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How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

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

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

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Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

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

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

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Singer Gord Downie Of The Tragically Hip Dies At 53

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

The rock singer Gord Downie died today after a long battle with brain cancer. The lead singer of the beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip was 53. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Talia Schlanger, host and radio producer at World Cafe, about Downie's music and legacy.

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How Other Terrorist Organizations Could Benefit From ISIS' Loss Of Raqqa

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

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Ali Soufan, former FBI terrorism investigator, and author of the book Anatomy of Terror. They discuss reports that Al-Qaida is actively recruiting ISIS fighters.

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More Rain In Puerto Rico Brings Misery To Those With Damaged Roofs

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

Puerto Rico has had steady rain this week, meaning misery for those whose roofs were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Across the island, frustration is building over delays in the distribution and installation of the tarps usually provided by FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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