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Seattle's Unusually Frigid Temperatures And Heavy Snowfall Stretch Into Next Week

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 13:32

A rare winter storm in the State of Washington prompted its governor to declare a state of emergency. More than 200 flights were cancelled on Friday and drivers are being urged to stay off the roads.

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On The Hill, A Rare Gun Violence Hearing; In Denver, A Looming Teacher Strike

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 12:00

Also this week, Sen. Lamar Alexander proposed a new system for keeping colleges accountable and simplifying the application for federal student aid.

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Defying Parents, A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 07:57

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger about getting vaccinated despite his parents' disapproval.

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How To Demand A Medical Breakthrough: Lessons From The AIDS Fight

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 07:38

When the AIDS crisis started in the 1980s, the official response was tepid. Then activists channeled their anger into into one of the most effective protest movements in recent history.

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Stay Or Go? Ortega's Crackdown Pushes Nicaraguans To Make Hard Choices

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 07:34

The Central American country has been in turmoil since last April, when President Daniel Ortega launched a brutal crackdown on protesters and other opponents.

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'Watch What We're Doing': Could Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Challenge Trump In 2020?

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 07:00

The well-liked Republican leading a deep-blue state is an outspoken critic of President Trump and has denounced the "debilitating politics of Washington."

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In Northern Minnesota, 'Snow Farmers' Make Sure A Ski-Racing Tradition Endures

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 05:00

For the past few years, there hasn't been enough natural snow in Mora, Minn. to carpet the forests for a famed cross-country ski race. Local farmers now volunteer to make snow for the trails.

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U.S. Envoy For Peace In Afghanistan Sees 'Long Road' Ahead For Final Deal

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 21:47

"What we've achieved so far is significant. But these are small, two or three small steps in a long journey," Zalmay Khalilzad said in a hoarse voice, the result of 42 hours of talks with the Taliban.

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Southwest Border Apprehensions Show Small Decline In January

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 19:28

Government data reflect a slight dip in arrests even as authorities see more Central American families trying to enter the U.S.

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Residents Of Paradise And Other Towns Destroyed By Wildfire Must Wait To Go Home

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 18:08

People who survived the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history were told this week that they cannot camp out or park RVs on their destroyed properties. They must keep waiting.

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Sandusky, Ohio, Makes Election Day A Paid Holiday — By Swapping Out Columbus Day

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 18:03

Officials have been "thinking a lot about voter access and democracy," says City Manager Eric Wobser, "and so we thought it was a really natural switch."

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2nd Accuser Comes Forward Against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:34

Meredith Watson alleged Friday that Fairfax raped her in 2000, while they were students at Duke University. This is the second sexual assault allegation against Fairfax in the span of a week.

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Amid Blackface Backlash, Ralph Northam Tells Staff He Has No Plans To Step Down

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:11

The Virginia governor's declaration comes roughly a week after the state Capitol was thrown into disarray by the revelation he appeared in blackface decades ago.

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Dogs Have Their Day: AKC Dog Museum Opens In New York City

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:57

From the educational to the artful, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is reopening in New York City, featuring lots of artifacts about our furry, four-legged friends.

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Will Macron's 'Great National Debate' Help Defuse France's Yellow Vest Unrest?

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:36

With his government rocked by ongoing yellow vest demonstrations, French President Emmanuel Macron launched a nationwide series of community conversations. But some wonder if anything will change.

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Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:46

How can I find out if my plastic waste is really being recycled What makes some plastic recyclable and some not? Here are answers from the NPR correspondents working on "The Plastic Tide" series.

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Former Rep. John Dingell Left An Enduring Health Care Legacy

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:04

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Rep. John Dingell was instrumental in expanding the Medicaid program, reshaping Medicare and modernizing the Food and Drug Administration. He died Thursday night.

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Why Period Activists Think The 'Drop Of Blood' Emoji Is A Huge Win

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:57

The nonprofit group Plan International UK has been lobbying for an emoji to represent menstruation since 2017. And now they have one — although not everyone is a fan of the design.

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Measles Cases Mount In Pacific Northwest Outbreak

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:10

So far this year, 55 measles cases have been confirmed in Washington state, most of them in unvaccinated children. The outbreak's epicenter is Clark County, Wash., just north of Portland, Ore.

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Humanitarian Aid Arrives For Venezuela – But Maduro Blocks It

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:17

The military, which backs President Nicolás Maduro, has barricaded a bridge from Colombia. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, along with the U.S., is demanding that the aid convoy be allowed to pass.

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