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Nature's 'Brita Filter' Is Dying and Nobody Knows Why

A mysterious die-off of freshwater mussels has scientists scrambling to find a cause. Freshwater mussels clean water and provide habitat to countless other species.

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Who Should Get Free College? Buttigieg Ad Inflames Key Divide Among Democrats

Buttigieg has criticized plans that make public college "free for even the kids of millionaires," opening up an argument in the Democratic primary campaign over the role of government.

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President Clinton Was Impeached 21 Years Ago. Some Parallels Run Deep

From the politics to the presidents' counternarratives, there are a number of similarities between the events of December 1998 and the proceedings underway now against President Trump.

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How Hard Are Tariffs Hitting The Economy? It Depends On Who You Ask

The U.S. economy is still growing, but trade tensions have taken a toll — especially on factories and farms. The trade war's impact on the overall economy is being debated.

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R. Kelly Bribed Official To Marry 15-Year-Old Aaliyah, Government Alleges

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, N.Y., have added another charge against the R&B singer: that in 1994, he paid an Illinois official to make a fake ID that claimed that Aaliyah was 18 years old.

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Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 19:48
With Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepping back (again\!), Google CEO Sundar Pichai is now in charge of Alphabet—and its dysfunction.
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Uber Received Nearly 6,000 U.S. Sexual Assault Claims In Past 2 Years

A new report from Uber, covering 2017 and 2018, says the claims range from unwanted touching and kissing to rape. Also, 19 people were killed in physical assaults during or soon after an Uber ride.

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Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 18:01
Photographer Justin Sullivan's snapshot of the California senator's campaign office questions her ultimate message.
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Orange County Sheriff's Kept Evidence Booking Crisis Secret For Nearly Two Years

Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders suggested prosecutors covered for law enforcement, helping to keep systematic mishandling of evidence out of public view. "The implications are massive."

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Measles Numbers Were Bad In 2018. This Year, They're Even Worse

The World Health Organization has released the latest data on measles. The increase in cases is notable — and a sign of how much work needs to be done to address the outbreak.

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Woman Heading To Testify At Rape Trial Set On Fire In India

The woman says one of the men who attacked her on Thursday is the same man who raped her last year. It's another horrifying incident in a country grappling with high levels of sexual violence.

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Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Rep. Doug Collins On Impeachment Inquiry

NPR host Mary Louise Kelly interviews Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

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Safety Problems Lead To Early End For Study Of 'Abortion Pill Reversal'

Three of the 12 women enrolled in a study of progesterone to reverse a medication-based abortion required ambulance transport to a hospital for treatment of severe vaginal bleeding.

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A SpaceX Beer Supply Run, Sketchy Baby Yoda Merch, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:57
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'Britain's Most Famous Christmas Tree' Criticized For Looking Sparse, Droopy And Sad

Every year, a Norwegian city gives London a Christmas tree in gratitude for British aid during World War II. However, many are not impressed with this year's present.

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Top Judiciary Republican Says White House Should Participate In Inquiry, With Caveats

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee tells NPR the Trump administration should take part in the process but says Democrats have made cooperation all but impossible.

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Offshore Wind May Help The Planet — But Will It Hurt Whales?

New York has awarded two contracts for large offshore wind farms, with more anticipated. Researchers are surveying whales in the area to craft strategies to mitigate dangers to them and their habitat.

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In Tense Exchange, Biden Calls Iowa Voter A 'Damn Liar,' Challenges Him To IQ Test

The confrontation comes amid a week in which Biden appeared to be strengthening his standing as the Democratic front-runner. The exchange is not the first time Biden has got toe-to-toe with a voter.

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UAW Names Rory Gamble As President, The First African American To Lead Union

Gamble, 64, will serve the remainder of the term of former head Gary Jones, who has been implicated in a federal embezzlement and bribery scheme at the union and resigned his post last month.

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White House Names Controversial Pick To Head Homelessness Office

Advocates for the homeless worry that Robert Marbut, a consultant who has been hired by many cities, will roll back the successes of arranging housing for the homeless.

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