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From Mourning to 'Moonlight': A Year In Race, As Told By Code Switch

NPR Top Stories - 2 hours 31 min ago

As we light a candle on the Code Switch podcast's birthday cake, our team looks back on the stories that mattered.

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GOP Senators From Opioid-Ravaged States Uneasy About Health Care Bill

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 31 min ago

This week, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced she opposes the health care bill in its current form. She cited cuts to Medicaid and what the bill would mean for people with opioid addiction.

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Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions Fear Bias Under GOP Health Proposals

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 31 min ago

Encouraged by their doctors, many people in recent years have taken tests to find out if they're at risk of disease. Now they worry the Republican health bills could make them vulnerable.

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In Trump Meeting With South Korean Leader, A Chance To Reaffirm 'Ironclad' Ties

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 53 min ago

North Korea will top the agenda as President Trump and South Korea's Moon Jae-in meet Thursday. But whatever tensions brew below the surface, there will be reassurances that the relationship is solid.

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As ISIS Gets Squeezed In Syria And Iraq, It's Using Music As A Weapon

NPR Top Stories - 4 hours 2 min ago

The Islamic State is losing territory in Iraq and Syria but is trying to keep its supporters' spirits up through song. Its newest release, "My State Remains," reveals an organization down but not out.

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'I Want The Pages To Turn': Librarian Nancy Pearl's Summer Reading List

NPR Books - 4 hours 4 min ago

Ahead of the July 4th weekend, the Seattle-based librarian shares a stack of eight recent favorites. She includes thrillers, mysteries, family sagas and an homage to the game rock, paper, scissors.

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Trump Picks Republican Lawyer For FCC Commissioner Seat

NPR Top Stories - 4 hours 37 min ago

President Trump will name former telecom attorney and current FCC lawyer Brendan Carr to serve as an FCC commissioner. He's expected to back Chairman Ajit Pai's efforts to undo net neutrality rules.

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Australian Police Bring Sexual Assault Charges Against Catholic Cardinal

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 52 min ago

Cardinal George Pell, a key adviser to Pope Francis, has been ordered to appear in a Melbourne court next month. He denied the charges and says he'll take a leave of absence to "clear my name."

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FBI Agent Is Indicted On Charges Of Lying About Fatal Oregon Refuge Shooting

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 57 min ago

The charges against the agent were brought amid lingering animosity over the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest restrictions on use of federal lands.

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Boaty McBoatface Makes Its Triumphant Return, Hauling 'Unprecedented Data'

NPR Top Stories - June 28, 2017 - 2:16pm

The curiously named submersible wrapped up its inaugural voyage last week. And, as the British Antarctic Survey noted Wednesday, Boaty acquitted itself well on the seven-week expedition.

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After Abuse Scandal, USA Gymnastics Says It Will Take Steps To Protect Athletes

NPR Top Stories - June 28, 2017 - 1:59pm

The organization's board unanimously adopted 70 recommendations of an independent report. But some say the governing body's pledge to do better isn't enough.

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Federal Appeals Court Paves Way For Ohio To Resume Lethal Injections

NPR Top Stories - June 28, 2017 - 1:44pm

It was a contentious decision that split the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges in an 8-6 vote. A lower court had halted executions. The judges focused on the effects of the sedative midazolam.

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Michael Bond, Creator Of Paddington Bear Books, Dies At 91

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 1:15pm

Michael Bond, creator of the beloved Paddington Bear books, died Tuesday at 91. The classic children's book character is a scruffy little bear prone to accidents, but he means well.

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Trump Travel Ban Could Be Implemented Thursday

NPR Top Stories - June 28, 2017 - 1:13pm

The administration is expected to outline how the limited travel ban will work, following the Supreme Court's lifting of stays blocking the executive order.

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Mutant Strains Of Polio Vaccine Now Cause More Paralysis Than Wild Polio

NPR Top Stories - June 28, 2017 - 11:22am

So far this year, there have been only six cases of wild polio — and 21 cases of vaccine-derived polio, most of them in Syria.

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The Battle Over American Health Care: What's At Stake In The Senate's Bill

NPR Top Stories - June 28, 2017 - 10:13am

Vox.com correspondent Sarah Kliff says Republicans determined to replace and repeal Obamacare are finding it's "awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely."

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Big Travel Boom Expected This Fourth Of July Weekend

NPR Top Stories - June 28, 2017 - 10:13am

AAA says cheaper gas is one of the driving forces behind an expected increase in travelers this holiday weekend. Nearly 45 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home.

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Michael Bond, The 'Giant' Behind Paddington Bear, Dies At 91

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 9:16am

"Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform" — and readers first met Paddington with those words in 1958. Bond, who died Tuesday, turned that bear into an unforgettable friend.

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John Grisham's New Novel "Camino Island"

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 7:38am

In Grisham’s latest novel, his 30th, he departs from his usual legal thriller genre to write about a struggling young author who moves to a sleepy resort town in Florida. It’s the story of a rare books dealer, a daring literary crime and a young, female writer who tries to catch a thief.

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Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 6:00am

Recently, the New York Times published an essay defending cultural appropriation as necessary engagement. But that's a simplistic, misguided way of looking at appropriation, which causes real harm.

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