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Win Like Flynn: A Bichon Frise Is This Year's Top Dog At Westminster Show

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 04:01

The white fluff ball rose to the top of the pack among 2,800 entrants at the annual show held at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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'Dozens' Of Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed In U.S. Airstrikes In Syria

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:22

The reports follow a fierce counterattack by U.S. B-52 bombers, gunships and fighters in Syria's oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, an ISIS stronghold.

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New York Judge Awards $6.7 Million To 21 Graffiti Artists For Destroyed Murals

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:35

A civil jury decided that a real estate developer who whitewashed dozens of graffiti murals at the 5Pointz complex in Queens, N.Y., violated the Visual Artists Rights Act.

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Texas Governor Announces A Half-Billion Dollars For Hurricane Harvey-Hit Areas

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 21:40

The latest federal recovery money is intended to pay for projects such as buying out flood-prone properties and building better drainage systems.

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Shaun White Wins Gold In Halfpipe At The Winter Olympics

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 21:12

The men's final was a duel between America's Shaun White, Japan's Ayumu Hirano, and Australia's Scotty James. It all came down to the third run.

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2nd Federal Court Blocks Trump From Rescinding DACA

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:02

A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that President Trump's decision to end protection of young immigrants from deportation was "arbitrary and capricious."

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In Southern California, Some Cities Are Criminalizing Nuisance Code Violations

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:16

Several cities in California have privatized and criminalized minor nuisance and code violations. Some families have been slapped with giant "cost recovery" legal bills they cannot afford to pay. A non-profit law center filed suit Tuesday to try to stop the practice.

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Finland Takes Olympic Chill To The Next Level: Team Knitting

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:05

During the weekend's slopestyle competition, Finnish snowboarding coach Antti Koskinen was casually knitting at the top of the course.

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Latino Business Group Leader Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:29

Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has also been accused of financial impropriety.

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Professor Cancels Course On Hate Speech Amid Contention Over His Use Of Slur

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:20

After some students walked out of Lawrence Rosen's class at Princeton last week, debate has raged over the appropriate way to handle hate speech in the classroom.

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Refugee Boy Makes Magic Out Of Plastic And String

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:20

In a bleak Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, a 10-year-old boy has found a way to bring joy to other kids.

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Officials Still Investigating California's Thomas Fire As Lawsuits Grow In Number

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:05

In California, officials continue to investigate the Thomas Fire — the largest wildfire in modern California history. A growing number of lawsuits claim a failed water system is a key reason hundreds of homes burned.

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Before Joining Trump Administration, Mick Mulvaney Acted As Anti-Deficit Crusader

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:05

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was first elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and acted as an anti-deficit crusader. That is, until he became President Trump's budget director.

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Life In Prison For Manhattan Bomber

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:05

Ahmad Khan Rahimi had been convicted of detonating a pressure cooker bomb in the Chelsea neighborhood in September 2016, injuring 30 people.

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FBI Timeline For Rob Porter's Background Check Conflicts With What White House Said

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:05

The FBI director laid out a timeline for the background check investigation of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter that conflicts with what President Trump's staff has said. Porter resigned amid allegations of domestic violence.

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Israeli Police Recommend Corruption Charges Against Prime Minister Netanyahu

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:05

Israeli police announced that they're recommending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu face charges for corruption. Prosecutors will now decide whether to file a case, but Netanyahu says the police are biased against him.

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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez Discusses Obstacles In Immigration Debate

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:05

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is part of the so-called "Gang of Six" — a group of six Republicans and Democrats from the Senate who have been working on a DACA deal for months. He speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about what he hopes will come out of this week's immigration debate, what the most challenging obstacles to a deal still are and what he thinks consensus can be reached on.

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Bill Gates Addresses 'Tough Questions' On Poverty And Power

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:52

The billionaire philanthropist says the country needs a simpler system to help the poor navigate housing, health care and job opportunities.

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Candy Heart Messages Getting Stale? Computer-Generated Options Are No Help

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:35

Computer programs known as neural networks learn by example. So a researcher plugged in some typical Valentine's Day candy heart messages — and got some weird new word combos. "BEAR WIG," anyone?

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How Ranchera Music Helped 1 Woman Fall In Love With Her Mexican Culture

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:24

Before Valentine's Day, love is in the air. But sometimes, love hurts. It's a harsh reality that many Mexicans deal with by listening to rancheras. They're those songs you can put on when you've had a couple of tequilas and you just need a good cry. NPR talks with one young woman who found a connection to her ancestors through the sounds of guitars and tears.

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