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Instructor Teaches Students To 'Learn To Program Or Be Programmed' In Brazil

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:41

In Brazil, civic hackathons have become a popular way for people to use coding to help clean up their politics. The comes after a widespread corruption investigation uncovered how deep the fraud extends in the country's government.

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North Carolina Law Makes It Harder For Judges To Waive Fees And Fines

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:41

There's been a big effort across the country to reduce the number of people who are jailed because they can't afford to pay court fees or make bail, but that's not the case everywhere. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with investigative reporter Joseph Neff from the Marshall Project about a new North Carolina law that will make it more difficult for state judges to waive fines and fees for poor people.

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What's Inside The Senate Tax Bill?

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:41

After a lightning round of changes, Senate Republicans passed a tax bill early Saturday morning. Buried in the bill are lots of details with important implications that were added before it passed.

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What The CVS And Aetna Merger Has To Do With Amazon

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:41

The $69 billion merger of the drug store chain CVS with insurer Aetna is about several things. Depending on whom you ask, it's about transforming the pharmacy store experience, getting a stronger foothold in lucrative sales of specialty prescription drugs — or about preparing for a future threat from Amazon.

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Odds Drop On Sports-Betting Ban As Supreme Court Hears New Jersey Case

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:41

Cash-starved states may prevail in nullifying a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting after Monday's arguments.

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Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Killed

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:41

In Yemen, Houthi rebels are claiming to have killed the former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh and the rebels had an alliance against the country's current president that recently broke down. This action by the rebels could escalate regional tension.

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Native Americans React To Cuts To Bears Ears National Monument

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:41

The Trump administration has decided to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Shaun Chapoose, one of the Native American tribal leaders who fought for the monument's protections in the first place.

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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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