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How Mass Shootings Are Forcing Schools To Re-Evaluate Safety

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 2:59am

Teachers are learning how to protect their students from the possibility of a school shooting. That can include anything from locking doors to tackling the assailant.

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Defiant Mugabe Refuses To Step Down As Zimbabwe's President

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 2:57am

The 93-year-old ruler, who has been under house arrest since the military staged a takeover on Wednesday, is insisting that he be allowed to serve out his term until elections next year.

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Sicilian Mob Boss Salvatore Riina Dies In Italian Hospital Prison Ward

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 2:47am

Riina, who is thought to have ordered the murders of more than 150 people, died while in a medically induced coma a day after turning 87.

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Saudi Arabia Faces Pressure To End Blockade As Crisis Worsens In Yemen

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 2:00am

Aid workers are still reporting difficulty providing food and medical assistance to almost 20 million people after the Saudis agreed to lift a blockade of land, air and sea routes into Yemen Monday.

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Canadians Root For An Underdog Health Policy Idea From The U.S.

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 2:00am

A center created by the Affordable Care Act to foster innovations in health care is at risk in Donald Trump's U.S. But some Canadian health analysts see it as a model for curbing health care's cost.

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A 'Toothless' Old Law Could Have New Fangs, Thanks To Robert Mueller

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 2:00am

The Foreign Agents Registration Act has been ignored in lobbying circles for decades and called "a complete joke." Mueller may bring the laughter to an end.

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Pentagon Says It's Staying In Syria, Even Though ISIS Appears Defeated

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 1:51am

The U.S. is keeping its troops in Syria and continues to press for a political settlement to that country's civil war. It's far from clear the U.S. has sufficient leverage to achieve that.

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The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 1:51am

A two-story tall, digital camera is taking shape in California. It will ultimately go on a telescope in Chile where it will survey the sky, looking for things that appear suddenly or change over time.

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Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Takes Heat From One Of The Family's Own

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 1:50am

It's the Friday before Thanksgiving. That means it's time for NPR's Susan Stamberg's traditional recipe that "sounds terrible but tastes terrific" — though her granddaughter begs to differ.

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National Zoo Panda Tian Tian Gets Checkup For Weight Loss And Sore Shoulder

NPR Top Stories - November 17, 2017 - 12:50am

Veterinarians performed laser treatment and acupuncture for what they initially thought was a touch of arthritis in the panda's left shoulder.

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Senators: Kushner Didn't Disclose Emails On WikiLeaks, 'Russian Overture'

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 11:57pm

Top lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking President Trump's son-in-law and adviser to turn over communications with WikiLeaks and emails pertaining to a "Russian backdoor overture."

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Oops, We Lost Your DACA Application

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 7:19pm

Immigrants' rights groups say thousands of DACA renewal applications may have been wrongly rejected for being late. The Trump administration now says it will reconsider some of those applications.

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U.S. Lifts Ban On Importing Elephant Trophies From Zimbabwe And Zambia

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 4:23pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said hunting programs in those countries can aid conservation efforts. But those who oppose the policy change point to a decline in Zimbabwe's elephant population.

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Chicago Judge Throws Out 15 Convictions On Fears Police Reports Were Dishonest

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 4:06pm

Defense attorneys call it a "mass exoneration." The men who were cleared say they were framed by police who demanded bribes, and planted drugs on them if they refused to pay.

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Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Reported In South Dakota

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 3:29pm

The oil leak occurs just a few days before Nebraska state regulators will decide on the fate of TransCanada's controversial sister project, the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

NPR Books - November 16, 2017 - 9:00am

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

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After Tokyo Commuter Train Leaves 20 Seconds Early, Company Apologizes

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 6:01am

The rail company says it didn't receive any complaints from passengers over the discrepancy; still, it is sorry for a "severe inconvenience."

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Czech Republic Creates Tuber For Health-Concious Purple-Potato Eaters

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 5:00am

"Val Blue" is the first new variety bred at the Potato Research Institute since 2005. And though vibrant, unique types are popular elsewhere, they're still a hard sell in this potato-loving nation.

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Struggling For Investments, Silicon Valley Women Reluctant To Speak Out On Harassment

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 4:15am

In Silicon Valley, it's difficult for women to come forward if they want to join the ranks of its richest. Some think the best way to fight harassment is to tread carefully and get to the top.

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The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

NPR Books - November 16, 2017 - 4:00am

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

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