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Migration could prevent a looming population crisis. But there are catches

NPR Headline News - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 05:00

"Population decline" is a mild way to describe what could be a global demographic crisis, according to experts. But while migration may be the obvious solution, politics could get in the way.

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When gun violence ends young lives, these men prepare the graves

NPR Headline News - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 05:00

Just outside St. Louis, a cemetery for children sits on a hill. A wooden, weather-worn sign welcomes mourners to "Baby Land." The gravediggers who made the special spot work quietly in the shadows.

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Virologists defend their science as officials eye more oversight of risky experiments

NPR Headline News - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 05:00

Policymakers have long grappled with how to handle experiments that might generate potentially dangerous viruses. Now, officials are considering whether oversight needs to be expanded.

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He was picked last in the 2022 draft. Now he's key to the 49ers' Super Bowl hopes

NPR Headline News - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 05:00

Brock Purdy outperformed every reasonable expectation as a backup's backup in San Francisco. Now, the 23-year-old is poised to become the first rookie quarterback to lead his team to the Super Bowl.

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Egypt unveils tombs and a sarcophagus in a new excavation

NPR Headline News - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 04:15

The artifacts were found beneath an ancient stone enclosure near the Saqqara pyramids and date back to the fifth and sixth dynasties of the Old Kingdom, spanning from roughly 2500 B.C to 2100 B.C.

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There's no whiskey in mini bottles of Fireball, so customers are suing for fraud

NPR Headline News - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 03:02

Customers began wondering why small bottles of Fireball were being sold in places that typically don't sell liquor in many states, such as gas stations and grocery stores.

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A Thai court sentences an activist to 28 years for online posts about the monarchy

NPR Headline News - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 02:14

A court in Thailand sentenced a 27-year-old political activist to 28 years in prison on for posting messages on Facebook that it said defamed the country's monarchy.

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FDA committee votes to roll out new COVID vaccination strategy

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 16:42

Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today endorsed a proposal to make big changes in the nation's approach to vaccinating people against COVID-19.

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Oil refineries release lots of water pollution near communities of color, data show

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 16:38

Oil refineries release billions of pounds of pollution into waterways each year, according to regulatory data. NPR found that pollution is concentrated near places where people of color live.

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Rep. Adam Schiff announces 2024 Senate run, teeing up a high-profile primary

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 14:11

89-year-old Sen. Feinstein has not announced if she will retire, but Democratic hopefuls are already entering the race for her senate seat.

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5 Memphis ex-police charged with murder and jailed over beating death of Tyre Nichols

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 13:41

The five former officers each face a litany of charges, including second degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.

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Social media's role in Jan. 6 was left out of the final report

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 13:36

Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell says the unpublished report shows that tech companies didn't respond to employees' warnings about violent rhetoric on their platforms.

FBI says it 'hacked the hackers' to shut down major ransomware group

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 11:50

The FBI spent months spying on the ransomware group Hive and secretly helped victims before shutting the entire operation down.

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Earth will have 'a very close encounter' with an asteroid tonight, NASA says

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 11:42

There's no reason for alarm — but, a NASA engineer calls it "one of the closest approaches by a known near-Earth object ever recorded." It will be only 2,200 miles above the Earth's surface.

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Southwest faces investigation over holiday travel disaster as it posts a $220M loss

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 11:32

The Department of Transportation says it is looking into the airline's flight scheduling practices and will hold it accountable for refunds. The 16,700 canceled flights cost Southwest $800 million.

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Rescue crews start a new search for actor Julian Sands after recovering another hiker

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 09:47

Sands, the 65-year-old star of A Room with a View, disappeared while hiking in Southern California. After 13 days, authorities are resuming a search "by air only" amid weather warnings.

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New 'Latino' and 'Middle Eastern or North African' checkboxes proposed for U.S. forms

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 08:44

The Biden administration is proposing that the U.S. census and federal surveys change how Latinos are asked about their race and ethnicity and add a checkbox for "Middle Eastern or North African."

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The U.S. economy ended 2022 on a high note. This year is looking different

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 08:33

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.9% in the final three months of last year — a surprisingly strong finish. But growth is expected to slow in 2023, and possibly even reverse.

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Why inventing a vaccine for AIDS is tougher than for COVID

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 07:38

The 4-decades long effort to create an AIDS vaccine suffered a blow with news that a vaccine in a late stage trial was discontinued because results showed it to be ineffective. What are the obstacles?

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'After Sappho' brings women in history to life to claim their stories

NPR Headline News - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 07:09

Selby Wynn Schwartz's debut, longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, is partly a love letter to Virginia Woolf and poet Sappho, partly a work of literary criticism and partly a speculative biography.

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