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Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 9:16am

Researchers disabled a gene that they think helps determine which human embryos will develop normally. The technique they used is controversial because it could be used to change babies' DNA.

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Iowa's Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over $75 Speeding Ticket

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 9:14am

Marla Leaf says she wasn't speeding but a speed camera says she was. She argues that her rights were violated because Cedar Rapids delegated police powers to a private company maintaining the cameras.

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'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 8:52am

Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.

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How 3 Rickshaws Won A Million Dollar Prize

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 8:49am

The members of the winning team, who met at Rutgers University, piloted a transportation service aimed at the refugees in the world's largest slum.

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WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel Blasts GOP Health Bill, Says It Fails The 'Jimmy Kimmel Test'

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 7:34am

After GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy invoked the late night host's name, Kimmel went after him and the Republican health care bill, pulling it apart point by point for an audience that might not normally care.

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2016 Voter Turnout Dropped At HBCUs, Climbed At Women's Colleges, Study Finds

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 7:17am

Voter turnout was up among college students by more than the nation as a whole in the last election, a Tufts University report says. But that turnout varied greatly across different types of colleges.

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Mexico Combs The Rubble For Survivors After Earthquake Kills At Least 225

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 7:16am

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake ravaged Central Mexico on Tuesday, leaving victims across Mexico City and five states. Rescue workers dug through the night to find signs of life amid the debris.

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Lessons From Katrina: How Restaurants Can Be Beacons In A Catastrophe

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 6:00am

In good times, restaurants do more than furnish meals. They also provide a place to bring people together. As Louisiana knows all too well, that's what makes them so vital during the worst times, too.

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Top Stories: Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico; Senate GOP's Health Care Bill

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 5:49am

Also: Earthquake rescue work continues in Mexico; Kenyan justices explain why they nullified a presidential election; and Major League Baseball sets a new season record for home runs.

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Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 3:30am

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

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'God Is With Us': Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 3:30am

Maria was downgraded to a Category 4 storm but still slammed the U.S. territory with powerful sustained winds of 155 mph. It's the strongest hurricane to have hit the island in decades.

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The Department Of Education Cuts Off A Student Loan Watchdog

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 2:18am

The Education Department has terminated two agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here's why that matters.

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Global Plan To Streamline 'Use By' Food Labels Aims To Cut Food Waste

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

Confusion over "sell by" and "use by" dates is one reason why billions of tons of food are tossed each year. A new global initiative of food giants, including Walmart and Nestle, aims to tackle that.

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Who Controls Think Tanks? Shift In Funding Highlights Changes In The Industry

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2017 - 1:10am

Increasingly, wealthy business people are funding think tanks. As one political scientist notes, they tend to "want to know exactly what they're getting for their dollars' worth."

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How Rick Santorum Got A Haircut And Revived The GOP's Obamacare Repeal Effort

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

Among the many surprises in the latest push to repeal Obamacare is the key role being played by the former Republican presidential candidate from Pennsylvania — who left the Senate a decade ago.

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PHOTOS: Keys Residents Face Devastated Homes, No Power And A Slow Recovery

NPR Top Stories - September 19, 2017 - 8:37am

"I can make jokes," Laura Welliver says, "because I've already had my good, long cry."

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'Why We Shoot'

NPR Top Stories - September 19, 2017 - 7:55am

Two young Chicagoans talk about why they picked up a gun, and how it changed their lives.

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Rise Of The Beerbots: Is Tech Taking The Craft Out Of Homebrewing?

NPR Top Stories - September 19, 2017 - 7:44am

Automated systems have turned the messy, ancient art of brewing into a tidy hobby requiring fairly minimal skill, and of course, a smartphone or tablet. Critics ask: Where's the craft in that?

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Dylann Roof Asks To Fire Legal Team Of 'Biological Enemies'

NPR Top Stories - September 19, 2017 - 7:24am

The Charleston church killer says his two attorneys "are Jewish and Indian respectively. It is therefore quite literally impossible that they and I could have the same interests relating to my case."

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Many Nursing Homes Aren't Prepared For Even Basic Emergencies

NPR Top Stories - September 19, 2017 - 7:12am

The deaths of eight residents in a Florida nursing home showed how even seemingly mundane things like failing to maintain climate control can be deadly. Emergency preparation enforcement can be lax.

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