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After Russian forces occupied Kherson, ordinary citizens fought back from the shadows

Sat, 02/25/2023 - 05:02

Residents of the Russian-speaking city became partisans who fought for the independence of Ukraine. The nine-month occupation is over, but Russia continues to shell the city.

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In East Palestine, who 'shows up' isn't necessarily a sign of who's helping

Sat, 02/25/2023 - 05:01

East Palestine, Ohio, has been devastated by a train derailment and chemical burn off that has threatened the health of residents, but it has now also become the center of political controversy.

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Despite high inflation, Americans are spending like crazy – and it's kind of puzzling

Sat, 02/25/2023 - 05:00

Americans began the new year with a spending spree, but businesses are not sure how long it can last. There's a lot riding on the answer, since consumer spending is the backbone of the U.S. economy.

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Federal authorities are investigating another near runway collision between planes

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 22:51

A Mesa Airlines jet was landing on the same runway a SkyWest plane was using to take off. It's the fourth such runway incursion over the last several weeks.

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They were born into war. Now, they're celebrating their first birthday in the U.S.

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 15:44

Twins Lenny and Moishe were born premature to a surrogate mother in Kyiv just as Russia began its attack on Ukraine. They went through a daring journey to reach their eventual home in Chicago.

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Democratic state attorneys general sue Biden administration over abortion pill rules

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 14:46

The suit comes as a federal judge in another case is considering whether to overturn FDA approval of the same drug, mifepristone.

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California braces for winter storms as parts of the northern U.S. recover

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 14:37

Major winter storms continue to hit parts of the U.S. — upending travel, closing roads, and leaving thousands of households in the dark.

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Remembering baseball announcer and former all-star catcher Tim McCarver

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 14:02

McCarver, who died Feb. 16, played in the major leagues from 1959 until 1980. After retirement, he shifted to color commentary from the broadcast booth. Originally broadcast in 1987.

A sci-fi magazine has cut off submissions after a flood of AI-generated stories

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 13:18

The science fiction and fantasy magazine Clarkesworld says it has been bombarded with AI-mage stories. Its publisher says it's part of a rise of side hustle culture online.

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The Taliban ended college for women. Here's how Afghan women are defying the ban

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 12:12

The December ban on college education for women has led some to turn to online options. But that pption comes with its own set of problems.

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North Korea says it test-fired 4 missiles a day after the U.S. held defense drills

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 10:58

The launch comes a day after the U.S. and South Korea held tabletop exercises simulating a North Korean nuclear attack.

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What's at stake as Nigerians elect the president of Africa's largest democracy

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 10:33

The continent's largest democracy and biggest economy holds a presidential election Saturday that's come down to a race of three leading candidates.

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Roald Dahl's publisher responds to backlash by keeping 'classic' texts in print

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 10:32

"Fat," "ugly" and "horsey face" will remain in Roald Dahl's children's books in the U.K. after all. After a fierce backlash to proposed changes, Dahl's U.K. publisher announced a "classic collection."

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More than two million Cosori air fryers have been recalled over fire risks

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 10:07

The home appliance brand Cosori received more than 200 reports of air fryers overheating, burning or melting — several of which led to minor burn injuries and property damage.

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WATCH: Alex Murdaugh returns to the witness stand for cross-examination

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 09:37

Friday could be a pivotal day in the murder trial of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh as he faces continued questioning from prosecutors.

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One year after Russia invaded, Ukrainians have been transformed

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 08:10

NPR remembers the beginning of Russia's war on Ukraine and the way it transformed the Ukrainian people.

Friendships at work can boost happiness. Here's how to nurture them

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 06:00

Sure, you may resent how much of your energy gets sucked up by your job. But research finds that keeping up relationships with colleagues may have a big upside to your health and happiness.

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Hybrid cars are still incredibly popular, but are they good for the environment?

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 05:01

Shoppers are far more interested in hybrids than all-electric vehicles, but environmentalists believe cars like the Prius are an unnecessary detour on the path to electrification.

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Why an ulcer drug could be the last option for some abortion patients

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 05:00

Some abortion providers are looking to misoprostol, a medication widely used around the world, should a federal judge in Texas block access to a key medication abortion option.

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Every space crew needs a mission patch. This company has designed NASA's for 50 years

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 05:00

Since the first days of the space program, astronauts wear a special patch specific to each mission. A small North Carolina company has designed them all since the Apollo lunar launches.

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