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California Mudslides Death Toll Rises To 18, Residents Told To Evacuate

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 7:02am

Victims' ages range from 3 to 89 years. On Saturday, as the search continued for victims, emergency crews in Montecito, Calif. turned off gas and power to further clear mud and debris.

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Syria Violence Sends Thousands of Civilians Fleeing 'De-Escalation Zone'

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 6:29am

More than 100,000 civilians have had to flee homes and refugee camps because of violence in Idlib province. "Barrel bombs are just falling on the heads of these people," says a civil defense worker.

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CIA Calendar Art Offers A Glimpse Into The World Of Spies

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 4:41am

Oil paintings on display at CIA headquarters — and therefore invisible to the public — can now be seen in a collection of wall calendars. They depict declassified missions from the agency's past.

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Helping Strangers May Help Teens' Self-Esteem

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 4:01am

Adolescents are under more pressure than ever, and many suffer from depression and anxiety. But new research suggests that volunteering to help strangers makes them feel better about themselves.

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The Russia Investigations: Bannon Comes In From The Cold, Trump Wavers On Mueller

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 4:00am

Exiled from Trump world, Steve Bannon is headed to the House Intelligence Committee. The president might talk to Mueller — or not. And Sen. Feinstein released a big transcript over GOP objections.

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The Forgotten Needs Of Refugees From Hurricane Irma

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 4:00am

Finding a place to live is just the start. A doctor shares his experiences with two hurricane refugees.

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'Rapists,' 'Huts': Trump's Racist Dog Whistles Aren't New

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 3:29am

On Thursday, President Trump described Haiti and most of Africa with a vulgar term. Here's why that shouldn't surprise you.

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Student Loan Defaults On The Rise, Texas Special Education, And Other Education News

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 3:00am

Plus, DACA students living in limbo as proposals fly in Washington and new concerns about school funding inequality.

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'I Got It Wrong,' U.S. Ambassador Says About Muslim 'No-Go Zones' In The Netherlands

NPR Top Stories - January 13, 2018 - 12:29am

After initially expressing "regrets and my apology," he told a Dutch newspaper that comments he made in 2015 about Muslims burning politicians in the Netherlands were "just wrong."

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Ohio Man Charged With Putting Spyware On Thousands of Computers

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 7:26pm

Prosecutors say Phillip Durachinsky created malware that enabled him to remotely access and turn on the cameras and microphones of computers. Charges include the production of child pornography.

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GM Says Car With No Steering Wheel Or Pedals Ready For Streets In 2019

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 2:19pm

The car company said Friday that it has filed a petition with the Department of Transportation to deploy its fourth-generation Cruise AV. GM says the vehicle has no manual controls.

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New Rules May Make Getting And Staying On Medicaid More Difficult

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 2:12pm

Indiana is one of the states poised to get permission to require Medicaid recipients to work. Advocates say work requirements may be good politics but they're bad policy.

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Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 1:54pm

A new study says unusual patterns of the polar jet stream circling the Northern Hemisphere may have led to dramatic weather in Europe and North America.

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'Africa Tech' Is Hard To Find At CES — But Worth Looking For

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 1:41pm

The entrepreneurs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas have some interesting ideas. But what about the follow-through?

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U.S. Ambassador To Panama Resigns, Saying He Can't Serve Trump

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 1:41pm

John Feeley's resignation is not a response to President Trump's reportedly vulgar remarks on African countries. Feeley, a career diplomat, had already informed U.S officials before the comments.

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President Trump 'Wrong' To Call London Embassy Area An 'Off Location,' Residents Say

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 1:31pm

Trump canceled a trip to open the new U.S. Embassy and complained that it was in an undesirable location. The revitalized area of south London includes multimillion-dollar waterfront apartments.

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Wal-Mart Closes 63 Sam's Club Stores, Leaving 11,000 Employees Without Work

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 1:16pm

Without notice 63 Sam's Club stores closed Thursday, leaving up to 11,000 employees without work. Sam's Club is owned by Wal-Mart, which announced yesterday a raise in employee wages. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Business Insider reporter Hayley Peterson, who broke the Sam's Club closure story yesterday.

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California Woman Shares Story Of Mudslide Survival

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 1:16pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Rita Bourbon, who survived the California mudslides in her home, but sadly found her neighbor's body in her backyard.

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It's Becoming Increasingly Hard For California Homeowners To Get Insurance

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 1:16pm

Insurance companies are increasingly dropping homeowners in California because of wildfire risk. There's concern the problem will grow worse after this year's destructive fire season.

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Utah Gov. On State's Proposal To Impose Medicaid Work Requirements

NPR Top Stories - January 12, 2018 - 1:16pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about his state's proposal to impose a work or community engagement requirement on Medicaid recipients. The Trump administration recently opened the door for states to implement such policies.

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