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Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:03

Researchers found that a protein in human umbilical cord plasma improved learning and memory in older mice, but there's no indication it would work in people.

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Malaysia Airlines Says It Will Use Satellites To Track Its Fleet

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:50

Three years after MH Flight 370 disappeared from radar, Malaysia's national carrier says it will use satellites to track its planes at all times and that it will be the first airline to do so.

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White Nationalist Richard Spencer's Speech At Auburn Sparks Protests, Arrests

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:39

Spencer, a leader in the alt-right movement, addressed a crowd at Auburn University on Tuesday. The school had barred him from speaking, but a federal judge cleared the way on First Amendment grounds.

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'Model Minority' Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 05:32

The perception of universal success among Asian Americans is being wielded to downplay racism's role in the persistent struggles of other minority groups — especially black Americans.

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Ex-NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Found Hanged In Prison Cell

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

The former New England Patriots tight end was serving a life sentence in prison for killing the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister. He was found by corrections officers early Wednesday.

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When Active-Duty Service Members Struggle To Feed Their Families

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

About 23,000 military families rely on food stamps, according to Census figures. But advocates say that number is only a partial picture of the need among people who are currently serving.

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Down With 8 A.M. Classes: Undergrads Learn Better Later In The Day, Study Finds

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 03:00

A recent study shows that college classes start too early for students' brains to be functioning at their best. Does that mean that high schools and middle schools also start too early?

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French Presidential Candidate Macron Takes Page From American Political Playbook

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 02:07

Supporters of political newcomer Emmanuel Macron hope that talking to voters on their doorsteps — an unusual approach in France — will help him become their next president.

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Playground Case Could Breach Barrier Between Tax Coffers, Religious Schools

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 02:07

The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether Missouri should provide a grant to a church preschool, or if that violates the state's constitution. The state's new governor has abandoned the rule.

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Christian Teen Magazine 'Brio' Returns With A 'Biblical Worldview'

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 02:06

For about 20 years starting in 1990, Brio magazine was the evangelical answer to Seventeen. Focus on the Family is bringing it back, saying it sees a renewed need among teens for alternative voices.

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FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 02:00

Many insurers have required that adults with hepatitis C be very sick before they can get access to expensive drug treatment. But Medicaid has special rules that may get kids and teens access sooner.

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Restaurant Group Joins Lawsuit Against Trump, Citing Unfair Competition

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 02:00

The addition of two plaintiffs may help bolster a suit alleging that President Trump is breaching the Constitution because his hotels and restaurants do business with foreign governments.

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Trump Will Toast NFL's Patriots At The White House — At Least Most Of Them

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 02:00

President Trump will host the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the on Wednesday. The president has strong ties to the team. But some players are boycotting, saying they don't feel welcome.

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'I Shot Them,' Suspect In Deadly Fresno Shootings Tells Police

NPR Top Stories - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 01:06

Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, was arrested shortly after the rampage that left three white men dead, police in Fresno, Calif., said. He is also suspected in last week's killing of a security guard.

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Facebook's New Grand Plan To Draw You In

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 23:52

In quintessential Silicon Valley style, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled ambitious plans to bring users from 2-D Newsfeeds to 3-D imaginary worlds; and neglected safety concerns.

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George H.W. Bush Treated At Houston Hospital For Pneumonia

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 23:36

After treatment for a mild case of pneumonia at Methodist Hospital in Houston, the former president is being held there for observation while he regains his strength, spokesman Jim McGrath says.

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Georgia Special Election Headed To Runoff As Republicans Avoid Nightmare Scenario

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 21:46

Republicans escaped a potentially brutal loss — for now — by forcing a runoff in a closely watched special congressional election that Democrats have tried to cast as a referendum on President Trump.

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First DREAMer Protected By Deferred Action Program Is Deported, Lawyers Say

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 19:54

The case underscores the uncertainty facing hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who signed up for a program that they thought protected them from deportation.

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Gunmen Attack Popular Religious Tourism Site In Sinai

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:36

Egyptian authorities say no tourists were involved but one security officer was killed and four others injured. The ancient monastery is about 130 miles from the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh.

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On Police Treatment, Asian-Americans Show Ethnic, Generational Splits

NPR Top Stories - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:56

Younger Asian-Americans are more likely to cite unequal treatment by police than older generations, according to a survey of Asian-American voters who are also split on the issue along ethnic lines.

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