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U.S. Issues Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 7 min ago

The U.S. did not name the officials but said they have been responsible or complicit in perpetrating human rights abuses against the Venezuelan people.

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Desk Desk Evolution

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 8 sec ago

The changing workspace in the Age of Deskovery.

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WATCH: Video Shows Women Narrowly Escape Death On Railroad Tracks

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 7 min ago

The 14,000-ton freight train could not come to a stop. But the women laid down between the rails and survived.

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U.S. Economy Rebounds In Spring With GDP Expanding At 4 Percent Rate

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 10 min ago

The news from the Commerce Department comes after the economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter of the year. The numbers raise hope for continued growth in the second half of 2014.

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Gaza Conflict: Shell Strikes U.N. School, Killing Up To 19 Who Sought Shelter

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 9 min ago

One U.N. official said this was a "breaking point." The conflict, now going into its 23rd day, shows no sign of abating. The death toll in Gaza has now surpassed 1,200.

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Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 10 min ago

Vergara v. California dealt a serious blow to teacher tenure and seniority laws in that state. And anti-tenure groups say their movement is spreading.

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UCLA Floods As Water Main Break Dumps Up To 10 Million Gallons

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 13 min ago

It took officials about four hours to figure out which valve needed to be closed. By then, parts of the UCLA campus were deluged, with some staircases looking like waterfalls.

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NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 14 min ago

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

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After War's Deadliest Day, Another U.N. School In Gaza Gets Hit

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 43 min ago

A U.N. spokesman said Israeli tank shells hit the school Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90. The agency is housing scores of people displaced by the fighting in schools across Gaza.

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Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 13 min ago

Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.

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U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 13 min ago

The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.

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Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone Succumbs To The Disease

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 13 min ago

Sheik Humarr Khan, one of the doctors fighting to control West Africa's largest Ebola outbreak, died Tuesday in Sierra Leone. He was 39.

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California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 13 min ago

Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.

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Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 14 min ago

A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.

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U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 14 min ago

A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.

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Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package

NPR Top Stories - July 29, 2014 - 4:00pm

The federal highway trust fund will run short of money starting this week unless Congress acts. But the Senate's bill differs significantly from what the House passed last week.

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The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

NPR Top Stories - July 29, 2014 - 3:30pm

The effort to end polio is taking a toll on Pakistan's already overstretched health system. With more children dying of measles and diarrhea, some question whether the focus on polio is worth it.

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Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant

NPR Top Stories - July 29, 2014 - 3:28pm

Israel broadened its bombing campaign on Tuesday, bringing the Palestinian death toll above 1,200. Brief hope for a cease-fire was quickly dashed.

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McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

NPR Top Stories - July 29, 2014 - 2:19pm

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.

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France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

NPR Top Stories - July 29, 2014 - 2:15pm

Amid ongoing fighting in Ukraine and stepped-up U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia, the deal has met with little criticism in the shipbuilding town of St. Nazaire, where it has created 2,500 jobs.

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