Live Up To Its Heroine's Example

NPR Books - 6 hours 32 min ago

Lucy Maud Montgomery — creator of Anne of Green Gables — seems like the perfect subject for a work of young adult fiction. But Melanie Fishbane's Maud feels like a draft of a Montgomery story.

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Trump Administration Vows 'Biggest Tax Cut,' 'Largest' Overhaul In History

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 44 min ago

The White House is issuing tax-plan guidelines today. It's not likely to get taken up soon, but Trump's Treasury secretary is pledging to move quickly — and to achieve 3 percent growth.

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Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 27 min ago

Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.

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Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 29 min ago

Portugal's economy has rebounded dramatically since its European Union bailout in 2011. Wages are up and unemployment down. What's surprising is that this happened only as austerity was canceled.

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Michael Bloomberg And Carl Pope On 'Climate Of Hope'

NPR Books - 8 hours 29 min ago

Rachel Martin speaks with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former chairman of the Sierra Club Carl Pope about how cities should respond to climate change. Their book is Climate of Hope.

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The Long View: The Man to Blame for Our Culture of Fame

New York Times Book Review - 8 hours 32 min ago
His name was Walter Winchell, and he presided over Table 50 of the Stork Club, temple of a new cult of celebrity, in mid-20th-century Manhattan.
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Critic’s Take: Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile

New York Times Book Review - 8 hours 32 min ago
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer” explains how creative writing seminars can work against people who don’t come from the mainstream.
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Trump's Efforts To 'Drain The Swamp' Lagging Behind His Campaign Rhetoric

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 32 min ago

The phrase didn't originate with the Trump campaign. Advocates of tougher laws on political money and lobbying have used it for years.

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Now You Can Own JFK's Personal Reflections On History, For A Hefty Price

NPR Books - 8 hours 32 min ago

As a young journalist seven decades ago, John F. Kennedy witnessed a bombed-out Berlin and Adolf Hitler's bunker. Bidding on his diary starts Wednesday and is expected to top $200,000 Wednesday.

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Recordings Reveal Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 54 min ago

Scientists recently tracked eight baby whales using special sound and movement recorders. The sounds the babies made turned out to be far different from the eerie songs of adult male humpbacks.

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Milwaukee Prosecutors Weigh Charges In Inmate's Dehydration Death

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 22 min ago

Prosecutors say Terrill Thomas, 38, had been left alone in his county jail cell for seven days without water. The medical examiner's office says he died of "profound dehydration" in the 2016 incident.

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Supreme Court Justice Breyer Guilty Of Not Silencing His Cellphone

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 31 min ago

Arguments before the Supreme Court Tuesday morning were interrupted by a ringing cellphone. Amused colleagues watched as Justice Stephen Breyer reacted quickly to turn off the device.

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Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Hot Mess: What We Can Learn From Falstaff

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 23 min ago
In this love letter to the Bard’s “swag-bellied omnivorous cornucopia of appetites,” Harold Bloom argues for Falstaff as one of literature’s vital forces.
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Confirmed: Mountain Lion Took Pescadero, Calif., Dog While Owner Slept

NPR Top Stories - 15 hours 38 min ago

Wildlife authorities say DNA identifying the predator was found in the home, mixed with blood from the pet. The cat entered through an open door and snatched the dog from the foot of the owner's bed.

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What This Doctor Is Going To Do With His $1 Million TED Prize

NPR Top Stories - 16 hours 2 min ago

Raj Panjabi must use the award "to solve a timely, pressing problem." Here's what he plans to do.

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