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CHART: How Obama's Approval Compares With Past Presidential Convention Speakers

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 25 min ago

President Obama will make the case for Hillary Clinton Wednesday night with about as many Americans approving of him as disapprove of him.

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David Bald Eagle, Lakota Chief, Musician, Cowboy And Actor, Dies At 97

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 38 min ago

He was also a war hero and a ballroom dancer — Bald Eagle's life is hard to fit in a headline. He parachuted into Normandy, acted in Westerns and starred in his first feature film at the age of 95.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 17 min ago

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.

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WATCH: Albright Says It's 'Almost Too Hard To Express' Excitement Over Clinton

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 3:59pm

"I think she is brilliant and ... she's not a diva at all. She works very hard," Albright told NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Mysterious And Known As The 'Raven': Scientists Identify New Whale Species

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 3:22pm

"There have been a lot of people out there surveying whales for a long time and never come across this," a researcher says. But Japanese fishermen have told stories about this dark whale for years.

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Obama: 'Reject Cynicism And Reject Fear' And Elect Hillary Clinton

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 2:55pm

Everyone from President Obama to democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine contrasted the Democratic vision of America to the vision offered by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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Sen. Tim Kaine's Record On Health Care: He's With Hillary

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 2:44pm

The Democrats' vice presidential nominee helped overhaul Virginia's mental health care system after the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. He is for Obamacare, Medicaid expansion and Planned Parenthood.

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After Coup Attempt, Turkish Government Cracks Down On Media

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 1:03pm

The Turkish government has shut down at least 45 newspapers and 16 television stations, and issued arrest warrants for dozens of journalists.

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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:51pm

Hospitals have been fighting to block the rankings, but Medicare released them Wednesday. Of the 102 hospitals that got a five-star rating, few are among those generally praised for great care.

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On A Night Capped By Obama, Democrats Aim To Stress National Security

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:35pm

On the third night of the Democratic National Convention, party officials are rolling out some of their heaviest hitters — including headliner President Obama.

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Clinton Campaign Says Trump Is Encouraging 'Espionage' After Hacking Comment

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:29pm

Donald Trump on Wednesday called for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email and recover messages from her tenure as secretary of state.

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Protests Galore In The Streets Of Philly: Here's What They're All About

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

Thousands of protesters have descended on Philadelphia this week for demonstrations outside the Democratic National Convention. Here's a glimpse of the wide array of causes they're backing.

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Democrats Kick Off Day 3 Of The DNC, With Obama As Marquee Speaker

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

President Obama will make the case for his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to succeed him in office when he speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

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Remaining Charges Against Officers In Freddie Gray's Death Dropped

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

Prosecutors have dropped all the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. While the four trials so far returned no convictions, the three more scheduled trials have now also been dropped.

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John Hinckley Earns His Freedom, Decades After Attempted Assassination

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

Would-be assassin John Hinckley has been granted freedom to live outside the mental institution where he's been confined for decades. The move comes more than three decades after he shot President Reagan.

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For Olympic Boxer Claressa Shields, Round 2 Brings New Expectations

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 7:58am

At 17, boxer Claressa Shields won gold in the 2012 London Olympics. But it didn't change her life as much as she thought it would. After she returned home to Flint, Michigan, she thought: Now what?

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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 7:43am

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.

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In Pakistan's Heartland, A 'Perfect Storm Of Obstacles' To Protecting Women

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 7:20am

A high-profile honor killing has led to calls for stronger laws. But a gang-rape victim who's spent 14 years fighting for justice says laws are undercut by ages-old feudal traditions against women.

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Egypt And Turkey: Why A Coup Succeeded In One And Failed In The Other

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 7:10am

Both countries have strong militaries wary of conservative Muslim politicians. But as a wealthier, more middle-class country, Turkey rose up when elements of the military tried to take over.

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Bill Clinton Counters The Greatest Criticisms Of His Wife In DNC Speech

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 6:45am

Bill Clinton had a formidable challenge on Tuesday: to sell the American people on one of the most disliked politicians in political history.

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