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Top Russian Court Bans Jehovah's Witnesses, Claiming 'Extremist Activities'

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:11

The country's Supreme Court has ruled that the sect must cease operations and the state will take over its assets. The sect has been subject to arrests, property seizure and bans on its literature.

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Paris Champs Elysees Attack Leaves At Least 1 Police Officer Dead

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:04

Three days before France's presidential election, a shooting on Paris' famous boulevard leaves one police officer dead and two seriously wounded, in an incident that left one attacker dead.

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Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:55

The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.

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Australia Plans To Tighten Rules For Citizenship

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:50

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has proposed longer wait times, stricter English language requirements and a revamped "Australian values" test.

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1 Officer Killed, 2 Wounded In Shooting On Paris' Champs Elysees

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:47

The attacker was shot dead by police and has been identified, authorities say, without disclosing the identity. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, days before a presidential election.

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The 30-Year Music Legacy Of 'The Simpsons'

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:31

The Simpsons has won tons of TV awards in its 30-year run. But the sitcom's music has had its share of success on the Billboard charts, too.

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The Power Of Television Advertising Walkouts

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:31

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jeanine Poggi, a reporter for Advertising Age, about the power of advertising in television and the role ad withdrawals played in Bill O'Reilly's exit from Fox News.

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Massachusetts Throws Out More Than 21,000 Convictions In Drug Testing Scandal

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:52

The state's Supreme Judicial Court officially dismissed the drug convictions because of misconduct by a former state chemist who admitted to faking test results.

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Journalist Describes The Loneliness And Leakiness Of Trump's White House

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:28

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, White House correspondent Maggie Haberman of The New York Times says "the magnitude of the job is sinking in for him."

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Louisiana's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Disappearing Coastline

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:18

It's an effort to bring nationwide attention to the issue and speed up the federal permitting process for coastal projects. The state loses the equivalent of one football field of land an hour.

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White House 'Boogie Chillin': Trump Hosts Ted Nugent, Kid Rock And Sarah Palin

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:02

They visited the Oval Office on Wednesday night, according to social media posts. Musicians Nugent and Kid Rock, as well as the former Alaska governor, appeared at numerous campaign rallies for Trump.

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SeaWorld Welcomes Its Last Orca Born In Captivity

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:45

The orca Takara gave birth to a calf Wednesday at the SeaWorld park in San Antonio, Texas. SeaWorld announced last year that it was ending its breeding program.

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The Truth About Ugly Foods: They're Delicious, Abundant And Good For The Planet

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:25

From ugly fish like sea robin to the discarded parts of livestock, like ox cheeks and chicken feet, a new book celebrates repugnant-looking but flavorful foods, and urges us to eat more of them.

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Vegan Cookbooks Spill The Beans About Aquafaba, The Eggless Egg White

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:33

The discovery that the liquid from canned beans can be whipped into an egg white substitute has taken the vegan world by storm. Now DIY recipes are being codified into cookbooks.

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Who's Who In France's Wild Presidential Election

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:14

Entrenched politicians have been swept aside, and fringe candidates and untested newcomers have filled the void. Four front-runners lead the field of 11 in Sunday's first round of voting.

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Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:01

Research in epilepsy has found a key to why small pulses of electricity to the brain sometimes help and sometimes hurt a failing memory. Brains hurt by physical trauma or dementia might benefit, too.

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What Country Spends The Most (And Least) On Health Care Per Person?

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 08:26

A new report looks at data from 184 countries. And raises the question: Does more spending lead to better health outcomes?

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Court Rulings Block 2 Scheduled Executions Today In Arkansas

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:23

Arkansas' attempt to carry out a spate of executions before the end of the month has so far been thwarted by a dizzying series of court decisions. The state is still preparing to execute the two men.

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Ann Coulter Vows To Speak At UC Berkeley Despite Planned Speech Cancellation

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 02:15

Administration officials told organizers that "given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully." Coulter says she'll speak anyway.

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This Islamic School Helps Students Build Their American And Muslim Identity

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 02:00

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.

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