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In Trump's First Year, Anti-Abortion Forces Make Strides

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 31 min ago

Opponents of abortion have made significant progress in changing the direction of federal and state policies. The confirmation of judges favored by anti-abortion activists may be the most significant.

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Nursing Home Recreates Communist East Germany For Dementia Patients

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 36 min ago

Trips down memory lane — to a highly regimented place that no longer exists — are the hallmark of this Dresden home for the elderly.

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U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem Will Open By End Of 2019, Pence Says In Israel

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 41 min ago

Vice President Mike Pence announces a faster timeline for opening the embassy than had been previously reported, and calls Jerusalem "Israel's capital" in a speech to the Knesset.

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Catalonia's Puigdemont Is Put Forth For President, Despite New Calls For Arrest

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 26 min ago

Spain had rescinded its European arrest warrant when it became clear Belgian authorities would not cooperate. As a court considered a new warrant, Carles Puigdemont was proposed as Catalonia's leader.

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Top Stories: Government Shutdown, Day 3; Patriots And Eagles To Super Bowl

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 51 min ago

Also: There are concerns for the FBI following political attacks; Tokyo tests shelter drills for potential missiles; and a volcano in the Philippines is rumbling.

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Amazon's Cashier-Less Seattle Grocery Opens To The Public

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 45 min ago

The store, which had been open only to Amazon employees for the past year, uses a smartphone app and a network of cameras to track a customer's purchases.

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French Prison Guards Step Up Nationwide Strike Over Security, Pay Concerns

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 53 min ago

The protest follows a series of violent attacks against guards. Unions representing the prison workers are calling for better security and pay raises.

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'Criminal Cabal'? FBI Fears Political Attacks May Imperil Work Of Field Agents

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 39 min ago

Current and former special agents worry that the Bureau's tumble through the political spin cycle might hurt their ability to do their jobs across the country.

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My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 40 min ago

Popular DNA ancestry tests don't always find what people expect. That's due to how DNA rearranges itself when egg meets sperm, and also the quirks of genetic databases.

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Personalized Diets: Can Your Genes Really Tell You What To Eat?

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 41 min ago

There's an explosion of interest in personalized diet approaches and at-home test kits are popping up everywhere. Part of the approach includes analyzing your DNA, but genes can only tell us so much.

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The Thorny Logistics Of A Government Shutdown

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 41 min ago

The partial federal shutdown that went into effect at midnight on Friday has a broad impact, from closing Independence Hall to furloughs at the Department of Education.

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Undocumented Irish Caught In Trump's Immigration Dragnet

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 42 min ago

Mexicans, Central Americans and Haitians make up most people removed from the U.S. But year-end figures analyzed by NPR show that deportations to the rest of the world have jumped 24 percent.

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Rise Of The Contract Workers: Work Is Different Now

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 42 min ago

One in five workers is a contract worker, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the workforce, a shift with far-reaching implications.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On The #MeToo Movement: 'It's About Time'

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 7 min ago

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down with NPR's Nina Totenberg at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday where she discussed her thoughts on the #MeToo movement.

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Amid Jitters Over North Korea, Tokyo Conducts Public Missile Drill

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 55 min ago

Although 20 other Japanese cities have already undergone similar drills simulating a North Korean ballistic missile attack, it was the first such exercise for the capital.

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Germany's Social Democrats Party Votes For Formal Coalition Talks With Merkel

NPR Top Stories - January 21, 2018 - 10:15am

It's a vital step to ending a nearly four-month long political crisis in Germany after last September's elections failed to give any party a majority.

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As Pence Tours Mideast, Tension Lingers Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision

NPR Top Stories - January 21, 2018 - 8:31am

The topic came up during Pence's talks with Egypt's and Jordan's leaders. The vice president now heads for a warmer welcome in Israel from the country's government.

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Who Will Carry The Blame For The Shutdown? Maybe No One

NPR Top Stories - January 21, 2018 - 4:30am

If voters punished Republicans over the last shutdown, it was by giving them the Senate majority. Since then, a blinding news cycle had made each crisis only more forgettable than the last.

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Trump Hints At 'Nuclear Option' As Partial Shutdown Enters Second Day

NPR Top Stories - January 21, 2018 - 4:00am

Republicans and Democrats continue digging in and getting their message out as the president remained in Washington, D.C. and hinted at an unlikely major legislative overhaul.

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'The Crown' Says One Dance Changed History. The Truth Isn't So Simple

NPR Top Stories - January 21, 2018 - 4:00am

What the Netflix show gets right — and wrong — about Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Ghana in 1961.

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