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Here's Just How Little Confidence Americans Have In Political Institutions

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that Congress, the political parties and the media rank among the least-trusted U.S. institutions in the age of President Trump.

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Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00

Home health firms sometimes turn away Medicare beneficiaries who have chronic health problems by incorrectly claiming Medicare won't pay their for their services, say advocates for patients.

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Opioid Crisis Blamed For Sharp Increase In Accidental Deaths In U.S.

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:45

Accidental deaths, which include overdoses, have become the third-leading killer for Americans for the first time in more than a century, according to the National Safety Council.

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No Closer To DACA Deal, Republicans Push Plan B To Keep Government Open

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:07

GOP lawmakers want a compromise to prevent a shutdown for at least another month. But many Democrats have promised a no-vote unless protections for "Dreamers" are part of the bargain.

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Ex-CIA Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Exposing U.S. Spy Network In China

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 02:25

Jerry Chung Shing Lee, 53, was arrested at New York's JFK Airport on Monday, capping a six-year investigation that began when the FBI searched his hotel room in 2012, uncovering classified notes.

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What Stories Do You Want From Code Switch In 2018?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:18

New year, new stories. Let us know which topics, stories and notable people you want us to cover in the coming year.

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Naval Commanders In 2 Deadly Ship Collisions To Be Charged With Negligent Homicide

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 20:02

A total of 17 crew members were killed. The two incidents called into question the Navy's training procedures and preparation.

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Dr. Ronny Jackson: The White House Doctor Who Gave Trump A Clean Bill Of Health

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:16

The Navy rear admiral found himself in the spotlight Tuesday as he offered a folksy and authoritative update on the president's physical exam.

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Man Ruptures His Throat By Stifling A Big Sneeze, Prompting Doctors' Warning

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:57

Not long after he suppressed a powerful sneeze, the patient's neck began swelling, crackling and popping. It was a rare case — and he recovered — but doctors say there's a moral here: Just let it rip.

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Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:43

The law that requires America to turn some of its soybeans into diesel fuel for trucks has created a new industry. But it's costing American consumers about $5 billion each year.

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Veteran Sues After Scalpel Found Inside His Body 4 Years After Surgery

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:38

"It's a level of incompetence that's almost incomprehensible," the plaintiff's lawyer tells NPR. The surgical instrument had been causing him abdominal pain for four years before it was discovered.

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DOJ Plans To Ask The Supreme Court To Intervene On DACA

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:29

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants the high court to reverse a decision out of California forcing the government to resume accepting DACA applications. He said the ruling defies common sense.

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We Asked, You Answered: What Shaped Trump's View Of Poor Countries?

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:22

Is it fair to make a connection between the president's comments and the way aid groups and the media portray poverty? Our readers weigh in.

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White House Doctor Says Trump Is In 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:17

Dr. Ronny Jackson said the president could benefit from losing between 10 and 15 pounds over the coming year as well as beginning an exercise regimen.

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Homeland Security Secretary Says She 'Did Not Hear' Trump Use 'That' Vulgar Word

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:01

At a contentious congressional testimony, Kirstjen Nielsen said under oath said President Trump and others used "tough language" on immigration, but not a particular

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The Fine Line Between A Bad Date And Sexual Assault: 2 Views On Aziz Ansari

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:34 published a woman's account of a date with comedian Aziz Ansari that she says turned into "the worst night" of her life. In conversation with NPR's Kelly McEvers, two writers — Caitlin Flanagan of The Atlantic and Anna North of Vox — discuss whether the story describes a bad date, sexual assault or something in between.

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How The Convenience Economy Has Led To Clutter In Urban China

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:34

The advent of shared bikes and food delivery service apps have led to an unprecedented amount of clutter on the sidewalks of China's largest city. Where pedestrians once walked freely, they now have to compete with speeding electric scooters belonging to armies of food delivery men along limited sidewalk space due to heaps of shared bicycles strewn about.

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How Active Duty Military Are Navigating Changing Attitudes Toward Marijuana

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:34

California is the latest state to begin legal recreational sale of marijuana. That presents a challenge to the thousands of active duty military — and their families — who must navigate changing attitudes toward marijuana use, which is still prohibited under federal law.

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In Egypt, Potential Candidates Prepare To Enter Presidential Race

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:34

Filing to run for president of Egypt begins this weekend, but potential candidates say they're afraid of the consequences of taking on hardline President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who looks to run again.

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Held Captive By Their Parents, 13 Children Found In California

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:34

On Sunday, 13 children were discovered emaciated, shackled and held captive by their parents in a home in Riverside County, California. The motive is still unknown. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with KVCR's Benjamin Purper, who was on the scene and is following the story.

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