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After Walking Thousands Of Miles, Mink The Bear Is Almost Back Home

New Hampshire wildlife officials relocated a black bear with a penchant for donuts more than a hundred miles north — close to the Canadian border. A year later, she's walked almost all the way home.

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Periods! Why These Eighth Graders Aren't Afraid To Talk About Them

The middle school winners of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge offer their perspective on why talking about periods is so taboo — and why that's silly.

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Mueller Report Elicited A Lot Of Conversation — But Little Election Legislation

Congress so far hasn't used the special counsel report to draft new laws aimed at protecting elections from foreign interference. One key senator worries about missing the moment.

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Precedent Favors Democrats In Power Struggle With Trump, But It Could Take A While

Courts have tended to side with Congress when it comes to questions of congressional oversight of the executive branch. House Democrats are hoping they will again in confrontation over Mueller report.

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The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:00
A new report documents changes to government websites—some subtle, some sweeping—that researchers argue undermine the Affordable Care Act. 
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State Department Orders Non-Essential U.S. Government Employees Out Of Iraq

The travel advisory ordered the departure of employees at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil. It was not immediately clear what led to the order on Wednesday.

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Why a Golf Ball Compresses Like a Spring—Until It Shatters

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 02:55
An experiment with a paperclip reveals both its elastic and plastic properties, a distinction that's key to how any material compresses or deforms.
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Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Nearly All Abortions

The vote in the Alabama Senate came after a chaotic attempt to vote last week. If the governor signs the bill into law, it will become among the most restrictive in the country.

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NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 20:00
The space agency's new budget amendment has been called a "down payment" on what will be needed in future years to fund the program.
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Spider Uses Web As Slingshot To Ensnare Prey, Scientists Find

There's a type of spider that can slowly stretch its web taut and then release it, causing the web to catapult forward and entangle unsuspecting prey in its strands.

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Ex-USC Coach Behind Fake Athletic Profiles In College Admissions Scam, Pleads Guilty

Laura Janke had previously denied taking bribes for writing the phony biographies, but she is now the fourth corrupt coach to plead guilty. She's expected to testify against others in the case.

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Trump Jr. Strikes Deal With Senate Intelligence Committee For Additional Testimony

The mid-June interview will be limited in time, although no topics are off limits and it is expected to focus heavily on the proposed Trump Tower Russia project and a 2016 meeting, a source tells NPR.

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San Francisco Bans Agency Use of Facial Recognition Tech

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 18:17
Other cities, including Oakland, and Somerville, Massachusetts, are also considering bans on the technology as a threat to civil liberties.
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Ocasio-Cortez Decries Biden 'Middle-Of-The-Road Approach' On Climate Change

"I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need to find a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives," the N.Y. Democrat said.

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How VSCO Builds Film-Like Smartphone Photo Filters in Its Lab

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:12
Whether or not you've heard of VSCO, your iPhone snapshots could benefit from their photography science.
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Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies At Age 88

Rivlin overcame sexism in the world of economics and was a heavweight, serving as former President Bill Clinton's budget director and the first head of the Congressional Budget Office.

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India's Ballot Has Some Really Offbeat Symbols For Its Political Parties

A flashlight, a flower and a "lady farmer" are a few of the symbols on the ballot. They were originally meant to help illiterate voters. New symbols reflect urbanized, modern India.

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New Zealand Girl Sends Prime Minister $5 'Bribe' To Fund Dragon Research

An 11-year-old sent Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern the seed money to launch studies about dragons and telekinesis. Why? So she can grow up to be a dragon trainer.

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Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets from Millions of PCs

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 13:00
Two different groups of researchers found another speculative execution attack that can steal all the data a CPU touches.
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OnePlus 7 Pro Review: A Premium Phone for Hundreds Less

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 12:59
OnePlus delivers a notchless, all-screen phone with a pop-up camera. But should you buy it?
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