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California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

NPR Top Stories - August 18, 2017 - 1:00am

On a sunny day, California gets up to 40 percent of its energy from solar power, so Monday's total eclipse isn't just a scientific spectacle, it's a major concern for the state's power grid.

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South Africa Puts A 'Red Alert' At Its Borders For Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 8:07pm

A 20-year old South African model accusing Zimbabwe's First Lady of beating her with an extension cord has rejected a proposed cash settlement, according to her legal team.

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WATCH: Protesters Try To Surrender In Solidarity With Confederate Statue Topplers

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 7:55pm

Upward of 100 people showed up at a courthouse in Durham, N.C., to support the people arrested for tearing down a Confederate monument. Then, they tried to turn themselves in, saying, "Arrest me too!"

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Once Shot For Advocating For Girls' Education, Malala Is Going To Oxford

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 3:35pm

The young Pakistani-born woman shot by the Taliban because she advocated for girls' education is now headed to Oxford. Malala Yousafzai is also the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

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'We're Not Them' — Condemning Charlottesville And Condoning White Resentment

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:58pm

A scholar and a journalist offer context and analysis on the events in Charlottesville and the politics of white anger.

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'That's Good,' Philippine President Says, As Drug Raids Kill Unprecedented Numbers

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:54pm

Police raids in the Philippines over a three-day span killed dozens of people suspected of selling or using drugs. They're the bloodiest known days in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

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Local Reporter Describes What We Know About Van Attack In Barcelona

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Fiona Govan, a reporter for The Local, Spain, based in Madrid about the deadly attack in Barcelona on Thursday.

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An American In Barcelona Reacts To Van Attack

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

Andrew Roby is an American on vacation in Barcelona and was in the vicinity when a van drove into a crowd of people killing at least a dozen and injuring at least 50.

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Terrorism Expert In Barcelona Talks About Van Attack Near Las Ramblas

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Nafees Hamid, a terrorism expert for Artis International, who was a few blocks away from Las Ramblas, where the attack in Barcelona occurred on Thursday.

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In Birmingham, The Debate Over Confederate Monuments Is Renewed After Charlottesville

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

Birmingham, Ala., has a complicated relationship with racism. Some of the most notable events from the Civil Rights era took place in the city. Now, there's renewed debate about the fate of the city's Confederate monuments.

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Mathematicians Could Help In Gerrymandering Legal Cases

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

Legal fights over racial and partisan gerrymandering are intensifying and mathematicians think they can help. Specialists in geometry are training to become expert witnesses in redistricting cases around the country.

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Officials Still Searching For Bodies After Deadly Mudslides In Sierra Leone

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

Three days after mudslides killed hundreds in Sierra Leone's capital city, government officials are still searching for bodies under the rubble. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with the president's spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, about how the West African country is responding to the disaster.

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Reporter In Barcelona Describes Scene Immediately After Deadly Van Attack

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

Jim Kent runs an English-language radio station in Barcelona and arrived at the scene in the Las Ramblas district shortly after he heard the news of the deadly van attack.

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Varied Republican Response To Charlottesville Raises Questions On Legislative Ability

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

After their failed health care efforts, Republican lawmakers are regrouping for the coming fight this fall to overhaul the entire federal tax code. But President Trump's handling of the racist-fueled violence in Charlottesville shows in stark terms how hard it is to keep the party on the same page.

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Trump Voters Discuss The President's Comments On Confederate Monuments

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

As President Trump re-emphasizes his support for statues of Confederate leaders, Republican and Trump voters in Wisconsin weigh in on whether they agree with the president.

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Trump Lashes Out At Critics Of His Response To Violence In Charlottesville

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 12:36pm

On Thursday, President Trump offered support to Spain as it deals with a deadly attack. Though he remained out of public view, he lashed out at critics of his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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Phoenix Mayor Asks Trump To Delay Visit, Hoping For 'More Sound Judgment'

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 4:28am

President Trump says he's "seriously considering" a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Doing so would "enflame emotions and further divide our nation," says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

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Joint Chiefs Denounce Racism After Trump's Comments

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 3:16am

Top ranking uniformed leaders of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard all posted on social media condemning racism, hatred and extremism.

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How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 3:00am

Two years ago, Carolyn Beans — plant biologist, flower farm worker and daughter of a veggie-grower — thought she had what it took to coax a bounty out of her tiny urban garden. She was wrong.

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Driver Faces 5 Charges — And Potential Death Penalty — Over Immigrants' Deaths

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 2:57am

Ten immigrants were found dead among the nearly 40 people who sat in a sweltering truck's trailer in San Antonio. Agents say James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 60, was sitting in the cab of the truck.

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