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Obama's Final Press Conference As President, Annotated

1 hour 28 sec ago

NPR's politics team, with help from editors and reporters across the newsroom, annotated Obama's remarks on press freedom, Russia, the Middle East and more.

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From Glitter To Free Joints, Trump Protesters Plan To Get Their Message Out

1 hour 4 min ago

Besides the hundreds of thousands of people who are expected in Washington, D.C., to cheer on the new president on Inauguration Day, thousands more are planning to protest.

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Dozens Of False Killer Whales Mysteriously Strand Themselves In Florida

1 hour 34 min ago

At least 82 of the animals have died during the mysterious event on a remote coast in Florida's Everglades National Park. The species is part of the dolphin family and forms strong social bonds.

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'Always Home': Martial Arts Teacher Helps Rebuild Pride In Oklahoma Town

1 hour 40 min ago

Brownie Harjo runs a martial arts studio in the oldest building in Holdenville, Okla. Though the small town has seen better days, Harjo believes Holdenville still has potential.

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Unclear Role Of Trump's Special Advisers Has Some Concerned

1 hour 40 min ago

President-elect Donald Trump has named some well known figures as special advisers. But it's still unclear as to what that title might mean and what extent of power these positions might hold.

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DACA Student Under Trump: 'I Am Still Woven Into The Fabric Of This Country'

1 hour 40 min ago

Juan de la Rosa Diaz, 20, came to the U.S. illegally at age 5. Now, he's a senior in political science at Virginia Tech. He worries about what a Trump presidency means for him and others like him.

See George H.W. Bush's Apology To Donald Trump For Missing The Inauguration

1 hour 44 min ago

The 92-year-old former president was put into the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital on Wednesday, but had already planned to stay home owing to his age and poor health.

China's First Freight Train To The U.K. Rolls Into London

2 hours 3 min ago

The train, which traveled nearly 7,500 miles, marks a milestone in China's intended revival of the centuries-old Silk Road trade routes linking East and West.

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School Vouchers, Oligarchy And Grizzlies: Highlights From The DeVos Hearing

2 hours 8 min ago

Donald Trump's pick to lead the Education Department got a grilling on a range of issues, from private school vouchers and charter school oversight to guns in schools. How did she fare?

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Why Is Extensively Drug-Resistant TB On The Rise?

2 hours 18 min ago

There are two main theories. A new study of South African patients points to the scarier of the two.

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Senate Panel Grills S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley In Her Bid To Become U.N. Ambassador

2 hours 47 min ago

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley faced tough questions from a Senate panel on Wednesday about how she would represent the Trump administration at the United Nations.

Obama Grants Clemency To Puerto Rican Fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera

2 hours 47 min ago

Among the dozens of people granted clemency by President Obama on Tuesday was Oscar Lopez Rivera. Depending on who you ask, he is either a freedom fighter or a terrorist.

U.S. Report Confirms 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

2 hours 47 min ago

2016 was the warmest year on record, according to a new report by the U.S. government. This is the third year in a row that global temperatures have soared above the 20th century average. The report comes ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has at times, referred to global warming as a "hoax."

Russians Await Donald Trump's Inauguration With Anticipation

2 hours 47 min ago

Russians have been counting the days until Donald Trump is sworn in as the next U.S. president. Officials, and official television, have been blasting the Obama years and looking forward to improved ties.

Senate Health Committee Questions Rep. Tom Price In HHS Confirmation Hearing

2 hours 47 min ago

The Senate health committee heard from Rep. Tom Price Wednesday on his nomination to become the secretary of Health and Human Services. Obamacare was a top issue, and the congressman's stock dealings in medical companies were also discussed.

Obama Holds Final News Conference Before Leaving Office

2 hours 47 min ago

President Obama held his final news conference Wednesday before leaving office. He fielded several questions about his successor, Donald Trump.

Nigerian Funk Musician William Onyeabor Dies At 70

2 hours 47 min ago

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Uchenna Ikonne, a Nigerian music scholar, about Onyeabor's career and how he turned his back on music to become a born-again Christian in the 1980s.

Supreme Court Considers Trademark Battle Over Band Name

2 hours 47 min ago

The Supreme Court tests whether the Patent and Trademark Office violated the First Amendment when it refused to register the "disparaging" band name, "The Slants."

Wilbur Ross' Confirmation Hearing Highlights Divide Among GOP On Trade

2 hours 47 min ago

The confirmation hearing of Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross highlighted divisions within the Republican Party over trade. Ross signaled that the incoming Trump administration will be much more aggressive in responding to trade violations by other countries. Several Republican Senators told Ross they were concerned that punitive tariffs and confrontations with trading partners could damage the economy.

Trump's Picks For Special Advisers Present Potential Ethical Issues

2 hours 47 min ago

President-elect Trump has named two businessmen as special advisers: Wall Street legend Carl Icahn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Icahn will advise the White House on regulatory reform and Giuliani on cybersecurity. But Icahn makes billions through Wall Street trading, and Giuliani makes millions from his security consulting firm, which presents some potential ethical issues.

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