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Pentagon Officials Say Transgender People Can Enlist In Military Next Year

Pentagon officials say starting on Jan. 1, 2018, transgender people can enlist in the U.S. military. President Trump has opposed allowing transgender people to serve, but the Pentagon decision comes as courts are ruling against efforts to bar transgender enlistment.

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Congressional Republicans Hope To Pass Tax Overhaul Bill By Dec. 25

Congressional Republicans are working to merge House and Senate versions of a GOP tax bill. They're hoping to reach their first major legislative milestone by Christmas.

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The Challenges Of Regulating Autonomous Weapons

Autonomous weapons, capable of operating independent of human control, are being developed by several countries around the world. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Paul Scharre of the Center for a New American Security about this new military technology and the challenges of regulating it.

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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality Despite Millions Of Fake Public Comments

Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.

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Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Steps Aside After Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant company after allegations of sexual misconduct. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Amanda Kludt, Editor-in-Chief of the online publication Eater, which broke the story.

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Suspect In New York Subway Blast Had 'Low-Tech' Device

Police are calling an explosion in a crowded corridor between two New York City subway stations Monday morning an attempted terror attack. Officials say suspect Akayed Ullah detonated an improvised pipe bomb that was strapped to his body.

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Before Voting Begins, A Look At Alabama's Special Senate Election

One of the most contested and high-profile special Senate elections of recent times is drawing to a close in Alabama. A day before voting begins, a look at where Republican Roy Moore stands against Democrat Doug Jones.

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Wisconsin Voters Aren't Enthusiastic About Republican Tax Bill

What do voters think of the tax bills currently under debate in Congress? In the swing state of Wisconsin, many voters don't know much about the legislation — but don't like what they see so far.

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Pope Francis Suggests Translation Change To The Lord's Prayer

Last week, Pope Francis weighed in on how the line "lead us not into temptation" in the Lord's Prayer might be improved. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large of America Magazine, about the translation changes Pope Francis has proposed.

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Women Who Accused President Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Want Congress To Investigate

With allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the forefront of politics, women who have accused President Trump of misconduct are renewing calls for him to be held accountable.

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DOJ Stepping Up Prosecutions Of Medical Providers Who Abuse Prescribing Authority

It's believed that 80 percent of people addicted to heroin today started with prescription painkillers. The over-prescription of opioids in the U.S. has been well documented. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about how the Department of Justice is ramping up prosecutions of medical providers who abuse their prescribing authority when it comes to opioids.

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How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

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Mario Batali Steps Aside From His Restaurants Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Four women described how Batali touched them inappropriately, and others said they witnessed bullying and lewd comments. Batali doesn't deny the allegations, saying they "match up" with past behavior.

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'Star Wars' Surprise: Jedi Are Celibate!

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:27
According to Luke Skywalker himself, if Jedi were allowed to get down "I'd have a girlfriend by now."
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If A School Becomes A Shelter In Puerto Rico, Where Do Students Learn?

A group of middle schoolers are returning to class for the first time since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September. They're sharing a school with high schoolers, and that worries some parents.

(Image credit: José Jiménez-Tirado for NPR)

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What We Know So Far In NYC Subway Blast

Authorities are investigating what led a suspect to take an explosive device into an underground passageway Monday. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Kate Hinds, a reporter with member station WNYC.

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Why Stephen Wolfram Decided to Livestream His Company's Work

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00
Stephen Wolfram explains his decision to show the world exactly how Wolfram Research works—via live stream.
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Science From the Moon’s Shadow

NASA Image of the Day - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:29
The Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse was rare in its long, uninterrupted path over land, which provided scientists with a rare chance to investigate the Sun and its influence on Earth in ways that aren’t usually possible. On Dec. 11, researchers discussed initial findings based on observations gathered during the eclipse.
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'Shape Of Water,' 'Big Little Lies' Snag Most Golden Globe Nominations

Guillermo del Toro's Cold War fantasy The Shape Of Water snagged the most motion picture nominations, followed by The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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Suspect In NYC Blast Was Wearing 'Low-Tech' Device

New York City was rocked Monday by an explosion in the subway beneath the Port Authority. Authorities report a single suspect in custody, and no life-threatening injuries.

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