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How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:02

Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Presses For Flynn Documents

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:32

Because former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, citing the 5th Amendment, has refused to turn over documents related to Russia, the Senate Intelligence Committee is trying another approach.

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3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:17

It's hard evidence that the type of spinal segmentation and numbering found in modern humans emerged 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say. The remarkable fossil was discovered in Ethiopia.

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Trump Budget's Paid Parental Leave Plan Could Mean Higher State Taxes

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:32

The administration has said it will work out the details of the paid leave plan in budget negotiations. Here are a few of the questions that will have to be answered.

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U.K. Raises Threat Level To 'Critical'; Attack 'May Be Imminent'

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:29

"It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack," Prime Minister Theresa May said of the bombing that killed at least 22 people in Manchester.

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World Health Organization Elects First Director General From Africa

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:35

The new leader, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, will be expected to reform the bureaucratic agency and deal with the world's growing health problems.

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Trump Budget Deals 'Devastating Blow' To Low-Income Americans, Advocates Say

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:10

The administration's motive is to get as many people back into the workforce as possible in an effort to spur economic growth, said OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.

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Study Finds 20 Percent Of Children Killed In Car Crashes Were Improperly Restrained

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:03

A review of child deaths after fatal car crashes found wide variations by state and region, and suggests state authorities could radically decrease child deaths by changing traffic safety laws.

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One Huge Problem With Trump's Promise To Grow The U.S. Economy

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:57

The president has long looked to China and India as a model for galloping economic growth. Here's why it's unlikely that the U.S. could grow even half as fast.

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White House Budget For 2018: Read The Full Plan

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:47

President Trump released his budget on Tuesday, which proposes deep cuts to federal safety nets, like food stamps. The plan builds off of the blueprint that the White House distributed in March.

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Victims Of Manchester Bombing Include 8-Year-Old, 18-Year-Old

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:42

Authorities say at least 22 victims died in the attack at an Ariana Grande concert. Three of them have been named so far: an 8-year-old girl, an 18-year-old college student and a man in his late 20s.

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'Like A God,' Google A.I. Beats Human Champ Of Notoriously Complex 'Go' Game

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:38

"Last year, it was still quite humanlike when it played," the world's No. 1 Go player, Ke Jie, said after losing the first of a three-match series. "But this year, it became like a god of Go."

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Mueller Approved By Justice Dept. Ethics Team, Despite Former Law Firm's Ties

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:28

Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, had been working for a law firm whose clients include Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort. Justice has ruled Mueller may serve as special counsel.

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Chinese Student's Commencement Speech In U.S. Isn't Going Over Well In China

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:19

Shuping Yang praised the "fresh air of free speech" in the U.S. during her commencement address at the University of Maryland. That sparked a backlash from classmates and from people in China.

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'Peace Is A Choice,' Trump Says During Appearance With Palestinian Leader

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:55

The president provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. He said it could "begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East."

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Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:41

Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.

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Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:00

The administration's proposed budget would cut billions out of health programs at the NIH, CDC and FDA, as well as Medicaid services for children, the elderly and disabled.

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Manchester Bombing Is Europe's 12th Terrorist Attack Since 2015

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:30

The post-concert bombing is the 12th terrorist attack in Western Europe in a little over two years. This coincides with the rise of the Islamic State, which has been linked to most all the attacks.

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Poll Shows Increased Support For NATO On Both Sides Of The Atlantic

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:14

The uptick in support, especially among U.S. Democrats, comes after the turbulent U.S. presidential race where Donald Trump called NATO "obsolete." He now says it's "no longer obsolete."

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Former CIA Director Tells Lawmakers About 'Very Aggressive' Russian Election Meddling

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 06:57

Brennan testified about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and Russia's use of "active measures." He also touched on leaks regarding national security.

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