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After 55 Years, Target Will Finally Open A Store In Vermont

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 5:48am

The news prompted a "Breaking News" banner on the local paper's website. As they're saying over at Vermont Public Radio: "This is not a drill."

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30-Foot Border Wall Prototypes Erected In San Diego Borderlands

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 4:33am

While the mockups are massive, it's anybody's guess whether they'll ever get built.

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Xi Jinping's War On Poverty Moves Millions Of Chinese Off The Farm

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 3:54am

Remote mountain villages where residents lived in poverty are being cleared, with villagers being given new apartments in the city. But finding work may be a challenge for some of the former farmers.

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President Of Rio's 2016 Olympic Bid Is Charged With Corruption

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 3:49am

Former Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman is charged with helping to run a criminal organization. The evidence includes undeclared assets in the form of 16 gold bars.

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Iditarod Sled Dogs Test Positive For Banned Substance

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 3:32am

At the end of this year's annual run to Nome, Alaska, several dogs from a single team tested positive for a banned painkiller, the race board says.

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Top Stories: Health Care Waiver Uncertainty; Catalonia's Autonomy Jeopardized

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 2:10am

Also: A study shows more young kids get small screen time; a suspect in shootings in 2 states is arrested; and there's a report that some Iditarod dogs tested positive for a banned drug.

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Having Changed America, The League Of POW/MIA Families Fades

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 2:00am

Almost 50 years ago, a small group of families started a movement to demand an accounting of the nation's POW/MIAs. They changed the way America thinks about its servicemen and women lost at war.

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Ousted Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif Indicted On Corruption Charges

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 1:45am

The former prime minister, who resigned after being disqualified from office in July, has pleaded not guilty along with his daughter and son-in-law in connection with the so-called Panama Papers.

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Administration Sends Mixed Signals On State Health Insurance Waivers

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 1:01am

When states applied for waivers from Obamacare rules to reduce premiums and strengthen their insurance markets, they didn't get the answers they wanted, prompting some to suggest a conspiracy.

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Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 1:01am

A new national survey of parents suggests mobile device use by children under 8 has increased tenfold in the past six years.

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Why Older People Didn't Fare Well In Northern California Wildfires

NPR Top Stories - October 19, 2017 - 1:00am

Forty-one people have died in those fires, and that number could rise. Of those who perished, the vast majority who've been identified were over the age of 65.

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Quebec Enacts 'Religious Neutrality Law' To Curb Full-Face Veils In Public

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 11:49pm

The bill, passed by the province's legislature, would effectively ban face coverings worn by Muslim women at any time they are giving or receiving public service.

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Federal Judge Orders Government To Allow Abortion For Teenager In The U.S. Illegally

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 5:07pm

The case pits the Trump administration and anti-abortion groups against civil libertarians and immigrant rights advocates.

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Declassified Files Lay Bare U.S. Knowledge Of Mass Murders In Indonesia

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 4:47pm

The Indonesian military systematically killed at least half a million people in the 1960s. Documents released Tuesday show U.S. officials knew about it from the start — and stood by as it unfolded.

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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 2:00pm

If a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against the president, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents — perhaps including tax returns.

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Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says She Was Molested For Years By Team Doctor

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 1:44pm

The gold medalist says Dr. Larry Nassar claimed he was giving her "medically necessary treatment." She says the abuse began on a team trip when she was 13 years old.

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Veterans, Survivors' Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 1:22pm

"There is the feeling that all of this is diminishing our national character," one support group wrote, as a political debate unfolds over calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat.

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President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

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Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Kenya's electoral confusion threatens to become a constitutional crisis. This comes as a senior electoral official resigned and fled to the U.S., saying the planned rerun of the presidential election in eight days is not guaranteed a fair process.

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Majority Of Northern California Wildfire Victims Were 65 Or Older

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

The majority of people who lost their lives in the northern California wildfires were age 65 or older. But what factors did the age of the victims have in their deaths?

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