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Federal Judge Will Not Void Guilty Ruling On Arpaio, Despite Trump's Pardon

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 4:10am

Citing legal precedents, Bolton said that while a pardon removes the threat of punishment, it does not "blot out guilt."

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FBI Anti-Sex Trafficking Operation Rescues 84 Minors

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 2:35am

The bureau said the 11th annual Operation Cross Country recovered one 3-month-old girl and that the average age of the victims was 15.

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Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 2:00am

A new study shows students' self-image suffers in middle school and junior high. And it's not just hard on low-income kids. Having a teacher who understands the teenage brain can help.

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Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 2:00am

An early goal was to eradicate the disease by the year 2000. Where do we now stand — and what obstacles remain?

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Virginia Statehouse Race Pits 'Bathroom Bill' Author Against Transgender Woman

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 1:01am

If Democrat Danica Roem succeeds in unseating Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, she'd become the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker.

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Rural Hospice That Spurns Federal Funds Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 1:00am

The founder of a tiny Washington state hospice that depends on community volunteers and donations says the unconventional approach allows for more flexible care.

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CIA Trainee Washes Out Of Bomb Detection, Reassigned To Living Room

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:56am

The agency says that Lulu, a black Labrador being trained to sniff out explosives, just wasn't that into it.

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CIA Backs Off Director's Claim That Russian Meddling Didn't Swing Election

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 11:13pm

Director Mike Pompeo incorrectly told a security conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that U.S. intelligence has concluded that Russian meddling "did not affect the outcome of the election."

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Senate Passes Budget Resolution Seen As Key To Trump's Tax Overhaul

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 10:08pm

The White House says the $4 trillion resolution, which passed by a narrow 51-49 vote, "creates a pathway" for promised tax reform and tax cuts.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Take National League Pennant, Beating Chicago Cubs 11-1

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 7:31pm

LA took the best-of-seven series four games to one and will play the winner of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros.

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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 2:00pm

If a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against the president, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents — perhaps including tax returns.

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Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says She Was Molested For Years By Team Doctor

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 1:44pm

The gold medalist says Dr. Larry Nassar claimed he was giving her "medically necessary treatment." She says the abuse began on a team trip when she was 13 years old.

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Veterans, Survivors' Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 1:22pm

"There is the feeling that all of this is diminishing our national character," one support group wrote, as a political debate unfolds over calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat.

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President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

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Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Kenya's electoral confusion threatens to become a constitutional crisis. This comes as a senior electoral official resigned and fled to the U.S., saying the planned rerun of the presidential election in eight days is not guaranteed a fair process.

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Majority Of Northern California Wildfire Victims Were 65 Or Older

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

The majority of people who lost their lives in the northern California wildfires were age 65 or older. But what factors did the age of the victims have in their deaths?

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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Michael McCann of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law about the latest move by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has filed a grievance against the NFL claiming he is the victim of a group boycott by team owners punishing him professionally for his political views.

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A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

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Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

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Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

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