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PHOTOS: When The Hindenburg Was The Height Of Luxe In-Flight Dining

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:05

Before it became a byword for disaster, the hydrogen-powered airship heralded an era of fine dining in the skies — with an all-electric kitchen, a cocktail lounge, wine cellar and multi-course meals.

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New Russia Special Counsel Has Yet to Undergo Conflicts Check

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:42

Ethics experts said the Justice Department needs to review possible conflicts involving special counsel Robert Mueller III because his former law firm represents people involved in the Russia probe.

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Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty To Charge Over Sexting With A Minor

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:42

The disgraced former congressman from New York pleaded guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Weiner is the estranged husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

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Chinese Fighter Jets Buzz U.S. Air Force Plane Over East China Sea

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:26

In an intercept that the U.S. Air Force described as "unprofessional," a pair of Chinese fighter jets reportedly came within 150 feet of the American plane over the East China Sea on Wednesday.

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From The Big Top Into The Big World: A Ringling Ringmaster's Final Bow

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:18

Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first African-American ringmaster of "The Greatest Show on Earth," helms the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for its last performance this Sunday.

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At $110.5 Million, Basquiat Painting Becomes Priciest Work Ever Sold By A U.S. Artist

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:59

With the sale Thursday night in New York City, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 untitled painting is also said to be the sixth-most expensive work sold in world history.

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On Election Day, Iran Chooses Between Gradual Reform And Conservative Return

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:43

Iran's reform-minded president, Hassan Rouhani, is up for re-election. Subtle changes in Iranian society are evident in the burgeoning tech sector. But conservatives say Rouhani has changed too much.

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Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Of Julian Assange — But He's Not In The Clear

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 03:21

The WikiLeaks founder has been at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition. Swedish prosecutors halted the probe, but London police quickly said they'd still enforce their arrest warrant.

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Lessons From The Nation's Oldest Voucher Program

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 03:00

Milwaukee's voucher program serves some 28,000 students. Most of them are African-American and come from low-income families.

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The News Can't Stop, Won't Stop — All This Happened This Week

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 02:00

The avalanche of news since Donald Trump was inaugurated has overshadowed the GOP's domestic agenda, and now, the president embarks on his first overseas trip, with potentially big consequences.

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5 Objectives To Watch For During Trump's First Overseas Trip

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 02:00

President Trump leaves Friday for the first foreign trip of his presidency amid several controversies. What's at stake for the president on this trip?

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Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 01:38

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

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This Week In Race: Dave Says Sorry, Coin Controversy, Health Hazards Of Segregation

NPR Top Stories - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 01:01

Has there ever been such a week?

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U.S. Treasury Department Imposes Sanctions On Venezuelan Supreme Court

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 17:19

By freezing the justices' assets, "the [U.S.] is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect ... democratic governance in their country," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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Fact Check: 'We Don't Have Health Care In This Country,' Trump Says

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:05

The president said on Thursday the Affordable Care Act is "dead. It's gone." The Senate is considering repeal legislation passed by the House, but Obamacare isn't faring as badly as Trump suggests.

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Senator Wants A List of Trump Business Associates; Mnuchin Wants A Note

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:38

Ohio Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown wants Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to spell out all of the Trump family business ties. But so far, that list has not been provided. The two tangled over it.

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Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:32

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

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Deputy Attorney General Knew Comey Was Out Before Writing Critical Memo, Senators Say

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:04

After a closed meeting with Rod Rosenstein, senators say the deputy attorney general "answered a lot of questions but declined to answer a lot, as well" about the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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Oxfam: Combined Wealth Of 5 Richest Nigerians Could Lift Country Out Of Poverty

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:13

Oxfam calls the level of inequality in the country "obscene." The disparity is only growing, the charity says, in light of what it describes as the misallocation of the country's resources.

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Women Opt To Skip Pelvic Exams When Told They Have Little Benefit

NPR Top Stories - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 13:50

OB-GYNs and primary doctors disagree on whether women need a pelvic exam every year. When women were told a medical society recommended against it, they were much less likely to have the exam.

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