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Some 'Podunk' Town In The Middle Of Nowhere

3 hours 35 min ago

"Podunk" is supposed to be bleak and isolated. But there are a few things that people who use the term might not know. For one, it really exists. For another, its history predates the United States.

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Colt Suspends Manufacture Of Controversial AR-15 For Civilian Market

4 hours 18 min ago

The gun maker says it will concentrate instead on fulfilling contracts from the military and law enforcement for the semi-automatic weapon that has come for many to be associated with mass shootings,

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'It Gets To You.' Extremism Researchers Confront The Unseen Toll Of Their Work

4 hours 40 min ago

Day after day, researchers are immersed in the propaganda of ISIS and neo-Nazi factions. But there's almost no discussion of the mental toll of examining the world's most dangerous extremists.

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Global Youth Climate Strike Expected To Draw Large Crowds

4 hours 48 min ago

Strike organizers are calling on their fellow young people to skip school Friday and rally to demand greater action against climate change.

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Investors May Prefer Companies With More Women In The Workforce

4 hours 53 min ago

A new study found investors were significantly more likely to bet a company's stock price was going to increase if the company had more women on staff compared with other companies.

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Mass Protests In Australia Kick Off Global Climate Strike Ahead Of U.N. Summit

7 hours 3 min ago

The rallies in Sydney, Melbourne and elsewhere drew tens of thousands of people. Similar protests were expected across the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and elsewhere.

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To Better Understand The Arctic, This Ship Will Spend A Year Frozen Into The Ice

9 hours 21 min ago

A group of scientists is embarking on a bold plan to better understand an extremely understudied part of the rapidly warming Arctic — the central Arctic Ocean.

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Teen Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of Student That Dozens Filmed, Shared On Social Media

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 23:56

"Kids stood here and didn't help Khaseen. They'd rather video this event," Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told reporters at a news conference. "They video'd his death instead of helping."

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Trudeau Apologizes But Sidesteps Questions On Number Of Blackface Incidents

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:24

"Darkening your face ... is always unacceptable because of the racist history of black face," Trudeau said, even as another image surfaced apparently showing him wearing dark makeup.

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Fate Of Fetal Remains Unclear As Investigation Continues In Indiana

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:08

More than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains were found at the home of a recently deceased former abortion provider. The discovery has led to calls for the remains to be formally buried.

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As Drugmakers Face Opioid Lawsuits, Some Ask: Why Not Criminal Charges Too?

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 18:37

"The Sackler family does not belong in bankruptcy court," Rep. Max Rose said of Purdue Pharma's owners. "They belong in handcuffs." He and others want charges for drug companies linked to the crisis.

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Russian Lab Explosion Raises Question: Should Smallpox Virus Be Kept Or Destroyed?

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 17:14

The lab is one of two known places that store live samples of the virus that causes the disease. Scientists use them for research. But there is concern about accidental or intentional release.

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How An 'International Price Index' Might Help Reduce Drug Prices

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 17:13

Drugmakers hate the idea. But Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump both say pegging the prices of U.S. medicine to what people elsewhere pay could save U.S. patients a bundle. Here's how an "IPI" might work.

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Latest On Democratic Presidential Candidates Harris And Buttigieg In Iowa

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 16:32

Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg are making big moves to bolster their primary campaigns in Iowa, the first state to hold a contest in 2020.

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff Talks About Whistleblower Complaint

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 16:32

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff about a whistleblower complaint from the intelligence community, spurred by Trump's communications with a foreign leader.

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U.S. House Tackles Public Service Loan Forgiveness Issues

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 16:32

The higher education subcommittee of the U.S. House held a contentious hearing Thursday to investigate the failed implementation of the troubled Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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Youth To Protest In Manhattan To Stop Climate Change

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 16:32

Thousands of students are expected to skip school Friday to march through Manhattan to demand global action to stop climate change. WNYC's Gwynne Hogan reports the protest has been long in the works.

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Former NSA Inspector General Comments On Whistleblower Issue

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 16:32

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with ex-NSA official Joel Brenner over how the acting director of National Intelligence and the Intelligence Community Inspector General handled a whistleblower complaint.

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Tropical Storm Imelda Swamps Southeast Texas With Heavy Rains And Flooding

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 16:32

The remnants of Tropical Imelda continue to move slowly across the state that saw severe flooding just two years after Hurricane Harvey.

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The Mysterious Death Of The Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 15:23

Adrian Lamo was a hero in the hacker community for years. Everything changed when he began exchanging messages with U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

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