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India's New President, Until Now Little-Known, Vows To Represent Less Fortunate

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:26

Ram Nath Kovind, 71, was elected Thursday as India's head of state, a largely ceremonial post. The son of a farmer, he is a member of the Dalit community, once known as "untouchables."

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Moon Dust Bag, Accidentally In Private Hands, To Be Auctioned Off Today

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:02

NASA lost track of a bag that was used to carry samples during the first moon landing. A woman in Illinois bought the artifact for less than $1,000; now, it's expected to sell for at least $2 million.

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U.S. Ends Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:35

The ban originally affected ten airports and nine airlines, mostly Middle Eastern carriers. Meanwhile, the U.S. has issued additional security requirements affecting some 280 international airports.

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North Korea Launches Tourism Site — Weeks After Jailed U.S. Tourist's Death

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:18

The website promises a "beautiful and picturesque landscape." Pay no mind to the occasional missile test or the arrest, 15-year prison sentence and eventual death of American tourist Otto Warmbier.

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The Side Effect Of That New Malaria Drug? American Jobs

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:16

The Trump administration wants to cut the U.S. global health budget. A new study puts a different spin on the spending.

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Sessions Says He Plans To Continue Serving As Attorney General

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 07:39

The attorney general said he would stay in his job "as long as that is appropriate," following President Trump's comments to The New York Times suggesting that he regrets appointing Sessions.

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The Capital City Contemplates The Possibility Of A Washington Without John McCain

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 07:17

Outspoken defense hawk. Informal diplomat. Vietnam War hero. The seemingly indestructible McCain has been a pillar of Washington for decades. What could it mean if he does not return?

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Just Thinking You're Slacking On Exercise Could Boost Risk Of Death

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:38

People who think others are more active tend to have shorter lifespans, even if they're actually getting the same amount of exercise. The social comparison could kill motivation, researchers say.

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Baltimore Police Caught Planting Drugs In Body-Cam Footage, Public Defender Says

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:35

The officer has been suspended and two others are on administrative duty, Baltimore Police say. The public defender's office is questioning the officer's involvement in 53 active cases.

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Opioid Treatment Funds In Senate Bill Would Fall Far Short Of Needs

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:52

A Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare includes $45 billion to treat opioid addiction. But it wouldn't make up for deep cuts to Medicaid in that same bill that has funded much of that treatment.

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The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating A 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:00

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

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'Khichuri': An Ancient Indian Comfort Dish With A Global Influence

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:00

Also called khichri, the dish goes back centuries and is universally loved across South Asia. It is also considered the ancestor of the British kedgeree and Egyptian koshary.

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O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Could Lead To His Release From Prison

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:03

Simpson will find out on Thursday whether he will be released from the Nevada prison where he has been held for nearly nine years. He's serving up to 33 years on armed robbery and other charges.

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Betsy DeVos' Latest Speech Draws Protests, Even Before She Speaks

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:03

The education secretary has longstanding ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which backs school choice policies coast to coast.

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Fact Check: Trump's Confusing Remarks To Senate Republicans On Health Care

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:00

After another failed attempt at overhauling Obamacare, President Trump tried to sell his party's repeal efforts (and push some senators into line) at a Wednesday lunch. Here's what he said.

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In Interview, Trump Lashes Out At Sessions And Comey

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:21

Speaking with The New York Times, the president called Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation "very unfair."

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Trump's Third Home Away From Home To Cost Taxpayers Millions

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:31

Bedminster, the New Jersey town that President Trump often visits, has been designated an official presidential residence and will receive $41 million in federal funds to help cover security costs.

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Trump Jr., Manafort To Testify On Russia Ties Before Senate Judiciary Committee

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:17

The president's eldest son and his former campaign chairman will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Wednesday, where they will be questioned about foreign influence in U.S. elections.

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In Poland, Effort To Take Control Of The Courts Inspires Protests

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:16

The ruling Law and Justice party has already tipped Poland's system of checks and balances. A new effort has sent protesters too the streets and prompted warnings of possible EU sanctions.

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Republicans Scramble For A Health Care Endgame Strategy

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:25

President Trump and Senate GOP leaders are making a last-ditch effort to try to piece together a health care proposal that can pass the narrowly divided Senate.

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