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Valerie Harper, Who Played Beloved TV Sidekick Rhoda, Dies At 80

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 19:31

Harper's Mary Tyler Moore Show character was the perfect foil for the sitcom's buttoned-up protagonist. "Rhoda had this wonderful quality of saying the unsayable," Harper told NPR in 2010.

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Brexit Watch: Why The Move To Suspend U.K. Parliament Matters

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 18:15

A legislative recess may sound ho-hum, but the news was a shock. Here's a quick look at what happened, why it matters and what comes next.

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Autopsy Of Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Reveals Opioids And Alcohol

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 17:01

The Skaggs family released a statement suggesting that an Angels employee may have supplied the pitcher with the drugs that killed him.

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Australia Says Great Barrier Reef Has 'Very Poor' Outlook, Climate Change To Blame

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 16:35

"Despite concerted efforts and investments, the condition of the Great Barrier Reef has declined since 2014, and this is largely due to the impacts from climate change," the main scientist said.

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President Trump Tweets Sensitive Surveillance Image of Iran

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 16:22

The Friday afternoon tweet has experts picking up their jaws from the floor when they saw a photo of an Iranian space facility.

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A Speedy Test For Norovirus Could Help Water Supplies Check For Contamination

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 15:49

Flooding from storms can sometimes lead to contamination from sewage in the drinking water supply. Scientists are trying to develop a quicker test for one troublesome contaminant: norovirus.

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Ex-MLB Players Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo Cleared Of Drug Ring Allegations

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 15:30

The former major leaguers headlined a list of suspects named in a huge drug trafficking bust by Dominican authorities. But a judge says there's not enough evidence. Dotel still faces a weapons charge.

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Trial Date Set For Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 4 Others Charged In 9/11 Attacks

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 14:43

A U.S. military court judge in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has set a trial date of Jan. 11, 2021, though a number of other deadlines would need to be met for the trial to begin then.

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The Key Role Pakistan Is Playing In U.S.-Taliban Talks

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 14:38

Critics have long contended that Pakistan has offered the Taliban shelter, if not outright support. Now the country is facilitating negotiations between Washington and the Taliban.

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Why Doctors And Medical Journals Are Fighting Over Health Care In Kashmir

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 12:59

There are very different perspectives on the impact the political crisis is having on the people of Kashmir. The Lancet weighed in — and an association of Indian doctors had an angry reaction.

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Why The Ebola Response Is A Success In Goma — But Not Elsewhere In Congo

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 12:53

What's working in this city of 2 million? And why hasn't it worked in other parts of the country? The outbreak in Congo has now claimed 2,000 lives and is the second biggest in history.

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DNC Recommends Scrapping Plans For Virtual Iowa, Nevada Caucuses Over Security

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 11:48

The Democratic National Committee won't permit Iowans to join party caucuses remotely. Officials worry that hackers could compromise the system and affect voting.

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Whatever Happened To ... The 494 Children Who Got HIV In 1 Pakistani City?

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 10:02

That was in the spring. This summer, panic and hysteria are still palpable among worried parents. An investigation is underway.

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Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price And The Sound Of Black Sisterhood

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 10:01

The famous contralto made a practice of amplifying black artists, especially black women artists, as seen through her collaborations with composer Florence B. Price.

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NPR Music's Top 12 Albums Of August

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 08:43

Lana Del Rey balanced bleak beauty with real insight, Young Thug's So Much Fun culminated his influence and Bon Iver offered an album just in time for autumn.

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U.S. Mainland Braces For Hurricane Dorian As It Intensifies Over The Atlantic

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 08:02

The storm is traveling at 12 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

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Biden Hears Frustration From Labor Union In His Campaign's Backyard

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 07:44

The former vice president heavily courts labor votes. But a large union that's a key player in Pennsylvania politics is feeling repeatedly snubbed by Joe Biden, as he's skipping an upcoming forum.

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These 5 Fire-Breathing Books Will Warm The Hearts Of Dragon Fans

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 07:00

Has the end of Game of Thrones and the long wait for the next Song of Ice and Fire book got you, uh ... dragon? We've rounded up some of this years best scales-and-wings reads to help fill the void.

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What Do You Call The 'Anniversary' Of A Disaster?

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 06:18

It's been 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia. But don't call this month an "anniversary."

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China Falls Out Of Fashion For Some U.S. Brands

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 05:08

As the trade war drags on, more manufacturers are looking to relocate from China to avoid Trump's tariffs. A firm that sells Isaac Mizrahi's clothing line has already shifted much of its production.

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