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Chicago Police Officer Charged With Murdering Black Teen Posts Bond, Leaves Jail

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 3:56pm

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was captured on dashcam video shooting the teen 16 times.

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Top Paper's Endorsement Doesn't Always Equal Success In New Hampshire

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 3:18pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nabbed the backing of the New Hampshire Union Leader this weekend, citing his executive and national security experience. But that doesn't mean he's guaranteed a win.

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L.A.'s Top Restaurant Charts New Waters In Sustainable Seafood

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 3:15pm

Providence is widely considered the finest restaurant in Los Angeles. Its award-winning chef, Michael Cimarusti, is piloting Dock to Dish, a program that hooks chefs up directly with local fishermen.

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Federal Authorities Arrest Man Linked To Threat That Closed U. of Chicago

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 2:44pm

Authorities say Jabari Dean was motivated by the 2014 police killing of Laquan McDonald. He threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff to correspond with the number of times McDonald was shot.

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Turkey Arrests Migrants After Agreement With European Union

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 2:32pm

The EU promised to give financial aid and to renew consideration of Turkish membership in the union. Then Turkey arrested more than a thousand migrants who were planning to sail to Greece.

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China's Renminbi Gets A Stamp Of Approval From The IMF

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 1:55pm

The IMF's decision to add the renminbi, also called the yuan, to its basket of reserve currencies is a new mark of prestige for the world's second-largest economy.

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Why Courts Use Anonymous Juries, Like In Freddie Gray Case

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 1:46pm

Experts trace the first completely anonymous jury to 1977. That's when a judge worried about possible jury tampering by a drug kingpin named Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, a man also known as Mr. Untouchable.

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Big Data Predicts Centuries Of Harm If Climate Warming Goes Unchecked

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 1:16pm

It took about 30 teams of scientists worldwide, using supercomputers to churn through mountains of data, to see patterns aligning of what will happen decades and centuries from now.

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Love It Or Hate It, #GivingTuesday Has Become 'A Thing'

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 1:03pm

Ho ho ho, you've shopped till you've dropped a bundle. Now along comes #GivingTuesday. Is this the best way to encourage charity in the holiday season?

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Bill Gates And Other Billionaires Pledge To Take On Climate Change

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 1:01pm

Twenty countries and 28 investors promised on Monday to jointly fund the development of energy alternatives. Backers of the initiative say private money is key to the next big push in energy.

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When Tipping Was Considered Deeply Un-American

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 12:58pm

Imported from Europe, the custom of leaving gratuities began spreading in the U.S. post-Civil War. It was loathed as a master-serf custom that degraded America's democratic, anti-aristocratic ethic.

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4 Men Charged In Shooting Of Black Lives Matter Protesters In Minneapolis

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 12:57pm

A county prosecutor said the men were charged with what the evidence supported, and that charging them with hate crimes would not add "one iota of time" to their possible sentences.

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Amazon Offers New Glimpse Of What Its Drone Delivery Could Look Like

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 12:06pm

The company says its Prime Air service will someday deliver packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones.

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What Pope Francis Did — And Didn't — Say On His First Trip To Africa

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 12:06pm

He spoke about bribery, war, water and peace between Muslims and Christians — but stayed silent on gay rights.

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NASA Uses Lessons From Space To Design An Efficient Building

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 11:51am

Named Sustainability Base, a NASA facility in California is a model for energy-efficient federal buildings. It's powered by a fuel cell like those used on spacecraft and recycles water for flushing.

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Why Negotiators At Paris Climate Talks Are Tossing The Kyoto Model

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 4:03am

The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 didn't slow down the gradual warming of the planet. Now governments meeting for a two-week summit are trying an a la carte approach.

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In Indiana, Raising The Bar Raises Questions About Special Education

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 4:03am

Indiana is trying to make the path to a high school diploma more rigorous, but some special education students worry they won't be able to meet new requirements.

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147 World Leaders Gather In Paris For U.N. Climate Conference

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 3:56am

The conference is being billed as a last chance summit to save the planet. The goal is to come to a global agreement to limit greenhouse emissions in effort to curb climate change.

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In Montgomery, Rosa Parks' Story Offers A History Lesson For Police

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 2:01am

Sixty years ago Tuesday, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. Recruits in Montgomery, Ala., are learning about Parks in a course aimed at eliminating bias in policing.

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Confidence In Oil Hub Security Shaken By Oklahoma Earthquakes

NPR Top Stories - November 30, 2015 - 1:56am

Oklahoma's earthquake boom is now a national security threat. No damage has been reported, but operators at the hub are on high alert for a disruption that would ripple through the U.S. energy market.

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