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Tensions Spike In Jerusalem's Old City Over Metal Detectors At Muslim Shrine

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 05:01

Worshippers who refused to pass through the metal detectors chose instead to pray next to them.

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To Shrink Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Releasing 20 Million Mosquitoes

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:25

Scientists plan to release millions of sterile, male bacteria-infected mosquitoes in California, to breed with wild females. They're hoping for a "steep decline" in the species that carries Zika.

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Trump's Recently Disclosed Putin Conversation Is 'Nixon All Over Again'

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00

Two interpreters who served a number of U.S. presidents, say a secrecy-obsessed Richard Nixon was the only president to routinely dispense with interpreters.

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When A Somali-American Woman Was Attacked, Support Came From An Unlikely Source

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 01:30

Asma Jama was struck in the face with a glass mug after speaking Swahili in a restaurant in Minnesota. After the trial ended and the attacker pleaded guilty, the attacker's sister reached out to Jama.

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Costume Jewelry Designer Kenneth Jay Lane Dies At 85

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:32

Lane designed costume jewelry for Hollywood stars, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and viewers of TV's shopping channel QVC. Many women wore his fakes, or "faque," as he pronounced it with their real gems.

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Trump's Private Clubs In Florida Are Seeking Visas For Foreign Workers

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

President Trump is marking "Made in America" week to promote American labor. At the same time, his two Florida clubs are seeking visas to bring in foreign workers for low-wage jobs.

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Exxon Mobil Sues After Treasury Fines It $2 Million For Alleged Sanctions Violations

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:07

The U.S. Treasury is accusing Exxon Mobil of violating sanctions on Russia in a series of deals in May 2014. "What were they thinking?" wonders one of the architects of the sanctions.

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With So Many Obamacare Repeal Options In Play, Confusion Reigns

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:00

Congress has been trying to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act for years. Now it's down to the wire, but there are multiple proposals on the Senate's table, and more could be on the way.

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How Did The Afghan All-Girl Team Do At The Robotics Competition?

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:27

The Afghan team made headlines even before the event started when their visas were denied. But they made it after all!

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The Navy Gets Its First Female SEAL Candidate

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:46

Along with the SEAL officer candidate, another woman is up for an elite job as a special boat operator, some 18 months after the Pentagon opened front-line combat jobs to women.

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Conservative Political Blogger Confirmed For Seat On Federal Appeals Court

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:42

John Bush's controversial online views on abortion and race were criticized at a hearing last week but did not stand in the way of his Senate confirmation on a party-line vote.

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Is It A Good Idea To Pay Villagers Not To Chop Down Trees?

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:30

Governments dole out millions each year. Researchers debate whether the payouts actually work. A new study from Uganda offers some answers.

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GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:58

There's a push in Congress to rewrite how science gets used in regulation — and that has researchers worried. The industry-backed bill would let business nitpick raw data and ignore valid results.

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Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dead At 41

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:31

One of the lead singers of the band Linkin Park, which found great success in the early 2000s, died Thursday in Los Angeles.

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What's It Really Like To Work In A Prison Goat Milk Farm? We Asked Inmates

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:31

Whole Foods has been forced to stop selling goat cheese made from milk that came from a prison farm, where inmates work for less than a dollar an hour. Yet the inmates themselves aren't complaining.

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O.J. Simpson Granted Parole

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:56

Speaking to the parole board, the former NFL star stressed that he has been a model inmate during his time at the Lovelock Correctional Center. He has served nearly nine years for armed robbery.

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Newest Senate Health Care Overhaul Would Increase Uninsured By 22 Million, CBO Says

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:36

The latest report has similar findings to prior estimates: big increases in the uninsured population, with some deficit reduction. But there's a big caveat: This bill will likely change.

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Fear And Fury In Venezuela, As Strike Protesting 'Dictatorship' Begins

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:10

President Nicolas Maduro plans to rewrite Venezuela's Constitution. As a general strike begins, the Organization of American States expresses fear that security forces might start a "bloodbath."

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The Insecurity Of America's Old And Underfunded Voting Systems

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:58

Cybersecurity reporter Kim Zetter warns that our election systems, including our voting machines, are vulnerable to hacking: "We can't rule out that elections haven't already been manipulated."

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Justice Department Announces 'Largest Darknet Takedown In History'

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:25

A joint operation by the department, the FBI and international law enforcement has shut down AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the world's largest anonymous marketplaces for illicit drugs and goods.

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