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As Amazon Looks To Unlock Your Door, Taking Stock Of Meaning Of Privacy

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:28

Amazon is rolling out "Key," a WiFi-connected camera linked to a smart door lock to allow package delivery inside your home. Privacy experts say Key will tell us a lot about our trust in corporations.

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Venezuela Constituent Assembly Cracks Down On Media

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 18:35

Human rights groups say President Nicolas Maduro's autocratic government aims to stifle dissent in both broadcasting and social platforms.

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DOJ Set To Block AT&T Takeover Of Time Warner

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:50

The Justice Department has informed AT&T that it will oppose the company's planned $85 billion merger unless it sells off CNN — a network frequently derided by President Trump.

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CBO: Repealing Health Coverage Mandate Would Save $338 Billion

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:52

Republicans have been toying with repealing the Affordable Care Act insurance mandate in their tax bill. The Congressional Budget Office says that would save money but make coverage much more costly.

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The Grasshopper In The Van Gogh

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:25

When museum conservators examined Vincent Van Gogh's Olive Trees, they found something curious stuck in its paint: a grasshopper. Could it be just some weird leftover — or a crucial clue?

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After Maine Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, Governor Raises Objections

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:12

Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed Medicaid expansion several times before, so advocates took the measure to the ballot box. Now the governor is placing financial conditions on moving ahead.

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Interviews At The Airport: Teachers From Puerto Rico Find New Schools In Orlando

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:03

Many Puerto Ricans who survived hurricane Maria have been working frantically to restore their lives in a new home. Many are teachers, and they've come to Orlando to find jobs. They may never go back.

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High Court Says Germany's Birth Registry Must Allow Third Gender Option

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:30

Lawmakers must create new rules either creating a third gender option or dispensing with gender in civil status. An advocacy group called the decision "a small revolution in the area of gender."

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Some Real Estate Investors Eager To Buy Houston Homes Damaged By Flooding

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:30

The flooding after Hurricane Harvey damaged at least 100,000 homes in the Houston area. Now many of those frustrated homeowners are now eager to sell and real estate agents and investors from around the country are ready to snatch them up.

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Breaking Down The Concept Behind The Mortgage Interest Deduction

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:30

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Ben Lockwood, assistant professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, about how successful the mortgage interest deduction has been in encouraging home ownership in the U.S.

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Former Virginia Congressman Tom Davis On State's Election

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:30

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with former Republican Congressman Tom Davis from Virginia about the Democratic victories in yesterday's elections. Democrats had a strong showing up and down the ballot throughout the state.

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Winners Of 2017 Elections Include A Lot Of Historical Candidates

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:30

Across the country, Tuesday's election was full of firsts. In Virginia, the House of Delegates gained its first openly transgender member, its first two Latinas, and its first Asian-American woman — and those are just the returns of one state's historical elections.

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Vice President Pence Visits Small Texas Community Following Deadly Shooting

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:30

On the day that Vice President Pence visits Sutherland Springs, Texas to console victims of Sunday's church shooting, people in the town are still reacting to and reflecting on what's happened to the small community.

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Clinton Voters React To This Year's Democratic Wins

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:30

Last night marked the first big win for Democrats after the devastation of the 2016 election. It would be hard to argue that last night's victories can solve the party's challenges. Following Tuesday's election, some of Clinton's voters from Ohio discuss their ongoing frustrations with the Democratic party.

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U.S. House To Review Sexual Harassment Policies After Reports From Former Lawmakers

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:30

The House Administration Committee, which oversees operations in the U.S. House, is holding a hearing to review existing training and policies to deal with sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. The hearing comes following a wave of high-profile sexual harassment scandals that includes reports from former female lawmakers of past harassment.

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DOJ Drops Case Against Woman Who Laughed During Sessions Hearing

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:50

Desiree Fairooz faced up to a year in prison if convicted on the charges, which included disrupting Congress. Code Pink called the charges absurd and a waste of time and taxpayer money.

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Election Day Results Brought Many Firsts For Diverse Candidates Nationwide

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:59

From the first openly transgender legislative candidate in the country to the first Sikh mayor of Hoboken, N.J., voters around the nation acted to increase diversity among elected officials.

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As The World Watches Trump In Korea, His New Jersey Golf Course Gets A Plug

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:51

During a speech before South Korea's National Assembly, President Trump took the opportunity to praise his golf course in Bedminster. Ethics experts say Trump shouldn't tout his private businesses.

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In Helmand, Afghan General Fights Taliban 'Cancer' With Some Help From U.S. Marines

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:26

U.S. Marines have returned to Afghanistan's Helmand Province with a small training force. They are hoping a new Afghan general will lead his troops to success.

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'Nobody There': Grandmother Lost 2 Grandkids, Daughter-In-Law At Texas Church

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:10

When a shooter started spraying a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, 30-year-old Joann Ward "threw her body over the little ones."

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