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India Tests Long-Range Missile, Lauding 'Major Boost' To Military Capability

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:23am

The intercontinental ballistic missile has a range of some 3,100 miles. Its launch Thursday comes at a particularly fraught time in India's relationship with neighbors Pakistan and China.

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New Film 'Kangaroo' Asks: Is The Australian Icon Endangered?

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:20am

According to a new documentary, though the kangaroo is an Australian icon, it is also widely hunted as a pest.

Koreas Expert Calls North Korean Olympic Performers A 'Propaganda Coup'

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:12am

North and South Korea are negotiating an Olympic detente, which is leading to a unified march during the PyeongChang Olympics opening ceremony next month, and a delegation of North Korean musicians and cheerleaders attending the games.

Immigrant Advocates Anxious For DACA Deal As Deadline Approaches

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:06am

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks to Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, an immigration advocacy group founded by leaders in the technology industry.

Songs We Love: Abhi The Nomad, 'Marbled'

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:00am

While America debates immigration reform, the Indian-born rapper/singer reflects on his nomadic journey through late-night binges and isolation.

(Image credit: Jonathan Swecker/Courtesy of the artist)

'12 Strong': When The Afghan War Looked Like A Quick, Stirring Victory

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:06am

Many Americans may be weary of the war in Afghanistan. But a new movie is betting big on the true story of Green Berets on horseback who made the early days of the fight look deceptively easy.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Bob Pennington)

2017 Among Warmest Years On Record

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:00am

The planet's global surface temperature last year was second warmest since 1880, NASA says. And scientists say the five warmest years on record have been since 2010.

(Image credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio)

Trump Will Protect Health Workers Who Reject Patients On Religious Grounds

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:53am

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom at Health and Human Services is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people.

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Here Are The 20 Cities Still In The Running For Amazon's Second HQ

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:43am

Amazon says it reviewed 238 proposals in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It says it will invest $5 billion in building the new headquarters, which could create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs.

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Trump Tweet Scrambles Efforts To Avert A Government Shutdown

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:41am

The president rejected a plan crafted by congressional Republicans to extend long-term funding for a popular children's health care program as part of a short-term spending agreement.

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Songs We Love: August Greene, 'Optimistic (Feat. Brandy)'

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:12am

Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper form August Greene and share its first single as a trio.

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Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:01am

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

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Hear Four Songs From Yo La Tengo's New Album, 'There's A Riot Going On'

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:00am

The band embraces its experimental impulses in a sampler of new songs, from the endless chill of "You Are Here" to the bouncing Pet Sounds reverie of "Shades Of Blue."

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Cat Lovers, Is Your Cat Right- Or Left-Pawed?

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:58am

Do you know which paw your cat uses first when coming down the stairs? Anthropologist and cat lover Barbara J. King discusses with researchers why a new finding of paw preference matters for our pets.

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George Clinton's 'Gon Make U Sick' Of All This Funk In 2018

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:18am

Rapper Scarface has Uncle George's back on the first single from Parliament's rebirth, Medicaid Fraud Dog.

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This Man Has Freed Hundreds Of Yazidis Captured By ISIS. Thousands Remain Missing

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:11am

His phone rarely stops ringing. Most calls and messages are from other Yazidis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, asking for help to find their relatives. Others are from people threatening to kill him.

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Director Hugh Wilson, Creator Of 'WKRP In Cincinnati,' Dies At 74

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:08am

Wilson also worked in movies, directing the first Police Academy as well as Guarding Tess and The First Wives Club. Wilson had been battling lung cancer and emphysema.

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China Reports Its Fastest Economic Growth In 7 Years

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:17am

China's economy, the second-largest in the world, grew by 6.9 percent in 2017. It's the first time since 2010 that the speed of China's economic growth went up rather than edging down.

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Victims Confront Larry Nassar Over Sexual Abuse

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:25am

Sentencing is underway for Larry Nassar, the former doctor for Olympics gymnasts, over his conviction for sexual assault. Dozens of victims are making impact statements and confronting him.

Sen. Michael Bennet On Immigration And Trump's Wall

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:16am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat of Colorado, about the status of immigration reform negotiations ahead of a looming government shutdown.

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