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Southern California Fire Forces New Evacuations, Threatens Coastal Communities

December 16, 2017 - 5:35pm

The Thomas Fire has raged for nearly two weeks and on Saturday, new evacuation orders were issued in Santa Barbara County. A local zoo was preparing to move some of its animals out of the danger zone.

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Democrat Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

December 16, 2017 - 3:04pm

His announcement comes a day after the House Ethics Committee said it opened an investigation into the harassment allegations leveled at the 37-year-old freshman congressman from Nevada.

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Brexit Is One Step Closer As EU Agrees To Talk About U.K. Trade

December 16, 2017 - 1:32pm

European Union leaders have agreed to discuss the process by which the U.K. will leave the EU. The talks focus on the trade relationship Britain will have with the EU in the future. Guest host Ray Suarez speaks with NPR's Frank Langfitt about whether Brexit has entered a point of no return.

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Weighing The Impact Of Repealing The Health Insurance Mandate

December 16, 2017 - 1:32pm

The tax bill being considered by Congress includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News talks to guest host Ray Suarez about how that could affect the health insurance market.

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What It Took To Convince Final Holdouts To Support The GOP Tax Bill

December 16, 2017 - 1:32pm

Republicans seem to have secured enough votes to pass their tax bill next week. It marks the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades. Guest host Ray Suarez speaks with NPR's Kelsey Snell about the bill.

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Pope Begs Journalists To Avoid 'Sins Of Communication'

December 16, 2017 - 1:03pm

He will also dedicate his annual communication message next year to the topic of "fake news."

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Trump Administration Reportedly Instructs CDC On Its Own Version Of 7 Dirty Words

December 16, 2017 - 9:14am

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysts have been told to omit words such as "vulnerable," "transgender" and "evidence-based" from an upcoming budget. Critics say it amounts to censorship.

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New Austrian Government Will Have A Far-Right Tilt

December 16, 2017 - 8:45am

The country's chancellor finalized a deal Friday to form a governing coalition with a party that has Nazi roots.

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Cabela's Sale Sends Ripples of Anxiety Through Rural Nebraska Town

December 16, 2017 - 5:00am

The sale of the outdoor retail giant to rival Bass Pro Shops has folks in Sidney, Neb., wrestling with the notion of becoming just another struggling rural American town.

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Saudi Banks And Businesses Feel Effects Of High-Profile Detentions

December 16, 2017 - 5:00am

Saudi banks and businesses are feeling the effects of the government's detention of some of its wealthiest citizens. But the government stands to gain billions if detainees opt to buy their freedom.

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She Escaped The Shooter's Bullets In Las Vegas, But Her Mental Scars Remain

December 16, 2017 - 4:48am

Melissa Barham went to the Jason Aldean concert with her family. They all escaped without physical injury, but Barham is wrestling with the emotional aftereffects, especially during the holidays.

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Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

December 16, 2017 - 4:48am

More than nine of 10 farm owners in the U.S. are white. A movement to change that is selling farming to people of color as a healthy lifestyle — and a way to fight discrimination.

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VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It's Been

December 16, 2017 - 4:00am

It's been reviled and revered, criminalized and exploited by the CIA. And now and other psychedelic drugs are being tested as legitimate medical treatments. NPR's original animation tells the tale.

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In Interviews With 122 Rapists, Student Pursues Not-So-Simple Question: Why?

December 16, 2017 - 4:00am

Shattered by the rape and subsequent death of a student in Delhi in 2012, a graduate student in psychology wanted to know why they did it — and if they felt remorse.

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PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

December 16, 2017 - 4:00am

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from the new book Endangered by Tim Flach.

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Washington Did A Lot This Week And America's Schools Will Feel It

December 16, 2017 - 3:04am

Changes to net neutrality and more on what the tax bill means for education, parents and students.

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Female Congressional Candidate Ends Run After She Is Accused Of Sexual Harassment

December 15, 2017 - 5:31pm

Retired business executive Andrea Ramsey had hoped to oust an incumbent Republican congressman in a Kansas district targeted by the Democrats.

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CHART: How The New Version Of The Republican Tax Bill Would Affect You

December 15, 2017 - 5:12pm

The bill would lower the rate for top earners and also let graduate students keep their tuition waivers.

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Final Version Of GOP Tax Bill Cuts Corporate Tax Rate To 21 Percent

December 15, 2017 - 4:16pm

Republican lawmakers have released the final version of their tax bill that cuts the corporate tax rate to 21 percent and reduces tax rates for individuals for eight years.

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Chief Justice Roberts Sends Kozinski Inquiry To Another Judicial Council

December 15, 2017 - 3:53pm

The 2nd Circuit will take over the inquiry of 9th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski. Multiple former clerks and externs have accused Kozinski of sexual harassment.

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