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Reporter Pulls Blanket Off Cozy Ties Between Mattress Companies And Reviewers

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:35pm

Shoppers go online for reviews of the products they want to buy — like mattresses. But one reporter found out that reviewers often have cozy business deals with the companies they're reviewing.

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Legal Case Weighs Whether Mexican Girl In U.S. Illegally Should Have Access To Abortion

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:35pm

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments on a case that pits a 17-year-old Mexican girl who is in the U.S. illegally and who wants an abortion against the Trump administration.

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Russian Magazine Says 'Trolls' Used Social Media To Disrupt U.S. Election

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:35pm

A Russian business magazine says it has uncovered details of "trolls" based in St. Petersburg used social media to try to spread discontent and disinformation during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Investigations Continue Into U.S. Military Deaths In Niger

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, about what happened on the ground in Niger that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead.

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Can A Democrat Win In Alabama?

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:35pm

A competitive special election in Alabama has Democrats thinking they may have a shot at a U.S. Senate seat in a deeply red state. The Republican candidate, Roy Moore, has a controversial record that includes being twice removed from public office.

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DHS Under Pressure Over Alleged Violation Of Policies On Sensitive Locations

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:35pm

More than 100 members of Congress have called on the Department of Homeland Security to rein in agents who are reportedly apprehending undocumented immigrants in places such as hospitals.

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Former Intelligence Official On Iran Nuclear Deal

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:35pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks about the Iran nuclear deal — which President Trump has called a "bad" deal — with Norman Roule, who retired last week as Iran mission manager for the director of national intelligence.

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D.C. Chef Leads Efforts To Feed Displaced Puerto Ricans

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 12:35pm

The Coliseo in Puerto Rico's capital has become the epicenter of a massive effort to feed tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria. Celebrity chef Jose Andres is heading the effort.

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Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 11:35am

The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

(Image credit: Andy King/Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge)

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Nivea Ad For 'Visibly Fairer Skin' Sparks Controversy In West Africa

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 11:35am

The billboard and TV spot shows a Nigerian beauty pageant winner using a product called Natural Fairness Body Lotion. Critics are describing the ad as "colorist" and tone deaf.

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The U.S. Military In Africa: A Discreet Presence In Many Places

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 11:11am

The military has some 20 missions across the continent. Most are not combat operations. But the deaths of four soldiers in Niger illustrate the dangers as U.S. troops venture into the field.

(Image credit: Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne/U.S. Air Force via AP)

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St. John Could Get Electricity Turned Back On, 6 Weeks After Hurricane Irma

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 10:36am

"Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of next week," the power utility says. The U.S. Virgin Islands — home to more than 100,000 Americans — remains under boil-water orders.

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How Steve Bannon's Time In Hollywood Changed Him

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 10:02am

Bannon, the man who helped steer and engineer President Trump's recent political success, underwent an evolution during his time in — of all places — Hollywood.

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Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat

NPR Books - October 20, 2017 - 9:21am

The TV host's new documentary is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. In 2016, Bourdain spoke to Fresh Air about cooking for his young daughter: "If she's not happy, I'm not happy."

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To Reduce Risk Of Recurring Bladder Infection, Try Drinking More Water

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 9:20am

While it may seem simple, drinking water flushes bacteria out of the urethra, helping to prevent infection in women prone to them. And it also may help reduce the use of antibiotics.

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Top Stories: Police Body Cam Study Shows No Effects; Senate Budget Plan

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2017 - 8:09am

Also: White House Chief of Staff Kelly is criticized by the congresswoman he criticized; losses from California fires could exceed $1 billion; and supporters clap a lot online for China's president.

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'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

NPR Books - October 20, 2017 - 7:00am

Barry Blitt's new book features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work, including his 2008 drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

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Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

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

An early goal was to eradicate the disease by the year 2000. Watch a livestream of experts discussing where we now stand — and what obstacles remain.

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Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better

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

A new study shows students' self-image suffers in middle school and junior high. And it's not just hard on low-income kids. Having a teacher who understands the teenage brain can help.

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Virginia Statehouse Race Pits 'Bathroom Bill' Author Against Transgender Woman

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

If Democrat Danica Roem succeeds in unseating Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, she'd become the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker.

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