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State Department Veteran Says Rank And File Are Relieved By Leadership Change

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 12:14pm

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with Victoria Nuland, a former assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs about the Mike Pompeo's nomination to lead the State Department.

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Germany's Angela Merkel Begins Fourth Term On Shaky Ground

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 3:43am

German lawmakers officially re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel to lead the country, "in what will be her last and likely toughest term."

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How To Find A School Your Kids Will Love (And That You Will, Too)

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 2:02am

As a parent, how can you tell if a school is good? An education expert, known for his wildly popular TED talk, is out with a new book that helps parents navigate the choices.

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Virginia Republicans Divided On Medicaid Expansion

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 2:00am

Medicaid expansion is a real possibility in Virginia this year. The matter will be taken up in a special session after lawmakers failed to agree on whether or not to do it in the regular session.

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Fewer Innocent Inmates Were Released From Prison In 2017, Study Says

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 1:18am

Last year, 139 falsely convicted inmates were exonerated. That's a drop from 2016, when there were 171 cases, data from the National Registry of Exonerations shows.

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Students To Walk Out To Protest Gun Violence 1 Month After Parkland Shooting

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 1:00am

The demonstrations will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 killed last month. "If the government wants to keep getting paid, they need to listen to what we say," a Boise, Idaho, student said.

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Tillerson Vs. Pompeo: What Trump's Cabinet Shakeup Might Mean

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 1:00am

If confirmed, CIA Director Mike Pompeo would be a very different secretary of state than his predecessor, Rex Tillerson. Here is where they stand on North Korea, Iran, trade and chemistry with Trump.

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Case Closed: Preservation Hall's Missing Sousaphone Is Returned

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 10:14pm

In February, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans had a rare Italian-made sousaphone stolen. Now, thanks to an anonymous tipster, it's back in their possession.

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Stephen Hawking, Who Awed Both Scientists And The Public, Dies

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 7:59pm

Hawking was a theoretical physicist who changed how scientists think about gravity. He also wrote the best-selling book A Brief History of Time and lent his machine-aided voice to TV shows. He was 76.

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Michele Norris On The Anxiety Of White America, And Her Optimism For The Future

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 7:22pm

Former NPR host Michele Norris talks about her story for National Geographic magazine's issue on race. In it, Norris explores the unease of some residents of a rapidly changing Pennsylvania town.

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How America's Gun Industry Is Tied To The NRA

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 4:21pm

So often the gun debate is framed as gun control activists on one side and the NRA on the other. But what about the firearm industry? Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, speaks with NPR's Sarah McCammon about the gun industry and its ties to the NRA.

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Turkey, Allies Say They Have Laid Siege To Syrian Border City Held By Kurds

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 3:49pm

The Turkish military and aligned Syrian rebels have seized the city's "areas of critical importance" — a move that marks a new phase in Turkey's weekslong campaign against Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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The Queen Was Paid Less Than Her Prince On Netflix's 'The Crown'

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 3:25pm

The producers of the TV drama say the star, Claire Foy, got less than former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, but also say that will be rectified in future seasons when new actors take over the characters.

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Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden On Why He Opposes Gina Haspel's CIA Nomination

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 2:48pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., about Gina Haspel's nomination for Director of the CIA. A member of Senate Intelligence Committee, he opposes confirming her, because of her involvement in enhanced interrogation techniques.

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Pennsylvania Special Election Too Close To Call

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 12:59pm

Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory as he held a slim lead in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District. But Republican candidate Rick Saccone declared: "We're not giving up."

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On Whirlwind California Trip, Trump Tours Border Wall Mockups And Talks Military

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 12:37pm

The visit Tuesday marks the president's first to the state since taking office. Before addressing the troops, he swung by huge prototypes that may eventually fulfill his signature campaign pledge.

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Pennsylvania Coal Mine Closing As Special Election For Congress Happens In District

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 12:25pm

Despite the Trump administration's efforts to help the coal industry, mines keep closing. One of them is in the Pennsylvania district that's holding a special election to fill a seat in Congress.

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Race To Fill Congressional Seat In Pennsylvania Has Become Massive Battle Between Parties

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 12:25pm

A close race for a reliably Republican congressional seat in western Pennsylvania will be decided Tuesday. An upset by Democrats could be a warning sign for the midterms.

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What Tillerson's Departure Means For Negotiations With Iran And North Korea

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 12:25pm

The firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives the State Department a new head diplomat: former CIA Director Mike Pompeo. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Daniel Byman of the Brookings Institution about what the shakeup means for negotiations with Iran and North Korea.

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Parents In Nigeria Asking How Boko Haram Succeeded Again In Kidnapping Schoolgirls

NPR Top Stories - March 13, 2018 - 12:25pm

In Nigeria, distraught families want to talk to the nation's president to press him to help find the 110 girls abducted from their school in the northeast three weeks ago. Many are asking how suspected Boko Haram gunmen have again succeeded in kidnapping scores of schoolgirls from their dorms — just four years after the mass abduction in Chibok.

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