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NASA Study Finds Astronaut's Genes Changed While In Space

NPR Top Stories - March 15, 2018 - 12:13pm

A study shows that not only do astronaut's genes change in space, but they have the potential to remained changed even months after the astronaut is back on Earth.

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Harper Lee's Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Adaptation

NPR Books - March 15, 2018 - 12:13pm

Author Harper Lee's estate is suing Aaron Sorkin over editorial liberties Sorkin took when turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird into a Broadway production.

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In 'Go Home,' Finding — Or Building — A Home In Words

NPR Books - March 15, 2018 - 3:00am

This new anthology of Asian diasporic writers, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, is packed with stories, essays and poetry on the idea of home — where it is, what it is, and how you find or lose it.

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SEC Charges Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes With 'Elaborate, Years-Long Fraud'

NPR Top Stories - March 15, 2018 - 1:24am

Holmes and Theranos promised to revolutionize blood testing. The SEC says they raised $700 million by making "false statements about the company's technology, business, and financial performance."

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Millions Own Gas And Oil Under Their Land. Here's Why Only Some Strike It Rich.

NPR Top Stories - March 15, 2018 - 1:01am

Gas and oil companies pay royalties to millions of American landowners. But a growing number accuse energy companies of cheating them out of their fair share.

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House Intel Republicans Have Cleared Trump. So Are The Russia Investigations Over?

NPR Top Stories - March 15, 2018 - 1:00am

Semi-lost amid the tidal wave of news this week: The House intelligence committee has cleared Donald Trump in its Russia probe. But the road goes ever on.

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How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?

NPR Top Stories - March 15, 2018 - 1:00am

Opioid overdoses and related deaths are still climbing, according to U.S. statistics. Teasing out which overdoses are intentional can be hard, but is important for treatment, doctors say.

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Slovakia's Prime Minister Offers To Resign Amid Protest Over Journalist's Murder

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 11:43pm

Robert Fico says he will step down if his ruling party is allowed to choose a successor. The turmoil has been sparked by the death of a journalist who was reporting on mob ties to the government.

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Sister Of Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Arrested After Menacing Social Media Post

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 10:49pm

After a Snapchat post saying she hoped students participating in a walkout to protest gun violence "get shot," Morgan Roof, 18, was taken into custody on drug and weapons charges.

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Court Ruling On Texas Anti-Sanctuary City Law Sets The Stage For More Legal Battles

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 6:28pm

An appeals court backs a Texas law banning sanctuary city policies. Supporters of the ban say public safety is at stake. Opponents say it opens the door to racial profiling.

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Minor League Baseball Kicks Up Dust With Changes To Extra Innings, Pitch Clocks

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 5:48pm

Beginning in the 10th inning, teams will open with a runner already on second. That's one of the rules being tested in hopes of speeding up the pace. Major league extra innings aren't affected. Yet.

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In Gun-Friendly Montana, Student Walkout Steers Clear Of Politics

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 5:11pm

Students in Helena, Mont., who participated in Wednesday's walkouts called it a memorial, not a protest — unlike demonstrations across the U.S. that explicitly called for laws to restrict gun rights.

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Life's Nice In The Nordic Ice: Finland, Neighbors Top U.N. Happiness Index

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 3:23pm

The Finns took No. 1 on the annual World Happiness Report, while perennial leaders Norway and Denmark weren't far behind. Meanwhile, the study devoted a chapter to the decline of happiness in the U.S.

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Orlando Gunman's Widow On Trial: 'No One Knew. Except Two People'

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 2:56pm

Prosecutors say Noor Salman assisted the 2016 rampage at Pulse nightclub and misled police. Her attorneys, however, say she was a "simple woman" who was abused by him and coerced by law enforcement.

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Gun-Trained Teacher Accidentally Shoots Gun In Calif. High School Classroom

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 2:31pm

The teacher, a reserve police officer, discharged his firearm during a lesson. Debris fell from the ceiling, and no one was injured. The teacher has been placed on leave.

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Who Is Conor Lamb, Apparent Winner Of The Pennsylvania Special Election?

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 2:23pm

Lamb appears to have an insurmountable lead over Republican Rick Saccone in the 18th District. Lamb, a Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, had to spend a lot of time introducing himself.

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Game Over For Toys R Us: Chain Going Out Of Business

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 2:17pm

Toys R Us plans to close or sell all U.S. stores. The chain has struggled through a bankruptcy process, facing heavy debt inherited from a 2005 buyout and intense competition from Walmart and Amazon.

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On The West Coast, Ports Brace For Steel Tariffs

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 2:06pm

President Trump's new tariffs have ports and steel manufacturers in the West uneasy, as they rely on steel imports from the Pacific Rim.

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From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Eddie Bunker, Who Honed His Writing Craft In Prison

NPR Books - March 14, 2018 - 10:05am

Bunker, who died in 2005, spent 18 years in prison before becoming a successful writer. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1985 film Runaway Train, which helped launch the career of actor Danny Trejo.

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UNICEF's Good News About Child Marriage Isn't Quite As Good As It Sounds

NPR Top Stories - March 14, 2018 - 9:29am

A new report cites tremendous progress in bringing down rates of child marriage, especially in India. But critics raise concerns about some of the data points.

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