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Haitians Are Turning Plastic Waste Into Valuable Fabric

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 2:52pm

Environmentalists haul illegal fishing nets in the ocean, while poor Haitians collect discarded plastic bottles of the streets of their country. All the waste is then turned into fabric and later into high end shoes and backpacks — a new trend in recycling.

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Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 2:22pm

Researchers witnessed adolescent female Japanese macaques mounting sika deer in ways that were "sexual in nature." They have several theories for why but say more research is necessary.

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Trump Administration Moves To Kill Rules For Organic Eggs

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 2:20pm

It's the latest Obama-era agriculture regulation to go on the chopping block. This one governs the treatment of animals on organic farms. But most organic farmers actually support the rule.

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Are These Condom Ads Too Sexy For TV?

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 1:43pm

India's government has banned condom ads between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. to protect children from seeing them on TV. Some citizens are outraged by the censorship.

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We LYLAS, But It's Time To Say TTFN As AOL Instant Messanger Signs Off For Good

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 1:23pm

AOL instant messenger signed off for the final time this morning — 20 years after changing online communication.

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DHS Wants To Build A Computer System To Help Determine Who Gets To Visit The U.S.

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 1:23pm

Can a computer tell if you're going to be a productive member of society? Can it tell if you're a terrorist? The Department of Homeland Security is trying to answer these questions. The agency hopes to build a computer system to help determine who gets to visit or immigrate to the U.S., but that idea has some techies worried.

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Nearly A Year In Office, Trump's Presidency Remains Defined By Russia

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 1:23pm

Almost a year in and Donald Trump's presidency is still — in large part — being defined by Russia. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe about his joint byline in Friday's paper for "Doubting the Intelligence, Trump purses Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked."

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An Outsider's View Of How the U.S. Treats Its Most Vulnerable

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 1:23pm

Philip Alston is the United Nations' special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about a report he is compiling on how the United State's most vulnerable are treated by the government.

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Pennsylvania Grand Jury Hopes Investigation Will Change Fraternity Culture Across The U.S.

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 1:23pm

A Pennsylvania grand jury has issued a scathing report about Pennsylvania State University's failed oversight of campus Greek organizations. The report follows the hazing death of a 19-year-old pledge in February.

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Where Does The #MeToo Movement Go From Here?

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 1:23pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with New York Magazine's Rebecca Traister and writer Ijeoma Oluo about the post-Weinstein era. The two women reflect on where this #MeToo movement goes from here, and the complexities surrounding how we should address the issue of sexual harassment in workplaces.

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GOP Releases Final Version Of Tax Overhaul Bill

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 1:23pm

Republican lawmakers are releasing the final version of their legislation to overhaul the nation's tax code, with plans to pass it next week.

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How Katharine Graham Defied A Federal Judge To Publish The Pentagon Papers

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 10:28am

Graham, who died in 2001, held the title of publisher at The Washington Post from 1969 until 1979. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1997 about her 1971 decision to publish the top-secret documents.

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Former 'Post' Executive Editor Ben Bradlee On Publishing The Pentagon Papers

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 10:28am

Bradlee served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. In 1995, he told Fresh Air about his decision to publish the top secret documents related to U.S. policy making in Vietnam.

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Grand Jury Report On Penn State Hazing Finds 'Indignities And Depravities'

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 10:00am

The report was triggered by one deadly incident, but members of the grand jury said they felt obligated to report the broader issues they uncovered — including rampant, dangerous misconduct.

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Long Island Woman Charged With Using Bitcoin To Launder Money To Support ISIS

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 9:29am

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, allegedly bought more than $60,000 in cryptocurrency and got a $22,000 loan and then transferred the money abroad. The Justice Department says she intended to join ISIS in Syria.

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Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 8:00am

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

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Video Shows Trump Judicial Nominee Unable To Answer Basic Questions Of Law

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 7:52am

Federal court nominee Matthew Petersen was stumped on basic legal questions during confirmation hearing.

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Want Help Explaining A Medical Procedure? Ask A 9-Year-Old

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 4:18am

Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.

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Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 4:00am

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.

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Retailers Hope For Strong Holiday Season As November Sales Beat Expectations

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2017 - 3:14am

Retail and food sales were up 5.8 percent in November over the same time last year, the Commerce Department said. Retailers are hoping for their best year since before the economic recession.

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