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Exclusive: Tracing ISIS’ Weapons Supply Chain—Back to the US

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:00
The Islamic State is designing and mass-producing its own advanced munitions—with parts from all over the world.
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Top Stories: Alabama Senate Election; Native Americans' Views On Health Care

Also: The latest on southern California wildfires; France hosts a world climate summit and President Trump isn't invited; and "The Endless Summer" surf film director, Bruce Brown, dies at 80.

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Firefighters In California Take Advantage Of Milder Winds

After losing some ground to the massive Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles over the weekend, firefighters on Monday managed to bring it to 20 percent containment.

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What To Watch For And What's At Stake In The Alabama Senate Race

No matter what happens in Alabama on Tuesday, it will have consequences that stretch from Birmingham to the Beltway.

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A Timeline Of Plot Twists And Bombshells: How We Got To Election Day In Alabama

Yes, the race is between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. But this contest touches on scandals involving sexual misconduct, President Trump's influence and Democratic hopes for 2018.

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Deadline Is Friday For Most ACA Insurance Sign-Ups, With Important Exceptions

Some people looking for 2018 insurance under the Affordable Care Act may have a little longer to sign up — for example, in states and U.S. territories hit by this year's hurricanes.

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Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

About a quarter of Native Americans report experiencing discrimination in health care, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Parents Worry Congress Won't Fund The Children's Health Insurance Program

The federal funding of the program lapsed in September. States have been burning through leftover funds, or borrowing from other accounts, as they wait for Congress to act before the end of January.

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Amnesty International: Europe Complicit In Libyan Migrant Abuses

The rights group to stop illegal migration, EU governments work with Libyan authorities who they know hand over refugees to criminal gangs and militias.

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As A New Gandhi Takes Over, Can India's Opposition Find Its Footing Again?

Rahul Gandhi, the 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, takes over the Congress party from his mother. Will the generational shift signal a change in fortune for the lackluster opposition?

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Charles Jenkins, Cold War Defector To North Korea, Dies At 77

Stationed at the DMZ, the sergeant made a fateful decision in 1965 to cross over to North Korea. He spent the next four decades as a trophy of Pyongyang.

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Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Says Yes

Tulsa, Okla., has been the focus of much debate over the long-term benefits of preschool. The most recent findings by Georgetown University researchers are another strong endorsement for early ed.

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Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'

A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a "second homeland."

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As the Southern California Fires Rage, a Boeing 747 Joins the Fight

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:52
The Global Supertanker is a modified Boeing 747 that drops mass quantities of fire retardant from just 200 feet above the ground.
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After Court Ruling, Military Will Accept Openly Transgender Recruits As Of Jan. 1

A federal judge upheld a temporary injunction against President Trump's ban on new trans troops in the military. Now, the Pentagon faces a deadline to begin accepting these applicants in the new year.

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Crispr Therapeutics Plans to Launch Its First Clinical Trial in 2018

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:56
The study, testing a genetic tweak to the stem cells that make red blood cells, could begin as soon as next year.
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How Labels Can Affect People's Personalities And Potential

What is it that makes you...you? How much of a person's personality and potential are based on the expectations of others? NPR's Shankar Vedantam explores new research that suggests the labels we use to categorize people affect not just who they are now, but who they'll become in the future.

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Christopher Plummer Nominated For Golden Globe After Replacing Kevin Spacey

The 75th Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. Among the nominees is actor Christopher Plummer, for his role replacing Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World, after Spacey faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Civil Rights Reporters, Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr. And Roy Reed, Die At 99 And 87

Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr., risked his life to cover the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s for Jet and Ebony magazines. He was the first black reporter hired by The Washington Post. Roy Reed covered the movement for The New York Times and was tear-gassed covering the Bloody Sunday marchers. Booker, 99, and Reed, 87, died on Sunday.

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Pentagon Officials Say Transgender People Can Enlist In Military Next Year

Pentagon officials say starting on Jan. 1, 2018, transgender people can enlist in the U.S. military. President Trump has opposed allowing transgender people to serve, but the Pentagon decision comes as courts are ruling against efforts to bar transgender enlistment.

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