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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL

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

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Michael McCann of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law about the latest move by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has filed a grievance against the NFL claiming he is the victim of a group boycott by team owners punishing him professionally for his political views.

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A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

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

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

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Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

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

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

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Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

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

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

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How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

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

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

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Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

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

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

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Singer Gord Downie Of The Tragically Hip Dies At 53

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

The rock singer Gord Downie died today after a long battle with brain cancer. The lead singer of the beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip was 53. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Talia Schlanger, host and radio producer at World Cafe, about Downie's music and legacy.

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China's Xi Jinping Lauds 'New Era' Of Strength As He Opens National Congress

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 9:11am

In a speech that lasted more than three hours, Xi said, "We are closer than any time in history to realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation."

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Draft Of Health Care Bill Addresses Trump Concerns About 'Bailouts' For Insurers

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 8:47am

A draft of the bipartisan legislation obtained by NPR would restore subsidies to insurance companies to assist low-income consumers and require them to go to consumers as rebates.

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Wounded Mandalay Bay Security Guard Gives First Media Interview On 'Ellen'

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 8:43am

After he was shot, Jesus Campos yelled "Take cover!" at a hotel engineer and a guest as the Las Vegas gunman sprayed bullets into the hall. His account added detail to the timeline of events Oct. 1.

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'Enough': California's Women In Politics Call Out Sexual Harassment

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 8:12am

"It's a power dynamic that's difficult even for female lawmakers," said Samantha Corbin, a lobbyist in Sacramento., "Men often control fundraising, your ability to get bills passed."

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Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 7:35am

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

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5 Years Ago, China's Xi Jinping Was Largely Unknown. Now He's Poised To Reshape China

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 7:19am

China's president has embraced a strongman style of personal rule. The 19th Communist Party Congress, now underway in Beijing, is expected to strengthen his ability to bend the system to his will.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 6:00am

All nine Democrats on the committee recently sent Sessions a letter essentially informing him that they expected him not to broadly assert executive privilege on the president's behalf again.

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Top Stories: Second Block On Travel Ban; A.G. Sessions On Capitol Hill

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 5:14am

Also: Amazon Studios' leader resigns after allegations of sexual harassment; Houston reservoirs finally release the last of hurricane floodwaters; and Chinese leaders hold a major congress.

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Man Found After 137 Days Adrift In Sailboat. And It's Not His First Rescue

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 4:52am

Rimas Meleshyus has been lost at sea in small boats for much of his sailing career. The latest voyage landed him at the island of Saipan after yet another ill-fated adventure.

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Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump's Latest Travel Ban Attempt

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 4:22am

The plaintiffs "have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits," District Judge Theodore Chuang wrote, dealing another setback to the Trump administration.

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Houston Reservoirs Have Finally Discharged All Of Hurricane Harvey's Floodwater

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 4:08am

In late August, Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to Houston. In mid-October, the city's two large federal reservoirs are finally back to empty.

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If A Pile Of Poo Has An Emoji, Shouldn't A Mosquito Have One Too?

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 3:00am

There are 2,666 emojis for tweeting and texting. A mosquito is not one of them. Global health campaigners are trying to change that.

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Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big, And You Pay For The Waste

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 1:00am

When eyedrops dribble down your face, it's not your fault. Drugmakers have long known that their drops of medicine exceed the capacity of the human eye. Why didn't companies make the drops smaller?

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