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FCC Rule Rollback Makes It Easier To Buy And Sell Media Outlets

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:02

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Lewis Friedland about the FCC's decision to roll back rules that aim to curb single media companies' control of local news.

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Economist Takes Deep Dive Into The Effects Of Slashing Corporate Taxes

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:02

NPR's Elise Hu talks with economist Kimberly Clausing about how both the Senate and House version of the tax overhaul would offer a very large, permanent tax cut for corporations.

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Senate Plan For Individual Tax Cuts Could Set Congress On A Collision Course

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:02

Senate Republicans would phase out tax cuts for individuals after several years. Critics say they are both setting up future political crises, and hiding the true cost of their tax plan.

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If You Give Sheep Cameras, They'll Help Create Street Maps

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:02

The Faroe Islands didn't have Google street view, but they wanted to. So they strapped 360-degree cameras on the backs of sheep to make their own.

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'New York Times' Reporter On The Investigation Into U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:02

Civilians killed by coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq have been vastly underestimated by the U.S. military, according to an investigation by The New York Times Magazine.

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Trump Addresses Some Sexual Harassment Issues, But Not All

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:02

President Trump slammed Democratic Sen. Al Franken for sexual misconduct, even as he sidestepped claims against GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. Trump faced similar accusations during the campaign.

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FAA Approves Drone As 'Cell Phone Tower In The Sky' For Puerto Rico

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:18

The aircraft is called the Flying COW, for Cell on Wings. Developed by AT&T, it can provide voice, data and Internet service for 40 square miles and up to 8,000 people at a time.

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Politician's Public Peeing Puts Spotlight On Need For Public Toilets

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:20

It's not exactly clear what prompted Ugandan MP Ibrahim Abriga to relieve himself on a city wall. But one thing is certain: Kampala is one of many places where public toilets can be hard to find.

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Remembering Syndicated Gossip Columnist Liz Smith

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:16

Smith, who died Sunday, started her daily column for The New York Daily News in 1976. In 2000, she told Fresh Air: "I always held back from writing things that were intentionally hurtful."

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20 Injured As Massive Fire Tears Through Senior Living Center Near Philadelphia

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:16

At least 132 people were evacuated from the facility as the blaze spread quickly to multiple buildings. The fire seems to have started in a unit for residents with memory problems.

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Jesse Jackson Says He Has Parkinson's Disease

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:48

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, 76, released the news in what he called an update "on my health and the future."

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Young Men, Frequent Drivers Most Likely To Get Distracted While Driving

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:47

Distracted driving is a growing problem, accounting for at least 12 percent of road crashes worldwide. Phones don't help. But personality and gender may play a role, too, researchers say.

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Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:34

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.

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Government Outlines When It Will Disclose Or Exploit Software Vulnerabilities

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:04

The Trump administration put out guidelines for how the government will decide what software vulnerabilities it will share with tech companies to fix, and which ones it will keep to itself for spying.

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Sarah Silverman Asks: 'Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?'

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:46

In an emotional monologue, Silverman addressed "the elephant masturbating in the room" and plumbed the anger and sadness she feels about her friend Louis C.K.'s actions.

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Germany's Merkel, Weakened After Poor Election Showing, Struggles To Form Government

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:40

The unprecedented prospect of a repeat election looms as Merkel and her diverse would-be coalition partners try to surmount differences. "This could be the end of Angela Merkel," warns a commentator.

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Trump Enters Fraught Territory By Criticizing Al Franken

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:33

The president, who has been accused of sexually assaulting women, has not publicly commented on accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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Tesla Unveils Its Electric 'Semi' Truck, And Adds A Roadster

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:06

Elon Musk unveiled the Roadster's return toward the end of an event that was supposed to be all about Tesla's new Semi trucks.

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How Mass Shootings Are Forcing Schools To Re-Evaluate Safety

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:59

Teachers are learning how to protect their students from the possibility of a school shooting. That can include anything from locking doors to tackling the assailant.

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Defiant Mugabe Refuses To Step Down As Zimbabwe's President

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:57

The 93-year-old ruler, who has been under house arrest since the military staged a takeover on Wednesday, is insisting that he be allowed to serve out his term until elections next year.

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