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WATCH: The Hurricane Season, As Shown By Salt, Smoke And Dust

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 5:15pm

A NASA visualization uses computer models to show how recent hurricanes shifted salt from the Atlantic, dust from the Sahara and smoke from fires in Portugal and the Pacific Northwest.

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Moore Campaign Tries To Cast Doubt On Accuser As New Allegation Reported

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 5:13pm

An attorney for the Moore campaign and the campaign chairman gave a press conference Wednesday and, within minutes after their remarks, local media in Alabama reported allegations by another accuser.

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Robert Mugabe: A Legacy Of Tyrannical Rule, Economic Ruin And International Isolation

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:50pm

Once a respected independence leader who called for "democratic rights," Zimbabwe's president became better known over the years as someone "who ruined his own country," says a Zimbabwean journalist.

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'Me Too' Legislation Aims To Combat Sexual Harassment In Congress

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:25pm

The bipartisan, bicameral proposal would expedite the complaint process and provide for more transparency on taxpayer-funded settlements.

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New Study Finds That 4.2 Million Kids Experience Homelessness Each Year

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:15pm

Those numbers are growing: About half of the youth who dealt with homelessness, experienced it for the first time, according to the study. Schools are often at the front line of this issue.

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Pop-Ow! 'Popeye' Deformity Can Be A Painful Armful

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:03pm

Tendons quietly do their jobs for decades, connecting muscle to bone. Then suddenly — it's done. Here's what happens when a biceps tendon calls it quits.

(Image credit: The New England Journal of Medicine)

What If We Treated Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:58pm

The law restricts a major government public health agency's research into gun violence, which kills or injures more people than many other infectious diseases.

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Northern California Gunman's Wife Found Dead, Bringing Death Toll To 6

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

More details are coming out about the shooting in northern California Tuesday. The shooter's wife is now among the dead. Investigators say his two assault rifles were home-built, unregistered and illegal.

Head Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau To Step Down

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Richard Cordray, the head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is stepping down at the end of the month. The bureau was created in the wake of the financial crisis and has recovered $12 billion from financial firms on behalf of consumers, but Republicans have fought Cordray and the bureau, claiming its very existence is illegal and that it has harmed consumers by stifling lending.

British Researchers Say Russia May Have Tried To Influence Brexit Vote

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Researchers and analysts in the United Kingdom say Russia used thousands of Twitter accounts to try to divide British society before and after the vote on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union. They say Russian accounts sent out tens of thousands of tweets both for and against the U.K. staying in the E.U.

Health Policy Consultant On How The Senate GOP Tax Bill Could Affect Insurance Costs

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Senate Republicans have proposed attaching a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as a way to pay for tax cuts. Health policy consultant Robert Laszewski tells NPR's Kelly McEvers that doing so would increase the cost of insurance for many Americans.

Senate Republicans Make Big Changes To Their Original Tax Bill

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Senate Republicans changed their tax bill to scrap the individual mandate on health insurance. The bill would also make many tax cuts for individuals temporary, while business tax cuts would be permanent.

President Trump Delivers Speech After Returning From Asia

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Even before he returned from his nearly two-week in Asia, President Trump began teasing he'd make a "major" statement about the trip when he got back. Wednesday afternoon, he shared what he views as his overseas accomplishments.

Understanding South Sudan's Cow Currency Is Key To Understanding The Country's War

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

The preferred form of currency in South Sudan is not cash, but cows. That turns out to be key to understanding why the civil war there not only left many dead, it destroyed a whole way of life — and the best chance for peace.

In Myanmar, The Persecution Of the Muslim Minority, The Rohingya Continues

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with senior government officials in Myanmar about the violent and ongoing persecution of the country's Rohingya minority, which has fueled a massive refugee exodus in recent months. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Maung Zarni, fellow with the Cambodian Documentation Center, specializing in genocide in Buddhist countries, about how the Burmese justify their actions and what it would take to broker a resolution to the current crisis.

'Times' Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:35pm

Investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey say they used legal and financial records to build a timeline of settlements with Harvey Weinstein's accusers.

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80-Year-Old Mystery Cracked As Final Missing Piece Of Magritte Painting Found

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:28pm

The fourth and final portion of a painting cut up in 1932 was revealed in Belgium underneath another work by the surrealist artist.

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From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:13pm

Archaeologists say early civilizations in North and Central America were more egalitarian than the societies of Eurasia — and they think it's because early Americans didn't have cattle or horses.

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A Trip To Norway For The Oslo World Music Festival

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 2:57pm

World music DJ Betto Arcos is back with a stash of music he collected while attending the Oslo World Music Festival.

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Meek Mill's Sentencing Generates Protest, Calls For Probation And Parole Reform

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 2:22pm

Artists, activists and attorneys weigh in on the strange — yet not strange — case of the Philadelphia rapper.

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