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Can Teaching Civics Save Democracy?

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:50

Democracy thrives off an informed and active community, researchers say. The way to secure that future is integrating civics classes in k-12 education.

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World Leaders Gobble Up M&Ms Imprinted With U.N. Goals

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:22

Tens of thousands of the customized candies were handed out at this week's U.N. General Assembly, printed with reminders about fighting poverty, climate change and global diseases.

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Erdogan Speech Triggers Physical Confrontations At Turkish-American Event In NYC

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:18

As security personnel grappled with protesters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paused onstage before blaming the interruption on "a few impertinent hall terrorists."

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(Legally) Selling Weed While Black

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:11

As Oakland's legal cannabis industry grows, the biggest players seem to have two things in common: They're white, and they have lots of money.

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North Korea Says Pacific Test Of Nuclear Warhead Is Possible

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:05

The threat is the latest in a tit-for-tat between President Trump and the North Korean leader. In a tweet on Friday, the president said Kim Jong Un "will be tested as never before!"

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Far-Right German Party Could Lead Opposition After Sunday's Election

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:41

Polls show the Alternative fuer Deutschland (Alternative for Germany) party is in third place and poised to lead the opposition in Parliament. Here's what to know about its agenda and prospects.

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What To Know About The Independence Referendum In Iraqi Kurdistan

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:11

In a referendum scheduled for Monday, Kurds are expected to vote in favor of separating from Iraq. International opposition to the referendum is overwhelming.

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Top Stories: Russian Meddling In Social Media; Uber Loses London License

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:08

Also: A man is charged with attempted murder in the London subway bombing; hurricane conditions arrive in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and it snows in the Sierra Nevadas on the last day of summer.

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Why A Potential 'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Is Causing A Stir

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 05:06

Organized by a conservative student publication and right-wing activist Milo Yiannopoulos, the event is a response to what they see as university efforts to shut down conservative speakers on campus.

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Uber To Lose License In London: Service Is 'Not Fit And Proper,' City Says

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:08

Transport for London's problems with Uber include its "approach to reporting serious criminal offences" and how it handles background checks.

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Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:00

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that ends up in the atmosphere.

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Advocates Say Seniors With Obamacare Need More Time To Switch To Medicare

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:29

Although the government temporarily waived penalties for certain late enrollees to Medicare, the deal ends Sept. 30, which may not be enough time for many to comply.

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The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00

Social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter played a larger role than first thought in Russia's influence campaign against the 2016 U.S. presidential race — and Congress wants answers.

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Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:51

Arkansas regulators are on a collision course with Monsanto, voting to ban use during the growing season of a drift-prone herbicide that Monsanto says is farmers' best hope for weed-free fields.

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Snow Falls In The Sierra Nevada On Summer's Last Full Day

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:44

Hurricanes have dominated weather news lately. When it snowed on Thursday in the Sierra Nevada, it not only added a new weather element to the news mix, it got resorts thinking about ski season.

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Kim Jong Un Issues Statement On Trump: 'A Frightened Dog Barks Louder'

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:00

In an extraordinary statement released through state media, the North Korean leader says the U.S. president is "surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician."

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Aaron Hernandez's Brain Reveals Signs Of CTE, Says Lawyer

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:18

The former NFL star, who stopped playing at age 23, allegedly had brain damage more consistent with a player three times his age.

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A Tale Of Two States: How California And Texas May Fare Under GOP Health Plan

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:21

In the GOP's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, California would lose a lot of federal funding. Texas would gain a lot in the short term, but experts worry Texas would not use the money well.

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Facebook To Turn Over 3,000 Ads To Congress In Russian Election Interference Probe

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:14

The ads ran during the 2016 presidential campaign. Facebook also will give users who see one attack ad the ability to find out who the company is targeting in others.

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After Massive Data Breach, Equifax Directed Customers To Fake Site

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:13

The credit reporting agency set up a website to help people determine whether they had been affected by a cyberattack. But on Twitter, Equifax repeatedly pointed people to a phishing site.

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