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'Girl Up' Girls Are Inspired By Each Other (And Priyanka Chopra)

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:24

The activists came to Washington, D.C., from across the country — and around the world. They took workshops like #GirlBoss101, spoke to members of Congress — and even made time for fun.

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Salem Memorializes Those Killed During Witch Trials

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:01

The memorial stands at the site where 19 innocent women and men were hanged. It opened on the 325th anniversary the first mass execution of five women.

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Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:30

A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."

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Talk Of Voter Fraud Dominates First Meeting Of Election Integrity Commission

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:18

"One has to wonder what they're worried about," President Trump said of states that haven't shared data with the commission. "There's something, there always is."

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With Speeches And Bright Dresses, Quinceañeras Protest Texas Sanctuary City Ban

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:38

With bright skirts flouncing, 15 young women ascended the steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin. "We will not meet this law on its hateful level," declared 17-year-old Magdalena Juarez.

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WATCH: Security Camera Footage Reveals Rogue Goat At Colorado Office

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:23

It's worth noting that the goat seems to have no interest in actually entering the office belonging to the polyurethane manufacturer. But it did brazenly destroy two of the office doors.

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Uncertainty Over Obamacare Leaves Next Year's Rates In Limbo

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:50

While Washington ponders the future of the Affordable Care Act, health insurers need to decide right now what to charge people for health insurance in 2018. "It's insane," says one CEO.

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BBC Salaries Ignite Debate Over Appropriate Pay, Gender Equity

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:35

The BBC released on-air salaries for the first time, at the British government's behest. The top seven salaries all go to men. The highest pay: more than $2.8 million for a radio host.

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Nearly 550 German Choirboys Abused At Renowned Catholic School, Report Says

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:03

An independent probe alleges that over about 50 years, at least 547 boys were abused while part of Germany's famed Domspatzen choir, which was once led by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's brother.

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Her Own Medical Future At Stake, A Child Storms Capitol Hill

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:47

The Republican health care bill failed in part because of opposition to shrinking Medicaid. An 11-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia went to Washington, D.C., to make sure that wouldn't happen.

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Dozens Convicted Of Human Trafficking In Landmark Thai Trial

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:48

Thailand has come under international criticism for years over human trafficking in the country. A Thai army general was convicted, which is a rare occurrence under the military-led government.

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YouTube Star Jake Paul's Neighbors Tell Him: We're Not Jake Paulers

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:45

Residents of the street where Paul rents a large house are meeting with police and city officials to review code requirements, after a series of pranks and antics at his West Hollywood home.

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As Team Trump Lawyers Up, Who's Paying The Attorney Fees?

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:29

Last month, President Trump's re-election campaign paid Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer $50,000.

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WATCH: 'The Wild West?' No, It's New Hampshire — But Those Really Are Bison

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:14

A small herd thundered free from a farm and wandered through forests and roadways on Tuesday. Eventually, local authorities managed to return them safely — but not before a neighbor caught a video.

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'Extreme And Aggressive' California Wildfires Force Thousands To Evacuate

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:48

The Detwiler Fire has already burned approximately 45,000 acres and is just 7 percent contained. "I haven't seen these conditions in a long time," said a Cal Fire spokesman.

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Why Zika Is Especially Hard On The Women Of Brazil

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:50

They've been largely responsible for warding off mosquitoes at home — and caring for the children born with microcephaly. A new study says that the government has not given them the support they need.

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Moscow's Likely New Ambassador To U.S.: 'Tough' And 'Not That Easy To Work With'

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:04

"When you're not doing business, he is a very pleasant person to deal with," says a former Obama administration official. Otherwise, "he's a tough Russian negotiator, deeply suspicious of the U.S."

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U.K. Bans Credit Card Surcharges, Calling Them A 'Rip-Off'

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:32

In the U.S., at least 11 states forbid retailers from adding surcharges to credit card transactions. Several also allow discounts for customers paying via cash rather than plastic.

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Musk's Warning Sparks Call For Regulating Artificial Intelligence

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:01

Elon Musk is warning that artificial intelligence is a "fundamental existential risk for human civilization." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is looking into how states can respond.

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Florida Killings: Radical Islam And The Far Right, Under One Roof

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 02:39

This story begins with four roommates in Florida. It ends with two dead and two in jail. The improbable case brings together security threats that rarely intersect: radical Islam and the far right.

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