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40 Years After 'Star Wars' Error, Newspaper Apologizes To Wookiee Community

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:01

In its 1977 review, The Dallas Morning News called Chewbacca a "Wookie." Now, on the film's 40th anniversary, the long national nightmare has ended. On that note: We, too, have something to confess.

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As Trump Slams NATO Allies, Obama Defends 'International Order'

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:55

Former President Obama spoke to a large crowd in Berlin Thursday, calling for a renewal of the international order. His message was in sharp contrast to President Trump's policy of "America First."

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Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:35

The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.

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4th Circuit Court Ruling Keeps Trump's Travel Ban On Hold

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:30

A 13-judge panel in Virginia was one of several federal appeals courts hearing arguments over President Trump's executive order that would restrict travel from six majority-Muslim countries.

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Why Did The Top Student Aid Official Under Betsy DeVos Resign?

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:26

Conscience or incompetence? Two competing narratives — along partisan lines — have emerged to explain the sudden departure of the head of the Federal Student Aid Office.

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'Mother Of All Landslides' In Big Sur Buries Section Of California's Highway 1

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:22

Dirt and rock now cover a third of a mile of the road known for its breathtaking views. And where the coast used to form roughly a straight line, aerial photos now show a rocky bulge into the Pacific.

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Report On U.S. Airstrike That Killed Civilians In Mosul To Be Released Thursday

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:43

The Pentagon reportedly believes a building where scores of civilians died after a U.S. airstrike in Mosul was either used to store bombs or rigged with explosives.

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A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump's Border Wall

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:28

It's called "The Border Wall Funding Act of 2017." And it would place a new tax on money being wired to Latin America and the Caribbean.

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What It's Like To Live In A Small, Rural, Politically Divided Town

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:12

Politics in Haines, Alaska — population 2,500 — has grown intensely bitter lately, reflecting the volume and heat of national politics.

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At 43, Goodwill Helped Her Get A High School Diploma

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:12

Most American adults have finished high school. For those who haven't, wages are rock bottom and the unemployment rate is more than 7 percent. That's why Goodwill opened a charter school for adults.

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Should The Police Control Their Own Body Camera Footage?

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:00

There is a growing perception that body cameras, now generating millions of hours of footage, are there less to keep tabs on police, and more to keep tabs on the public.

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Trump Said He Would Donate Foreign-Government Profits; Docs Suggest Limited Effort

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:00

The Trump Organization told staff that asking guests if they represent a foreign government would impede privacy. The House Oversight Committee's top Democrat says the policy raises "grave concerns."

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New Immigration Crackdowns Creating 'Chilling Effect' On Crime Reporting

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 01:54

Police caution President Trump's immigration dragnet will isolate immigrants who are in the country illegally and are victims of crimes. In Houston, some report that it's already happening.

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Girl Dragged Into Water By Sea Lion Treated For 'Seal Finger' Infection

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 00:53

The Canadian girl received a superficial wound and is being treated for a possible bacterial infection. Marine life experts warned she could be at risk for a rare infection known as seal finger.

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On Eve Of Election, Montana GOP Candidate Charged With Assault On Reporter

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:25

Greg Gianforte's campaign spokesman claimed The Guardian's Ben Jacobs was the aggressor and knocked both men down, but an audio recording and witnesses suggested otherwise, and authorities cited him.

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Boom Time Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:46

The oil industry is coming out of a two-year slump after OPEC cut production. In oil-rich North Dakota, there are more energy jobs than available workers and local businesses are seeing a revival.

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Eating Chocolate, A Little Each Week, May Lower The Risk Of A Heart Flutter

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:30

The latest evidence that a chocolate habit may lower your risk of heart disease: A study finds people who ate small amounts of chocolate several times a week had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.

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Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:14

Some 55 percent of families with kids on SNAP have jobs — they just don't earn enough to live on. Many states where reliance on SNAP is heaviest voted overwhelmingly for Trump last November.

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NBA Says 2019 All-Star Game Will Be In N.C. After Partial 'Bathroom Bill' Repeal

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:38

"We believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. Some advocates for transgender rights have criticized the decision.

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President Trump's Big Wall Is Now Just 74 Miles Long In His Budget Plan

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:16

If completed, the request would mean one-third of the southwest border would be fenced. Facing a skeptical Congress, the White House says it plans to ask for more funding in future years.

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