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To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:31pm

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.

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'Fearless Girl' Statue Will Face Down Stock Exchange, Not 'Charging Bull'

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:26pm

The statue — installed in 2017, on a temporary basis, to honor International Women's Day — will stay in New York City permanently. But it will relocate, shifting around the corner from the bull.

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Russia Works To Rescue The Lost Children Of ISIS Fighters

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:22pm

The government-backed effort seeks to reunite the wives and children of ISIS fighters with family in Russia. Many of the thousands of Russian Muslim men who joined ISIS were killed in the fighting.

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The Blessed Burden Of Consolata Aganga

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:15pm

She is a community health worker in Kenya. She is paid next to nothing. It's a tough job. And she loves it.

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'Westworld' And 'The Handmaid's Tale' Make Impressive Season 2 Returns

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:01pm

Both shows are set in a dystopian near-future where things have gone terribly wrong — and both expand their established environments considerably in their sophomore seasons.

Lykke Li's Two New Songs Dance At The Edges Of Pop Music

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:57pm

The Swedish singer is a pop star, but she doesn't necessarily make pop music. Listen to two singles from her upcoming album, so sad so sexy.

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Who Is The Mystery Man Behind @realDonaldTrump? (Besides The President)

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:54pm

Journalist Robert Draper says "no one understands Trump's base" better than White House social media director (and former caddie) Dan Scavino.

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Indian Government's Slow Response To Rapes Poses 'Existential Crisis,' Activist Says

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:52pm

There have been protests in northern India this week over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl in January. The case has taken a political turn.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel 'Less' Explores A Hapless Writer's Midlife Crisis

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:40pm

Faced with his lover's impending marriage and his upcoming 50th birthday, the book's protagonist embarks on a series of adventures that go comically awry.

No Criminal Charges To Be Brought In Prince's Death

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:38pm

Prince likely was unaware that the pills he was taking to combat chronic pain were laced with a powerful opioid, according to an attorney for Minnesota's Carver County who made the announcement.

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How Dogs Are Changing Home Design

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:33pm

About 70 percent of U.S. households have pets. And while they include reptiles, fish, birds and cats, dogs are most common.

NPR Women Win Six Gracie Awards

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:31pm

NPR women awarded six Gracie Awards for incredible journalism in 2017.

Most Still Favor Stricter Gun Laws, But It's Fading As A 2018 Voting Issue

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:28pm

The number of voters in an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll who say a candidate's position on gun policy will be a major factor in deciding whom to vote for has dropped 13 points since February.

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Colorado Town Cracks Down On Long-Term Motel Stays Among Low-Income People

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:25pm

Agencies helping low-income people who need a place to stay often rely on motels to keep them off the streets and out of shelters.

Even More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:21pm

We're almost ready to announce the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest winner. Here are a few entries we wanted to highlight this week in the meantime.

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From The Vaults, A Showstopper: Hear Prince Perform 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:00pm

As news swirls about culpability for Prince's death, his estate has released a major find: a long-lost 1984 recording of his classic composition, along with rare video footage from his rehearsals.

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Trump Attorney Cohen Drops Dossier Lawsuits Against Fusion GPS, BuzzFeed

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:52am

Michael Cohen says he still feels he's been defamed by the infamous, unverified dossier, but he's got too much on his hands for the suits to move forward.

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Sense Of Mission 'Increasingly Difficult To Find' In Today's U.S. Military, Former Marine Says

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:40am

Here & Now's Eric Westervelt talks with former Marine and author Phil Klay, who's written about America's seemingly open-ended military missions.

In 1st NHL Season, Vegas Golden Knights Move Step Closer To Stanley Cup

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:33am

At this time a year ago, the Golden Knights didn't have a single player on their roster.

One Upside Of A Cold Spring? For This Reporter, It's The Skiing

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:27am

North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann is a die-hard skier, and sent an audio postcard from New York's Adirondack Mountains.

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