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Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

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

About a quarter of Native Americans report experiencing discrimination in health care, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Parents Worry Congress Won't Fund The Children's Health Insurance Program

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:58

The federal funding of the program lapsed in September. States have been burning through leftover funds, or borrowing from other accounts, as they wait for Congress to act before the end of January.

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Amnesty International: Europe Complicit In Libyan Migrant Abuses

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:04

European governments aiming to stem an exodus of refugees from Libya have been knowingly complicit in the abuse of would-be migrants held in detention centers there, says Amnesty International.

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Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Says Yes

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:00

Tulsa, Okla., has been the focus of much debate over the long-term benefits of preschool. The most recent findings by Georgetown University researchers are another strong endorsement for early ed.

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Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:57

A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a "second homeland."

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After Court Ruling, Military Will Accept Openly Transgender Recruits As Of Jan. 1

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:49

A federal judge upheld a temporary injunction against President Trump's ban on new trans troops in the military. Now, the Pentagon faces a deadline to begin accepting these applicants in the new year.

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How Labels Can Affect People's Personalities And Potential

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

What is it that makes you...you? How much of a person's personality and potential are based on the expectations of others? NPR's Shankar Vedantam explores new research that suggests the labels we use to categorize people affect not just who they are now, but who they'll become in the future.

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Christopher Plummer Nominated For Golden Globe After Replacing Kevin Spacey

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

The 75th Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. Among the nominees is actor Christopher Plummer, for his role replacing Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World, after Spacey faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Civil Rights Reporters, Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr. And Roy Reed, Die At 99 And 87

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr., risked his life to cover the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s for Jet and Ebony magazines. He was the first black reporter hired by The Washington Post. Roy Reed covered the movement for The New York Times and was tear-gassed covering the Bloody Sunday marchers. Booker, 99, and Reed, 87, died on Sunday.

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Pentagon Officials Say Transgender People Can Enlist In Military Next Year

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

Pentagon officials say starting on Jan. 1, 2018, transgender people can enlist in the U.S. military. President Trump has opposed allowing transgender people to serve, but the Pentagon decision comes as courts are ruling against efforts to bar transgender enlistment.

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Congressional Republicans Hope To Pass Tax Overhaul Bill By Dec. 25

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

Congressional Republicans are working to merge House and Senate versions of a GOP tax bill. They're hoping to reach their first major legislative milestone by Christmas.

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The Challenges Of Regulating Autonomous Weapons

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

Autonomous weapons, capable of operating independent of human control, are being developed by several countries around the world. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Paul Scharre of the Center for a New American Security about this new military technology and the challenges of regulating it.

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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality Despite Millions Of Fake Public Comments

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.

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Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Steps Aside After Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant company after allegations of sexual misconduct. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Amanda Kludt, Editor-in-Chief of the online publication Eater, which broke the story.

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Suspect In New York Subway Blast Had 'Low-Tech' Device

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

Police are calling an explosion in a crowded corridor between two New York City subway stations Monday morning an attempted terror attack. Officials say suspect Akayed Ullah detonated an improvised pipe bomb that was strapped to his body.

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Before Voting Begins, A Look At Alabama's Special Senate Election

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

One of the most contested and high-profile special Senate elections of recent times is drawing to a close in Alabama. A day before voting begins, a look at where Republican Roy Moore stands against Democrat Doug Jones.

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Wisconsin Voters Aren't Enthusiastic About Republican Tax Bill

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

What do voters think of the tax bills currently under debate in Congress? In the swing state of Wisconsin, many voters don't know much about the legislation — but don't like what they see so far.

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Pope Francis Suggests Translation Change To The Lord's Prayer

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

Last week, he weighed in on how the line "lead us not into temptation" might be improved. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large of America Magazine, about it.

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Women Who Accused President Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Want Congress To Investigate

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

With allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the forefront of politics, women who have accused President Trump of misconduct are renewing calls for him to be held accountable.

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DOJ Stepping Up Prosecutions Of Medical Providers Who Abuse Prescribing Authority

NPR Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:38

It's believed that 80 percent of people addicted to heroin today started with prescription painkillers. The over-prescription of opioids in the U.S. has been well documented. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about how the Department of Justice is ramping up prosecutions of medical providers who abuse their prescribing authority when it comes to opioids.

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