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Top Stories: Deputy A.G. To Visit Congress; Progress On Calif. Fires

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:44

Also: A U.S. Marine helicopter in Japan loses its windshield over a school, injuring a boy; the lead singer of the Smithereens dies; and odd headlines from 2017 include "covfefe".

Smithereens Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Dies At Age 62

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:00

Pat DiNizio, a singer and songwriter who made popular rock songs as the leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday, his fellow band members say.

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U.S. Marine Helicopter In Okinawa Loses Windshield Over School

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:42

A 10-year-old boy was slightly injured when the object landed. It is the latest incident in the Japanese prefecture that have emboldened calls from locals to close down U.S. military bases there.

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More College Presidents Join The Millionaires' Club

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:26

Sixty-six university presidents took home more than $1 million in 2015, according to a new analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Tillerson Makes A N. Korea Overture, But It Highlights His Credibility Problem

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:23

The secretary of state says the U.S. would be willing to engage North Korea "without preconditions." But he's signaled support for talks before, only to be publicly rebuked by the president.

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California's Thomas Fire 25 Percent Contained

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:38

The wildfire has burned through 236,000 acres and destroyed more than 700 homes.

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Down Syndrome Families Divided Over Abortion Ban

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:03

An Ohio bill would ban abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis. It's become a divisive issue in the community, much like it is everywhere else.

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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:02

Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

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In Reaction To Trump, Democratic Candidates Surge In Deep-Red Texas

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:00

For the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all of Texas' 36 congressional districts. But that doesn't mean they can win in the Republican state.

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In India, 6 People Get Death Penalty For 'Untouchable' Attack

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:59

A young couple was attacked by a gang of knife-wielding men in 2016. The woman's family orchestrated the "honor killing" because she had married below her caste.

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Deputy AG To Answer Allegations Of Bias On Special Counsel's Team

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:19

Rod Rosenstein is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to discuss special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's election interference.

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Will It Be Moore Or Jones? Polls Are Closed In Divisive Alabama Senate Election

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:00

The special election was upended last month as multiple women came forward to say Roy Moore had pursued them romantically or assaulted them as teenagers, when he was in his 30s.

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Tillerson Says He Would Meet With North Koreans, Even Without Denuclearization Talks

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:43

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. would negotiate with North Korea without demanding that the country first agree to nuclear disarmament.

Are $40 Toll Roads The Future?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:25

In Virginia, officials hope a shift to toll pricing based on demand and traffic flow will change commuter behavior and reduce congestion on Interstate 66. Critics say the cost is too high.

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U.S. Secretary Of State Wants To Start Talks With North Korea With No Conditions

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:17

Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. would be willing to open negotiations without requiring North Korea to agree beforehand to give up its nuclear weapons program.

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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:24

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

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Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:08

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

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Secretary Of State Tillerson Holds Town Hall At State Department

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:33

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been trying to push back against reports that he's gutting the State Department, addressed his employees in a rare town hall on Tuesday. Tillerson spoke about foreign policy changes and department reform plans, including a promise to streamline security clearances.

How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:33

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

'Village Movement' Allows Elderly To Age In Their Homes

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:33

The so-called "village movement" coordinates crucial services for the elderly, allowing many to age in their homes. It's now expanded to 200 spots around the U.S., as advocates adapt the model to different communities.