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FDA Faulted For Lapses In Orphan Drug Program

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 16:07

The Government Accountability Office found breakdowns in the way the Food and Drug Administration evaluates drugs for rare diseases. The analysis came after an investigation by Kaiser Health News.

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Dozens Of Pilot Whales Die In New Zealand's 3rd Mass Stranding In A Week

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:43

Answers remain elusive for the country's Department of Conservation, which believes these incidents are not related. In the latest one, more than 50 pilot whales died in the remote Chatham Islands.

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Interior Secretary Zinke Attacks Democrat Who Calls For His Resignation

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:12

Zinke suggests Arizona Rep. Grijalva, who is in line to chair the House committee overseeing his agency, is a drunk. The ugly exchange comes ahead of likely hearings about Zinke's ethics issues.

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Blac Chyna Came To Nigeria To Launch A Skin-Lightening Cream At $250 A Jar

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:50

The product comes in a crystal-adorned container. Amid the hoopla, Nigerians weighed in on the subject of skin lightening.

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Amid Spike In Measles Cases, Health Officials Warn Of 'Losing Decades Of Progress'

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:35

The number of cases worldwide leaped more than 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the World Health Organization and the CDC. And they say the rise has roots in failures to vaccinate children.

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Episode #1849

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:53

The story of Angelica, a Mexican woman living in New York City who had her five children removed from her home by the city's Administration for Children's Services. Also, The Moth and La Bamba.

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Damaging Roads

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:47

The earthquake, with its epicenter just a few miles off Anchorage, has been followed by a series of aftershocks.

U.S. Troops At Border: 4,000 Active-Duty Personnel Expected To Remain Through Jan. 31

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:40

The overall size of the force will be reduced from its current level of around 5,900 personnel, Pentagon officials tell NPR. The deployment had been slated to end on Dec. 15.

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DHS Asks Other Federal Agencies To Send Civilian Law Enforcement Officers to Border

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:40

The request comes as the overall size of the military force at the border will be cut from around 5,900 personnel to 4,000, Pentagon officials tell NPR. The deployment may be extended through January.

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Trump Jr.'s 2017 Testimony Conflicts With Cohen's Account Of Russian Talks

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:56

President Trump's son told the Senate that negotiations over a Trump Tower in Moscow concluded before his father's campaign took off. The president's former attorney said otherwise in court Thursday.

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U.N. Report: 50,000 Women A Year Are Killed By Intimate Partners, Family Members

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:57

The reasons range from "honor killings" to dowry disputes, according to an analysis of female homicides around the globe.

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Marriott Says Up To 500 Million Customers' Data Stolen In Breach

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:13

The hotel giant said information on up to 500 million customers worldwide was exposed in a breach of its Starwood reservation database. The data includes dates of birth and passport numbers.

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Amid Escalating Tension, Ukraine Bans Russian Men From Crossing Its Borders

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:29

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the ban on Russian men of military age is aimed at preventing the infiltration of "private armies."

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Mexico's New Populist President Takes Office On Saturday

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 07:27

While President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador's unorthodox approach has gained him a loyal following, his unpredictability is rattling international markets and stirring up critics.

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USMCA: Trump Signs New Trade Agreement With Mexico And Canada

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 07:25

President Trump is signing the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement — or USMCA — in Buenos Aires Friday, using the backdrop of the G-20 Summit to resolve a trade crisis with America's closest neighbors.

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Ethics Agency Warns Federal Workers Not To Discuss Impeachment Or 'Resistance'

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 05:00

The Hatch Act keeps partisan politics out of the federal workplace. Should it keep civil servants from talking about impeachment or using the #resist hashtag?

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McCaskill Blames Senate Defeat On Democratic 'Failure' With Rural America

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 05:00

The Missouri Democrat reflected on her loss in an interview with NPR. McCaskill criticizes how Democrats handled the Kavanaugh nomination and warns her party against going too far investigating Trump.

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Fighting For Compensation After A Wrongful Conviction And 38 Years In Prison

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 05:00

Fred Clay, whose conviction was overturned, could be paid up to a million dollars from Massachusetts. But state law makes it difficult to collect.

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Hope, Agency, Mastery, And Other Terms Educators Are Redefining

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 05:00

Here are some of the latest key words driving teachers in their work.

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Why Aren't Millennials Spending? They're Poorer Than Previous Generations, Fed Says

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 04:44

Millennials are less well off than members of earlier generations when they were young. They have lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth, a new Federal Reserve study says.

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