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'12 Strong': When The Afghan War Looked Like A Quick, Stirring Victory

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 8:06am

Many Americans may be weary of the war in Afghanistan. But a new movie is betting big on the true story of Green Berets on horseback who made the early days of the fight look deceptively easy.

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2017 Among Warmest Years On Record

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 8:00am

The planet's global surface temperature last year was second warmest since 1880, NASA says. And scientists say the five warmest years on record have been since 2010.

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Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 7:53am

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people and performing some procedures.

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Here Are The 20 Cities Still In The Running For Amazon's Second HQ

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 7:43am

Amazon says it reviewed 238 proposals in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It says it will invest $5 billion in building the new headquarters, which could create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs.

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Confusion Reigns As GOP Scrambles To Avert A Government Shutdown

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 7:41am

The president indicated in a morning tweet that he opposed House Republicans' bill to extend long-term funding for a popular children's health care program as part of a short-term spending agreement.

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Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 7:01am

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

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This Man Has Freed Hundreds Of Yazidis Captured By ISIS. Thousands Remain Missing

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 6:11am

His phone rarely stops ringing. Most calls and messages are from other Yazidis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, asking for help to find their relatives. Others are from people threatening to kill him.

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Director Hugh Wilson, Creator Of 'WKRP In Cincinnati,' Dies At 74

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 6:08am

Wilson also worked in movies, directing the first Police Academy as well as Guarding Tess and The First Wives Club. Wilson had been battling lung cancer and emphysema.

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China Reports Its Fastest Economic Growth In 7 Years

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 5:17am

China's economy, the second-largest in the world, grew by 6.9 percent in 2017. It's the first time since 2010 that the speed of China's economic growth went up rather than edging down.

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Russian Athletes Withdraw From Competition When Drug Testers Arrive

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 4:00am

More than 30 athletes who were to compete at the Siberian Indoor Championships last weekend suddenly pulled out of the event claiming various illnesses.

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Sen. Bob Dole To Receive Congressional Gold Medal

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 10:31am

Dole served more than three decades in Congress, was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996 and was an early supporter of President Trump, who will attend the ceremony.

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Concerns Grow That Infected 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 10:25am

Chronic Wasting Disease, a deadly neurological disorder similar to Mad Cow, has been detected in 24 states. So far it has posed no risk to people, but a new Canadian study has prompted more testing.

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Are Photos Of 'Beautiful' Africa The Best Response To Trump's Vulgar Slur?

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 9:27am

The online backlash to the president's alleged insult was a wave of photos highlighting the positive side of places he mentioned. Now there's a backlash to the backlash.

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Are You Participating In This Year's Women's March?

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 9:25am

NPR's Leila Fadel wants to hear from you about the anniversary of the Women's March. She's curious to learn what you think has changed over the past year and what you're marching for this year.

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North Korea's Olympic Hopefuls Include A Pair Of Figure Skaters

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 8:58am

Pair skaters Ryom Tae Ok, 18, and Kim Ju Sik, 25, qualified last year for the Winter Games. They'll learn this weekend if they'll compete in Pyeongchang. Their short program is set to a Beatles' song.

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U.S. Freezes More Than Half Of Aid To U.N. Agency For Palestinian Refugees

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 7:29am

The funding freeze comes weeks after the U.S. was soundly rejected in its attempts to block a resolution in the U.N. that called for countries not to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

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Top Stories: Government Shutdown Looms; Ex-CIA Officer Arrested

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 5:14am

Also: Most of the National Park Service Board quits, angry over government indifference; wintry weather crashes into the East; and a suspected meteor causes quite the sonic boom in Eastern Michigan.

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North Korean Athletes Will March With South Koreans At Pyeongchang Olympics

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 4:46am

The two countries will also form a unified women's hockey team to compete in the Winter Olympics in February. The North will send a cheering squad to support its delegation.

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Do You Have The Right To Plead Not Guilty When Your Lawyer Disagrees?

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 4:24am

The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case in which the defendant's lawyer told the jury he was guilty over the defendant's explicit objection.

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Bright Light, Sonic Boom As Meteor Streaks Across Southern Michigan

NPR Top Stories - January 17, 2018 - 4:23am

The space rock punched through the clouds near Detroit just after 8 p.m. with a boom that shook houses and registered magnitude 2.0 on U.S. Geological Survey instruments.

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