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Beloved Singer And Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies At 85

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

Fans and fellow musicians are mourning the death of entertainer Mel Tillis. Tillis died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 85. He had three dozen Top Ten country hits of his own and wrote dozens more for others, including a monster hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town."

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The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Is One Step Closer To Construction

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted to approve a route for the pipeline, giving TransCanada the permission it needs to build. But there are still big obstacles ahead, both economic and challenges from environmentalists and landowners.

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How Charles Manson Left His Mark On Pop Culture

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

The death of Charles Manson yesterday doesn't end his place in pop culture where he's practically immortal. Manson, despite being in prison for horrific crimes, had a large following and inspired different books and movies.

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Kenya's Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Election Results

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

Kenya's supreme court dismissed challenges to last month's rerun of the presidential election, meaning incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as president for a second term. This prompted a violent reaction from opposition supporters.

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Zimbabwe Is In A Stalemate After Military Takeover

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

Zimbabwe is at a watershed moment — a slow-motion process to oust Robert Mugabe, the only ruler the nation has known. But will the 75-year-old war veteran, who is known as the Crocodile and is slated to succeed Mugabe bring change to the impoverished nation?

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In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Coalition Talks Have Failed

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

Attempts by German chancellor Angela Merkel to form a coalition government have collapsed — earning a rebuke from the German President, who called on politicians to put aside their party interests for the sake of the country.

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Alabama Media Group Condemns Senate Candidate Roy Moore

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

The Alabama Media Group came out with strong condemnation of Roy Moore, prompting a legal threat from the U.S. Senate candidate. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alabama Media Group's Vice President of Content Michelle Holmes about that decision.

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Democrats Lack Votes To Block Trump's Federal Judge Nominees

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

Two more of President Trump's nominees for important federal judge spots will have hearings this week. This comes as Republicans are putting the American Bar Association rating process under scrutiny.

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Trumps Puts North Korea On List Of Countries Identified As State Sponsors Of Terror

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:27

President Trump has added North Korea to the list of nations designated by the U.S. government as state sponsors of terror — joining Sudan, Syria and Iran. North Korea was previously on the list, but taken off in 2008 by the Bush administration during an attempted denuclearization deal.

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SNL Skewers Alum Al Franken, Trump Sons

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 14:31

"I know this photo looks bad. But, remember, it also is bad," said Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost of the image appearing to show Franken groping a sleeping woman.

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Deadly Violence Spirals In Nairobi Ahead Of Court Ruling On Presidential Win

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:39

At least four people were killed overnight into Sunday in what the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, called "state-sponsored thuggery."

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Special Report: A Cultural Turning Point On Sexual Harassment?

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:12

After dozens of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein came out, a torrent of survivors' stories seemed to emerge — in sports, in business, in politics and in the media, including at NPR.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe Ousted By Own Party, Refuses To Step Down

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:04

The near-four decade rule of Robert Mugabe appeared to be coming to an end after the ruling ZANU-PF party voted to remove him, but Mugabe appeared defiant in a Sunday evening televised address.

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Oversight Groups Have Repeatedly Identified Flaws In Military Crime Reporting

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 06:41

The Air Force failed to report the Texas shooter's criminal history to the FBI, which would have blocked his gun purchases. But concerns over military crime reporting have been raised for years.

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The Many Forms, Faces And Causes Of PTSD

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 06:10

You don't have to be in the military to have experiences that could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, a doctor says.

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'The Bad Food Bible' Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful After All

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:44

In his new book, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. In fact, maybe we should be eating some of them more often.

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Eminem Delivers A Mini-Medley Of Hits On 'Saturday Night Live'

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:41

Mature and introspective, the 20-year vet displayed a rare glimpse of vulnerability as he rapped about his pressure to be perfect and his fall from prominence in the game.

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PHOTOS: Peep At The Toilets Of 7 Families Around The World

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:00

On World Toilet Day — November 19 — the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of toilets in reducing diarrheal disease. These pictures show that toilets can come in all shapes and sizes.

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The Russia Investigations: G-Men And 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.; Ex-Spy Steele: It's Real

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:00

Robert Mueller to White House aides: Knock, knock, it's the feds. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stays the course. Will Mueller give a "toothless" old law new fangs?

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How Madagascar Took Control Of Its Bubonic Plague Outbreak

NPR Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:00

An estimated 2,000 people fell ill and more than 170 died. But the latest news is that cases are dwindling.

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