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USA Gymnastics Says They Will No Longer Use The Karolyi Ranch Training Center

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:57

On Thursday, USA Gymnastics announced they will stop using the Karolyi Ranch — the site of many of the atrocities committed against Olympians by Larry Nassar, the team's former doctor.

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Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:51

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

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Cryptocurrency Investors Worry, Wait After Bitcoin Price Drop

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:40

There are hundreds of digital currencies worldwide. The price of the largest, best known one just plummeted by 50 percent. Now, investors are watching for a boom — or a bust.

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'This Is Depraved Conduct': Couple Charged With Torture After Kids Found Shackled

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:37

Their 13 children, who range from 2 years old to 29, allegedly suffered years of brutal abuse. Now, the Southern California parents could face life in prison. Officials have released new details.

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More States Turning To Toll Roads To Raise Cash For Infrastructure

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:37

Tight budgets and shrinking infrastructure money from Washington, have more states are hiking tolls and adding tollways to raise money to fix and repair roads and bridges.

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Roger Severino Discusses The HHS Division Of Conscience And Religious Freedom

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Roger Severino about the new Department of Health and Human Services Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom, which is intended to protect people from discrimination if they refuse to participate in health services, against their beliefs.

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Google's Art Selfie App Offers A Lesson In Biometric Privacy Laws In U.S.

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

Google's popular art selfie feature isn't available in Illinois or Texas. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Matthew Kluger, a law professor at NorthwesternUniversity, about how biometric privacy laws are affecting tech companies in certain states.

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The History Of Government Shutdowns In The U.S.

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

The is not the first time Congress has had little time left to find a deal to prevent a government shutdown. But what lessons were learned from previous government shutdown showdowns? Who has the power, who gets the blame, and what does the history of these confrontations tell us about this current situation?

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How Trump's Inauguration Speech Compares To His First Year In Office

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

Donald Trump's inauguration speech may be remembered for his description of "American carnage." But one year later, we look at how good of a roadmap it was for his first year as president.

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What's Really The Biggest Threat To The Coal Industry

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

President Trump has talked about a war on coal. He also talks about job killing regulations on coal. He's right that the coal industry is in decline, but the biggest threat isn't regulation, it's the free market.

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Trump Voters In Pennsylvania Say They Are Pleased With Presidency So Far

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

Voters in rural Pennsylvania were crucial to electing President Trump. A year after he took office, they are mostly pleased with how Trump has executed his presidency.

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Trump Says His Commitment To Border Wall Is Rock Solid

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

President Trump's proposed border wall has long been a rallying cry for his supporters. Aides say Trump's views on the wall have evolved over time, but the president insists his plan is still rock solid.

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Sen. Tim Kaine On Why He Opposes Stopgap Funding Mechanism For Government

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

As the possibility of a government shutdown looms, NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who says he opposes the stopgap funding mechanism that would keep the government open. Instead, he proposes that Congress stays in town until it can pass a long-term deal.

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Congressional Lawmakers Running Up Against Deadline To Keep Government Funded

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:16

The federal government could shut down by Friday at midnight if lawmakers in Congress can't agree to keep the government funded. President Trump has muddied the situation by making contradictory statements about his position.

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Accusations of 'Frat House' Behavior Trail 'LA Times' Publisher's Career

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:29

Los Angeles Times CEO and Publisher Ross Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits; female colleagues have repeatedly challenged his conduct in the workplace at various firms.

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Scientists Edge Closer To A Blood Test To Detect Cancers

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:28

This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.

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That Smells Like ... Um, I Can't Think Of A Word For It!

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:25

A new study looks at the way we identify smells. English speakers kind of stink at it. But that's not the case in every language.

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The World's Most Popular Liquor Becomes Scarce On Many Shelves

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:20

At 106 proof, China's famous Moutai baijiu liquor is getting hard to find, as bottles are being snatched up by speculators. Its brand parent recently became the world's most valuable distiller.

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Drone Used To Save 2 Teens Caught In Dangerous Australian Waves

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:03

The full rescue was caught on the drone's camera as it flew out over crashing surf, dropped a floating device and hovered over the boys as they swam to shore.

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In Italy, #MeToo Falters Amid Public Scorn

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:54

Italian actress Asia Argento was one of the first to go public with accusations against Harvey Weinstein. But in Italy, "the culture of support for women is nonexistent," says an Italian screenwriter.

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