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Voters In Alabama Split As They Go To Polls To Decide State's Next U.S. Senator

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

Voters in the Alabama are split between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones in the state's special U.S. Senate election. During this election cycle, Moore has been accused of sexual assault against teenage girls years ago, while Jones is up against a historically red state.

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Secretary Of State Tillerson Holds Town Hall At State Department

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been trying to push back against reports that he's gutting the State Department, addressed his employees in a rare town hall on Tuesday. Tillerson spoke about foreign policy changes and department reform plans, including a promise to streamline security clearances.

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How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

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'Village Movement' Allows Elderly To Age In Their Homes

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

The so-called "village movement" coordinates crucial services for the elderly, allowing many to age in their homes. It's now expanded to 200 spots around the U.S., as advocates adapt the model to different communities.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Celebrates Defeat Of ISIS, But Still Faces Pressure

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

Iraq is celebrating the defeat of ISIS as Prime Minister Haider al Abadi declared Dec. 10 the country's newest national holiday. The prime minister has also won a face-off with Kurds, but still faces pressures from inside and outside his country.

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California Firefighter On Battling The Thomas Wildfire

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

The Thomas Fire is now the fifth-largest fire in modern California history. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with battalion chief Fred Burris about what battling this wildfire is like.

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Federal Terrorism Charges Filed Against Manhattan Subway Bombing Suspect

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has filed federal and local terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah. He was arrested on Monday for detonating a homemade bomb in a busy pedestrian tunnel in New York City as part of an attempted suicide bombing.

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What's At Stake With Alabama's Special Election?

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

The closely watched U.S. Senate race in Alabama could have national implications for both the Republican and Democratic parties in Washington. Republican Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the state supreme court, is vying for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat against Democrat and former prosecutor Doug Jones.

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Forum: Examining Discrimination Against Native Americans

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:11

How do Native Americans experience discrimination in daily life? Experts in Native American issues discuss the results of an NPR poll showing widespread discrimination across the nation.

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Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:09

The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by mid-century. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

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Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:01

The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.

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Russian Olympic Head Says 200 Of Russia's Athletes Might Compete Under Neutral Flag

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:54

The decision comes one week after the International Olympic Committee suspended Russia's national team over a system of doping.

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Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:39

Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At Age 65

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:46

Mayor Ed Lee was not known to be ill; he died at a San Francisco hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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DOT Suspends Proposed Rule That Would Force Airlines To Show Baggage Fee At Booking

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:01

Late last week the Department of Transportation announced it would withdraw proposed measures that would require airlines to show the full cost of booking, including baggage, at ticket purchase.

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Top Stories: Alabama Senate Election; Native Americans' Views On Health Care

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:38

Also: The latest on southern California wildfires; France hosts a world climate summit and President Trump isn't invited; and "The Endless Summer" surf film director, Bruce Brown, dies at 80.

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Firefighters In California Take Advantage Of Milder Winds

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:09

After losing some ground to the massive Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles over the weekend, firefighters on Monday managed to bring it to 20 percent containment.

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What To Watch For And What's At Stake In The Alabama Senate Race

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:01

No matter what happens in Alabama on Tuesday, it will have consequences that stretch from Birmingham to the Beltway.

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A Timeline Of Plot Twists And Bombshells: How We Got To Election Day In Alabama

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:00

Yes, the race is between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. But this contest touches on scandals involving sexual misconduct, President Trump's influence and Democratic hopes for 2018.

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Deadline Is Friday For Most ACA Insurance Sign-Ups, With Important Exceptions

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:00

Some people looking for 2018 insurance under the Affordable Care Act may have a little longer to sign up — for example, in states and U.S. territories hit by this year's hurricanes.

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