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Evaluating Personality Tests

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

A drive to better understand ourselves and the people around us has led to the creation of a thriving industry built around personality testing.

Loving And Hating Dollar General In Rural America

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

Dollar General stores thrive in low-income rural towns, and the deep-discount chain has opened hundreds of new shops in the past year.

Pushing For Protections For Hotel Employees

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, who is proposing a bill to protect hotel employees from sexual harassment.

Fake Snowball Fight Canceled Because Of Real Snow

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

A Six Flags amusement park in Georgia had planned a massive "snowball fight" but without real snow. Then it actually snowed and the park closed.

Scientists Work To Stop Violence After Losing Their Child In Newtown

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

After losing their child in the Newtown shooting five years ago, two scientists are working to identify the neurological roots of violence and antisocial behavior.

News Brief: Outlook For Alabama, California Fires, Honduras Election

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

As voters in Alabama prepare to elect a new senator, we look at the potential consequences. Also, an update on fires in California and the contested election in Honduras.

Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.

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Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:02am

A new proposed curriculum for Hong Kong schools is missing key parts of modern Chinese history. The struggle over education is the latest battle with China over how the city is governed.

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The Crazy, Unbelievable Alabama Senate Race Careens To An End

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:00am

Roy Moore was already a controversial nominee. Then sexual assault allegations roiled the Alabama special election and created a tight contest with Democrat Doug Jones for a critical Senate seat.

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The Myth Of Trump's Economic Populism, As Proven By The Tax Bill

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:00am

The tax bill provided an opportunity for President Trump to show his priorities. But so much of it is traditionally Republican and doesn't offer the kind of help for the working class he promised.

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Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:09am

January contracts for the skyrocketing digital currency opened at just under $15,500 on Sunday and had spiked to more than $18,000 hours later.

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Firefighters Lose Ground On Largest Of California Fires

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:20am

Over the weekend, the Thomas Fire had been declared 15 percent contained, but on Sunday, officials downgraded that to just 10 percent as the fire spread north, encompassing 230,000 acres.

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Simeon Booker, Dean Of Washington's Black Press Corps, Dies At 99

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:19pm

Booker chronicled the civil rights movement, and is credited with helping to deliver the 1955 story of Emmitt Till's murder to a national audience.

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Poll: Discrimination Against Women Is Common Across Races, Ethnicities, Identities

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:03pm

New results from an NPR poll show sexism and discrimination against women is widespread and pervasive. Sexual harassment is just one of many challenges women experience in daily life.

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Window Blind Cords Still Pose A Deadly Risk To Children

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:02pm

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.

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Terry Crews On His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: This Is About Accountability

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 5:43pm

NPR's Michel Martin spoke with actor Terry Crews about sexual assault, how he joined the #MeToo movement and why he is fighting to hold people in Hollywood accountable.

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Rohingya Activist: 'Rohingya Are Not Safe Anywhere'

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 4:49pm

More than half of Myanmar's Rohingya have fled the country since 1978 because of periodic military crackdowns. Activist Adbul Rasheed is working for the safe repatriation of his people.

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'Fight For Rights Will Continue' In Zimbabwe, #ThisFlag Movement Pastor Vows

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 4:41pm

Robert Mugabe is gone as Zimbabwe's leader, but Evan Mawarire warns that abuses have yet to end. "The citizens of our nation are not enemies to our government," he says. "They should be listened to."

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Examining The Role Self Awareness Plays In Sexual Harassment

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 4:32pm

Many people accused of sexual harassment say they weren't aware that their behavior was inappropriate. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight, about self-awareness.

Beirut Crowd Protests Trump Recognizing Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 4:32pm

Lebanese security forces used tear gas and water cannons against demonstrators outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. They were protesting against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.




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