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Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 3:38pm

Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and his cousin Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas received 18 years in prison.

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After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 3:29pm

Even before Maria hit, most of the island's landfills were filled beyond capacity and nearly half had EPA closure orders. The storm generated millions of cubic yards of waste and debris.

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Firefighter Dies in California Wildfire, Now The 4th Largest In The State's History

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 2:48pm

The Thomas Fire has claimed more than 242,000 acres and over 700 homes. Officials say it won't be contained until January.

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Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support 'Zero Tolerance' On Sexual Harassment

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:47pm

Republicans, independents and Democrats alike agree that "a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment is essential to bringing about change in our society," according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.

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What Are The Two Health Bills Sen. Susan Collins Wants Congress To Act On?

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

Maine Sen. Susan Collins voted for the Senate GOP tax plan despite its repeal of the individual mandate because GOP leadership promised her a vote on her reinsurance bill, and a vote on legislation to restore some payments to insurers. But it's doubtful getting those provisions enacted would mitigate the damage to exchanges from the mandate repeal.

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Putin Says He Hopes For Better U.S.-Russia Relations

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked of his hopes for better relations with the U.S. during his annual press conference in Moscow on Thursday – but the nearly four hour marathon was dominated by domestic issues, ahead of next year's Presidential election.

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How The 'Village Movement' Is Being Adapted In Rural Areas

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

Americans are maintaining independence thanks to something called Villages — local membership organizations that provide access to services that help older adults stay in their homes as they age. But how is that model being adapted when it comes to mountain communities, like those of rural Plumas County in northern California?

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European Union Leaders To Review Britain's Brexit Progress

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

European Union Leaders will meet in Brussels on Friday to decide if Britain has made sufficient progress in its attempts to leave the EU. If Britain has mad enough progress, the two sides can start talking about their future relationship.

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The Most Important Economic Indicator That Everyone Ignored

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

This week on All Things Considered, we're sharing a series of "Highly Specific Superlatives." Cardiff Garcia from NPR's podcast The Indicator talks about the most important economic indicator in 2017 that everyone ignored: global trade.

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Tug Of War Over Tips Looms As Trump Administration Proposes Rule Change

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Labor Department has proposed a new rule that would give owners of restaurants and other service businesses more control over workers' tips. But critics warn owners would get too much leeway.

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How Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Views Have Changed Under Trump

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

As a Montana politician, Ryan Zinke, had a reputation as a conservationist conservative. That's changed since he became Secretary of the Interior. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Outside Magazine's Elliott Woods about his profile: "Ryan Zinke Is Trump's Attack Dog on the Environment."

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Five Years After Sandy Hook Tragedy, How Two Dads Turned Grief Into Action

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

On the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, two dads speak about how they turned their grief into action. Mark Barden lost his 6-year-old son, Daniel, at Sandy Hook. Greg Gibson lost his son, Galen, precisely 20 years before Sandy Hook at a school shooting in western Massachusetts. When the two dads met, they discovered not only that their sons died on the same calendar day, in the same horrible way, but that their boys also shared the same birthday.

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Walt Disney Company To Buy Much Of 21st Century Fox

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Walt Disney Company has struck a $52 billion deal to buy much of 21st Century Fox, the entertainment giant controlled by the Murdoch family. The deal is sure to face scrutiny from federal regulators, but if approved, Disney would acquire Fox's movie and TV studios, local sports channels and global satellite TV companies — but not Fox News.

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A Look At The Man Who Started 21st Century Fox

NPR Books - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vanda Krefft, author of The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox about the origins of the studio, 21st Century Fox, that was sold today. Born in Hungary, Wilhelm Fuchs came to the U.S. where officials changed the family name to Fox. As a teenager, Fox was inspired to buy a peepshow theatre and got into the movie business.

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Poetry's Not Dead, And Here Are Books To Help Appreciate It

NPR Books - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, received a stack of books over the course of this year to help encourage reading poetry. She began reading skeptically, but grew to love two of them: Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder and A Little Book on Form by Robert Hass.

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The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now They're Suing

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:28pm

At issue is the Trump administration's withdrawal of two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.

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Use Of The Death Penalty In U.S. Near A 25-Year Low, Report Finds

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 12:49pm

Executions of death row inmates occurred in only eight states in 2017 as public support for capital punishment wanes, according to an annual report by the Death Penalty Information Center.

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Heading North: American Doctors Report Back From Canada

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 6:50am

Advocates for single-payer health care in the U.S. often look to Canada as a model. But some American doctors practicing there wonder whether the U.S. is ready to call health care a right.

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'Why Do You Have This Spy Hysteria?' Putin Asks At Annual News Conference

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 6:46am

"They undermine their own nation," Russian President Vladimir Putin said of President Trump's American critics. The news conference went on for nearly four hours.

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Top Stories: Disney Buys Much Of Fox; The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 5:16am

Also: An aid group says thousands of Myanmar Rohingya Muslims were murdered in a month; Roy Moore won't concede the Alabama senate election he lost; and awards for the funniest wildlife photos return.

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