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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Michael McCann of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law about the latest move by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has filed a grievance against the NFL claiming he is the victim of a group boycott by team owners punishing him professionally for his political views.

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A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

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Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

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Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

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How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

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Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

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Singer Gord Downie Of The Tragically Hip Dies At 53

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

The rock singer Gord Downie died today after a long battle with brain cancer. The lead singer of the beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip was 53. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Talia Schlanger, host and radio producer at World Cafe, about Downie's music and legacy.

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How Other Terrorist Organizations Could Benefit From ISIS' Loss Of Raqqa

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Ali Soufan, former FBI terrorism investigator, and author of the book Anatomy of Terror. They discuss reports that Al-Qaida is actively recruiting ISIS fighters.

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More Rain In Puerto Rico Brings Misery To Those With Damaged Roofs

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Puerto Rico has had steady rain this week, meaning misery for those whose roofs were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Across the island, frustration is building over delays in the distribution and installation of the tarps usually provided by FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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At Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Students Are Kings, Not Kids

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Washington D.C. has created a public school designed to meet the needs of young men of color. Reporters from NPR and Education Week, spent the past year documenting the birth of this new school.

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Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 2:13pm

Investigators found the pilot was impaired by medical conditions and drugs including Valium, oxycodone and Benadryl. The FAA doesn't require medical certification for commercial balloon operators.

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Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:55pm

For months, the United States, Canada and Mexico have been trying to rewrite terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But White House demands have led to frustrations that may threaten NAFTA.

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MLB Rallies To Help Boy Whose Baseball Collection Was Destroyed By Fire

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:38pm

As thousands of Californians take stock of the damage caused by wildfires, one 9-year-old boy's story has at least half of the teams in Major League Baseball chipping in.

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Senators Reach Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets For 2 Years

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:31pm

The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.

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'Now That She Has Been Killed, Who Will Ensure That Justice Will Prevail?'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:26pm

The killing of Maltese reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia has drawn international condemnation. "My mother was assassinated," her son said.

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George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:18pm

It's the second year in a row that an American writer has taken home the prestigious literary award.

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'Trump's Claim Is Wrong': Comments On Presidents' Calls To Military Families Rebutted

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:13pm

Defending his lack of response to the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger, Trump claimed "a lot of" past presidents did not call families after a death. He raised the example of his chief of staff's son.

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The Court Challenge Begins: Is Trump Taking Unconstitutional Emoluments?

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:01pm

On Wednesday, a federal judge will hear arguments in a case that asks: Is President Trump taking the kind of benefits banned by the Constitution? Step 1 is deciding whether plaintiffs have standing.

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NFL Players And Owners Have Not Resolved Controversy Over Anthem Protests

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 12:59pm

NFL owners and players did not resolve the controversy over anthem protests at an owners meeting in New York on Tuesday, but emerged largely positive about the session and pledged to meet again.

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After Taking On Big Tobacco 20 Years Ago, Former Mississippi AG Is Trying Again With Opioids

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 12:59pm

When Mike Moore was Mississippi's attorney general, he spearheaded the 50-state lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Now, he's trying to do the same thing against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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