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Republican Sen. John Thune Defends Senate Health Care Bill

5 hours 18 min ago

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who was one of the people who worked on the Senate health care bill, about the last minute negotiations and the finished product.

Senate Republican Leaders Unveil Proposed Health Care Legislation

5 hours 18 min ago

Senate Republicans unveiled a draft of their health care bill on Thursday. Party leaders are hoping for a vote on the legislation next week.

Maine's Governor Releases Some Low-Level Prisoners To Fill Jobs

5 hours 18 min ago

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is letting some low-level offenders out of prison. He says the inmates are needed in the work force.

'Washington Post' Reporter Describes 'Social Contract' Of Police-Involved Shootings

5 hours 18 min ago

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Wesley Lowery, a Pulitzer Prize-winning national reporter for The Washington Post, about his newspaper's police-involved shooting database and why guilty verdicts for police officers are so rare.

NATO Jet Approaches Russian Defense Minister's Aircraft

5 hours 18 min ago

Over the Baltic Sea, Russian and NATO jet fighters are buzzing each other with ever-closer flybys. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jorge Benitez of the Atlantic Council about the growing military standoff in northeastern Europe.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill Reacts To Senate GOP Health Care Bill

5 hours 18 min ago

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill about the Senate Republican health care bill.

Farmers Take Out Millions In Loans To Raise Chickens For Big-Box Retailers

5 hours 40 min ago

To slaughter 2 million birds per week, Costco is contracting poultry farmers. But this requires a major financial investment from small producers, and the payoff may not be guaranteed.

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Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

5 hours 50 min ago

Senate Republicans are calling their health care bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It shares many provisions with the House's American Health Care Act, but goes further in cutting Medicaid.

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Senate Health Care Bill Could Be In Jeopardy As Conservatives Announce Opposition

6 hours 25 min ago

Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson and Mike Lee all say they oppose the bill in its current form, though they're open to negotiating. Republicans can only afford to lose two votes.

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NPR And Edison Research Release 'The Smart Audio Report'

6 hours 40 min ago

New research on Smart Speakers shows these devices change behavior.

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Songs We Love: Kali Uchis, 'Tyrant (Feat. Jorja Smith)'

6 hours 44 min ago

Light and airy in its sweetness, the song blooms into fluffy, ebullient tufts of cotton candy — only to soon melt in the hot June sun and dry into a hardened candy shell.

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Mali's Oumou Sangaré Keeps Speaking Out On 'Mogoya'

7 hours 1 min ago

The celebrated singer has crafted a rich, rejuvenating album that addresses weighty subjects like suicide and the aftermath of her country's recent political crises.

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Canadian Sniper Hit A Target More Than 2 Miles Away, Military Confirms

7 hours 2 min ago

For the shot to be accurate, many factors, from wind and gravity to the Earth's curvature, would have to be taken into account.

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How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

7 hours 34 min ago

Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago and now come in all kinds of shapes, from Tic Tacs to teardrops to pingpong balls. After studying some 50,000 eggs, a team of researchers thinks it knows why.

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'Pizzagate' Gunman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

7 hours 36 min ago

Edgar Maddison Welch pleaded guilty in March after entering the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., brandishing a rife in order to "investigate" a baseless conspiracy theory.

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A Slow And Steady Approach To Chemotherapy

7 hours 57 min ago

Some cancer specialists are trying a gentler, steadier kind of treatment that aims not to cure cancer, but to keep it at bay.

Los Angeles Port Truckers Forced Into Indentured Servitude, Investigation Finds

8 hours 9 min ago

Drivers are signing lease-to-own contracts for their trucks that condemn them to modern-day indentured servitude, according to a USA Today Network report.

Trump: 'I Did Not Make, And Do Not Have' Recordings Of Comey

8 hours 15 min ago

After it was leaked that Trump asked former FBI director James Comey for loyalty during a private dinner, Trump suggested there may have been "tapes" of their conversations.

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What To Make Of Qatar Airways' Bid For Stake In American Airlines

8 hours 16 min ago

American Airlines said Thursday that the state-owned Qatar Airways is trying to acquire as much as a 10 percent stake in the company.

FCC Moves To Streamline Emergency 'Blue Alerts' For Threats To Law Enforcement

8 hours 20 min ago

Created in 2015, Blue Alerts are similar to Amber Alerts, but aim to catch people who threaten or harm police officers. The DOJ asked the FCC to add a special code to the broadcast emergency system.

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