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How Disinformation And Distortions On Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:28

Internet freedom declined again in the past year and "manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role" in 18 countries' elections — including the U.S., according to an annual report.

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House Approves GOP Tax Overhaul, With Senate Outlook Uncertain

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:49

The GOP measure would sharply reduce corporate tax rates and double the standard deduction many individuals take. Senate Republicans have their own bill, which could pass a committee vote on Friday.

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Judge Declares A Mistrial In Sen. Robert Menendez Corruption Trial

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:18

The Democratic senator from New Jersey had been accused of offering government favors in exchange for extravagant gifts.

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When Will Power Come Back To Puerto Rico? Depends Who You Ask

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:02

These days, Puerto Rico's monumental power restoration effort involves helicopters dropping 100-foot towers into the mountains and a "big dance" of crews, equipment and expertise.

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Sen. Al Franken Accused Of Sexual Assault By LA Model And Radio Host

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:44

The Minnesota Democrat put out a statement apologizing for the 2006 incident, in which he is accused of forcibly kissing a woman while on a USO tour and later groping her while she was sleeping.

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After Tokyo Commuter Train Leaves 20 Seconds Early, Company Apologizes

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:01

The rail company says it didn't receive any complaints from passengers over the discrepancy; still, it is sorry for a "severe inconvenience."

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Czech Republic Creates Tuber For Health-Conscious Purple-Potato Eaters

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:00

"Val Blue" is the first new variety bred at the Potato Research Institute since 2005. And though vibrant, unique types are popular elsewhere, they're still a hard sell in this potato-loving nation.

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Struggling For Investments, Silicon Valley Women Reluctant To Speak Out On Harassment

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:15

In Silicon Valley, it's difficult for women to come forward if they want to join the ranks of its richest. Some think the best way to fight harassment is to tread carefully and get to the top.

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Lebanon's Saad Hariri Accepts Invitation To Visit France

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:36

Since abruptly resigning in Saudi Arabia, the prime minister has not returned to Lebanon, drawing suspicion he is being held against his will. Now, Hariri's apparently heading to France before Beirut.

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The Gray Area Between 'Yellow' And 'Brown' Skin

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:18

This week on "Ask Code Switch," we're looking at the nuances of who gets to call themselves "brown."

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Sports Doping Watchdog Says Russia 'Non-Compliant'

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:05

The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia's official sports drug-testing lab doesn't meet guidelines, placing in doubt the country's participation in the Winter Olympics.

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Is It Legal For An Older Man To Court A Child Bride In The U.S.?

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:06

Recent stories about men in the fundamentalist Christian community who "court" young women, including teenagers, raise the question: Is underage marriage even possible in the U.S.?

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An American Rock Musician Teaches Guitar To Kabul's Street Kids

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:05

Lanny Cordola has played guitar with Guns N' Roses and the Beach Boys. Now he devotes himself to teaching music to Afghan street children, most of them girls. He also helps pay for their schooling.

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Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe And The Countries They Shaped

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:07

Before coming to power, Mandela and Mugabe led remarkably similar lives. Then their paths diverged: In South Africa, Mandela became a global icon and Mugabe presided over Zimbabwe's sharp decline.

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Pioneers Of High-Quality Near Beer Are Banking On Non-Drinking Binges

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:00

Even if you're staying sober, sometimes you might just miss the taste of a really good beer. But the market for high-end booze-free brews has gone largely untapped. That's starting to change.

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Russian Lawmakers Approve New Restrictions On Foreign Media

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:56

The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, approved the bill after the company behind TV channel RT America filed paperwork under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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Top Stories: Zimbabwe's Apparent Coup; Is Washington's Swamp Draining?

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:22

Also: Earthquake survivors are desperate for aid in Iran; California school officials protected kids from a shooter by locking down the school; and baseball names its Managers of the Year.

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Australians Vote 'Yes' On Gay Marriage

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:17

Although the mail-in poll is non-binding, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative government has agreed to debate a change in the law by Christmas.

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Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:11

Researchers say there's huge potential for harnessing ocean waves to create electricity. The Energy Department is backing one effort in Oregon.

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Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:09

The island is a major center for drug and medical device manufacturing. After Hurricane Maria, those products, including small IV bags, are running short throughout the U.S.

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