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New TV Shows And Movies? They'll Stay In The Writer's Mind If There's A Strike

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:34

The last TV and movie strike a decade ago cost Hollywood hundreds of millions of dollars and left a hole in viewers' schedules.

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Wearing A Hijab, A Young Muslim Boxer Enters The Ring

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:01

After three years of training and a battle with USA Boxing over its uniform policy, Amaiya Zafar will fight in her first competitive bout on Saturday. She says she fell in love with the sport at 13.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retiring From NASCAR At Season's End

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:58

The star driver told NPR just two weeks ago that he wasn't sure when he'd be leaving the sport. He recently took time off to recover from a concussion.

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What You Learn Hiking The Whole Appalachian Trail

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:32

Rhys Hora hopes walking the some 2,2000 miles from Georgia to Maine will nudge him out of a rut. Sara Leibold did it in 2011 and says adjusting to the solitude, and then life afterward, are difficult.

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Fighting Steep Odds, Flint Starts To See Bright Spots

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:26

Despite its recent water crisis and economic troubles, there is a trend of urban hipness in Flint, Mich.'s small downtown and a partnership to help the city's children.

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A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:18

More than a trillion plastic bags are used annually. They're made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene – but scientists have found that wax worms are able to break them down.

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The Research Argument For NYC's Preschool Plan For 3-Year-Olds

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:39

New York City's plan for universal preschool for 3-year-olds aligns with a growing body of research showing that the benefits of high-quality pre-K can persist for years.

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'Mega-Robbery' In Paraguay: Dozens Reportedly Took Part In Violent Heist

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:03

A gang of some 50 bandits assaulted a private security company and reportedly made off with millions of dollars in what's being called a crime of the century on Paraguay's border with Brazil.

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Donald Trump: Great For Ratings, But What About Governing?

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:00

With limited accomplishments chalked up, as he approaches 100 days in office, the president still seems to be stuck on one thing: how many people are tuning in.

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At Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, Trump Vows To Confront Anti-Semitism

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:21

President Trump said he "will always stand with the Jewish people." His administration has been criticized for its reaction to recent anti-Semitic attacks, among other controversies.

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Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 07:39

Some urge ending funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.

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China Moves To Increase Number Of Electric Vehicles On Its Roads

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 07:37

By early next year, Beijing will require automakers in China to ensure that at least 8 percent of all vehicles they manufacture are electric.

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Ivanka Trump Talks Female Entrepreneurs And Her Father At W20 Summit In Berlin

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 05:53

The first daughter said women must have access to credit and mentors, "to encourage this next generation" of female business owners. But remarks about her father drew the biggest reaction.

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Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:00

A new study finds that preschool-aged children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they hit the preteen years.

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Almost 100 Days In, 'Trumpism' Is Still Not Clearly Defined

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 03:00

Donald Trump is a man who's made a life out of branding. But as president, the brand is muddled — is he a proctectionist looking out for the little guy or has he gone "mainstream"?

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Mexico Worries That A New Border Wall Will Worsen Flooding

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 01:52

The 1970 Boundary Treaty requires that U.S. and Mexican officials on the International Boundary and Water Commission be in agreement before building structures that might affect the Rio Grande's flow.

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Trump Administration To Impose 20 Percent Tariff On Canadian Lumber

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 01:41

In a dispute that dates back decades, the Trump administration announced it will levy a tariff on imports of softwood lumber from Canada, which is used primarily in housing construction.

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Senate Confirms Ex-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 01:16

Sonny Perdue grew up on a farm in central Georgia and has owned several agriculture companies. He is not associated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

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Nation's Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 21:02

It's the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps remain.

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Justices Split Over Defendants' Right To Mental Health Expert Witnesses

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:50

Justice Anthony Kennedy appears likely to cast the deciding vote in a Supreme Court case involving a death row inmate's right to help from a mental health expert who is independent of the prosecution.

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