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California's Camp Fire Becomes The Deadliest In State History

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:00am

At least 42 people have died in a wildfire in Northern California that burned through the town of Paradise with shocking speed.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

CHART: Election Recounts Are Rare, Reversals Almost Unheard Of

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:02am

The fact that Florida currently has three statewide recounts underway is exceptional in American politics. Between 2000-2015, only three races flipped in statewide recounts.

(Image credit: Brynn Anderson/AP)

Photo Of Students Giving Nazi Salute Being Investigated By Wis. School District

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 6:48am

The Baraboo School District is looking into a photo that went viral of what appears to be a group of mostly white male high school students posing with outstretched right arms.

Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 6:15am

It's estimated that nearly half of all Americans over 65 own a gun or live with someone who does. And 7 million in the U.S. have dementia, a number that's expected to double within two decades.

(Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR)

Camp Fire Becomes Deadliest Wildfire In California's History

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 6:14am

The remains of at least 42 people have been located in charred areas of the wildfire still burning in northern California outside of the city of Chico. More than 200 people are reported missing.

Becoming Miss Navajo Nation

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:57am

The Miss Navajo Nation pageant has been held every year since 1952. Contestants in this year's pageant met for a weeklong celebration of the traditions of female Navajo Nation life.

(Image credit: Caitlin O'Hara for NPR)

Jet Impounded Because Ryan Air Owed European Union Money

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:53am

The AP reports passengers were set to board a Ryan Air flight in France when they were told of an issue with the plane. The issue: the plane was impounded. Passengers got another flight 5 hours later.

Here's Proof Ancient Egyptians Really Did Love Cats

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:37am

Archeologists excavating a 4,500-year-old tomb near Cairo recently found dozens of mummified cats. There were also a hundred wooden cat statues and a bronze casting of Bastet, the goddess of cats.

Amazon's Grand Search For 2nd Headquarters Ends With Split: NYC And D.C. Suburb

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:01am

Amazon is expected to divide its second headquarters between the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens and the Crystal City area in Northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plan.

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Rep. Steve King Denied Comparing Immigrants To 'Dirt' — Audio Says Otherwise

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:15am

The Weekly Standard reported last week that the Iowa Republican had publicly made the comparison, but King accused the magazine of lying and challenged it to release audio — so the Standard did.

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How Can Schools Better Persuade Students To Show Up For Class?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

Many schools give attendance awards to motivate students. A study found students who were awarded for perfect attendance went on to have more absences than their peers who weren't given the award.

Official Announcement Draws Near On Amazon's HQ2 Decision

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

Amazon will soon announce its choice for a second headquarters. New York City and the Washington D.C. suburb of Crystal City, Virginia, are in the running.

Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

A small cylinder called Le Grand K has defined the kilogram for more than a hundred years. But if a scratch ever rendered it lighter, the definition of the kilo literally shifted. Time for a change.

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Congress Reconvenes After Last Week's Midterm Elections

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

Republicans still dominate both chambers of Congress but that changes in January when Democrats take control of the House. Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan.

American Anthem: Simon & Garfunkel's 'America'

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

When NPR asked listeners for their personal, American anthems, several people responded with Simon & Garfunkel's "America." We hear why.

Democrat Wins Arizona Senate Race, Flipping 2nd GOP Seat

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

Arizona voters have elected Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema to be the state's first female U.S. senator. She defeated Republican Martha McSally.

U.S. Bishops Delay Response To Sexual Abuse Crisis At Vatican's Insistence

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

The U.S. Conference of Bishops this week planned to take up measures regarding clergy sexual abuse. The Vatican told them to delay any decisions until a February meeting in Rome addresses the crisis.

Opening Statements To Begin In 'El Chapo' Trial

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

David Greene talks to Nicole Hong, a reporter with "The Wall Street Journal," about the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera — better known as El Chapo.

Ex-Detainee Describes Torture In China's Xinjiang Re-Education Camp

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

"They made me wear what they called 'iron clothes,'" the man tells NPR, describing a 50-pound metal suit he was forced to wear for 12 hours. When he returned home, people were afraid to speak to him.

(Image credit: Ng Han Guan/AP)

How Schools Can Reduce Sexual Violence

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:06am

Teaching teens what their peers are really up to is a new evidence-based way to promote less risky behavior around sex and alcohol.

(Image credit: Grace HeeJung Kim)

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