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The Past Of 'Jihadi John': Early Run-Ins And Radicalization

NPR Top Stories - 1 hour 53 min ago

There are two narratives about Mohammed Emwazi's past that attempt to explain how he went from a well-to-do background to being internationally notorious.

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White House Move To Protect Nest Eggs Sparks Hopes And Fears

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 37 min ago

The Labor Department will draft new rules requiring retirement advisers to put consumers' best interests first. The industry warns low-income people might lose out on financial planning advice.

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Jeb Bush Takes 2016 Show Into Unfriendly Territory At CPAC

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 41 min ago

Bush has appeared almost exclusively before friendly audiences since leaving the Florida governorship eight years ago, but today he faces a crowd of conservative activists.

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'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 59 min ago

New Hampshire is the first state to outlaw voting booth selfies. Some call the ban unconstitutional and are challenging it in court. Others argue selfies compromise privacy and enable voter coercion.

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Colorado Pushes For Concealed Guns In K-12 Schools

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 4 min ago

Similar legislation has been proposed in North Dakota and Wyoming to allow concealed firearms on K-12 school grounds and college campuses, as a part of a larger effort to expand gun owners' rights.

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This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 5 min ago

New episodes of Netflix's House of Cards debut today, and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says this season's challenges may please critics who say the show's vision of Washington, D.C. runs too smoothly.

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Stone Age Britons Were Eating Wheat 2,000 Years Before They Farmed It

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 6 min ago

Scientists have recovered cultivated wheat DNA from an 8,000-year-old submerged site off the British coast. The finding suggests hunter-gatherers were trading for the grain long before they grew it.

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Obama To Ambitious Teen: 'You Have This Strength Inside Yourself'

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 8 min ago

The president interviews 18-year-old, Noah McQueen, who's participating in a White House mentoring program for young men of color. "It's hard to always make the right decision," McQueen tells Obama.

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A 10-Hour Ride, A Welcome With Cola Nuts, A Sad Yet Hopeful New Normal

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 9 min ago

NPR's John Poole and Sami Yenigun visited the village of Barkedu in Liberia to capture the sights and sounds of life after Ebola in a multimedia essay.

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As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Vs. Racism

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 6:41pm

Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He ensured vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence he is talking about it now.

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Families Of Sept. 11 Victims Watch Guantanamo Hearings With Mixed Feelings

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 4:00pm

Five men are charged with planning the Sept. 11 attacks. When they appear for proceedings in Guantanamo Bay, people who lost loved ones that day are flown down to the courtroom to bear witness.

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Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 2:58pm

Single people represent the fastest growing category of households in the U.S. That's made small dwellings — from micro-apartments to stand-alone tiny houses, a niche force in the real estate market.

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For One Parliamentarian, A Stronger Jordan Is Key To Fighting ISIS

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 2:38pm

Arab youths dissatisfied with the present are looking longingly to the past, and Islam's glory days. That, and a dearth of opportunities, says Jordanian politician Rula Alhroob, make ISIS attractive.

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Ahead Of Netanyahu's Speech To Congress, Hints Of A Thaw

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 2:15pm

The Israeli leader will meet with Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., after his March 3 speech. Also, two senior Obama administration officials will address the AIPAC conference.

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Will The Dietary Guidelines Consider The Planet? The Fight Is On

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 1:25pm

A panel of nutrition experts recommends a diet lower in meat in part because it's better for the Earth. But the meat industry says environmental policy doesn't belong in nutrition guidelines.

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Saudi Man Convicted Of Conspiracy In 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 11:55am

Khalid al-Fawwaz was convicted on all four conspiracy charges tied to the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The U.S. has said al-Fawwaz was Osama bin Laden's lieutenant in Britain.

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Banksy's Murals Turn Up In Gaza Strip

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 11:55am

The artist, who uses public spaces for his often-provocative murals, posted images of art created in the Gaza Strip, along with a two-minute video of life in the Palestinian territory.

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Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 10:47am

Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.

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Senate Panel OKs Loretta Lynch Nomination As Attorney General

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 10:41am

President Obama's nominee cleared a major hurdle to succeed Eric Holder. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to send the nomination to the full chamber where it is expected to pass.

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Astronomers Discover A Supermassive Black Hole Dating To Cosmic Dawn

NPR Top Stories - February 26, 2015 - 10:20am

It's enormous, and it grew relatively quickly — less than 900 million years after the Big Bang.

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