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'Smallville' Actress Charged With Sex Trafficking

3 hours 24 min ago

Women in a secret group in a female mentorship organization operated as "slaves" with "masters," say federal prosecutors. Actress Allison Mack is alleged to have played a big role in the operation.

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Why Duke University Won't Honor Freshman Roommate Requests This Fall

7 hours 15 min ago

Duke University has decided to stop honoring roommate requests made by incoming freshmen – returning the procedure largely to chance. Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta tells NPR why.

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A New Generation's Political Awakening

7 hours 51 min ago

Gun violence protests may be a pivotal moment for the generation coming up behind millennials. Events that occur when we're young can have an outsized impact on shaping our political outlook.

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The Russia Investigations: Comey At Imbroglio's Center But Does He Bring Clarity?

7 hours 51 min ago

James Comey's memos are released — in redacted, unclassified form — at the end of a week of Comey mania. And Michael Cohen drops a civil suit about the Trump-Russia dossier.

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Barbara Bush Remembered In Her Own, Never-Minced, Words

7 hours 51 min ago

The former first lady to President George H.W. Bush, and mother of President George W. Bush, spoke unapologetically throughout her life, inspiring many and incensing others.

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As Saudi Arabia's Cinema Ban Ends, Filmmakers Eye New Opportunities

7 hours 51 min ago

Allowing cinemas is part of a modernization drive by the Saudi government, which hopes to create more business opportunities and become a regional film hub. But it's a tough place to be a filmmaker.

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When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

7 hours 51 min ago

In this latest form of self-harming behavior, adolescents anonymously post mean or derogatory comments about themselves on social media, as a way of managing feelings of sadness or self-loathing.

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His Dad Didn't Want Him To Draw. Dad Didn't Know Best

7 hours 51 min ago

Didier Kassai was determined to be an artist. In the troubled Central African Republic, where nearly 40 percent of adults aren't literate, his posters convey life-saving information.

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Trump: North Korea's Suspension Of Nuclear Tests Shows 'Progress'

12 hours 16 min ago

North Korea announced that it will stop nuclear and missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. President Trump tweeted that it was a sign "Progress being made for all!"

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Controlled Burn Held At Manassas Battlefield Park To Restore Civil War Landscape

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:40

Smoke rose above planned maneuvers to defeat overgrown vegetation, preserving the wartime feel of the park where thousands of soldiers fought in 1862.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Charged With Second Felony: Computer Data Tampering

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:13

The latest charge is related to the alleged use of his veterans' charity donor rolls to raise money for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign. He says he will clear his name in court.

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Romaine Lettuce: Don't Eat It!

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:19

Just to be safe, the CDC is telling consumers to "throw out" all romaine lettuce, including whole heads, because of an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 61 people and hospitalized 31.

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South African Government Ramping Up Efforts To Get More Land Into Black Ownership

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:55

Nearly a quarter century after the end of apartheid, whites still own most of the land in South Africa. A new political party thinks land should be appropriated without compensation and given to blacks. The view is increasingly popular, despite the cautionary tale of Zimbabwe to the north.

Trucker In Human Smuggling Case Sentenced To Life In Prison

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:39

In July, law enforcement found James Matthew Bradley Jr. sitting in the front seat of a tractor-trailer with human cargo — 39 undocumented immigrants. Ten passengers died.

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Malibu Moves to Ban Single-Use Plastic

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:53

Whether you think it's time or a waste of time, the city of Malibu decided to ban the use of plastic straws, utensils and stirrers as a means of reducing their harmful effects on the environment.

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Why Mike Pompeo's Views On Muslims Keep Coming Up In His Confirmation Hearing

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:20

Mike Pompeo's nomination to be Secretary of State is controversial in part because of his history of making incendiary comments about Muslims. Wa'el Alzayat, a former State Department official, who now leads the Muslim-American activist group Emgage Action, talks about why he thinks Pompeo's views are dangerous for the international community.

Federal Judge Blocks Transfer Of American Being Held In Syria

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:20

The U.S. is holding a dual American-Saudi citizen who was captured in Syria and is suspected of being a member of ISIS. The man has been held overseas for more than seven months without charge. The ACLU is challenging his detention in court.

Obama Administration General Discusses Trump's Proposed Arab Force

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:20

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with retired Gen. Martin Dempsey about President Trump's proposal for an Arab Force in Syria, and U.S. efforts to get the Saudis and other Arab nations to fund and man a joint military force in the past.

Wells Fargo Fined $1 Billion Over Mortgage And Auto Loans

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:20

Wells Fargo will pay a $1 billion fine to settle claims that it had taken advantage of mortgage and auto loan customers. Federal regulators also said the bank did not have adequate compliance or risk management programs.

Students Walkout Across The Country To Protest Violence In Schools

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:20

Students across the country left their classrooms at 10 a.m. Friday to protest violence in schools. In Washington, D.C. students marched from the White House to the U.S. Capitol.