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Detainee Interrogation Chief: Waterboarding Doesn't Work

NPR Top Stories - February 12, 2016 - 2:00am

The head of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group spoke as Donald Trump is calling for a return to simulated drowning and other interrogation techniques that critics have likened to torture.

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Sanders Favors A 'Speculation Tax' On Big Wall Street Firms. What Is That?

NPR Top Stories - February 12, 2016 - 2:00am

The tax would apply to all kinds of trading, but estimates of how much revenue it might raise vary greatly.

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Will Cuba Meeting Of Pope And Patriarch Help Heal A 1,000-Year Rift?

NPR Top Stories - February 12, 2016 - 1:50am

The split dates from when Christianity first spread through the Roman Empire. Friday's meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill is the culmination of longstanding efforts to promote dialogue.

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The 6th Democratic Presidential Debate In 100 Words (And 3 Videos)

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 9:21pm

Clinton and Sanders sparred on Wall Street's influence on politics, on which candidate is more loyal to President Obama and the record of Henry Kissinger as secretary of state.

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UAE Names Minister Of Happiness

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 7:02pm

The country's prime minister intends to channel policies and plans to achieve a happier society.

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5 Takeaways From The Democratic Debate

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 5:30pm

Tonight, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton square off in their first debate since his massive victory in the New Hampshire primary.

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Cliven Bundy's Arrest Caps Years Of Calls For Government To Take Action

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 4:46pm

The Nevada rancher's arrest is a setback for his self-styled militia supporters and their anti-federal lands fight. The charges stem from a standoff with federal agents at his ranch in 2014.

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At Many Workplaces, Training For A New Threat: Active Shooters

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 3:56pm

More companies are offering employees training to deal with shooting threats at work. But it presents a dilemma: "How do you create awareness, without creating paranoia?" one expert says.

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W. Is Back: Bush Bros. To Campaign Together

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 3:47pm

George W. Bush heads to South Carolina to help his brother Jeb. It's the first time the former president is publicly hitting the campaign trail in years.

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Harney County Sheriff Calls For Dialogue Following Oregon Occupation's End

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 3:46pm

Sheriff Dave Ward urged residents in his community to "get off Facebook" and talk to each other about their differences of opinion following the divisive occupation.

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Science Seeks Clues To Human Health In Neanderthal DNA

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 3:37pm

Some of the genetic variations in human DNA that have been linked to quick clotting or depression or diabetes lie within or near the genetic stretches we picked up from Neanderthals, a study finds.

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4 Questions Answered On The Syria Talks In Munich

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 3:22pm

Crucial international talks have begun in Munich in an effort to rev up the stalled Syrian peace negotiations. Here's what you need to know.

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Jihad Rehab Program To Get Second Participant

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 2:45pm

A young man from Minnesota, arrested for planning to help ISIS, is likely to be the second man in an emerging de-radicalization program. It could help him get his life back on track.

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Meet The Guy Calling Out Hollywood For How It Describes Women

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 1:09pm

Three months ago, producer Ross Putman started tracking descriptions of female characters from scripts he read. On Tuesday, he shared them with the world on his Twitter account, "Fem Script Intros."

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Can Dementia Be Prevented? Education May Bolster Brain Against Risk

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 1:03pm

The risk of getting dementia has been dropping for decades. Why? Research suggests education's effect on the brain and good cardiovascular health help.

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The Risks (And Unexpected Benefits) Of Sending Health Students Abroad

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 12:37pm

Universities are setting standards for volunteer global health programs in developing countries — so both the student and the local people can have a good experience.

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Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 11:00am

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.

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Polling Is Ubiquitous, But Is It Bad For Democracy?

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 10:32am

New Yorker writer Jill Lepore examines the history of polling in America. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that today's polls may be less reliable — and more influential — than ever before.

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Oregon Occupation Ends As Last Holdout Surrenders

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 10:16am

Three of the last four armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge had surrendered earlier this morning. The last man has now given himself up, bringing an end to the 41-day occupation.

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How To Operate On A Patient Who Might Explode

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 9:54am

In rare but tricky cases, disposing of an explosive device requires removing it safely from a living person. Military doctors have ways to minimize the risks, but there's no way to eliminate them.

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