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White House Says Moore Allegations 'Very Troubling,' But Alabama Voters Should Decide

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 2:48pm

Multiple women have come forward accusing Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct. National GOP leaders have urged him to step aside, but Moore has refused to leave the race.

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Deadly Floods Devastate Western Greek Cities

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 2:23pm

Greece is in mourning after torrential downpours caused floods causing deaths, injury and destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses outside Athens.

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What To Make Of A Head-To-Head Test Of Addiction Treatments

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 2:22pm

Researchers found two addiction medicines equally effective once treatment started. But there are fundamental differences in the way treatment begins with each drug, complicating the interpretation.

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Three Generations Of Actresses Reflect On Hollywood, Harassment — And Hitchcock

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:53pm

Actress Tippi Hedren talks with her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and her granddaughter, actress Dakota Johnson, about how being a woman in Hollywood has — and hasn't — changed over the years.

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Russia Still Not Compliant With Sports Doping Regulations

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

Russia is reacting angrily after the World Anti-Doping Agency said the country is still not in compliance with its regulations. The announcement could affect Russia's participation in the Winter Olympics next February.

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Minnesota Sen. Al Franken Faces Sexual Assault Allegations From L.A. Radio Host

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

Leeann Tweeden, a radio host in Los Angeles, alleges that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sexually assaulted her by forcibly kissing her and later groping her while she slept. The incident took place during a United Service Organization trip in 2006. Franken who was not yet a senator at the time issued an apology statement.

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Why Google Home Has Hard Time Recognizing The Smash Hit 'Despacito'

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

The Latin Grammy nominated song "Despacito" is a smash hit on YouTube. But if you ask Google's personal assistant to play "Despacito" it can't understand the command. Even though YouTube is part of Google. It's a learning moment about artificial intelligence, how natural language processing works and why machines still struggle with translation and foreign accents.

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After The Military Seized Control, What's Next For Zimbabwe?

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

Regional African envoys are in Zimbabwe to mediate President Robert Mugabe's transition from power. Mugabe is an independence fighter who is the only leader the southern African nation has ever known. He remains under house arrest.

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Trump Visits Capitol Hill To Rally Support For House Republicans Tax Bill

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

House Republicans passed their version of a tax overhaul today, as President Trump visited Capitol Hill to rally support for it. But prospects for a tax bill in the Senate are looking less certain.

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Many Syrian Refugees Face Challenges In Turkey

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

As the Syrian conflict grinds on in its seventh year, millions of refugees are hanging on in neighboring countries as refugees. Syrian migration from Turkey to other parts of Europe has dropped, but millions of Syrians are settling in for troubled lives in Istanbul and elsewhere around the country.

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How Journalists Are Reporting In An Environment Of Mistrust

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

An Alabama pastor said he received a voicemail from a man purporting to be a Washington Post reporter and offering money in exchange for damaging remarks about Senate candidate Roy Moore. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with former Washington Post executive editor Len Downie Jr. about the hostile climate journalists are facing.

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Congress Considering Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

Congress is considering a bill that would allow a person with a concealed carry permit in one state to legally carry the gun in another state, even if that state has stricter requirements for getting a permit. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Daniel Webster, the director of Johns Hopkins' Center for Gun Policy and Research, about the potential effects of a federal concealed carry reciprocity law.

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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Aim To Improve Criminal Background Check System

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill aimed at closing gaps in reporting to the national background check system for firearms purchases. The bill comes as a response to the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which 26 people were killed.

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Monkeypox On The Rise: How Worried Should We Be?

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:51pm

The virus, a cousin of smallpox, is popping up in some African countries — and making headlines in the U.S. But is it really a rising threat?

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Gamers See A Dark Side To New 'Star Wars' Video Game

NPR Top Stories - November 16, 2017 - 1:28pm

Players are angry at Electronic Arts over the soon-to-be-released Star Wars Battlefront II game after it was revealed that some of the franchise's most iconic characters and other content cost extra.

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First Trials Begin For Those Charged Over Inauguration Day Rioting

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 12:11pm

The Justice Department is prosecuting nearly 200 cases of felony rioting, and the defendants could face decades of jail time if convicted. Jury selection for six defendants started today.

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Dallas County Prosecutor Unloads On Uber Driver, Loses Job

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 11:29am

"My career is done," a tearful Jody Warner said after audio emerged in which she is heard hurling insults and curse words at the driver.

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Shaken By Trump, Senators Ask: What Stops Him From Launching Nukes?

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 11:20am

For the first time in decades, Congress re-examines a president's unilateral authority to launch a nuclear attack — but the Pentagon says no changes are needed.

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A Baby Exposed To Zika Virus Is Doing Well, One Year Later

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 10:51am

Yaritza Martinez was infected with the Zika virus when she was 12 weeks pregnant. Doctors in Washington, D.C., are studying her son and other children to see if the virus has affected their health.

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'You're On Your Own': Servicewomen Describe Impact Of Military's Abortion Policy

NPR Top Stories - November 15, 2017 - 10:12am

Women in the military generally can't get abortions at military facilities or using military health insurance. Researchers interviewed 21 servicewomen who volunteered to talk about their experiences.

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