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Northern California Gunman's Wife Found Dead, Bringing Death Toll To 6

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 1:42pm

More details are coming out about the shooting in northern California Tuesday. The shooter's wife is now among the dead. Investigators say his two assault rifles were home-built, unregistered and illegal.

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Head Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau To Step Down

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 1:42pm

Richard Cordray, the head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is stepping down at the end of the month. The bureau was created in the wake of the financial crisis and has recovered $12 billion from financial firms on behalf of consumers, but Republicans have fought Cordray and the bureau, claiming its very existence is illegal and that it has harmed consumers by stifling lending.

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British Researchers Say Russia May Have Tried To Influence Brexit Vote

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 1:42pm

Researchers and analysts in the United Kingdom say Russia used thousands of Twitter accounts to try to divide British society before and after the vote on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union. They say Russian accounts sent out tens of thousands of tweets both for and against the U.K. staying in the E.U.

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Health Policy Consultant On How The Senate GOP Tax Bill Could Affect Insurance Costs

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 1:42pm

Senate Republicans have proposed attaching a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as a way to pay for tax cuts. Health policy consultant Robert Laszewski tells NPR's Kelly McEvers that doing so would increase the cost of insurance for many Americans.

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Senate Republicans Make Big Changes To Their Original Tax Bill

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 1:42pm

Senate Republicans changed their tax bill to scrap the individual mandate on health insurance. The bill would also make many tax cuts for individuals temporary, while business tax cuts would be permanent.

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Tensions Increase In Zimbabwe As Troops Reportedly Patrol The Capital

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 6:35pm

President Robert Mugabe's party has warned that Zimbabwe will not succumb to military pressure. The army commander had threatened to "step in" to calm political unrest and party infighting.

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Volunteers Save Beached Whales On Indonesian Shore

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 2:41pm

Ten sperm whales beached themselves on the shores of the Indonesia's Aceh Province of Indonesia. Professionals and volunteers saved six of them but the rest died.

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After Sexual Harassment Accusations, Congress Moves Toward Mandatory Training

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 2:21pm

Congress is grappling with how to change the culture on Capitol Hill, as a wave of sexual harassment allegations have swept the country in every industry.

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Barbie Heads Into New Ground With Hijab-Sporting Doll

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 2:17pm

The doll is modeled after fencer Ibtihaj Muhammed, the first U.S. Olympic athlete to compete in a hijab, who said she would sew head scarves onto her Barbies as a child.

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India Declares War On Unsafe Selfies

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:37pm

India's authorities have a message to share for all takes of selfies: Stay away from wild animals, cliffs, crashing surf and monsoon floods. Is anyone listening?

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FDA Approves First Digital Pill That Can Track Whether You've Taken It

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:37pm

Abilify MyCite is a tablet with an embedded sensor activated by fluid in the stomach. Although the drug's approval is a big step for digital medicine, there are concerns about privacy and cost.

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Republican Senators Add Repeal Of Individual Health Care Mandate To Tax Bill

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:37pm

Republican leaders expressed confidence that the measure could pass the Senate. It is likely to face even fewer hurdles in the House, as the GOP aims to pass a tax bill by Christmas.

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Italy Misses World Cup Qualifier For First Time Since 1958

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

After a loss to Sweden Monday night, Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who played in his last international game, was in tears and La Gazzetta Dello Sport said for "Italy, this is the Apocalypse."

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At Least 5 Dead, 10 Injured In Northern California Shooting

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

A shooter in Northern California killed at least four people and left at least others 10 injured. Police killed the gunman, bringing the death toll to five.

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Scrabble Champion Banned From Professional Competition After Accusations Of Cheating

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

Allan Simmons has been accused of cheating in a professional Scrabble Championship in June. The former British Scrabble champion has now been banned from professional competition after he was found to have peeked at the tiles he was drawing.

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As Roy Moore Loses Support In Washington, D.C., Some In Alabama Are Still With Him

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

NPR's Elise Hu speaks with Rev. Mike Allison of the Madison Baptist Church about why he still supports Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, following allegations of sexual contact with a 14-year-old and the assault of a 16-year-old.

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Roy Moore Continues To Lose GOP Support Amid Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

Senate Republicans are continuing to call for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race, but there are not many clear or good options for the GOP establishment.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Examines President's Ability To Order A Nuclear Strike

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

For the first time in more than four decades, a Congressional committee, on Tuesday, examined an exclusive power held by the U.S. president that has no institutional checks: the sole authority to order a nuclear strike. North Korea's drive for a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. and President Trump's bellicose rhetoric toward Pyongyang have prompted some lawmakers to call for reconsidering a system that allows one person to start a nuclear war.

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Non-Profit Has Tracked 33,000 Lives Lost In 24 Years As People Try To Cross Into E.U.

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

For the past 24 years, a non-profit network of volunteers have been tracking refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants who have lost their lives trying to cross the borders of the European Union. This year, their list reached 33,000 people. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with the founder and director of the network, Geert Ates about his work and mission.

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Congress Continues To Address Its Sexual Harassment Issues

NPR Top Stories - November 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

The House and Senate are moving swiftly towards mandating previously optional sexual harassment training. The Senate approved the change last week, without a single objection. In the House on Tuesday, lawmakers held a hearing to consider even more far-reaching changes to shake up what many female lawmakers say is a culture that encourages silence.

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