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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:46

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

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4 Separatist Catalan Leaders To Remain In Jail, 6 Others Out On Bail

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:14

Spanish authorities took the politicians into custody after Catalonia, a formerly semiautonomous region, declared independence from Spain. Catalan's former president remains in exile in Belgium.

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With Aetna Deal, CVS Looks To Turn Stores Into Health Care Hubs

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:48

By combining a health insurer with a drugstore chain, CVS is looking to provide more care from its network of stores. The deal would also give the merged companies more clout with drugmakers.

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To Cut Waste, U.K. Grocery Chain Will Sell Products Past 'Best Before' Dates

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:20

The company hopes to sell consumers on the idea, launching a marketing campaign with slogans such as "Don't be a binner, have it for dinner!" and "It's not nice to get dumped."

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Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It's Discreet Enough To Vape In Class

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:58

Teens say they like the JUUL e-cigarette because it's sleeker than other devices and teachers don't notice it. But researchers say teenagers who vape are more likely to move on to cigarettes.

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Venezuela Will Create New 'Petro' Cryptocurrency, President Maduro Says

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:52

President Nicolás Maduro says Venezuela will use the "petro," backed by oil reserves and other natural resources, to defeat a financial blockade on his country.

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Yemeni Ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh Apparently Killed In Houthi Attack

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:47

Saleh, who led Yemen for over three decades before resigning several years ago, had been allied with Houthi rebels against a Saudi-led coalition — until that pact appeared to fracture in recent days.

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Fishermen Fear Damage From Wind Farms Along The Eastern Seaboard

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:19

Will thousands of giant turbines and underwater cables in the Atlantic disrupt the commercial fishing industry? The answer is not yet clear, and studies on the farms' possible impact are underway.

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Yemen's Ex-President Reportedly Killed

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 08:54

The former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has reportedly been killed by a rebel faction, the Houthis, in the war-torn country. NPR's Beirut correspondent has more.

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Removing Any Qualifications, Trump Endorses Roy Moore

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 06:31

A week before Alabama's special Senate election, President Trump is urging voters to back Republican Roy Moore, despite allegations Moore pursued sexual encounters with teenage girls.

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'Well Done Mate': Australian Lawmaker Proposes During Same-Sex Marriage Debate

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 06:21

"There's no point pretending that this isn't deeply personal," Australian Member of Parliament Tim Wilson said during debate on same-sex marriage. He ended his speech by proposing to his partner.

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U.S., South Korea Begin Massive Military Exercises

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 04:26

The annual Vigilant Ace exercise is taking place amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program and the recent test of an improved, longer-range ICBM.

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Top Stories: Trump To Shrink National Monuments; Congress On Tax Overhaul

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 04:12

Also: CVS moves to buy Aetna, the U.S. and South Korea begin huge air military drills, and an Australian lawmaker proposes to his partner as same sex marriage legislation is introduced.

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School Voucher Programs Should Be Clear About Disability Rights, Report Says

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 04:11

Many parents of students with disabilities don't know that if they use a voucher to leave public school, they're often leaving federal protections, too. A new GAO report says someone should tell them.

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Billy Bush: 'Of Course' It's Trump's Voice On 'Access Hollywood' Tape

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 03:31

The former NBC host who is the other off-camera voice heard on the lurid tape says reports that the president now questions the recording's authenticity "hit a nerve."

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Advocates Say Cyntoia Brown's Case Is Part Of The 'Sexual Abuse-To-Prison' Pipeline

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 16:53

Cyntoia Brown's case has resurfaced into the national spotlight, calling into question how the U.S. justice system handles juvenile cases, particularly those involving girls of color.

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CVS To Buy Health Insurer Aetna For $69 Billion

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 14:48

CVS Health Corp will pay $207 for each share of Aetna Inc., in a massive acquisition. CVS plans to expand its low-cost medical clinics to serve Aetna's more than 22 million members.

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Met Suspends Famed Conductor Accused Of Molesting Teenager For Years In The '80s

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 13:38

A man alleges that when he was 15, legendary conductor James Levine, then 41, began sexually abusing him. The Metropolitan Opera was reportedly aware of the allegations last year.

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The Boom Was A Bust: Pontiac Silverdome Blows Up, Doesn't Come Down

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 10:05

A planned demolition of the former home of the Detroit Lions failed on Sunday morning. The company in charge of the detonation says faulty wiring is to blame.

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Bloody Battles Waged On The Streets Of Yemen's Capital, As Alliances Appear To Shift

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 09:02

Iran-backed Houthi rebels are clashing with their erstwhile allies, the backers of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile, officials are denying Houthi claims of an attack on a nuclear plant.

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