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'The Great Displacement' looks at communities forever altered by climate change

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 05:00

Jack Bittle's book takes a look at several communities that have been affected by climate change, and how the lives of their residents — those who have survived — have been altered by extreme weather.

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Photographing a year of war and resilience in Ukraine

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 05:00

NPR photographer Claire Harbage shares her experiences of documenting life in Ukraine for the past year, amid the ongoing Russian invasion.

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What Ukrainians are expecting, one year after Russia invaded

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 04:54

One year to the day after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the country is transformed. What's ahead as the war enters its second year and how are Ukrainians thinking about the future?

Peter Obi could shake up Nigeria's election

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 04:54

As voters in Nigeria, Africa's largest democracy, go to the polls, a third party candidate threatens to upset the status quo.

Alex Murdaugh denies murders, but admits to lying to police

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 04:54

The salacious murder trial of a prominent South Carolina attorney took a new twist when Alex Murdaugh (alek - mur-dock) took the stand in his own defense in the killings of his wife and son.

China wants peace talks between Ukraine and Russia to begin as soon as possible

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 04:54

China has called for a ceasefire in Ukraine, and for peace talks between Kyiv and Moscow.

Malcom X's family is suing the CIA, FBI and NYPD

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 04:54

NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with Malcolm X's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz (ih-lee-AH-sah Shah-BAHZ), about a planned lawsuit accusing New York and federal law enforcement of concealing murder evidence.

One year of war in Ukraine; China wants peace; access to an abortion drug is at risk

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 04:54

Life in Russia and Ukraine has changed one year into the war. China wants the war to end as soon as possible. Plus, doctors are looking for options as an abortion medication's access is at risk.

China calls for a cease-fire and peace talks between Russia and Ukraine

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 04:05

As Russia's war in Ukraine enters its second year, Beijing has repeatedly said it would broker any cease-fire talks, a proposal Ukrainians are wary of because of China's close ties with Moscow.

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He watched the Koons 'balloon dog' fall and shatter...and wants to buy the remains

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 15:49

Artist and collector Stephen Gamson was pointing out the porcelain balloon dog to his friend when the whole thing went down. It seems one gallery's trash is another man's treasure.

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Pregnant Russians flock to Argentina, seeking passports — and options — for their kids

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 15:11

The navy blue booklets, available to anyone born there, allow entry to 171 countries without a visa. It's a backup plan that well-off Russians believe may come in handy in the ever-uncertain future.

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This selfie above China's balloon was taken over Missouri. Here's how we know that

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 14:58

The photo from aboard the Air Force's legendary U-2 spy plane shows the Chinese balloon. But where, exactly, was it taken? It's actually possible to answer that question using clues from the image.

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Harvey Weinstein will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after LA sentence

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 14:39

Once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, the 70-year-old former film producer will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison. He is already serving a 23-year sentence in New York.

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Senators are calling on the Justice Department to look into Ticketmaster's practices

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 13:35

The leaders of the Senate subcommittee that held a hearing into Ticketmaster last month shared evidence with the Justice Department and asked it to "continue examining" the company's conduct.

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A million households have lost power so far as major winter storm blasts the U.S.

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 13:00

A major winter storm is continuing to bring heavy snow, blizzard conditions and significant ice from California to the Northeast on Thursday.

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R. Kelly sentenced to one more year in prison for child pornography

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 12:56

The disgraced former R&B star is already serving 30 years for sex trafficking and racketeering. On Thursday, he was given one more year in prison for having made pornography with three children.

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How a former caterer created the mercenary army fighting Putin's war in Ukraine

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 12:52

Guardian journalist Shaun Walker talks about Yevgeny Prigozhin, the tough-talking convict-turned-businessman who recruits soldiers from Russian prisons to fight in Ukraine.

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Jimmy Carter took on the awful Guinea worm when no one else would — and he triumphed

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 12:35

Carter targeted diseases primarily affecting the poor in remote areas — notably "Guinea worm disease." Because of his commitment, case numbers plummeted from 3.6 million a year to just 13 in 2022.

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Here's the most thorough explanation yet for the train derailment in East Palestine

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 12:04

A wheel bearing on the train's 23rd car overheated to a dangerous degree, a new NTSB report says. Soon after, dozens of cars — including 11 carrying toxic chemicals — derailed near the Ohio town.

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The number of mothers who die due to pregnancy or childbirth is 'unacceptable'

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 12:00

That's what epidemiologist Jenny Cresswell of the World Health Organization said of death rate data in a new report she authored — "equivalent to almost 800 deaths a day or a death every 2 minutes."

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