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In Florida, Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored Automatically

3 hours 2 min ago

Thousands of petitions are circulating across the state in an unprecedented grass-roots campaign to restore voting rights to almost 1.7 million people.

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California Wildfires Have Disrupted School For A Quarter Of A Million Students

3 hours 26 min ago

Natural disasters have left millions of students across the U.S. out of school. The California wildfires have added to the tally, with dozens of districts and hundreds of schools affected.

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Close Encounters With Congress?

3 hours 42 min ago

A congressional candidate in Florida has said that she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was seven years old. She does not mean at Disney World.

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Iowa Tries A New Domestic Violence Intervention: Mindfulness

4 hours 40 min ago

Iowa has a new intervention program for domestic abusers, which aims to develop their emotional awareness. In early studies, the program outperformed traditional classes that address control issues.

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One Of New Zealand's Best Sailors Aims For Triple Crown In Round-The-World Race

5 hours 1 min ago

Peter Burling has already won Olympic gold and the America's Cup. Soon he'll start the grueling Volvo Ocean Race. Sleep deprivation, freeze-dried food and giant waves are only some of the challenges.

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Trump Teases, Threatens And Dodges With 'We'll See What Happens'

5 hours 2 min ago

President Trump frequently says "We will see what happens" about matters large and small, creating uncertainty for the media, members of his administration and even world leaders.

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'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

5 hours 23 min ago

Xinjiang has nearly 20,000 glaciers, half of China's total. They're all receding at a record pace — and will continue to melt, some scientists warn, even if global temperatures stop rising.

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DeVos Is Sued By 17 States; Richard Spencer And Colleges; Race and Student Loans

5 hours 24 min ago

Plus a new Education Department employee opposes regulation in our weekly roundup of learning-related news.

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When It Comes To Race And Sports, Who Owns An Athlete's Opinions?

5 hours 58 min ago

The anger of white fans "is what happens when black bodies don't conform to what white spectators and consumers want them to be or do or say," says Penn State professor Amira Rose Davis.

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Many Breast Cancer Patients Receive More Radiation Therapy Than Needed

6 hours 2 min ago

Unnecessary treatment of breast cancer and other diseases is pervasive. Overtreatment adds enormous costs to the health care system and, at times, burdens patients with needless suffering.

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Don't Surrender, Reinvent: The New Mantra Of Small Biz In Puerto Rico

7 hours 1 min ago

Facing an uncertain future and dim prospects of financial relief, small businesses get support and strength from each other.

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Appeals Court Sets Terms For Abortion For Teen Immigrant

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:43

A lower court had ordered the government to allow the minor who is in the U.S. without permission to seek an abortion "without delay." The appeals judges say first she needs a sponsor.

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Prisoners Face Uncertainty As Number Of Halfway Houses Are Cut

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:49

The Justice Department has ended contracts with several halfway houses across the country. That change means inmates will likely stay in prison longer and have a tougher transition back to society.

Need Hurricane Aid? In One Texas City, If You Boycott Israel, You May Be Out Of Luck

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:36

A city official told NPR that Dickinson is simply following a recently passed state law: "The city has nothing to do with it." But the representative who authored the law said it's being misapplied.

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Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:40

Last year, the Orionids were hampered by a bright moon. But this year, there's barely a sliver of moon in the sky, which should allow the remnants of Halley's Comet to shine.

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Chef José Andrés Has Served Nearly 1.5 Million Meals To Hungry Puerto Ricans

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

In the capital, San Juan, the coliseum has become the center of a massive effort, led by D.C. restaurateur and celebrity chef Andrés, to feed tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria.

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Reporter Pulls Blanket Off Cozy Ties Between Mattress Companies And Reviewers

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

Shoppers go online for reviews of the products they want to buy — like mattresses. But one reporter found out that reviewers often have cozy business deals with the companies they're reviewing.

Legal Case Weighs Whether Mexican Girl In U.S. Illegally Should Have Access To Abortion

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments on a case that pits a 17-year-old Mexican girl who is in the U.S. illegally and who wants an abortion against the Trump administration.

Russian Magazine Says 'Trolls' Used Social Media To Disrupt U.S. Election

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

A Russian business magazine says it has uncovered details of "trolls" based in St. Petersburg used social media to try to spread discontent and disinformation during the 2016 U.S. election.

Investigations Continue Into U.S. Military Deaths In Niger

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, about what happened on the ground in Niger that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead.