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Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

Singer Gord Downie Of The Tragically Hip Dies At 53

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

The rock singer Gord Downie died today after a long battle with brain cancer. The lead singer of the beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip was 53. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Talia Schlanger, host and radio producer at World Cafe, about Downie's music and legacy.

How Other Terrorist Organizations Could Benefit From ISIS' Loss Of Raqqa

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Ali Soufan, former FBI terrorism investigator, and author of the book Anatomy of Terror. They discuss reports that Al-Qaida is actively recruiting ISIS fighters.

More Rain In Puerto Rico Brings Misery To Those With Damaged Roofs

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

Puerto Rico has had steady rain this week, meaning misery for those whose roofs were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Across the island, frustration is building over delays in the distribution and installation of the tarps usually provided by FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

At Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Students Are Kings, Not Kids

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:41

Washington D.C. has created a public school designed to meet the needs of young men of color. Reporters from NPR and Education Week, spent the past year documenting the birth of this new school.

For Clues To China's Crackdown On Public Expression, Look To Its Economy

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:27

The Communist Party has become obsessed with maintaining social stability in recent years. Rights advocates say it has to do with the country's unstable economy.

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After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:19

The largest known theft of Social Security numbers in history has lawmakers, law enforcement and identity theft victims angry. They're calling for better security and other changes in the system.

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Pentagon Tightens Vetting For Immigrant Service Members

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:58

Green card holders must now wait for security vetting to be complete before entering military service. Previously, foreign-born enlistees shipped to basic training while vetting was underway.

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In New Cookbook, Acclaimed Indian Restaurant Finally Spills Its Secrets

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:28

Rasika, a top eatery in Washington, D.C., is famous for its crispy spinach and modern twists on classic dishes. Now the owner and chef are sharing some of their prized — and adventurous — recipes.

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Computer Learns To Play Go At Superhuman Levels 'Without Human Knowledge'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:52

Researchers say they have constructed an AI program that can teach itself to play the ancient strategy game at a level far beyond humans.

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A Trump Golf Course Said It Gave Millions To Charity. Here's What The Numbers Say

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:41

Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, fell far short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving, according to an NPR analysis. The documents are no longer posted on the club's site.

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Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:49

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

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China's Xi Jinping Lauds 'New Era' Of Strength As He Opens National Congress

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:11

In a speech that lasted more than three hours, Xi said, "We are closer than any time in history to realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation."

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Draft Of Health Care Bill Addresses Trump Concerns About 'Bailouts' For Insurers

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:47

A draft of the bipartisan legislation obtained by NPR would restore subsidies to insurance companies to assist low-income consumers and require them to go to consumers as rebates.

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Wounded Mandalay Bay Security Guard Gives First Media Interview On 'Ellen'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:43

After he was shot, Jesus Campos yelled "Take cover!" at a hotel engineer and a guest as the Las Vegas gunman sprayed bullets into the hall. His account added detail to the timeline of events Oct. 1.

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'Enough': California's Women in Politics Call Out Sexual Harassment

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:12

"It's a power dynamic that's difficult even for female lawmakers," said Samantha Corbin, a lobbyist in Sacramento., "Men often control fundraising, your ability to get bills passed."

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Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:35

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

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5 Years Ago, China's Xi Jinping Was Largely Unknown. Now He's Poised To Reshape China

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:19

China's president has embraced a strongman style of personal rule. The 19th Communist Party Congress, now underway in Beijing, is expected to strengthen his ability to bend the system to his will.

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