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In Effort To Court Drivers, Lyft Offering Education Discounts

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:01

Lyft is offering education benefits, a move aimed at recruiting and retaining drivers in its competition with Uber. But it raises a question about what these companies owe their workforces.

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1 Suspect In Custody After Explosion At Subway Station In Midtown Manhattan

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:03

The Fire Department of New York confirmed one nonlife-threatening injury at the scene of the explosion. The injured person is the suspect, police say.

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Saudi Arabia Announces Opening Of Cinemas For First Time In 35 Years

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:21

The announcement is part of social and economic reforms undertaken by the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Venezuela's Ruling Socialists Sweep Mayoral Races Amid Opposition Boycott

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:01

President Nicolás Maduro said any party that did not participate in Sunday's vote will be barred from next year's presidential election.

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Top Stories: California Fires Spread; Stunning Alabama Senate Race Ending

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:36

Also: Vice President Pence won't meet Palestinian leader Abbas on an upcoming visit; Bitcoin futures trading surges; and President Trump's economic populism claims compared to the GOP tax plan.

Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:16

Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.

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Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:02

A new proposed curriculum for Hong Kong schools is missing key parts of modern Chinese history. The struggle over education is the latest battle with China over how the city is governed.

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The Crazy, Unbelievable Alabama Senate Race Careens To An End

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:00

Roy Moore was already a controversial nominee. Then sexual assault allegations roiled the Alabama special election and created a tight contest with Democrat Doug Jones for a critical Senate seat.

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The Myth Of Trump's Economic Populism, As Proven By The Tax Bill

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:00

The tax bill provided an opportunity for President Trump to show his priorities. But so much of it is traditionally Republican and doesn't offer the kind of help for the working class he promised.

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Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 03:09

January contracts for the skyrocketing digital currency opened at just under $15,500 on Sunday and had spiked to more than $18,000 hours later.

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Firefighters Lose Ground On Largest Of California Fires

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 01:20

Over the weekend, the Thomas Fire had been declared 15 percent contained, but on Sunday, officials downgraded that to just 10 percent as the fire spread north, encompassing 230,000 acres.

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Simeon Booker, Dean Of Washington's Black Press Corps, Dies At 99

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:19

Booker chronicled the civil rights movement, and is credited with helping to deliver the 1955 story of Emmitt Till's murder to a national audience.

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Poll: Discrimination Against Women Is Common Across Races, Ethnicities, Identities

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:03

New results from an NPR poll show sexism and discrimination against women is widespread and pervasive. Sexual harassment is just one of many challenges women experience in daily life.

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Window Blind Cords Still Pose A Deadly Risk To Children

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:02

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.

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Terry Crews On His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: This Is About Accountability

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:43

NPR's Michel Martin spoke with actor Terry Crews about sexual assault, how he joined the #MeToo movement and why he is fighting to hold people in Hollywood accountable.

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Rohingya Activist: 'Rohingya Are Not Safe Anywhere'

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:49

More than half of Myanmar's Rohingya have fled the country since 1978 because of periodic military crackdowns. Activist Adbul Rasheed is working for the safe repatriation of his people.

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'Fight For Rights Will Continue' In Zimbabwe, #ThisFlag Movement Pastor Vows

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:41

Robert Mugabe is gone as Zimbabwe's leader, but Evan Mawarire warns that abuses have yet to end. "The citizens of our nation are not enemies to our government," he says. "They should be listened to."

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This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage Has Roots In The Recession

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:23

This season, a tightened tree supply dates back eight to 10 years ago, when fewer trees were planted. Due also in part to an exodus of tree farmers in the industry, prices have more than doubled.

Stories Of Syria's Uprising, And Its Backyard Funerals, In 'Gardens Speak'

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:18

In Miami Beach, visitors were lying down in freshly-dug graves 10 at a time. It was part of Tania El Khoury's interactive artwork, which tells the tales of people killed in Syria's civil war.

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The Internet Celebrates The First Snow Of The Season

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:03

The Northest, Southeast, and mid-Atlantic were blanketed in the season's first snowfall this weekend, prompting some panic, and lots of Instagrammed awe.

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