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Democrat Doug Jones Beat Roy Moore In Alabama. What Happens Next?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:09

Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore in yesterday's special election in Alabama. NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro discusses what this means and what happens next.

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Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As Economy Rolls On

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00

Policymakers increased a key rate for the third time this year. The quarter-point move indicates the Fed is confident in the economy as it continues to recover from the financial crisis.

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Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:52

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

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Trump Gives Final Tax Pitch As GOP Lawmakers Reach A Deal On A Bill

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:28

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax bill. GOP leaders aim to pass it next week.

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White House: Nomination of Alabama Lawyer Brett Talley 'Will Not Be Moving Forward'

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:16

Brett Talley had been rated "unanimously unqualified" by the American Bar Association in part because he had not tried a case or argued a motion in federal court.

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White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Resigning

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:07

The former Apprentice contestant is stepping down effective Jan. 20, according to the White House, where she was the highest-ranking African-American.

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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Will Replace Al Franken In U.S. Senate

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:23

Smith's appointed term will run through January 2019. She will also be running in a special election next year to serve out the remainder of Franken's term, which ends in 2020.

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Abbas Says U.S. Shouldn't Lead Mideast Peace Process, Citing Jerusalem Policy

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:15

An emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was dominated by talk of the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Rock Hall To Induct Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits And Moody Blues

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:36

From a field of 19 strong contenders, the Cleveland-based institution has named its newest entrants.

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Our 10 Most Popular Global Health And Development Stories Of 2017

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:35

From the 455 global health and development stories we posted on our blog in 2017, here are the top 10, ranked by pageviews.

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Top Stories: Deputy A.G. To Visit Congress; Progress On Calif. Fires

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:44

Also: A U.S. Marine helicopter in Japan loses its windshield over a school, injuring a boy; the lead singer of the Smithereens dies; and odd headlines from 2017 include "covfefe".

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Smithereens Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Dies At Age 62

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:00

Pat DiNizio, a singer and songwriter who made popular rock songs as the leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday, his fellow band members say.

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Deputy AG To Answer Allegations Of Bias On Special Counsel's Team

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:19

Rod Rosenstein is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to discuss special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's election interference.

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An Upset In Trump Country: Democrat Doug Jones Bests Roy Moore In Alabama

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:00

Republican Senate majority shrinks to one seat after race tainted by sexual assault allegations. President Trump, who backed Moore, congratulated Jones, as the GOP Senate candidate refused to concede.

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Tillerson Says He Would Meet With North Koreans, Even Without Denuclearization Talks

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:43

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. would negotiate with North Korea without demanding that the country first agree to nuclear disarmament.

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Are $40 Toll Roads The Future?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:25

In Virginia, officials hope a shift to toll pricing based on demand and traffic flow will change commuter behavior and reduce congestion on Interstate 66. Critics say the cost is too high.

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Tillerson Wants To Start Talks With North Korea With No Conditions

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:17

The secretary of state said Tuesday the U.S. would be willing to open negotiations without requiring North Korea to agree beforehand to give up its nuclear weapons program.

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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:24

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

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Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:08

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:33

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with retired Judge Lillian Sing about the life of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died on Tuesday. Sing knew him as an activist since he graduated from law school.

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