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Opinion: Amid Devastation, Paris Firefighters' Bravery Is An Inspiration

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the efforts of the firefighters who rushed into the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris when it caught fire earlier this week.

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Prison For Forced Addiction Treatment? A Parent's 'Last Resort' Has Consequences

Thousands of Massachusetts residents have been committed to treatment for addiction against their will. Some families say locking up addicts in prison isn't treatment. Others say it saves lives.

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Colombia's Salt Cathedral Is A Marvel Of Architecture And A Popular House Of Worship

On Easter, people will gather to pray in the cathedral, situated 600 feet underground in the Andean mining town of Zipaquirá. It was built in the caverns and tunnels left behind by salt miners.

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Disciplining Kids Without Yelling: Readers Tell Us Their Tricks

Our readers share some tricks for getting your children to listen without raising your voice — sometimes without even saying a word.

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British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

Wired Top Stories - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 07:00
Well, a tunnel that passes underneath it, to be more specific. But conservationists have reservations.
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20 Years On, The Background Check System Continues To Miss Dangerous Gun Buyers

Mere months before the shooting at Columbine High School, the federal government established a background check system to screen gun buyers but shootings haven't waned.

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Police In Northern Ireland Seek Journalist's Killers

29-year-old Lyra McKee was a rising star in journalism in Northern Ireland and abroad. Her death was condemned by nearly all political factions there.

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Ancestry.com’s Racist Ad Tumbles Into a Cultural Minefield

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:48
A slavery-themed ad for Ancestry.com exposes the awkward relationship between America's darkest history and the current boom in family-tree building.
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An Insane 'Jeopardy!' Run, How to Prep for 4/20, and More

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:28
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Gadget Lab Podcast: Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:12
We talk with right-to-repair advocate Nathan Proctor. Also: Samsung’s Galaxy Fold woes, and a preview of the next Sony PlayStation.
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UNC Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell Resigns After Investigation

An 18-day probe into the women's basketball program found the Hall of Fame coach is not racist but did make "racially insensitive" remarks. She also pressured players to play through serious injuries.

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Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive Its Autonomous Cars

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:27
Toyota, Japanese auto supplier Denso, and the Softbank Vision Fund are investing $1 billion in Uber's self-driving car unit.
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The Mueller Report Is Free To Read, But It's Also A Bestseller

The Mueller report on the 22-month probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election is now a bestselling book, even though its contents are free and widely available.

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Amid Opioid Prescriber Crackdown, Health Officials Reach Out To Pain Patients

After 53 health care workers were indicted for illegally prescribing opioids in Appalachia, local health agencies are trying to make sure chronic pain patients don't fall through the cracks.

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Anti-Tobacco Advocates Question McConnell Plan To Raise Minimum Purchasing Age

Citing an "unprecedented spike" in teens vaping, Sen. Mitch McConnell said the bill would raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Tobacco companies back the proposal.

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How Effective Are School Lockdown Drills?

Since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, a generation of American children have learned not just how to hide from a potential shooter. But there's little data on what kinds of drills work best.

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Mueller Report Fallout Pressures Democrats to Impeach Trump

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:42
Congressional Democrats have punted on the question of impeaching Donald Trump. The Mueller report makes that calculus much harder.
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Three Top Climbers Presumed Dead After Avalanche In Canada

Jess Roskelley, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer had been attempting a route in Canada's Banff National Park. The park said that all three are "presumed to be deceased."

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Frederick Douglass' Remarkable Life, From Slavery To 'American Wonder'

David Blight's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography details Douglass' passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement and his gift as a writer and orator. Originally broadcast Dec. 17 2018.

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Hurricane Michael Was A Category 5, NOAA Finds — The First Since Andrew In 1992

With winds of 160 mph, the October hurricane was the strongest on record to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, where communities are still trying to recover. NOAA upgraded it from a Category 4.

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