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White House Suspects Syria Is Preparing For Another Chemical Attack

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 15 min ago

A statement says the observed "activities" recall those before an April 4 strike that killed civilians, including children. It warns the Assad government that it would "pay a heavy price."

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Degrees of Maybe: How We Can All Make Better Predictions

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 25 min ago

Pundits and prognosticators make predictions all the time: about everything from elections, to sports, to global affairs. This week, we explore why they're often wrong, and how we can all do better.

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Majority Of Global Poll Respondents Find Trump Arrogant, Dangerous

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 19 min ago

At the end of Obama's term, 64 percent of respondents said they were confident in the U.S. president, compared to 22 percent now. Now only two countries' respondents prefer Trump over Obama.

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TSA Catches Live Lobster At Boston's Logan Airport

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 1:51pm

The crustacean weighed more than 20 pounds and was found alive inside a passenger's cooler at Boston's Logan Airport, according to the TSA.

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Google Says It Will No Longer Read Users' Emails To Sell Targeted Ads

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 1:40pm

The company says it will make the change later this year, bringing Gmail in line with its business products. But Google has already gathered a lot of data on users since it launched Gmail in 2004.

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Routine DNA Sequencing May Be Helpful And Not As Scary As Feared

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 1:01pm

A study of whole genome sequencing found that while many people discovered genetic variations linked to rare diseases, they didn't overreact to the news.

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GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage By 22 Million

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 12:39pm

Congressional forecasters say a Senate Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more people uninsured in the next decade.

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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 12:28pm

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.

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Same-Sex Marriage Support At All-Time High, Even Among Groups That Opposed It

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 12:07pm

Nearly half of Republicans and more than half of African-Americans now express support for same-sex marriage, according to a new report from Pew. Here are six takeaways from the report.

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Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 12:03pm

If you travel from Boston's Logan Airport to Aruba on JetBlue you can use your face as identification rather than a passport. Similar experiments in facial recognition are underway at other airports.

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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Goes On Trial On Securities Fraud Charges

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 11:57am

Shkreli is charged with committing a series of frauds well before he became "the most hated man in America." He's been livestreaming and spending lavishly, though according to his lawyer, he's broke.

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After Decline Of Steel And Coal, Ohio Fears Health Care Jobs Are Next

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 10:48am

Health care jobs now outnumber manufacturing jobs in Jefferson County, Ohio. Hospital administrators worry that Republican plans to cut Medicaid will lead to layoffs.

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Trump And India's Modi Share Similarities, But A Host Of Issues Divides Them

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 10:25am

Both leaders are pragmatic deal-makers who rose to high office by appealing to majorities who felt overlooked. But as Trump and Modi meet Monday, their competing visions may be a significant hurdle.

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Senate Republicans Alter Health Care Bill To Avoid 'Death Spiral'

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 9:58am

Senate Republicans have tweaked their bill in hopes of keeping more healthy customers in the insurance market. Customers who fail to maintain coverage could be temporarily locked out.

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High Court To Hear Case Of Cake Shop That Refused To Bake For Same-Sex Wedding

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 9:48am

Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver says a state law compelling him to produce wedding cakes for gay couples violates his right to free speech.

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More Health Problems Reported With Hair And Skin Care Products

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 8:42am

Manufacturers are not required to tell the Food and Drug Administration about safety issues with cosmetics or hair and skin care products. That can leave people in the dark about health risks.

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Philando Castile's Mother Reaches $3 Million Settlement Over Police Shooting

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 8:34am

The city of St. Anthony, Minn., said in a statement that "no amount of money could ever replace Philando." It said the deal was reached quickly "to allow the process of healing to move forward."

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Supreme Court Will Re-Hear Immigrant Indefinite Detention Case

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 8:20am

The case centers on a man who was detained for three years without the right to appear before a judge and ask to be released on bond.

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Cholera Hitches A Ride On The Backs Of Soft-Shell Turtles

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 7:19am

A new study finds that turtles are really good at carrying the bacteria that causes the potentially fatal disease.

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Supreme Court Sends Cross-Border Shooting Case Back To Lower Court

NPR Top Stories - June 26, 2017 - 7:13am

Can the family of a slain Mexican teenager sue the federal agent who shot him from across the U.S.-Mexico border? The case tests a long-held doctrine called a Bivens action.

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