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Taiwan's Navy Accidentally Fires Missile Toward China, Hits A Fishing Boat

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 3:55pm

The incident occurred Friday morning, when a 500-ton corvette that was sitting in a military harbor launched a supersonic missile that flew nearly 40 nautical miles.

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6 New Gun Control Laws Enacted In California, As Gov. Brown Signs Bills

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 1:56pm

The capacity of guns' magazines will now be limited to 10 bullets, and background checks will be required to buy ammunition. The new laws also target "straw purchasing" guns for other people.

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Will Brexit Put A Damper On The U.K.'s Global Generosity?

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 1:20pm

The U.K. gives billions of pounds to the developing world. Will this benevolent spirit survive in the wake of Brexit?

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A Rejuvenated Michael Phelps Says Rio Will Be Special

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 1:05pm

Michael Phelps got a DUI, some bad press and time in rehab since the 2012 Olympics. And that helps explain why he decided to come out of retirement and compete in his fifth Summer Games.

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With 5 Weeks To Go Until The Olympics, How Prepared Is Rio?

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 12:35pm

Every week seems to bring unwelcome news in the run-up to the Olympics. This week, dismembered body parts washed up on a Rio beach. But how bad are things, really?

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Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Brings Insurance To Many New Orleans Musicians

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 12:30pm

The state this week became the 31st in the nation to expand Medicaid to the working poor. It's also the first state in the Deep South to embrace the Obamacare program.

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Credibility Concerns Overshadow Release Of Gay Talese's New Book

NPR Books - July 1, 2016 - 12:29pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Paul Farhi of the Washington Post about Gay Talese's new book, The Voyeur's Hotel. The credibility of the book, which follows a self-proclaimed sex researcher who bought a hotel to spy on his guests through ventilator windows, has been called into question after Farhi uncovered problems with Talese's story.

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A Century After The Battle Of The Somme, Europe Gathers To Honor The Fallen

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 12:17pm

On July 1, 1916, nearly 20,000 British soldiers died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in northern France. The battle went on for months, and more than a million men were killed or injured.

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What Tesla And Google's Approaches Tell Us About Autonomous Driving

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 11:42am

Virtually all major car and tech companies are pursuing self-driving technology as the future of transportation. But Tesla and Google are the earliest innovators, taking very different approaches.

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On A Tight Travel Budget? You'll Appreciate This Year's July 4 Bargains

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 10:52am

Record numbers of Americans are expected to be traveling over the long holiday weekend. Both gasoline prices and airfares are down from 2015, making holiday trips more affordable for millions.

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5 Found Dead After Bangladesh Police Storm Cafe To End Hostage Standoff

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 10:33am

At least 12 hostages were freed and five bodies were recovered, according to wire services, after police moved Saturday morning on the eatery in Dhaka, the capital, to end the 10-hour standoff.

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7 Years Of U.S. Drone And Airstrikes: White House Tallies Civilian Deaths

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 10:20am

Between Jan. 20, 2009, and the end of 2015, the White House says, the U.S. carried out 473 airstrikes in places that weren't in "areas of active hostilities" — such as Iraq or Afghanistan.

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New Abortion Rules Blocked In Florida, Indiana Hours Before Taking Effect

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 10:02am

This comes after Monday's landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion. Since then, new restrictions on the procedure have also been rejected in Alabama, Mississippi and Wisconsin.

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5 Things To Consider About The Supreme Court's Decision On Texas Abortion Law

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 9:51am

Where does the decision fit in the court's long history of actions on abortion rights and restrictions? And what effect might the case involving a Texas law have on other states?

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A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

NPR Books - July 1, 2016 - 9:38am

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.

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Gay Talese Disavows His Disavowal Of His New Book

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 9:06am

Talese had told The Washington Post he wouldn't promote his new nonfiction book, The Voyeur's Motel, after the paper found flaws in its story. But now he says the book will go ahead as planned.

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Gay Talese Disavows His Disavowal Of His New Book

NPR Books - July 1, 2016 - 9:06am

Talese had told The Washington Post he wouldn't promote his new nonfiction book, The Voyeur's Motel, after the paper found flaws in its story. But now he says the book will go ahead as planned.

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Babies Of Color Are Now The Majority, Census Says

NPR Top Stories - July 1, 2016 - 8:49am

Today's generation of schoolchildren looks much different than one just a few decades ago.

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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: ‘Hogs Wild’

New York Times book reviews - July 1, 2016 - 8:12am
Ian Frazier talks about his new essay collection, “Hogs Wild”; and Barry Friedman on two new books about law enforcement.
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Nonfiction: In America’s Long History of Slavery, New England Shares the Guilt

New York Times book reviews - July 1, 2016 - 8:00am
A history examines the deep roots of slavery in 17th-century New England.
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