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U.N. Head Lists His Top Global Concerns For 2018

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:02

The new secretary-general hoped to make 2017 a year of peace. But in a speech yesterday, he said that the world had gone in the "reverse" direction.

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Are Implanted Medical Devices Creating A 'Danger Within Us'?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:10

Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death.

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Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:51

Over a three-week span in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in Kazakhstan. The animals would be grazing normally, then dead in three hours. A new study points to heat and humidity.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Joint saiga health monitoring team in Kazakhstan (Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity, Kazakhstan, Biosafety Institute, Gvardeskiy RK, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK))

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Days After Oil Tanker Sinks, Large Slicks Observed In East China Sea

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:06

Chinese authorities say they've found the Iranian tanker that sank Sunday after a collision and several explosions. The incident left the crew presumed dead — and released two miles-long oil slicks.

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Berlin's New Adidas Sneakers Feature Sewn-In Transit Tickets

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:59

These shoes are made for taking the metro. They may seem pricey, but they're about a quarter of the cost of an annual transportation pass in Berlin.

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Sen. Bob Dole To Receive Congressional Gold Medal

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:31

Dole served more than three decades in Congress, was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996 and was an early supporter of President Trump, who will attend the ceremony.

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Concerns Grow That Infections From 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:25

Chronic Wasting Disease, a deadly neurological disorder similar to Mad Cow, has been detected in 24 states. So far it has posed no risk to people, but a new Canadian study has prompted more testing.

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Are Photos Of 'Beautiful' Africa The Best Response To Trump's Vulgar Slur?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:27

The online backlash to the president's alleged insult was a wave of photos highlighting the positive side of places he mentioned. Now there's a backlash to the backlash.

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Are You Participating In This Year's Women's March?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:25

NPR's Leila Fadel wants to hear from you about the anniversary of the Women's March. She's curious to learn what you think has changed over the past year and what you're marching for this year.

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North Korea's Olympic Hopefuls Include A Pair Of Figure Skaters

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:58

Pair skaters Ryom Tae Ok, 18, and Kim Ju Sik, 25, qualified last year for the Winter Games. They'll learn this weekend whether they'll compete in Pyeongchang.

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U.S. Freezes More Than Half Of Aid To U.N. Agency For Palestinian Refugees

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:29

The funding freeze comes weeks after the U.S. was soundly rejected in its attempts to block a resolution in the U.N. that called for countries not to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

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Top Stories: Government Shutdown Looms; Ex-CIA Officer Arrested

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:14

Also: Most of the National Park Service Board quits, angry over government indifference; wintry weather crashes into the East; and a suspected meteor causes quite the sonic boom in Eastern Michigan.

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North Korean Athletes Will March With South Koreans At Pyeongchang Olympics

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:46

The two countries will also form a unified women's hockey team to compete in the Winter Olympics in February. The North will send a cheering squad to support its delegation.

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North Korea To Send A 230-Person Cheering Squad To Winter Olympics

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:46

Details about the national spirit squad emerged as delegations from North and South Korea meet to discuss how the pariah regime will participate in the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.

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Do You Have The Right To Plead Not Guilty When Your Lawyer Disagrees?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:24

The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case in which the defendant's lawyer told the jury he was guilty over the defendant's explicit objection.

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Bright Light, Sonic Boom As Meteor Streaks Across Southern Michigan

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:23

The space rock punched through the clouds near Detroit just after 8 p.m. with a boom that shook houses and registered magnitude 2.0 on U.S. Geological Survey instruments.

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'Racial Impostor Syndrome': Here Are Your Stories

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:18

We got more than 100 letters from our listeners about how y'all feel like fakes. Here are some of our favorites.

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Protesting Is Uncomfortable. Should It Be Easier?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:00

This week on Ask Code Switch, a question from a Florida high school student who wants to know how to fight against injustice without antagonizing his teachers.

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Majority Of National Park Service Board Resigns Citing Administration Indifference

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:42

The chairman of the board, former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, said in a letter that the Department of the Interior showed no interest in engaging with its members.

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As Mueller Investigation Has Become Politicized, Americans Are Split On Its Fairness

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:01

The Russia probe is largely viewed with a political tint, but most Americans believe the special counsel should be allowed to finish the investigation, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

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