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Automatic Voter Registration Could Have A Big Impact By 2020 Election

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:22

By Election Day 2018, almost of quarter of Americans will live in states where filling out voter registration postcards will be a thing of the past as more and more states are moving to automatic voter registration.

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What's At Risk When A Non-Diplomat Engages In Diplomacy

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:22

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, about the risks and opportunities that follow when a CIA director meets with a foreign head of state.

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Senate Majority Leader Says Law To Protect Special Counsel Mueller Isn't Necessary

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:22

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has squashed the idea of a vote on a bill that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump.

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Senators Have More Questions For CIA Director Mike Pompeo After North Korea Trip

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:22

CIA director Mike Pompeo made a secret trip to North Korea and met with the country's leader Kim Jong Un. He's also trying to get confirmed as Secretary of State, the nation's top diplomat.

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'Houses Disappeared' When Tumbleweeds Rolled Into This California City

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:18

A resident of Victorville, Calif., says tumbleweeds roll in whenever a strong wind kicks up but that the latest round felt "like we were being invaded."

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With End Of Castro Era In Sight, Cuba Prepares To Pass Power To New Generation

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:11

Raul Castro, who has ruled Cuba since his brother Fidel stepped down in 2008, will leave the presidency on Thursday. And he has a successor in mind: Miguel Díaz-Canel, who is 30 years his junior.

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How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:04

A brain imaging study of grown-ups hints at how children learn that "dog" and "fog" have different meanings, even though they sound so much alike.

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Erdogan Calls Snap Elections In Turkey, And State Of Emergency Is Extended

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:41

The votes will be held June 24, likely under a state of emergency and more than a year earlier than expected. The move hastens the implementation of reforms granting the presidency broad new powers.

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LISTEN: Southwest Pilot Coolly Plans One-Engine, Emergency Landing

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:42

"We have a part of the aircraft missing, so we're going to need to slow down a bit," the pilot told air traffic controllers as she prepared to land with nearly 150 people onboard.

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Local Courts Lift Arkansas Weedkiller Ban, Creating Chaos

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:41

The state's summertime ban on the use of a popular weedkiller has dissolved, for now, as a result of court decisions. Some confused farmers are rethinking their plans for this year's crops.

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100 Top Colleges Vow To Enroll More Low-Income Students

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:34

As more schools band together to commit to recruiting and graduating 50,000 more low-income students, four college president discuss what it will take to get there.

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Puerto Rico Loses Power — Again

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:00

The U.S. territory was hit by an islandwide blackout, affecting more than 3 million people. Puerto Rico has struggled to rebuild its infrastructure since Hurricane Maria hit in September.

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Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:43

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

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Chasing A New Way To Prevent HIV: Passive Immunization

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:41

The idea is to inject anti-HIV antibodies that would kill the virus when people get exposed. A new study is promising — although it was conducted on monkeys.

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Barbara Bush On Meeting George, Motherhood And Her Signature Fake Pearls

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:48

The former first lady, who died Tuesday, told Terry Gross in 1994 that she grew up thinking she'd be a nurse. "But then I met that marvelous George [H. W.] Bush and the nursing went out the window."

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After U.N. Team Comes Under Fire, Not Clear When Inspectors Will Enter Douma

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:28

Syrian state media said Tuesday that international inspectors had entered the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack. But the chemical weapons watchdog group OPCW now says that's not true.

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As Trump Advisers Come And Go, Mike Pompeo's Star Keeps Rising

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:20

While the president has dismissed several national security advisers, Pompeo's role keeps growing. His secret trip to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is just the latest and most dramatic example.

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3 Problems With Selling A Car In China

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:14

For U.S. and other automakers, selling a car in China has always been difficult. But this week, China announced some moves that could pave the way for new sales for some manufacturers.

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Top Stories: Pompeo Travels To North Korea; No New Russia Sanctions

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:42

Also: Inspectors in Syria are still trying to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack; more flooding is feared in Hawaii; and tumbleweeds pile up dramatically in southern California.

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Why Putin's Pal, Germany's Ex-Chancellor Schroeder, Isn't On A Sanctions List

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:04

Gerhard Schroeder went from chancellor of Germany to chairman of key Russian energy corporations. But many Germans are in no mood for more sanctions against Kremlin interests.

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