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'Washington City Paper' Will Continue To Offer Local News With New Owner

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:34

Businessman and philanthropist Mark Ein announced that he's buying Washington City Paper — allowing the local news source to continue. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with managing editor Caroline Jones about what the change means for the paper's future.

What The GOP Would Like To Get Done In 2018

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:34

Now that Republicans have passed a massive tax bill, they are hoping to tackle entitlement spending in 2018. But they will have to deal with one fewer seat in the Senate and elections in November.

Why School Field Trips Are Causing Controversy In Denmark

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:34

Denmark's seeing a controversy over how to handle Christmas in public schools. The country is largely secular but takes children on church field trips for the holiday.

Myanmar Bans U.N. Official Investigating Human Rights Abuses Against Rohingya

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:34

Myanmar has banned Yanghee Lee, a United Nations official assigned to investigate human rights abuses in the country. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Lee about her findings on Myanmar's treatment of it's Rohingya minority.

U.N. Security Council Unanimously Tightens Sanctions Against North Korea

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:34

The United Nations slapped a fresh round of sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. The resolution was adopted unanimously by all members of the security council.

Why Public Approval Is Hard To Come By For Trump

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:34

Historically when the economy is in good shape so are the president's poll numbers. But there seems to be a disconnect between the current economy and President Trump's approval ratings.

Bruce McCandless, First Astronaut To Fly Untethered In Space, Has Died

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:03

He helped develop the jet-powered backpack that allowed him to float away from the shuttle and safely back again. He said he wanted to inspire people to say, "I can do better than that."

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How An American Became Santa In A Little Town In France

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:25

An American with a home in the French town of Vimoutiers, in Normandy, looks so much like Santa that the locals want him to play the part.

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Coroner Releases Causes Of Death For All 58 Victims Of Las Vegas Shooting

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:40

Nearly all of the fatalities were caused by a single gunshot wound, though six died from multiple wounds. The deaths were all ruled homicides.

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All I Want For Christmas Is A Giant Whale Eye

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:00

A giant whale eye spent decades on a strange journey before it finally arrived at an animal eyeball lab and gave the folks there the "best Christmas ever."

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A Catalan Log That Poops Nougats At Christmas

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:22

Catalan holiday tradition involves a log that's fed scraps of food for several weeks leading up to Christmas. Then, it's beaten with a stick and implored to poop out a Spanish nougat called turrón.

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Puerto Rican Island 'Still In Crisis Mode' 3 Months After Maria

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:21

The health clinic is operating, often by flashlight, out of tents. The island's bleak recovery epitomizes the unevenness of the disaster relief effort in the hurricane-devastated U.S. territory.

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Nearly Dying In Childbirth: Why Preventable Complications Are Growing In U.S.

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:17

The rate of life-threatening complications for new mothers in the U.S. has more than doubled in two decades as a result of pre-existing conditions, medical errors and unequal access to care.

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Whiskey And Fufu: What Kids Around The World Leave Out For Santa

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:44

The tradition of leaving a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve isn't unique to America. Children in many countries leave out a range of foods and beverages for Santa to eat or sip on.

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IOC Bans 11 Russian Athletes For Life

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:37

The sanctions mean that Russia has lost two more medals from its Sochi count. Some 200 athletes from Russia may compete at the PyeongChang Games under a neutral flag.

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Heart 2 Sizes Too Small? Mr. Grinch, See Your Cardiologist

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:00

Not many patients have a heart that grows three sizes in a day. Cardiologist David Kass ponders what could have caused the Grinch's abrupt change of heart in the classic TV special and movie.

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Elderly Couple Stopped In Nebraska With 60 Pounds Of Weed 'For Christmas Presents'

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:12

During the traffic stop, deputies noticed a strong smell of raw marijuana. The York County Sheriff's Department estimated the street value of the pot at more than $300,000.

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NPR's Ultimate Podcast Wish List For The Holidays

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:15

Sitting in traffic? Stuck on a plane? Here's a podcast playlist for all your holiday needs, delivered in poem form.

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Robust Health Insurance Sign-Ups Surprise Supporters And Opponents

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:09

Despite an enrollment period that was half as long, nearly 9 million people have signed up for Affordable Care Act insurance for 2018 so far, about the same as last year.

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Number Of Journalists Killed In Mexico Reaches 'Historical High,' Report Says

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:09

While the number of journalists murdered worldwide in retaliation for their work appears to have dropped slightly from last year — killings of Mexican journalists continue to rise, reports show.

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