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When It Comes To Sexual Harassment Claims, Whose Side Is HR Really On?

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:01

Many employees feel that when it comes to sexual harassment claims, human resources departments work "for the company, rather than for the employees."

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'Drain The Swamp'? Hardly. Washington Appears More Stuck In The Muck Than Ever

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:00

"We have dysfunction in Congress; we have dysfunction, I think, in the presidency; and we have dysfunction in the lobbying community" — reform lobbyist Meredith McGehee

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Biden Tells NPR He Has 'No Plans' To Run In 2020

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:00

The former vice president and Senate veteran also responds to a new book by ex-interim DNC head Donna Brazile in which she says that she considered replacing Hillary Clinton as the nominee with Biden.

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California Shootings Sprung From Domestic Violence, Restraining Order

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:11

Tehama County authorities say one of the first victims killed Tuesday was a woman who had sought protection from the shooter earlier this year. Other victims may have been chosen randomly.

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Zimbabwe's Army Seizes Control, Detains Mugabe And His Wife

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 19:35

The military says that strongman Robert Mugabe and his family are "safe and sound" and that his ousted vice president has been installed as interim president.

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Volunteers Save Beached Whales On Indonesian Shore

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:41

Ten sperm whales beached themselves on the shores of the Indonesia's Aceh Province of Indonesia. Professionals and volunteers saved six of them but the rest died.

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After Sexual Harassment Accusations, Congress Moves Toward Mandatory Training

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:21

Congress is grappling with how to change the culture on Capitol Hill, as a wave of sexual harassment allegations have swept the country in every industry.

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Barbie Heads Into New Ground With Hijab-Sporting Doll

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:17

The doll is modeled after fencer Ibtihaj Muhammed, the first U.S. Olympic athlete to compete in a hijab, who said she would sew head scarves onto her Barbies as a child.

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India Declares War On Unsafe Selfies

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:37

India's authorities have a message to share for all takes of selfies: Stay away from wild animals, cliffs, crashing surf and monsoon floods. Is anyone listening?

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FDA Approves First Digital Pill That Can Track Whether You've Taken It

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:37

Abilify MyCite is a tablet with an embedded sensor activated by fluid in the stomach. Although the drug's approval is a big step for digital medicine, there are concerns about privacy and cost.

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Republican Senators Add Repeal Of Individual Health Care Mandate To Tax Bill

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:37

Republican leaders expressed confidence that the measure could pass the Senate. It is likely to face even fewer hurdles in the House, as the GOP aims to pass a tax bill by Christmas.

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Italy Misses World Cup Qualifier For First Time Since 1958

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

After a loss to Sweden Monday night, Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who played in his last international game, was in tears and La Gazzetta Dello Sport said for "Italy, this is the Apocalypse."

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At Least 5 Dead, 10 Injured In Northern California Shooting

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

A shooter in Northern California killed at least four people and left at least others 10 injured. Police killed the gunman, bringing the death toll to five.

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Scrabble Champion Banned From Professional Competition After Accusations Of Cheating

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

Allan Simmons has been accused of cheating in a professional Scrabble Championship in June. The former British Scrabble champion has now been banned from professional competition after he was found to have peeked at the tiles he was drawing.

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As Roy Moore Loses Support In Washington, D.C., Some In Alabama Are Still With Him

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

NPR's Elise Hu speaks with Rev. Mike Allison of the Madison Baptist Church about why he still supports Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, following allegations of sexual contact with a 14-year-old and the assault of a 16-year-old.

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Roy Moore Continues To Lose GOP Support Amid Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

Senate Republicans are continuing to call for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race, but there are not many clear or good options for the GOP establishment.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Examines President's Ability To Order A Nuclear Strike

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

For the first time in more than four decades, a Congressional committee, on Tuesday, examined an exclusive power held by the U.S. president that has no institutional checks: the sole authority to order a nuclear strike. North Korea's drive for a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. and President Trump's bellicose rhetoric toward Pyongyang have prompted some lawmakers to call for reconsidering a system that allows one person to start a nuclear war.

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Nonprofit Has Tracked 33,000 Lives Lost In 24 Years Of Attempts To Reach E.U.

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

For decades, a network of volunteers has been tracking refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants who have died trying to cross the borders of the European Union.

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Congress Continues To Address Its Sexual Harassment Issues

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

The House and Senate are moving swiftly towards mandating previously optional sexual harassment training. The Senate approved the change last week, without a single objection. In the House on Tuesday, lawmakers held a hearing to consider even more far-reaching changes to shake up what many female lawmakers say is a culture that encourages silence.

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A.G. Sessions Considering Another Special Counsel To Look Into Clinton Foundation

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:35

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he's considering appointing a second special counsel. This one would look into the 2010 sale of a Canadian mining company to a Russian mining company and the potential connections between that deal and former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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