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After Avoiding The Country For Decades, Tourists Are Now Flocking To Northern Ireland

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:35pm

For decades, Northern Ireland was synonymous with violence from the conflict known as the "Troubles." In recent years, though, it's enjoyed a tourism renaissance due to a state-of-the-art museum devoted to the Titanic, which was built in Belfast, and the popularity of HBO's Game of Thrones series — which is shot along the coast north of the city.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Examines President's Ability To Order A Nuclear Strike

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:35pm

For the first time in more than four decades, a Congressional committee, on Tuesday, examined an exclusive power held by the U.S. president that has no institutional checks: the sole authority to order a nuclear strike. North Korea's drive for a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. and President Trump's bellicose rhetoric toward Pyongyang have prompted some lawmakers to call for reconsidering a system that allows one person to start a nuclear war.

Non-Profit Has Tracked 33,000 Lives Lost In 24 Years As People Try To Cross Into E.U.

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:35pm

For the past 24 years, a non-profit network of volunteers have been tracking refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants who have lost their lives trying to cross the borders of the European Union. This year, their list reached 33,000 people. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with the founder and director of the network, Geert Ates about his work and mission.

He Wrote The Book(s) On Scrabble. But Has He Been Playing By The Letter Of The Law?

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:25pm

The Association of British Scrabble Players doesn't think so. Suspecting cheating, the group temporarily banned Allan Simmons, who has written advice books and ranks highly worldwide.

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Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:13pm

It's not proof of cause and effect, but should be a warning, researchers say. Surveys showed teens — especially girls — who spent hours online daily were more likely than others to report depression.

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For Some Native Americans, Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:04pm

In the Navajo Nation, waste from old uranium mines has proved to be an insidious health hazard. Even spring water has become radioactive.

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2 Months After Maria And Irma, U.S. Virgin Islands Remain In The Dark

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 2:40pm

More than 33,000 people have applied for help from FEMA, as the territory struggles to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Nearly 73 percent of residents remain without power two months later.

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Violent Spree In Northern California Includes Attack On Elementary School

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 2:33pm

The shooter has been killed by law enforcement, authorities say. Here & Now's Robin Young gets the latest from NPR's Nathan Rott.

FDA Warns About Dangers Of 'Natural' Opioid Kratom

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 2:23pm

The Food and Drug Administration says there's not enough proof that the herbal supplement kratom works for opioid withdrawal and other conditions. It also says kratom can cause health problems.

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Director Dee Rees Explores Racism In Post-War Mississippi In 'Mudbound'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 2:03pm

Mudbound follows two families — one white and one black — just before, during and after World War II. Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her new film.

Drug-Shooting 'Bazooka' Seized In Mexico As Smugglers Aim Skyward

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:55pm

Mexican officials say they seized a bazooka adapted to shoot drugs alongside nearly a ton of marijuana in the town of Agua Prieta on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Army To Provide Medical Care For Thousands Of Veterans Who Were Test Subjects

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:51pm

Veterans who were research subjects in chemical and biological testing from 1942 to 1975 can receive care, but critics say the service is still withholding details about the tests it conducted.

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Here's How The New Tax Plan Could Hurt Graduate Students

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:31pm

The new house tax bill introduced by Republicans outlines a plan to end tax exemption on tuition waivers and tax endowments made to colleges and universities.

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House GOP Tax Plan Would Hit Grad Students With Massive Tax Hike

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:21pm

The plan would raise taxes on graduate students, who make very little money to begin with. Analysts say the provision could discourage students from seeking advanced degrees, hurting economic growth.

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Steve Winwood On World Cafe

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:11pm

Hear a chat with the prog-rock architect on his new greatest hits live album.

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Los Colognes On World Cafe

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:10pm

A Nashville band with an exotic European sound plays from its new album, The Wave.

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At Least 4 Victims Killed After Shooting At School, Other Locations In California

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:57pm

The shooter began at a residence and traveled to "multiple locations" before shooting students at an elementary school in Tehama County, an assistant sheriff said. Officials say the shooter is dead.

Understanding Uzbekistan's Shifting Political Landscape

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:52pm

Security and sustainability were the topics of a two-day conference of Central Asian countries in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, last week.

Former Captains Of U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Teams Celebrate Their Baby

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:51pm

"I feel truly blessed to experience this incredible adventure with my love and best friend Julie," Canada's Caroline Ouellette wrote of Julie Chu, in announcing their daughter's birth.

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West Coast Homelessness Is Growing — And It Affects People You May Not Expect

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:40pm

A new reporting series from The Associated Press shows homelessness is a growing problem in cities big and small from Seattle all the way down to San Diego.

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