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See Where Democratic Candidates Unite And Differ On Gun Policy

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:01

Democrats running for president are largely unified on proposals like an assault weapons ban and red flag laws. Divisions exist over implementing gun buyback programs as voluntary or mandatory.

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Trump Appointee Gorsuch Plays Coy In LGBTQ Employment Rights Case

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:00

At issue is whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars sex discrimination, covers gay and transgender workers.

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VIDEO: Beto O'Rourke Wants To Ban, Confiscate Some Guns. Texas Voters Want Details

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:00

O'Rourke wants to ban and buy back assault-style weapons. Two undecided voters who like the idea asked him how it would work as part of NPR's Off Script series, where voters question candidates.

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Stuffed With Sockeye Salmon, 'Holly' Wins 'Fat Bear Week' Heavyweight Title

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 02:23

The annual competition is put on by Alaska's Katmai National Park & Preserve to choose the fattest bear. This year, Holly beat out Lefty in the championship round, winning 80 percent of the votes.

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Apprehensions At The U.S.-Mexico Border Decline For The Fourth Consecutive Month

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 20:17

Administration officials credit a policy of returning asylum-seeking migrants to Mexico and an end to a policy referred to by critics as "catch and release."

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Trump Administration Says It Won't Comply With Impeachment Inquiry

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 17:44

The Trump White House says it will not participate in Congress' ongoing impeachment inquiry, heightening a political and legal standoff between the two branches of government.

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Ecuador's Government Departs Capital Amid Deepening Violence And Unrest

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 16:47

President Lenín Moreno said he'd preside from Guayaquil after Quito descended into chaos. The violent reaction to his cuts in fuel subsidies has also significantly disrupted oil production.

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California To Make HIV Prevention Drugs Available Without A Prescription

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 16:35

The new law will make it easier for people to access PrEP and PEP medications without needing to see a doctor or get insurance authorization first.

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A Simple Way To Make Toilets Friendlier For Women In Refugee Camps

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 16:14

On a visit to Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, a toilet expert was thrilled to find a thoughtful innovation.

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Dallas Police: Key Witness In Guyger Trial Was Killed In Drug Deal That Turned Deadly

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 15:28

Police say three suspects were involved in the killing of Joshua Brown. One suspect is in police custody and authorities are looking for the two others — whom they consider armed and dangerous.

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Senate Report: Russians Used Social Media Mostly To Target Race In 2016

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 14:50

The Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections focused on African American audiences, according to a new bipartisan Senate report.

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Blizzard Entertainment Bans Esports Player After Pro-Hong Kong Comments

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 14:41

The developer of World of Warcraft and Hearthstone said a player known as Blitzchung went over the line when he said, "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times!"

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Former Trump Envoy: Syria Withdrawal Is 'Haphazard' And 'Almost Unprecedented'

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 13:31

"You can't make decisions on a haphazard basis after a single call with a foreign leader," says Brett McGurk, the president's former special envoy for the fight against ISIS.

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'Not One Drop Of Blood': Cattle Mysteriously Mutilated In Oregon

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 13:28

In remote eastern Oregon, a serial crime is unfolding. Someone is killing purebred bulls. And they're doing it with a level of cruel precision that's frightening to both ranchers and law enforcement.

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Yom Kippur In Uganda: An Easier Fast This Year

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:09

A remote community of Jews, who know what it's like to go hungry, are reflecting on what their spiritual leader says was "a good year, really not too bad."

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NBA Defends 'Freedom Of Speech' For Employees As China Moves To Block Games

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:07

"The long-held values of the NBA are to support the freedom of expression," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says, after the league was criticized for its response to a tweet about Hong Kong.

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Pope Opens Amazon Synod Amid Controversy Over Proposal To Allow Married Priests

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:03

Even before the synod began, traditionalists were angered by the suggestion that, to offset a shortage of priests in the Amazon, married men might be ordained to serve in remote communities.

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12 Asylum-Seekers Julián Castro Escorted To The U.S. Border Sent Back To Mexico

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:19

The asylum-seekers, who were in Matamoros, Mexico, because of the Trump administration's Migrant Protection Protocols policy, said they faced violence and harassment because they identify as LGBTQ.

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Here Are The Finalists For The 2019 National Book Awards

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:40

The shortlists this year include Marlon James, Susan Choi, Carolyn Forché, Jason Reynolds and more than two dozen other authors and translators. Winners in five categories will be unveiled next month.

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Trump To Honor Former Reagan Attorney General, Who Left Government Under Ethics Cloud

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:36

Meese was part of Reagan's surge among "movement conservatives" who strove to rebuild the Republican Party after its disastrous defeat in the presidential election of 1964.

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