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Protests Rock Spain's Catalonia Region But Residents Are Divided Over Independence

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 09:00

While many Catalans are outraged at the central government's crackdown on the independence movement, the huge demonstrations have obscured deep divisions in Catalan society.

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Congo's KOKOKO! Makes Joyful Dance Music From Instruments Made Of Junk

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 07:00

The band couldn't afford instruments. So they made their own out of scavenged items, like kitchen pots and air-conditioner parts. On their U.S. tour, they stopped by NPR's Tiny Desk.

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Impeachment Inquiry Update: What The Past Week Revealed About The Ukraine Affair

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 05:00

President Trump commissioned Rudy Giuliani as his top guy for Ukraine and the White House also appointed "three amigos" to carry out its policy. The administration says nothing's wrong here.

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California Can Expect Blackouts For A Decade, Says PG&E CEO

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 22:38

PG&E is under fire for its management of last week's planned power outages that left about 800,000 customers in the dark. CEO Bill Johnson admits the company was ill-prepared for the operation.

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Boeing Pilots Detected 737 Max Flight Control Glitch Two Years Before Deadly Crash

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 20:04

One pilot messaged that the problem was "egregious" and he had "basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)" when he had told the FAA that the flight control system was safe.

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White House Adviser Peter Navarro Calls Fictional Alter Ego An 'Inside Joke'

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:54

Peter Navarro, a key architect of President Trump's trade policy, made up one of the people the adviser repeatedly quotes in his nonfiction books. Navarro's publisher is not amused.

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'We Didn't Believe We Would See The Sun Rise': Refugees From Syria Arrive In Iraq

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:06

More than 2,000 refugees have crossed into Iraq since Turkey began its assault on northeastern Syria last week. Aid groups are bracing for as many as 50,000 refugee arrivals.

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New Orleans Will Use Explosives To Topple Cranes At Hard Rock Hotel Collapse Site

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:53

A tropical storm will bring gusty winds to the area, threatening the stability of two towering cranes that remain unstable following last weekend's disaster.

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Pause In Turkey's Syria Incursion Largely Holding On First Day

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:16

There are a lot of unanswered questions, like whether Kurdish forces are actually withdrawing from the border. The Pentagon says U.S. ground forces won't be involved in enforcing a "safe zone."

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Explosions At Mosque Kill At Least 62 People In Afghanistan

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:01

It's the most serious militant attack against civilians in weeks. And it continues an alarming trend of rising casualties among the public in Afghanistan.

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What's Behind The Research Funding Gap For Black Scientists?

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:17

Black scientists more often seek grants for community health studies, but molecular-level research proposals win more funding. More diversity throughout the process could help close the gap, says NIH.

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Forget About The Tap: A City Of 2 Million Has Virtually No Running Water

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:23

Democratic Republic of Congo is the scene of the world's second deadliest Ebola outbreak. But in the city of Goma, some 250 miles from the hot zone, residents have other concerns.

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The Long, Strange Journey Of 'Gung-Ho'

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:00

The word "gung-ho" used to mean "industrial cooperative." So, how did it come to describe that over-eager middle-schooler taking high school math? On today's edition of Word Watch, we explore.

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Hear Prince's Acoustic 'I Feel For You' Demo, Fresh From The Vault

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:34

"I Feel for You" was a smash for Chaka Khan in 1984. Five years earlier, it existed only as a solo demo by a 20-year-old Prince.

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In Virginia, 2 Young Candidates Vie To Be First Black GOP Lawmakers In 15 Years

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:05

Since Reconstruction, Virginia has elected only two African American Republicans to the legislature. This year, two young black men running against Democrats might change that.

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Massive Gun Battle Erupts In Mexico Over Son Of Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo'

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:04

Security forces came under attack and were forced to withdraw after they sought to arrest Ovidio Guzmán López, who is thought to control the Sinaloa cartel since his father's arrest in 2014.

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Get Caught Up: 4 Big Questions About The Trump-Ukraine Affair

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:00

Although new pieces of the puzzle are added all the time, some of the biggest questions about the Ukraine pressure campaign — and what Congress may do about it — aren't yet resolved.

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Drone Delivery Is One Step Closer To Reality

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:00

Walgreens is testing out delivery from store to door by drone in Virginia, and UPS won approval to expand air delivery of medical supplies.

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Whistleblower Alleges Fraud At A Large Medicare Advantage Plan In Seattle

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:00

As the Trump administration calls for expanding access to Medicare Advantage, a federal whistleblower lawsuit accuses a large Medicare Advantage plan of bilking Medicare out of $8 million.

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Mattis Takes Swipe At Trump: 'I Earned My Spurs On The Battlefield'

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 02:52

In a speech blending humor with a serious message, the former secretary of defense also quoted a warning by Lincoln against a leader "unfettered by conscience, precedent or decency."

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