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English Car Park Where Remains Of Richard III Were Found Declared A Monument

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 04:45

The location in the city of Leicester where the remains were discovered five years ago will get "scheduled monument status."

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14 Injured In Australia As SUV Mows Down Pedestrians In 'Deliberate Act'

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 02:17

Witnesses describe a white SUV smashing through pedestrians at high speed at an intersection in downtown Melbourne. Police say two people are in custody but that it is too early to determine a motive.

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Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:01

The opioid epidemic caused U.S. life expectancy to fall for the second year in a row, marking the first time that's happened since the early 1960s. Death rates also continued to rise.

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Police Reportedly Clear Venus Williams Of Blame In Fatal Car Crash

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 20:19

According to multiple media outlets, Florida police have determined no one is to blame for the crash that killed an elderly man in June. The decision reverses their first call, which faulted Williams.

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Judge Declares Mistrial In Conspiracy Case Against Bundys

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 19:24

Judge Gloria Navarro found that prosecutors willfully withheld evidence that could have helped the defendants, who were charged in the 2014 armed standoff over cattle grazing fees in Nevada.

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As Winds Rise Once More, Firefighters Fear 'Flare-Up' In Massive Thomas Blaze

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:47

Lately, firefighters had seen a rare lull in the conditions that helped fan the Thomas Fire into the second-largest wildfire in modern California history. The forecast looks far less kind.

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Surgery For Saving Babies From 'Water On The Brain' Developed in Uganda

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:28

It's a new way to treat hydrocephalus. A study show it could save thousands of lives – in poor countries like Uganda and in rich countries, too.

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Polish President Signs Controversial Laws As EU Triggers Punishment Clause

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:22

For two years, the ruling Law and Justice party has worked to solidify political control over the Polish courts. Now the EU is activating a sanctions law that has never been used before.

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Judges Erase One-Vote Lead In Virginia, Throwing State Politics Into Disarray

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:53

State law says that in the event of a tie, the state election board shall "determine by lot which of the candidates shall be declared elected."

Trump's Tax Win: The Political Risks

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

President Trump gathered Republican leaders at the White House to tout the passage of the tax overhaul bill - their first major legislative win this year. But the bill comes with political risks.

A Look At The Evolution Of Sexual Harassment Training Videos

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

Sexual harassment training videos were once blunt and direct, almost laughably so. After studying 74 of them, a researcher says all the nuance in the newer videos might be why they aren't effective.

How The New Tax Bill Will Affect IRS Employees

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

Passage of the tax overhaul means a lot more work for the IRS, which after years of budget and staff cuts, along with creaky computer systems has had issues just keeping up with the current work load.

Case Of The Missing London-Based Professor With Ties To Russia Investigation

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

One curious character in the Russia investigation is a mysterious London-based professor, who is said to have told a Trump campaign advisor that Russians had thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails.

Mexican Crime Reporter, Gumaro Perez Aguilando, Shot To Death

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

Twelve journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year, the latest Tuesday while at his 6-year-old son's school Christmas pageant. We explore why Mexico is such a dangerous place for journalists.

Small Breweries And Distilleries Are Winning With The New Tax Plan

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

Small breweries and distilleries will receive a big tax break under the new tax plan. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Lynne Weaver of Three Weavers Brewing Company.

Who Does The Tax Plan Really Benefit?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

The corporate tax rate will fall for all businesses, but some provisions in the bill will especially benefit certain industries — manufacturers, real estate companies, Wall Street and multinationals.

In Landmark Ruling, E.U.'s Top Court Says Uber Is A Transport Service

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

Uber has hit a roadblock in Europe. The European Union's top court denied the company's contention that it is a digital platform. The court ruled is Uber in the business of transportation.

Reflecting On The Life Of Disgraced Cardinal Bernard Shaw

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

After the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, host Ray Suarez speaks with Sacha Pfeiffer, whose reporting at the Boston Globe helped uncover the child sex abuse scandal that occurred under Law's watch.

Drama Plays Out In One Race Of Virginia House Of Delegates

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

After a closely-watched recount, it's a tie in the race to represent Virginia's 94th district in the House of Delegates. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Rachel Bitecofer of Christopher Newport University.

Even After Republican Tax Win, Government Could Still Face Shutdown

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46

Congress passed the GOP tax bill Wednesday after a delay late Tuesday. Now, lawmakers are working to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week.