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SeaWorld Euthanizes Its Oldest Killer Whale After Respiratory Issues

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 11:04am

Kasatka, believed to be 42 years old, was a matriarch of the orca pod in San Diego. Orcas typically live to at least 50 in the wild.

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3 Hong Kong Activists Jailed For Role In 2014 'Umbrella' Protests

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 10:54am

Joshua Wong was the 17-year-old face of massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous city. Now, he and two others have been given stricter sentences that bar them from office for five years.

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Psychologists Behind CIA 'Enhanced Interrogation' Program Settle Detainees' Lawsuit

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 10:52am

Psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell devised a list of brutal methods that included waterboarding; the methods were meant to condition detainees into a state of helplessness.

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Will The Eclipse Make Crops And Animals Flip Out? Scientists Ask (Really)

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 10:42am

During the day on Aug. 21, large swaths of farmland will be plunged into darkness and temperatures will drop about 10 degrees. And scientists are waiting to see what will happen on the ground.

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Despite Rift, Saudi Arabia Says It Will Allow Qatari Pilgrims To Conduct Hajj

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 9:21am

Qatar has been isolated by neighboring countries in a heated diplomatic standoff. But Saudi Arabia has announced it plans to open its border to allow pilgrims from the tiny Gulf country.

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Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 8:32am

A University of Arkansas professor falsely identified as a participant in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville says the online reaction was frightening and felt like being chased by a mob.

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As Rain Keeps Falling, Sierra Leone Scrambles To Find Mudslide Survivors

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 8:23am

Idalia Amaya, an emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, says the top priority is rescuing people trapped in their homes under the mud.

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Bannon, Unplugged: White House Strategist Pushes Trade Agenda, Undercuts Colleagues

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 8:11am

Steve Bannon called a liberal journalist to talk China, white nationalism and his "fight" with others in the administration. "They're wetting themselves," he says of his State Department rivals.

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At Least 13 Dead, 50 Injured After Van Strikes Crowd In Barcelona, Officials Say

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 7:52am

Regional police are describing the deadly incident on Las Ramblas boulevard as a terrorist attack. The driver initially fled the scene, but now one suspect has been arrested, police say.

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Found: 1-Carrot Diamond Ring

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 7:51am

Thirteen years ago, Mary Grams of Alberta, Canada, lost her engagement ring while working on the family farm. This week, her daughter-in-law found the heirloom, bizarrely adorning a vegetable.

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As Tunisia Weighs Women's Rights Proposal, Some Of The Staunchest Opponents Are Women

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 7:30am

Tunisia's president is pushing for his country to become the first in the Arab world to ensure equality between men and women in inheritance laws. Currently, a man's share equals that of two women.

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Trump Defends 'Beauty' Of Confederate Memorials

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 6:43am

The tweets come after days of the president whipsawing back and forth on his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., that led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

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High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Where Elite Colleges Are Falling Short

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 6:24am

Top students from low-income families make up just 3 percent of enrollment on elite campuses, and a new report says there are lots of things higher ed can do to fix that.

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The Trickle-Up Theory Of White Nationalist Thought

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 6:02am

Dressed up as academic reasoning, racist tropes pushed by white identity advocates become more palatable, allowing those ideas to move from the fringes of debate to the political mainstream.

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 5:19am

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

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Joint Chiefs Denounce Racism After Trump's Comments

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 3:16am

Top ranking uniformed leaders of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard all posted on social media condemning racism, hatred and extremism.

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How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 3:00am

Two years ago, Carolyn Beans — plant biologist, flower farm worker and daughter of a veggie-grower — thought she had what it took to coax a bounty out of her tiny urban garden. She was wrong.

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Driver Faces 5 Charges — And Potential Death Penalty — Over Immigrants' Deaths

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 2:57am

Ten immigrants were found dead among the nearly 40 people who sat in a sweltering truck's trailer in San Antonio. Agents say James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 60, was sitting in the cab of the truck.

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Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 2:23am

No eclipse glasses? No problem. Make your own solar viewer; (almost) no tools required.

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Spain Rescues Nearly 600 People At Sea As Migration Patterns Change

NPR Top Stories - August 17, 2017 - 1:30am

Authorities rescued 593 people in one day Wednesday. The number of migrants arriving in Spain by sea is up sharply from last year, and the number arriving in Greece has dramatically fallen.

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