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In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense

NPR Top Stories - 17 hours 42 min ago

The murder trial is underway for Theodore Wafer, the Detroit homeowner who shot Renisha McBride, an unarmed black teen, on his porch. Wafer claims self-defense; prosecutors say there was no threat.

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Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

NPR Top Stories - 17 hours 42 min ago

The governor of Iowa says he's empathetic but doesn't want to host any of the unaccompanied and undocumented children from Central America. But advocacy groups and other officials in the state are urging Iowans to welcome them.

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New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

NPR Top Stories - 17 hours 42 min ago

The Obama administration is proposing new safety rules for railroad oil tank cars, after a series of fiery derailments. The rules would phase out thousands of older cars in two years.

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With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

NPR Top Stories - 17 hours 42 min ago

Three years after the Fukushima disaster shut Japan's nuclear power plants, reactors at a different plant may reopen. Steve Inskeep talks with Wall Street Journal Tokyo bureau chief Peter Landers.

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Military Dogs' Advocates Say The Canines Aren't Pets — They're Vets

NPR Top Stories - 17 hours 42 min ago

Military war dogs serve combat tours, save lives and suffer injuries like the soldiers they serve. On Capitol Hill this week, dogs and their handlers made the case that all dogs should be brought home from war and treated with the respect they've earned.

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Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo

NPR Top Stories - 17 hours 42 min ago

Syrians have flooded into neighboring countries and now they are having babies. But the children are not receiving citizenship from either Syria or the country where they are born.

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How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy

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Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.

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FAA Lifts Ban On U.S. Flights To Tel Aviv

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 8:27pm

The FAA worked with other U.S. agencies to reassess the risk of planes being hit by rockets at Israel's main airport. But that doesn't mean all carriers will resume service.

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Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 3:54pm

Officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Wood to death instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour, Wood's attorney says. Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of the process.

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Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 3:04pm

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

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An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 8:03am

A Beverly Hills auction house has an unusual fossil for sale. It's not an ancient animal. It's something an ancient animal left behind — and it's very, very long.

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Ukraine Says 2 Military Jets Shot Down Over Rebel-Held Area

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 7:52am

The two jets were downed less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down, killing 298 people.

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States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 7:44am

New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.

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WATCH: Wreckage Of Costa Concordia Begins Its Final Voyage

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 5:47am

More than two years after the luxury liner wrecked off the Italian island of Giglio, it is finally being moved to a salvage yard in the port of Genoa.

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A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 5:34am

In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

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White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 4:49am

In an interview with NPR, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken endorsed Israel's demand that before the conflict ends, Gaza must be demilitarized. It's a demand Hamas is unlikely to agree to.

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Dutch Day Of Mourning, As Remains Of Some MH17 Victims Come Home

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 3:49am

In its first national day of mourning in more than half a century, the Netherlands came to a standstill as two planes carrying the remains of some victims landed in Eindhoven.

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Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 3:29am

A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier?

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Gaza Conflict Day 16: Here's What You Need To Know

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 3:07am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were in Israel meeting with leaders, attempting to broker a cease-fire.

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Atlantic City's Casino Crisis: A Cautionary Tale

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 12:45am

With the announcements of the planned closures of the Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos, the New Jersey town that once had the monopoly on gaming in the northeast is at a crucial turning point.

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