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Trump Defends False Claim That His Predecessors Didn't Call Families Of Fallen Soldiers

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

When President Trump claimed that past presidents did not call family members of fallen U.S. service members, it caused a backlash. On Tuesday he addressed the issue again, defending his false claim.

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Russian Cyber Trolls Watched 'House Of Cards' To Understand U.S. Politics

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

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff about how Russian trolls were ordered to watch Neflix's House of Cards show to understand Americans and U.S. politics.

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Liberation Of Raqqa Will Be A Powerful Blow To ISIS

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

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with reporter Joby Warrick of The Washington Post and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS" about the status of ISIS after the loss of their de facto capitol, Raqqa.

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Former Green Beret And Pro Football Player Talks About 'Take A Knee' Protests

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

Nate Boyer is a former Green Beret who played football briefly with the Seattle Seahawks. Last year, when he first saw former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sit during the National Anthem, he got mad. Then, he wrote Kaepernick a letter, saying he wished Kaepernick would stand up, but that he was willing hear him out about why he was sitting down.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Briefly Climbs Over 23,000 Points

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

Stock prices have continued to rise to record levels. On Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average was sent above the 23,000 milestone, but it didn't last long.

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Justice Department Indicts 2 Chinese Nationals In Synthetic Opioid Case

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 10:14am

Among the charges is conspiracy to distribute large quantities of fentanyl, a significant factor in the opioid crisis. Every year, thousands of Americans overdose on the drug.

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Philippine President Duterte Declares Besieged City 'Liberated'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 8:58am

Still, gunfire and explosions resounded as soldiers tried to clear what the government claims is the last pocket of resistance in Marawi City. A military spokesman said some 30 militants remained.

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Watch: 'Cow On The Loose' Mesmerizes In Brooklyn And Beyond

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 8:42am

An unidentified bovine — it looked to be a young bull — drove a section of New York City to distraction, leading a very slow speed chase around an outdoor soccer field.

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How Will China Select Its New Leaders At Its Communist Party Congress?

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 8:32am

Experts believe Chinese leader Xi Jinping intends to bend, break or scrap informal succession rules. He is most opposed to a rule that could hinder his ability to designate his own successor.

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Florida's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Richard Spencer Speech

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 8:21am

As a state entity, the University of Florida must allow the white nationalist to speak on campus. But its president urged students and staff to avoid the event and shun its speaker.

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Top Stories: Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws; The Dow Tops A New High

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 7:24am

Also: Islamic State militants are surrounded in Raqqa, Syria; the latest on California's wildfires; and the plague outbreak is getting worse in Madagascar.

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Dow Crosses Another Milestone, Topping 23,000 For The First Time

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 7:08am

The Dow Jones industrial average topped 23,000 for the first time, crossing another milestone amid better-than-expected earnings reports and concerns that stocks are approaching another bubble.

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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 7:04am

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

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Tom Marino, Trump's Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 4:54am

The Republican congressman from Pennsylvania is withdrawing days after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.

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ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 4:42am

As of Tuesday, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces control "more than 90 percent" of Raqqa, says U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon.

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Anthony Bourdain Urges Americans To 'Value The Things We Eat'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 3:16am

In interview with NPR's Here & Now about his new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, the chef drives home the enormity of the problem and the importance of changing our perspective.

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How The NRA Uses Its Political Clout: An Early Lesson In Oklahoma

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:00am

Rep. Mike Synar, a Democrat, had the National Rifle Association's backing in 1980. But by 1994, his positions had changed, and so had the NRA's. Here's how the group worked to defeat him.

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If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:00am

Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

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Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

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

There have been decades of progress in the fight against hunger. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story.

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Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It's Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 12:56am

Boeing picked Chicago instead when it was looking for a new headquarters in 2001. This time around, Denver is pitching its quality of life to draw Amazon to build a new headquarters there.

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