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What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About the Republican Health Plan

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:50

Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services until January. He calls the new Senate health care bill "the ugly step-sibling" of the House bill.

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In North Carolina, No Is Not Always No, If The Sex Has Already Started

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:12

A 1979 state supreme court ruling said it's not rape if a person changes their mind during sex and their partner doesn't stop. A North Carolina lawmaker wants to make it a crime.

Future Humans: How Many Of Us Will There Be?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:02

Over half of the 7.5 billion humans on Earth live in just seven countries. What will the planet's population picture look like in 2100?

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Judge Declares Mistrial, Again, In Cincinnati Police Shooting Case

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:31

Jurors couldn't agree on a verdict in the murder and manslaughter case against former police officer Ray Tensing over his fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015.

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Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes, In 'Cause For Serious Concern'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:13

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

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South Korea Tests Missile As President Speaks Of Need To 'Dominate' North

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:21

Military strength is needed for dialogue with North Korea to work, President Moon Jae-in says. Officials say the Hyunmoo-2 missile, with a range of nearly 500 miles, hit its target accurately.

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Bill Cosby Is Planning Town Halls About Sexual Assault And The Law, Spokesman Says

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:40

"This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today," a spokesman for the comedian said. "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying."

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Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:48

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

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Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:46

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.

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Neighboring Arab Nations Slap Qatar With 13-Point List Of Demands

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:17

If Qatar wants to end a recent diplomatic standoff, Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states say the country has 10 days to comply with a steep list of demands, including shutting down Al-Jazeera.

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Man Charged With Terrorism-Related Murder In Attack At London Mosque

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:33

Darren Osborne faces charges over the attack that used a rental van to plow through a crowd of people outside a mosque Monday.

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Despite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months In

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:42

The president has been boasting about all the laws he's signed, but compared to other recent presidents, it's not that many — and he still hasn't gotten any major pieces of legislation.

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Massive Fire At London High-Rise Started In A Refrigerator, Police Say

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:19

Investigators also say the building's cladding failed safety tests. Police say they're considering manslaughter charges in the case, in which at least 79 people died.

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Is It Really So Offal? 'Ugly Food' Boot Camp Entices Chefs And Diners

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:00

Teams of cooks are making dishes from food that many American consumers would overlook — or even consciously avoid — as part of a sustainability project aimed at reducing food waste in the U.S.

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How It All Turned Out: A Kindergarten Story, 13 Years Later

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:08

NPR was there for 5-year-old Sam's first day of kindergarten back in 2004. His parents wondered if he was was ready. This month, as he graduated from high school, they're still asking that question.

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China's Government Tightens Its Grip On Golf, Shuts Down Courses

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 05:00

China has had a complicated history with golf. At one time, the country seemed golf crazy, but it became synonymous with corrupt officials. Once again it is in the crosshairs of China's government.

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Where Do You Ride A Dirt Bike When You Have No Dirt?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 05:00

More cities are dealing with off-road vehicles being driven on their streets. But the riders say they're helping the community by keeping young people out of trouble.

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China's Government Tightens Its Grip On Golf, Shuts Down Courses

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 05:00

China has had a complicated history with golf. At one time, the country seemed golf crazy but it became synonymous with corrupt officials. Once again it is in the crosshairs of China's government.

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His Life Cut Short, Vincent Chin Is Remembered For What Might Have Been

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:33

The Detroit resident's violent death become a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation. Thirty-five years later, his friend Gary Koivu recalls their final night together.

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Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:19

Some critics say Vornado Realty Trust should recuse itself from bidding on the project because of its financial relationship to the president and his family.

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