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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

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

Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.

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Some Tax-Cut Backers Urge Trump To Drop Full Overhaul, Go For Quick Win

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 01:59

Nearly 100 days into Trump's presidency, there are still big questions about what his proposed tax overhaul will include — and whether the large changes he had envisioned are even possible.

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Serena Williams Is Pregnant, Due In The Fall

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:24

The No. 1 ranked female tennis player in the world will take a break from the sport even as she is at the top of her game.

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In Church-State Playground Brawl, Justices Lean Toward The Church

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:14

At Wednesday's oral arguments, a clear majority of justices seemed troubled by a Missouri policy that bars state money from going to religious schools for playground improvements.

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Young Women Make Economic Strides As Young Men Fall Behind In U.S.

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 15:25

More young men are "falling to the bottom of the income ladder," while young women drive growth in the number of young people working full time in the U.S., according to a new Census Bureau report.

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Venezuela Erupts In 'Mother Of All Protests' As Anti-Maduro Sentiment Seethes

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:59

Outraged by shortages and what they see as a dictatorial regime, demonstrators across the country rallied against the Venezuelan president. Clashes with police left more protesters killed.

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China Defends Trademark Grants For Ivanka Trump Products

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:33

A Foreign Ministry spokesman suggests some media were "hyping certain gossip to hint at something undisclosed." A U.S. trademark lawyer says the process moved remarkably fast.

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Trump's Wiretap Tweets Bring Lawsuit Seeking Proof

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:24

American Oversight, a watchdog group that includes former Obama administration lawyers, is using the Freedom of Information Act to keep tabs on the Trump administration's agencies.

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Emirates Airline Cuts Flights To U.S., Citing Trump's Security Rules

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:01

Emirates said the recent restrictions on visas and electronic devices had dampened consumer demand. The Dubai-based carrier will pare back flights to five of the 12 U.S. cities it serves.

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Many Veterans Gained Health Care Through The Affordable Care Act

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:00

Almost half a million veterans gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, cutting the number of uninsured vets by 40 percent.

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Wildlife Groups Want Giraffes Added To Endangered Species List

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:55

The global giraffe population has dropped sharply in recent decades, prompting calls to protect the species from habitat loss, illegal hunting and trophy seekers.

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Unicorn Frappuccino: A Digital Age Drink

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:39

Starbucks released its Unicorn Frappuccino amid a swirl of social media buzz. "It looks nice," says one customer. And in the age of likes, snaps and tweets, the fantasy may be all that matters.

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Trump Extends Troubled VA Program That Pays Private Doctors

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:45

The Veterans Choice program was supposed to make it quicker and easier for vets to see a doctor by paying for private-sector care. But it's ended up being slower and more complicated.

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We Now Know Trump's Inauguration Donors; Where The Money Went Is Another Story

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:33

President Trump's inauguration took in $107 million, more than double former President Barack Obama's record-setting $53 million haul in 2009.

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Bill O'Reilly Is Out At Fox News

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:49

Amid a sexual harassment scandal, 21st Century Fox has announced it's parting ways with the host of cable news behemoth The O'Reilly Factor. Tucker Carlson will take O'Reilly's old time slot.

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Ga. Republican, At Center Of Planned Parenthood Controversy, Back In Spotlight

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:34

Karen Handel kept her distance from Trump in the Georgia special election, but her efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of its funding from the Susan G. Komen foundation could keep liberals fired up.

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Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal, But U.S. Says It Will Review Sanctions

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:28

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells Congress that the Trump administration will take another look at sanctions to see if lifting them was in line with U.S. national security interests.

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4 Indian Politicians To Stand Trial Over 1992 Mosque Destruction

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:05

It was one of the most incendiary episodes in India's modern history, with communal rioting that killed more than 2,000 people. Now, the Supreme Court has revived criminal conspiracy charges.

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Not Just For Foreign Foods: Fair-Trade Label Comes To U.S. Farms

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:32

Since 1998, Fair Trade USA has been certifying farms overseas that met its standards for workers and the environment. Now, the group is looking closer to home, starting with an Arizona organic farm.

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U.N. Condemns 'Grotesque Rape Chants' By Burundi Youth Militia

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:14

A top United Nations official said a video depicting the chants was part of a "campaign of fear and terror." The government says "influences outside the party" are responsible.

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