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Facebook dithered in curbing divisive user content in India

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 21:24

Leaked documents reveal that Facebook struggled to quash misinformation and anti-Muslim propaganda and lacked the resources to do so, even as its own employees raised red flags.

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The tongue-eating louse does exactly what its name suggests

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 17:15

It's the stuff of nightmares, or science fiction: a parasite that wants to get inside an animal's mouth, where it attacks — and replaces — the tongue.

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20 years ago, the iPod was born

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 16:49

With a promise of "1,000 songs in your pocket," the iPod was an irresistible product in 2001.

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Scientists used a tiny brain implant to help a blind teacher see letters again

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 15:34

A former science teacher who's been blind for 16 years became able to see letters, discern objects' edges — and even play a Maggie Simpson video game.

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Houston Astros head to World Series, just a few years after their cheating scandal

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 13:46

Officials found that the Astros were sign-stealing in 2017 and partly in 2018, but team officials say their past is firmly behind them.

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Israel designates 6 Palestinian human right groups as terrorist organizations

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 13:00

Two of the groups said they would not be forced underground despite the uncertainty of their new status, which would allow Israel to raid the groups' offices and criminalize funding.

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Turkey's Erdogan orders the removal of 10 ambassadors, including U.S. envoy

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 12:03

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona non grata.

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11 days after a Moroccan man died, a Texan is arrested on a murder warrant

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 11:39

Sheriff's deputies arrested Terry Turner on a warrant accusing him of murdering Adil Dghoughi outside of Turner's house in Martindale, Texas. Turner spent less than two hours in custody.

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FDA says the Pfizer COVID vaccine looks effective for young kids

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 10:13

Federal health regulators say kid-size doses of Pfizer's vaccine appear highly effective at preventing symptomatic infections in elementary school children and caused no unexpected safety issues.

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Saudi Arabia pledges net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 09:17

Although the kingdom will aim to reduce emissions within its own borders, there is no indication it will slow down investments in oil and gas or move away from the production of fossil fuels.

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Despite higher COVID risk, most pregnant Americans remain unvaccinated

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 08:17

Only two-thirds of pregnant Americans are vaccinated for COVID-19, despite being at far higher risk for complications and death.

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Nick Offerman on why he finds solace in the outdoors

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 08:02

The actor and author has a new book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why walking in the woods makes him feel better and how to experience nature in a city.

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Border Patrol apprehensions hit a record high. But that's only part of the story

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 07:47

The Border Patrol recorded nearly 1.7 million apprehensions last year, eclipsing the record set in 2000. Still, the number of migrants crossing illegally is likely far below the all-time high.

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There's bipartisan cooperation brewing on Capitol Hill ... over beer

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 07:00

Some lawmakers are raising the bar for bipartisan cooperation, in the most unexpected of places.

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Inside the jaw-clenching world of cricket fighting in China

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 07:00

It's cricket fighting season in China, so NPR went ringside to learn about the centuries-old sport. Turns out, the bugs are really high maintenance, big money's involved and big mandibles matter.

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Again and again. Women's pro soccer players just the latest to deal with abuse

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 07:00

The NWSL is reeling from a scandal involving multiple coaches and alleged abusive behavior toward players, and it's refocused attention on a familiar problem: female athletes experiencing abuse.

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Biden's equity agenda hangs in balance in the Congress spending negotiations

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 07:00

President Biden has said he's open to compromise on his plans to expand the social safety, but some advocates are concerned that access to benefits may be too limited.

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With safety in mind, schools are getting their bands back together

Sat, 10/23/2021 - 06:00

With students back at school this fall, classes sound almost normal — they just look a little different.

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Lyft report cites higher numbers of sexual assaults

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 22:54

The ride-hailing company says it received an increasing number of reports of sexual assault in recent years, including more than 1,800 in 2019. Uber put out a similar report nearly 2 years ago.

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This city will rely on bottled water for weeks because of high lead levels

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 22:34

Benton Harbor, Mich., residents will be urged to use free bottled water for drinking and cooking until a federal study confirms that filters can work effectively with the city's tap water.

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