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CES 2017: Say Hello To Smart Vacuum Cleaners And Robots

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:52am

Companies large and small will be showing off the latest updates for smart TVs, drones and cars — as well as some more unusual additions.

What Is House GOP Trying To Do With Vote On Congressional Ethics Office?

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:44am

NPR's political director gives us the latest on moves by House Republicans to curb an independent ethics watchdog. President-elect Donald Trump has already weighed in.

After Backlash, Including From Trump, House GOP Drops Weakening Of Ethics Office

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:43am

After a late-night vote and an ensuing public relations debacle, House Republicans reversed themselves on a decision that would have taken the teeth out of the Office of Congressional Ethics.

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NPR's Michael Oreskes Shares his Media Resolutions for 2017

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:42am

NPR's Senior Vice President of News appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday January 1st, where he shared his New Year's resolutions for the media.

Trump Maintaining His Own Private Security Force, Even With Secret Service Protection

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:42am

The president-elect has indicated he'd like to continue the practice even once he moves into the White House, according to reporting from Politico.

The 'Other' Word Of The Year

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:33am

Merriam-Webster dubbed "surreal" their word of the year for 2016. Dictionary.com picked "xenophobia." But NPR's Petra Mayer noticed a different one.

Dylann Roof Trial Moves To Sentencing Phase In South Carolina

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:20am

Roof, the man convicted of killing nine people in a South Carolina church in 2015, will represent himself during the penalty phase.

Illinois Law Requires Training For Stylists To Recognize Domestic Violence

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:11am

Without formal training in recognizing domestic abuse, salons in the state will not be able to renew their operating licenses.

Watchdog Groups Respond To GOP Vote To Strip Independence From Ethics Office

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:06am

Critics of the Office of Congressional Ethics say it unfairly goes after members of Congress, while watchdog groups are speaking out against the move.

Powerful Storms Leave At Least 5 Dead In Alabama And Florida

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:54am

Four people were killed in southern Alabama when a tree fell on their mobile home. One man in the Florida panhandle drowned.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:35am

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says.

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South Korea's President Refuses To Testify At Impeachment Trial Hearing

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:02am

Park Geun-hye was absent from a hearing Tuesday in a case that will decide her political future. She has been facing intense scrutiny over a corruption scandal involving a close friend and adviser.

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NPR One Now Available On Samsung Gear S2 and S3

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:55am

NPR One is now available on the Samsung Gear smartwatch, allowing users to listen to a stream of public radio news, stories, and podcasts.

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How One Video Game Unflinchingly Tackles Racism With History And Raw Interactions

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:39am

Creators of Mafia III, set in a fictionalized Louisiana, took a documentary approach to confronting players with prejudice and bigotry of the 1960s South from the perspective of a black protagonist.

(Image credit: Courtesy of 2K Games)

Obamacare Plans Don't Always Include Top Cancer Centers

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:34am

In a number of states, including big ones such as New York and Texas, leading cancer centers like Memorial Sloan Kettering aren't included in insurers' networks. What's a patient's recourse?

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Stream Brian Eno's Ambient Album 'Reflection'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 8:49am

Eno's plinking chimes, rippling vibraphone and deep synth tones mirror a parallel world across a single, 54-minute track.

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Syrian Rebel Factions Say They're Freezing Participation In Peace Talks

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 8:39am

The rebels cited breaches of a cease-fire agreement by forces loyal to the Syrian government. This casts doubt on their participation in peace talks in Kazakhstan set to take place later this month.

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