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To Grow Market Share, A Drugmaker Pitches Its Product To Judges

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:52am

The pharmaceutical company Alkermes is trying to increase the number of people taking Vivitrol for their opioid addiction by marketing the drug to judges, who have the power to influence treatment.

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Justice Department To Probe Universities Over Affirmative Action Policies

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 6:41am

Steve Inskeep and Ailsa Chang talk to NPR's Carrie Johnson and Vanita Gupta, ex-head of DOJ's Civil Rights Division in the Obama-era, about plans to probe schools over affirmative action policies.

Pence Travels To Eastern Europe To Pledge Continued U.S. Support

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

At a time when U.S.-Russia relations seem to be hitting the lowest point in years, Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Eastern Europe to reassure governments there about American support.

Senators Plan Bipartisan Hearings On Health Care

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Dave Anderson, CEO of HealthNow New York, talks with Steve Inskeep about lawmakers' plans to hold bipartisan hearings on health insurance exchanges. NPR's Scott Horsley has details and analysis.

Man Climbs 500-Foot Philly City Hall

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

A man climbed to the top of Philadelphia's City Hall, about 500 feet up. City officials only found out after he posted a video on YouTube.

Whether Or Not To Declare The Opioid Crisis A National Emergency

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Addiction treatment professionals are praising many of the recommendations of a commission to study the opioid crisis. But some question the recommendation to declare it a national emergency.

Brazil's Congress Votes On Removing President

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Brazil's Congress is voting Wednesday on a move to unseat embattled President Michel Temer.

Syrian Rebels React To Trump Ending CIA Backing

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

The Trump administration's ending of the CIA program to back Syrian rebels brings to a close a halting effort that highlights the U.S. ambivalence about the ongoing civil war.

Looking At The White House John Kelly Inherits

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

To talk about the leaks in the White House and the other challenges John Kelly will face as his chief of staff, Ailsa Chang speaks with The Washington Post's Robert Costa.

Polo Meets Rodeo In South Dakota

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Rodeo is South Dakota's state sport. In Sioux Falls, a small group is hoping polo — another sport that involves horses — can gain its own following.

Germany Holds Summit On Car Pollution

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Germany is holding a conference to discuss concrete steps to curb auto pollution, but other issues like collusion and allegations of deception by the German auto industry are likely to dominate.

7 Priests Walk Into A Bar

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Seven student priests tried to get into a bar in Cardiff, Wales, but the staff at first turned them away, thinking they were dressed up for a bachelor party. The bar apologized with a free round.

Political Fight Threatens Illinois Public School Funding

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Less than a month after ending one budget impasse, Illinois is staring at another one, this one involving public school funding.

Turkey Continues Crackdown With Mass Trial

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Turkey continues its purge and crackdown following last year's failed coup attempt, this time with a mass trial of nearly 500 defendants.

Morning News Brief: Signs Of Bipartisanship On Health Care, Corruption Vote In Brazil

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Lawmakers have showed interest of working across party linesies on improving health insurance markets. Also, Brazil's Congress votes on corruption charges against the president.

Trump Remarks Eclipse Sessions' Talk Before Black Law Enforcement Group

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Attorney General Sessions was in Atlanta to promote a new crime-fighting agenda, but much of the attention was on President Trump's comment that police shouldn't be "too nice" to suspects in custody.

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Should The Opioid Crisis Be Declared A National Emergency?

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Addiction treatment professionals are praising many of the recommendations of a White House commission on the opioid crisis. But some question the recommendation to declare it a national emergency.

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Trying To Understand 'What Made Maddy Run'

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 1:18am

Journalist Kate Fagan's new book digs into the life of a young woman whose suicide shocked the University of Pennsylvania, where she ran track. Madison Holleran's life seemed perfect, until it wasn't.

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