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Sports Doping Watchdog Says Russia 'Non-Compliant'

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 3:05am

The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia's official sports drug-testing lab doesn't meet guidelines, placing in doubt the country's participation in the Winter Olympics.

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Without CEO Panels, Is Trump Administration Missing Their Views?

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 3:02am

Three months ago, President Trump ended both his business advisory councils. Without reconstructing any of the boards, White House says the administration is talking to business leaders informally.

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No One Has Been Expelled From The Senate Since The Civil War

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 3:00am

There is no precedent for expelling a duly-elected Senate member for actions committed before they took office. In fact, there is little precedent for expelling senators at all.

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In Chinese Cities, Migrants' Work Is Welcome. Their Children Are Not

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 2:03am

A private school in Beijing caters to children whose parents have moved to the city for work. Moving from place to place requires permission, though — and these children's families broke the rules.

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As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations' Pledges, Scientists Worry It's Not Enough

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 2:00am

Delegates to the annual international climate meeting held by the U.N. are struggling to forge a unified approach to slowing climate change. Meanwhile, emissions of greenhouse gases keep rising.

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Deal To Tighten Reporting For Gun Purchases

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 12:29am

A group of senators led by John Cornyn, R-Texas, unveiled legislation to ensure that federal agencies upload records to the national background check database.

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Leonardo Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 Million

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 10:17pm

The sale at Christie's of Salvator Mundi, which dates from around 1500, easily tops previous records set in 2015 for a Picasso sold at auction and a Willem de Koonig sold privately.

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Getting Doctors To Stop Prescribing Codeine To Kids Has Taken Years

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 9:01pm

After the Food and Drug Administration told doctors to quit prescribing codeine to children after tonsillectomies because it could be deadly, some doctors kept on prescribing.

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Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 7:13pm

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.

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UCLA Basketball Players Admit To Shoplifting In China, Are Suspended From Team

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 3:49pm

The players each thanked President Trump one day after returning home from Asia. As for playing again, "they will have to earn their way back," said head coach Steve Alford.

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'In Harm's Way,' School Staff Saved Students During Tehama County Shooting

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 9:56am

Hearing gunfire, the staff quickly locked down the school. Kept outside, the shooter only managed to injure one child. His seemingly random rampage appears to have arisen from a neighborhood dispute.

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Richard Cordray Stepping Down As Head Of U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 9:35am

The embattled director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says he will resign by the end of November. Cordray was a frequent target of Republican lawmakers for his tough stance on banks

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Senate Plan Now Makes Individual Tax Cuts Temporary, Keeps Corporate Cuts Permanent

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 9:35am

Amendments proposed overnight by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch would effectively eliminate the Obamacare individual mandate.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe Is Out Of Power For First Time Since 1980s; Military Denies 'Coup'

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 9:21am

The dramatic shift comes a week after President Robert Mugabe fired his longtime vice president (and military veteran) Emmerson Mnangagwa — who is now the interim president.

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Is It Legal For An Older Man To Court A Child Bride In The U.S.?

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 9:06am

Recent stories about men in the fundamentalist Christian community who "court" young women, including teenagers, raise the question: Is underage marriage even possible in the U.S.?

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An American Rock Musician Teaches Guitar To Kabul's Street Kids

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 9:05am

Lanny Cordola has played guitar with Guns N' Roses and the Beach Boys. Now he devotes himself to teaching music to Afghan street children, most of them girls. He also helps pay for their schooling.

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With Trump Back In D.C., Mueller's Investigation Enters The West Wing

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 9:05am

Special counsel Robert Mueller is interviewing current aides about the Russia matter. The White House says it's cooperating — but that doesn't mean the process isn't stressful.

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Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe And The Countries They Shaped

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 7:07am

Before coming to power, Mandela and Mugabe led remarkably similar lives. Then their paths diverged: In South Africa, Mandela became a global icon and Mugabe presided over Zimbabwe's sharp decline.

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Pioneers Of High-Quality Near Beer Are Banking On Non-Drinking Binges

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 5:00am

Even if you're staying sober, sometimes you might just miss the taste of a really good beer. But the market for high-end booze-free brews has gone largely untapped. That's starting to change.

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Russian Lawmakers Approve New Restrictions On Foreign Media

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 4:56am

The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, approved the bill after the company behind TV channel RT America filed paperwork under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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