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Full Employment: Are We There Yet?

Why is it so hard to figure out when the economy is at full employment? And why does the Fed keep getting it wrong?

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How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America's Classrooms

Schools use the internet for a lot of learning: researching, virtual travel, watching videos. Educators say it opens their classrooms to the world. The removal of net neutrality could change all that.

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Remembering Bruce Brown, Whose Search For The Perfect Break Redefined Surfing

Brown, who died Sunday at the age of 80, revolutionized how the world viewed the sport with The Endless Summer. But first, he had to struggle to get his beloved movie seen.

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5 Takeaways From The Stunning Alabama Senate Election

A Democrat had not been elected to the Senate from Alabama in a quarter century. It happened Tuesday night. Here's what it all means.

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'Negro' Not Allowed On Federal Forms? White House To Decide

The Trump administration has delayed announcing its decision on an Obama-era proposal to stop allowing the term "Negro" to appear on federal forms collecting information about race.

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

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

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

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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GOP Lawmakers Agree On Final Tax Package, Hatch Says

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'

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

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

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

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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The Only Place You Can Legally Climb a Redwood

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Fewer people have scaled an old-growth redwood than summited Mount Everest. Now it's your turn.
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The Fault in Our Mars

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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of northern Meridiani Planum shows faults that have disrupted layered deposits.
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The Science of When: Hack Your Timing to Optimize Your Life

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In his new book, "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing," Daniel Pink scours psychological, biological, and economic studies to explore what he calls the overlooked dimension.
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Rock Hall To Induct Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits And Moody Blues

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

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Our Top Global Stories Of 2017: From Selfies To Breast-Feeding Secrets

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

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

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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