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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.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

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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Trump Picks Robert Lighthizer To Be U.S. Trade Representative

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:48am

Donald Trump's transition team made the announcement Tuesday. Lighthizer was deputy trade representative under Ronald Reagan, and is seen by many as a longtime advocate of more protectionist rules.

House Republicans Act In Secret To Weaken Ethics Panel

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:45am

GOP members voted to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence. Rachel Martin talks to Richard Painter, the chief ethics counselor for President George W. Bush. about the vote.

Top Stories: House GOP Acts On Ethics Office; Turkish Shooting Latest

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 6:45am

Also: Trump criticizes North Korea and China; Syrian rebels put a truce on hold, claiming Syrian regime violations; and China has dispatched its first freight train to Britain.

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