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Unhappy 10th Anniversary, Great Recession. You Still Hurt Us

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 3:02am

The Great Recession began exactly one decade ago this month. Although the economy has been growing steadily for years, the downturn's impact is still deeply felt by millions who lost homes and jobs.

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At Least 6,700 Myanmar Rohingya Killed In Single Month, Aid Group Says

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 3:00am

Doctors Without Borders conducted field studies in neighboring Bangladesh, where Rohingya Muslims have fled since the beginning of what the U.N. describes as "ethnic cleansing."

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FCC Set To Repeal 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 2:30am

Thursday's vote at the agency is expected to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps, or influencing how fast they load.

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Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 2:07am

Shop around. That's the advice of health insurance navigators for people seeking health policies on the Affordable Care Act's state and federal exchanges. Premiums have climbed but so have subsidies.

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New Year To Bring New Test For Trump Administration On Key Russia Sanctions

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 2:07am

On the fifth anniversary of an important Russian sanctions law, Bill Browder, who pushed for the law, says the Trump administration faces an opportunity to show strength — or leniency — to Putin.

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Concern Grows In Pakistan Over Cases Of Disappearance

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 2:07am

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan counted more than 700 alleged disappearances last year. Since 2001, the group estimates that as many as 10,000 people have gone missing.

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As FCC Prepares Net-Neutrality Vote, Study Finds Millions of Fake Comments

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 2:00am

The federal agency is about to decide if all Internet traffic should be treated equally. And yet among 22 million comments the FCC received, many were fake. Some are calling for a delay on the vote.

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Health Care Costs Push A Staggering Number Of People Into Extreme Poverty

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 2:00am

And half the world's population doesn't even have access to essential health services, according to a report from the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Posts Online Confessional Of Sexual Misconduct

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 1:02am

Spurlock, who made the 2004 Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, detailed an encounter in college that the woman viewed as rape and a sexual harassment settlement he concluded with a former employee.

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Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 11:40pm

State Rep. Dan Johnson was found dead near his vehicle of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound days after an investigative report raised past accusations of sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.

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PBS Host Tavis Smiley Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 7:46pm

Variety reports Smiley had sexual relationships with subordinates who were afraid their jobs were on the line. Smiley is the second PBS talk show host suspended in the wake of misconduct allegations.

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We Regret To Inform You That A British Surgeon Was Branding His Initials On Livers

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 3:09pm

Simon Bramhall has pleaded guilty to assault in a case that a prosecutor called "without legal precedent." He was burning his initials into human livers during transplant operations.

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'Black Votes Matter': African-Americans Propel Jones To Alabama Win

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 2:37pm

More than 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Doug Jones in Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday and Jones had the support of 98 percent of black women, according to exit polling.

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After Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise Fees

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 2:28pm

The site — popular with independent musicians, writers and artists — allows fans to make small, repeated payments to creators. A change in the pay structure sent shock waves through the Internet.

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Rikers Settles Class Action Solitary Confinement Case

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 1:49pm

More than 450 plaintiffs are approved to receive compensation for time they spent in solitary confinement at Rikers Island under the "old time" policy.

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3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 1:41pm

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

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How A Trial In A Federal Courthouse In Manhattan Is Riveting The Turkish Government

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 1:26pm

NPR'S Robert Siegel speaks with New York Times reporter Ben Weiser about testimony by a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran. Star witnesses have testified that the scheme was broader, and possibly involved the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself.

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Palestinians Face Pressure To Assimilate In Jerusalem

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 1:26pm

President Trump may have handed Israel a symbolic victory with his recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, but every day in East Jerusalem, Palestinians face pressures to assimilate. With hope for a two-state solution dwindling, more families are applying for Israeli passports, and more Palestinian children are attending schools that teach the official Israeli curriculum.

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Nancy French On Implications Of Alabama Election For Christian Conservatives

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 1:26pm

Nancy French is a Southern, conservative Christian writer who has written about her experience as the victim of childhood sexual abuse, her break with the Republican Party over Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and about empathizing with Roy Moore's Moore's accusers. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with French about Alabama's special election and its implications for Christian conservatives.

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Chicago Neighborhoods Are Trying To Adapt The 'Village Movement' Structure

NPR Top Stories - December 13, 2017 - 1:26pm

In its 17 years, the "village movement" — that aims to let the elderly age in their homes — has taken root mostly in well-off, white communities. Activists are now trying to adapt it to poorer, minority communities, such as the Englewood neighborhood in south Chicago.

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