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Iditarod Sled Dogs Test Positive For Banned Substance

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:32

At the end of this year's annual run to Nome, Alaska, several dogs from a single team tested positive for a banned pain killer, the race board says.

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Top Stories: Health Care Waiver Uncertainty; Catalonia's Autonomy Jeopardized

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:10

Also: A study shows more young kids get small screen time; a suspect in shootings in 2 states is arrested; and there's a report that some Iditarod dogs tested positive for a banned drug.

Having Changed America, The League Of POW/MIA Families Fades

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:00

Almost 50 years ago, a small group of families started a movement to demand an accounting of the nation's POW/MIAs. They changed the way America thinks about its servicemen and women lost at war.

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Ousted Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif Indicted For Corruption

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:45

The former prime minister, who resigned after being disqualified from office in July, has pleaded not guilty along with his daughter and son-in-law in connection with the so-called Panama Papers.

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Administration Sends Mixed Signals On State Health Insurance Waivers

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:01

When states applied for waivers from Obamacare rules to reduce premiums and strengthen their insurance markets, they didn't get the answers they wanted, prompting some to suggest a conspiracy.

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Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:01

A new national survey of parents suggests mobile device use by children under 8 has increased tenfold in the last 6 years.

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Why Older People Didn't Fare Well In Northern California Wildfires

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:00

Forty-one people have died in those fires, and that number could rise. Of those who perished, the vast majority who've been identified were over the age of 65.

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Quebec Enacts 'Religious Neutrality Law' That Curbs Full-Face Veils In Public

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 03:49

The bill, passed by the province's legislature, would effectively ban face coverings worn by Muslim women while giving or receiving any public service.

Yes Or No? Spain Demands An Answer On Catalonia's Independence

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 01:40

After the regional government failed to clarify its stance on secession earlier this week, Madrid imposed a Thursday deadline for it to withdraw a declaration of independence or face direct rule.

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Federal Judge Orders Government To Allow Abortion For Teenager In The U.S. Illegally

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 21:07

The case pits the Trump administration and anti-abortion groups against civil libertarians and immigrant rights advocates.

Declassified Files Lay Bare U.S. Knowledge Of Mass Murders In Indonesia

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:47

The Indonesian military systematically killed at least half a million people in the 1960s. Documents released Tuesday show U.S. officials knew about it from the start — and stood by as it unfolded.

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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:00

If a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against Trump, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents, perhaps including tax returns.

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Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says She Was Molested For Years By Team Doctor

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 17:44

The gold medalist says Dr. Larry Nassar claimed he was giving her "medically necessary treatment." She says the abuse began on a team trip when she was 13 years old.

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Veterans, Survivors' Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 17:22

"There is the feeling that all of this is diminishing our national character," one support group wrote, as a political debate unfolds over calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat.

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Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

Kenya's electoral confusion threatens to become a constitutional crisis. This comes as a senior electoral official resigned and fled to the U.S., saying the planned rerun of the presidential election in eight days is not guaranteed a fair process.

Majority Of Northern California Wildfire Victims Were 65 Or Older

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

The majority of people who lost their lives in the northern California wildfires were age 65 or older. But what factors did the age of the victims have in their deaths?

Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Michael McCann of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law about the latest move by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has filed a grievance against the NFL claiming he is the victim of a group boycott by team owners punishing him professionally for his political views.

A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.