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As FCC Prepares Net-Neutrality Vote, Study Finds Millions of Fake Comments

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:00

The federal agency is about to decide if all Internet traffic should be treated equally. And yet among 22 million comments the FCC received, many were fake. Some are calling for a delay on the vote.

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Health Care Costs Push A Staggering Number Of People Into Extreme Poverty

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:00

And half the world's population doesn't even have access to essential health services, according to a report from the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Posts Online Confessional Of Sexual Misconduct

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:02

Spurlock, who made the 2004 Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, detailed an encounter in college that the woman viewed as rape and a sexual harassment settlement he concluded with a former employee.

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Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:40

Rep. Dan Johnson was found dead in his car of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound days after an investigative report raised past accusations of sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.

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PBS Host Tavis Smiley Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:46

Variety reports Smiley had sexual relationships with subordinates who were afraid their jobs were on the line. Smiley is the second PBS talk show host suspended in the wake of misconduct allegations.

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We Regret To Inform You That A British Surgeon Was Branding His Initials On Livers

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:09

Simon Bramhall has pleaded guilty to assault in a case that a prosecutor called "without legal precedent." He was burning his initials into human livers during transplant operations.

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'Black Votes Matter': African-Americans Propel Jones To Alabama Win

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:37

More than 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Doug Jones in Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday and Jones had the support of 98 percent of black women, according to exit polling.

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After Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise Fees

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:28

The site — popular with independent musicians, writers and artists — allows fans to make small, repeated payments to creators. A change in the pay structure sent shock waves through the Internet.

Rikers Settles Class Action Solitary Confinement Case

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:49

More than 450 plaintiffs are approved to receive compensation for time they spent in solitary confinement at Rikers Island under the "old time" policy.

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3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:41

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

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How A Trial In A Federal Courthouse In Manhattan Is Riveting The Turkish Government

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

NPR'S Robert Siegel speaks with New York Times reporter Ben Weiser about testimony by a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran. Star witnesses have testified that the scheme was broader, and possibly involved the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself.

Palestinians Face Pressure To Assimilate In Jerusalem

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

President Trump may have handed Israel a symbolic victory with his recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, but every day in East Jerusalem, Palestinians face pressures to assimilate. With hope for a two-state solution dwindling, more families are applying for Israeli passports, and more Palestinian children are attending schools that teach the official Israeli curriculum.

Nancy French On Implications Of Alabama Election For Christian Conservatives

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

Nancy French is a Southern, conservative Christian writer who has written about her experience as the victim of childhood sexual abuse, her break with the Republican Party over Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and about empathizing with Roy Moore's Moore's accusers. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with French about Alabama's special election and its implications for Christian conservatives.

Chicago Neighborhoods Are Trying To Adapt The 'Village Movement' Structure

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

In its 17 years, the "village movement" — that aims to let the elderly age in their homes — has taken root mostly in well-off, white communities. Activists are now trying to adapt it to poorer, minority communities, such as the Englewood neighborhood in south Chicago.

Deputy AG Rosenstein Defends Special Counsel Investigation Before Congress

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before Congress on Wednesday. Rosenstein defended the special counsel in the face of Republicans' allegations of anti-Trump political bias among the investigators.

African-American Voters Turned Out In Alabama's U.S. Senate Election

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

African-American voters turned out in big numbers to help propel Democrat Doug Jones' upset victory in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. It was a surprising show of political muscle by a community that's been locked out of power in a Republican-dominated state.

Trump Says Republicans Are Close To Passing Tax Bill

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

In a speech Wednesday, President Trump made the case for why the Republican tax measure would be good for Americans. The remarks come after a big political loss for the president in Alabama.

Republicans Reconcile House And Senate Versions Of Tax Deal

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax deal. GOP leaders hope to pass the bill next week and achieve their first major legislative achievement this year.

Many South Africans Are Disenchanted With Governing Of African National Congress

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

South African President Jacob Zuma is plagued by allegations of corruption, which have tainted the image of his governing of the African National Congress. The party is deeply split ahead of its leadership conference this weekend, where a new leader will be chosen.

President Of Alabama NAACP On Democrat Doug Jones' Win

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

In Alabama's special U.S. Senate election, African-Americans made up as much as 30 percent of the electorate — with 96 percent of them voting for Democrat Doug Jones. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Benard Simelton, President of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, about the NAACP's get-out-the-vote campaign in the race.