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Fifteen Are Dead After Landslide In Indonesia

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 10:21

Torrential rain caused tons of mud to crash into a village on Indonesia's main island during New Year's Eve celebrations on Monday. Twenty people are still missing.

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To The Dismay Of Free Speech Advocates, Vietnam Rolls Out Controversial Cyber Law

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 08:15

The law requires internet companies to store locals' data in Vietnam and hand over user information if the government asks for it, among other contentious provisions.

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Kentucky Distillers Scientifically Emulate A Century-Old Bottle Of Bourbon

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 08:02

A discovered pre-Prohibition bottle of Old Taylor, named after a whiskey world icon, inspired a distillery to use chromatography to examine the bourbon's murky past and try to recover its flavor.

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Rejected By Italy, Thousands Of Migrants From Africa Risk The Alps To Reach France

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 07:01

This year alone, some 5,000 migrants have attempted to cross from northern Italy into France, according to local municipalities and aid groups. Some have perished along the way. Many are sent back.

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N.Y. Swears In New Attorney General After A Tumultuous Year For The Office

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 05:25

Letitia James says "it is the highest honor" to begin her time as the state's top legal officer. She is the state's first black attorney general and the first woman to be elected to that post.

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Lawmakers Hope New House Day Care Will Keep Staff On Capitol Hill

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 05:00

A new day care facility is opening Jan. 2 for employees in the House of Representatives which will reduce the wait list for childcare from three years down to one.

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Could Exercising In Frigid Temperatures Make Us Healthier?

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 05:00

As a freezing winter drives many of us indoors, some extreme athletes embrace the cold as a great way to burn calories and retrain the immune system while working out. Not so fast, physiologists say.

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China's Lunar Lander To Explore Moon's Far Side

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 04:58

Early in 2019, China hopes to land a rover — the first soft landing on the moon's far side. The mission is exploratory, and will lay groundwork for a trip by Chinese astronauts to the lunar surface.

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Federal Workers, Burdened By Shutdown, Face Trump-Ordered Pay Freeze

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 03:35

Because of the partial government shutdown, a great number of federal workers are furloughed or working without pay. President Trump has ordered a freeze in 2019 federal employee salary rates.

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WATCH: New Years Eve Revelers Gather In Times Square

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 17:05

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to convene in Manhattan to watch the ball drop and see performances by stars such as Snoop Dogg, Sting and Paulina Rubio.

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'Keep The Faith In Our Country And Hold Fast,' Mattis Tells Defense Department

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:24

Monday is the Defense Secretary's last day on the job. He urged people to "to support and defend the Constitution while protecting our way of life."

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Stock Market Gyrations Making You Dizzy? Get Used To It, Analysts Say

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:11

With the Dow swinging up and down hundreds of points in a day, investors are feeling queasy. One economist says uncertainty in the stock markets may mean turbulence will continue in the new year.

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Intern Killed By Lion At North Carolina Animal Center

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 15:57

Alexandra Black, 22, "was a beautiful young woman who had just started her career," her family said. It's not clear how the male lion escaped a holding area during a routine enclosure cleaning.

As Government Shutdown Drags On, So Do Economic Worries

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:45

The partial government shutdown is hurting the pocketbooks of 800,000 federal workers. But it also could affect consumer and business confidence down the line.

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Democrats Plan Vote To Reopen Government On Jan. 3, When They Take Over House

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:50

The incoming House leadership plans legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a month. President Trump shows no sign of agreeing to their terms, digging in on funding a border wall.

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Stories From Around The World You May Have Missed This Year

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:39

Here is a selection of original reporting from NPR's international correspondents that may have slipped under your radar amid the heavy barrage of news in 2018.

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Serena Williams And Roger Federer To Face Off For The First Time

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:20

The tennis legends will meet at a mixed doubles match in Perth, Australia. They have been on the international tennis circuit for decades and hold 43 Grand Slam titles between them.

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Cronyism, 'Wasteful' Spending Accusations Roil Government Publishing Office

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:03

NPR has obtained an internal investigative report that alleges mismanagement at a little-known federal agency in charge of producing and distributing official documents, including 2020 census forms.

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The Best Tiny Desk Concerts Of 2018

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 10:07

Watch 25 of the year's greatest, most surprising Tiny Desk performances, featuring just a sampling of the gifted artists who passed through NPR Music's office this year.

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Jair Bolsonaro, A Polarizing Figure, Prepares To Become Brazil's President

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 09:35

On New Year's Day, Jair Bolsonaro will be sworn in as president. He's an admirer of Donald Trump, and his rise to power has created — and reflected — deep divisions among Brazilians.

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