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There's A Bipartisan Push To #FreeBritney

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 10:03

Congressional lawmakers of all political stripes have shared their support for the pop star, who continues a legal fight against her 13-year conservatorship.

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Wildfires In The West Are Putting Parched Tribal Lands In Growing Danger

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 08:30

Blazes in Oregon and Washington were among some 60 large, active wildfires that have destroyed homes and burned through close to a million acres.

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A Popular YouTuber Is Detained By Cuban Police On Live TV In A Roundup Of Critics

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 06:00

"I hold the government responsible for anything that may happen to me," Dina Stars said before abruptly ending an interview. Human rights groups say some 148 people have been detained since Sunday.

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Iranian Agents Are Facing Charges For Their Role In A Plot To Kidnap A U.S. Journalist

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 05:55

Federal prosecutors charged five foreign agents working for the Iranian government for their roles in a plot to kidnap U.S. citizen and journalist Masih Alinejad.

Pope Francis Seen Leaving Hospital 10 Days After Intestinal Surgery

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 05:47

AP journalists saw a car with Francis sitting in the front passenger seat leaving Rome's Gemelli Polytechnic hospital on Wednesday morning.

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Canada's Taking It Slow On Reopening Its Border To Travelers From The U.S. Here's Why

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 05:17

Canadians can fly to the U.S. but cannot enter by land. Most non-Canadians can't enter Canada by land or air. The government says a full reopening may require 75% of Canadians to be fully vaccinated.

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How Cuba Protests Reveal Biden's Political Challenges In South Florida

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 05:00

Widespread protests across Cuba have revealed political challenges President Biden faces as he seeks to support the demonstrations without hurting their cause — or his own political interest.

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These Golden Retrievers Went To Surfside To Bring Comfort To First Responders

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 05:00

Nine golden retrievers from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry arrived at the site of the Champlain Towers South collapse to help families and first responders process their grief.

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A Tragic Death Shows How ERs Fail Patients Who Struggle With Addiction

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 05:00

ER doctors wanted to hospitalize the young man to help ease his withdrawal from opioid dependence. But he declined because he couldn't afford it. His mom says no one told him he had financial options.

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Senate Democrats Announce $3.5 Trillion Budget Agreement

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 22:28

It would provide money over the coming decade for programs on climate change, health care and family service. The deal came out of weeks of bargaining among party leaders, progressives and moderates.

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More Than 160 Additional Indigenous Graves Have Been Found In Canada

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 19:37

"To members of the Penelakut Tribe we are here for you. We cannot bring back those who are lost but we can and will continue to tell the truth," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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Tennessee's Ousted Vaccination Chief Blasts Politics Over Teen Vaccines

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 17:36

Accusing state leaders of putting their heads in the sand, Dr. Michelle Fiscus said,"I am ashamed of them. I am afraid for my state."

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Roger Federer Says A Knee Injury Is Going To Keep Him From The Tokyo Games

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 16:14

This year would have been Federer's fifth time competing in the Olympics. Many fans had hoped that the upcoming games would be his chance to finally take home a gold medal in the singles category.

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A Patient Got A Kidney Meant For Someone Else

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 15:57

A hospital in Cleveland has apologized for the mistake and placed two employees on leave. A spokesman says the patient who should have gotten the organ has had their surgery delayed.

A Summer Red Tide Has Left Hundreds Of Tons Of Dead Fish Along Tampa Bay's Shore

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 15:18

The hordes of fish were killed by a red tide, a large "bloom" of toxic algae that appears on Florida's Gulf Coast about once a year. Experts say the bloom shouldn't be happening right now.

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Vice President Harris Hints That She Is Discussing Filibuster Changes With Senators

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 14:38

With a major voting bill stalled, the vice president told NPR that she won't negotiate changes to Senate rules publicly, "but I'm certainly having conversations with folks."

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Cornel West Has Announced He's Leaving Harvard And Says The School Has Lost Its Way

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 14:14

In a resignation letter posted to Twitter on Monday, West says the university is suffering from "intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy of deep depths."

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Two 14-Year-Olds Grill An Author About The Future Of Humanity

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 13:17

In his new book for Gen Z readers, Charles Kenny explains why despite all the gloom and doom, the world is getting better for billions. NPR turned to two Gen Zers to help ask him the tough questions.

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Texas Democrats Urge Biden To Act On Voting Rights As They Protest State Legislation

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 12:38

By traveling to the nation's capital, the Texas lawmakers deprive the state legislature of the quorum needed to take up Republicans proposals to restrict voting.

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No Fast Music Or Fast Running: COVID Rules In Seoul Force Gym-Goers To Slow Down

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 12:17

Officials are hoping the new rules will cut COVID case numbers. Gyms in the Seoul area are not allowed to play music faster than 120 beats per minute.

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