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Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 8:01am

The 16th century epidemic, likely set off or exacerbated by European invaders, was one of the most deadly in human history. New evidence traces it to a type of salmonella that causes a deadly fever.

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Jakarta Stock Exchange Tower Evacuated After Floor Collapses

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 4:30am

A mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed on Monday, according to Indonesian authorities. A police spokesman says nearly 80 people were injured. Terrorism has been ruled out.

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For 1 Attorney, A Lonely Legal Fight To Make Trump Comply With Rules

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 2:00am

Attorney Jeffrey Lovitky took it upon himself last year to sue Trump. "It is intimidating," he says. Still, he's suing again, saying he has a duty to push for compliance with various ethics rules.

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After A Year In Office, Questions About Trump's Foreign Deals Go On. And On

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:56am

When preparing to take the oath of office, President Trump promised to make no new foreign business deals. But a year later, ethics experts say the problems have not been solved in any meaningful way.

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For Now, Sequencing Cancer Tumors Holds More Promise Than Proof

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 1:44am

Sequencing the DNA of cancer tumors to help pinpoint treatment is an emerging element of precision medicine. While patients and doctors alike want these tests, they often don't benefit patients.

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'Whoa, Nelly!' Keith Jackson, Voice Of College Football, Dies At 89

NPR Top Stories - January 15, 2018 - 12:42am

Until he retired for good in 2006, Keith Jackson's baritone voice could be heard most Saturdays when called college football games. 'Whoa Nellie' was one of his signature phrases.

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Unsealed Documents Show The Las Vegas Shooter's Girlfriend Acted Swiftly

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 4:12pm

Hundreds of pages of newly released court documents reveal what authorities knew and the leads they were chasing in the days following the Oct. 1 attack, but offer little on motive.

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How Likely Is Someone To Sexually Harass Others? This Scale Determines

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 3:06pm

In the 1980s psychologist John Pryor developed a test to predict how likely a person is to sexually harass someone. He spoke with NPR's Michel Martin about his research and how the scale works.

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On The Hunt For Poppies In Mexico — America's Biggest Heroin Supplier

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 2:02pm

The Mexican army gave NPR a firsthand look at its efforts to eradicate the flowering crop that's made into heroin.

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Blaming Democrats, Trump Says 'DACA Is Probably Dead'

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 12:03pm

With four days left before a government shutdown, lawmakers appear to be far from a deal to fix the DACA program. Trump denied the vulgarities he reportedly made about immigrants: "I'm not a racist."

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Plane Skids Off Runway In Turkey Onto Cliff Edge, No Injuries Reported

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 9:16am

The Pegasus Airlines flight was derailed off the tarmac as it landed and went hurtling over a cliff, leaving the aircraft dangling over the Black Sea nose first.

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Behind The Genius Of Guinness, Ireland's Most Popular Tourist Attraction

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 4:57am

Dublin's Guinness Storehouse is a cross between a museum and a marketing campaign, and an homage to the history and taste of the world's best-known stout.

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Making The Case That Discrimination Is Bad For Your Health

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 4:00am

The researcher who coined the term "weathering" talks with Gene Demby about health, hard data, and why it took so long for people to come around to the idea that discrimination hurts bodies.

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House GOP To Debate Bringing Earmarks Back

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 4:00am

The House Rules Committee will hold two days of hearings this week over whether Congress should reconsider the 2011 earmark ban.

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The GOP's New Tax Plan Will Affect Everyone, But Will It Grow The Economy?

NPR Top Stories - January 14, 2018 - 4:00am

You asked, we answered: Will the GOP tax plan boost economic growth? Not much (if at all), say many economists.

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A New Approach To Refugees: Pay Them To Go Home

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 2:47pm

Even though the refugee crisis in Europe reached its peak two years ago, countries are still trying to figure out what to do with the more than 150,000 refugees who want to stay in the E.U.

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'This Is Not A Drill': A False Ballistic Missile Alert Shakes Hawaii

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 10:55am

An "inadvertent" text notification falsely alerted residents to "seek immediate shelter." Nearly 40 minutes passed before the errant message was corrected in another notification.

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Illinois Judge Allows 11-Year-Old Girl To Use Medical Marijuana At School

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 10:42am

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states, but only a handful have allowed students to use their legal prescriptions in school.

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President Trump's Idea Of Good And Bad Immigrant Countries Has A Historical Precedent

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 8:58am

In part, Trump's recent vulgar slur appeared to be favoring the revival of a discriminatory immigration policy abolished by the U.S. Congress more than 50 years ago.

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It May Look The Same, But Olympic Figure Skating Will Sound Different In 2018

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 7:33am

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will be the first to allow figure skaters to perform to vocal music. Organizers hope the change will help create a new generation of fans for the sport.

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