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Lights Off, Blankets Out: Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:34

Conditions on Friday night and before dawn on Saturday should be ideal for spotting the streaks of space debris — leftover particles from a comet that was last seen in 1861.

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U.K. May Have 24 Hours Without Coal Power

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:17

The country's National Grid announced Friday it was on its way to a full day without requiring its coal plants to produce power. Britain plans to eliminate the energy source by 2025.

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#CuriousGoat: Will Climate Change Help Ticks And Mosquitoes Spread Disease?

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:53

The disease-spreading bugs are creeping north in the states. But will they bring diseases like Lyme and Zika with them?

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#CuriousGoat: Submit A Question About World Hunger And Famine

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:51

More than 20 million people across four countries in Africa and the Middle East are at risk of starvation and famine. NPR is taking your questions on the topic.

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U.S., Uganda Call Off Search For Infamous Warlord Joseph Kony

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:05

The U.S. announced late last month they'd be redirecting troops hunting the Lord's Resistance Army; Uganda followed suit this week. The U.S. says Kony's followers have shrunk to fewer than 100 people.

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Juicero CEO Says Luxury Juicer Is 'Much More' Than Juice; Internet Is Unimpressed

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:35

The company says its $400 machine cold-presses juice out of packets sold via subscription. Then a Bloomberg News video showed people didn't actually need the press to get juice from the packets.

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Justice Department Warns 'Sanctuary Cities,' With Grant Money At Risk

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:15

Justice Department officials are demanding proof that cities receiving millions in law enforcement grants are complying with federal immigration law.

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Hawaii Tells Jeff Sessions: 'Have Some Respect'

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:43

On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney general marveled that "a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific" could block President Trump's travel ban. Hawaiians say he messed with the wrong archipelago.

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Egyptian-American Aid Worker, Released From Cairo Jail, Returns To U.S.

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:02

Aya Hijazi and her Egyptian husband were accused of child abuse, but human rights groups called the charges specious and prosecutors offered no proof. The couple were jailed for nearly three years.

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Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread?

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:00

No, say food safety experts. Molds can easily penetrate deep into a soft food, like bread. But you can salvage other foods with tougher surfaces, like cabbages, carrots and hard cheeses.

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Soccer Team Bus Bombing Was Part Of Stock Option Plot, German Prosecutors Say

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:01

Earlier this month, three explosions went off near a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team. A man has been arrested; authorities say he was trying to drive down the price of the team's stock.

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In The Wake Of Prince's Death

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:00

A year ago today, fans made a pilgrimage to Paisley Park, the home of Prince. What they found there was a communal altar, separated from the building by about 100 feet.

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Immigrants Make This Farm Town Work. Now They're Applying For Citizenship

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:43

Many immigrants come to Morgan County, Colo., for its plentiful, if grueling, jobs in agriculture. Now, fears about changes to immigration policy under Trump are prompting many to act.

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Educators On A Hot Topic: Global Warming 101

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:41

Thousands of people will participate in Saturday's March for Science. We contacted three experts on teaching and climate change to ask how the event — and its aftermath — can help engage young people.

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Teenager Opens Up To Her Dad About Her Experiences With Racism

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:08

Calvin Burns' daughter Stepheni Bellamy, 15, is usually reticent. At StoryCorps, she tells him about dealing with racism at her high school. Burns says he faced similar issues when he was growing up.

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GOP Plan To Trim Insurance Benefits Might Not Tame Premiums

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:00

House Republicans are taking another stab at replacing the Affordable Care Act. But industry analysts say cutting required coverage won't meet their goal of lowering premiums for individual insurance.

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This Week In Race: Guess Who's Not Coming To The White House

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 01:01

Karma, man.

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Cuba Gooding Sr., Star Of The Main Ingredient, Dies At 72

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:18

The 1970s soul singer — and father of actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. — was found unresponsive in his car Thursday.

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Bernie Sanders Defends Campaigning For Anti-Abortion Rights Democrat

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:54

Sanders endorses Heath Mello for mayor of Omaha, Neb., and tells NPR, "In some conservative states there will be candidates that are popular candidates who may not agree with me on every issue."

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Maine's Immigrants Boost Workforce Of Whitest, Oldest State In U.S.

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:16

New immigrants are projected to be the main driver of the U.S. workforce over the next 20 years. That trend is already playing out in Maine, which has an aging white population with a low birth rate.

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