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Progressive Fights, More Women On The Ballot In Tuesday's Primary Contests

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:01

A Texas House runoff has become ground zero for Democrats' fight between progressives and centrists, while two Democratic women are taking different approaches in their race for Georgia governor.

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Artist Robert Indiana Dies At 89: The Story Behind 'LOVE'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:21

Fifty years ago, his LOVE painting made Robert Indiana a worldwide sensation. But for the artist, the work also had an intensely personal meaning.

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Orlando Police Testing Amazon's Real-Time Facial Recognition

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:01

The low-priced, cloud-based facial recognition can track and identify people as they walk down the street. U.S. police have generally held off on using Amazon's service in real time.

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Top Stories: Education Dept. Reviews Grant Program; Venezuela Sanctions

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:39

Also: South Korea's President meets President Trump today at the White House; a deadly new virus appears in India; and a Florida city mistakenly sends residents a "zombie" alert.

This Salvadoran Woman Is At The Center Of The Attorney General's Asylum Crackdown

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:01

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is personally intervening in the case of one woman from El Salvador. He is questioning whether she and other domestic violence survivors deserve asylum in the U.S.

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Nothing Certain In Search For 'Regulatory Certainty' At EPA

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:00

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt often cites the need for "regulatory certainty." But even some supporters of his sweeping rollbacks say they're creating the opposite.

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Trump And South Korean President Plot Strategy On North Korean Nukes

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:00

President Trump meets Tuesday with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in. They're putting their heads together ahead of a planned summit next month between Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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Routine DNA Screening Moves Into Primary Care

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:00

The Pennsylvania-based health care chain Geisinger Health System plans to soon offer DNA sequencing as part of routine care for all patients. Is there a downside?

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Education Department Launches 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Teachers' Grant Program

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:00

Public school teachers across the country say they've been improperly hit with thousands of dollars in debt when paperwork errors turned their grants into loans that they're now supposed to pay back.

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President Trump Approves New Sanctions On Venezuela

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:49

The executive order meant to prevent the country's leaders from liquidating assets follows an election that returned Nicolas Maduro to power amid an opposition boycott and accusations of fraud.

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Australian Archbishop Found Guilty In Cover-Up Of Child Sex Abuse

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:17

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson faces up to two years in prison for concealing abuse after two altar boys approached him in the 1970s with allegations against a fellow priest.

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Crowdfunders Left Hanging By 3D Headphone Startup's Abrupt Closure

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:01

"To fail at the five-yard line is a tragedy," the company said in a statement. More than 10,000 people had shelled out $200 or more for Ossic X headphones on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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German Families Playing Hooky Stopped By Police At Airports, May Be Fined

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:50

Officers have launched investigations into more families caught skipping school ahead of a three-day weekend. Parents could face fines up to $1,177. U.S. parents can be fined for kids' truancy too.

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Another Cause of Doctor Burnout? Being Forced To Give Immigrants Unequal Care

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:58

Undocumented patients with kidney disease often can't get treatment unless they are in a state of emergency — this bothers clinicians who want to treat all patients equally.

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Syrian Military Retakes Full Control Of Damascus

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:37

The army said it captured two ISIS strongholds. And after a series of surrenders in rebel-held areas, Assad's government is regaining power in the country.

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For Vegas Oddsmakers, Home Team's Fairy Tale Season Becomes A Frightfest

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:20

Some casinos placed the odds of the Vegas Golden Knights winning the Stanley Cup as high as 500-to-1 last fall. Now the team has made the final in its first season, and some bettors stand to win big.

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Luci Baines Johnson Receives Honorary Nursing Degree From Georgetown University

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:19

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, about receiving an honorary nursing degree from Georgetown University more than half a century after she left school because the nursing school had a policy against married students.

In 'The Restless Wave' Sen. John McCain Discusses Principles He Wants The U.S. To Keep

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:19

Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. In his new memoir, The Restless Wave, McCain writes about the state of politics and the principles he'd like the country to hold onto after he's gone. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with McCain's co-author, longtime advisor and friend Mark Salter.

Foreign Investors Shrug Off Miami's Rising Sea Levels

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:19

Sea-level rise is so acute in South Florida that local governments are eyeing hundreds of millions in spending to mitigate floodwaters. But wealthy foreign investors don't seem fazed.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein Says DOJ Will Look Into Surveillance Of Trump Campaign

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:19

The President has asked the Justice Department to look into whether it improperly surveilled his campaign after published reports that a U.S. intelligence source had contact with people in the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says the department's inspector general will do that.