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Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2015 - 3:16am

For all the talk of police militarization, no reliable statistics exist on the number of raids by SWAT or other heavily armed tactical teams. There are no federal or state tallies — except in Utah.

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EU Ministers Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Migrant Crisis

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2015 - 2:45am

Europe has seen an unprecedented number of migrants and asylum seekers reach its borders. EU ministers called the meeting, in part, to try to decide which migrants are treated as refugees.

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Novelist Amy Stewart Turns 1914 Traffic Accident Into 'Girl Waits With Gun'

NPR Books - August 31, 2015 - 1:38am

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Stewart about her novel Girl Waits With Gun. It's based on the story of a woman who went on to become one of the first female deputy sheriffs in early 20th century America.

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Through Soccer, Teen Migrants Rebuild Lives And Meet Pope Francis

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2015 - 1:16am

During his U.S. visit in September, the pope is set to meet with unaccompanied minors from Central America who have formed a youth soccer team co-sponsored by New York's Catholic Charities.

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The 'Trump Effect' Alienating Conservative Latinos

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2015 - 1:03am

The GOP's post-mortem in the wake of the 2012 election suggested the party needed to appeal to Latinos. But the current immigration conversation sparked by Donald Trump could threaten that goal.

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To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2015 - 1:03am

Doctors and parents often miss the signs of female athlete triad syndrome — low energy, low bone density and irregular menstruation in an otherwise healthy-looking girl or teen.

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If Fish Is Brain Food, Can Fish Oil Pills Boost Brains, Too?

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2015 - 1:03am

Research suggests eating fish regularly over a lifetime is good for the brain. But when it comes to staving off cognitive decline in seniors, fish oil supplements just don't cut it, a study finds.

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How Are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2015 - 1:02am

Tiny island nations, Latin American developing countries and even non-joiners like Switzerland have all found more power and influence in climate negotiations after forming or joining a group.

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Wes Craven, Master Horror Movie Director, Dies At 76

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 7:12pm

The legendary director of Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream has died. His films, which often mixed slasher gore with wry humor, helped reinvent the horror genre.

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Obama To Rename Continent's Highest Peak From Mount McKinley To Denali

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 3:10pm

Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

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The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 2:09pm

The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.

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China Arrests Nearly 200 Over 'Online Rumors'

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 12:21pm

The rumors ranged from a man leaping to his death in Beijing over stock losses to highly inflated death tolls in the Tianjin industrial blasts.

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Obama Gets One More Vote Closer To 'Yes' On Iran Deal

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 11:37am

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley announced he's backing the Iran deal despite "significant shortcomings." It brings Obama within three votes of sustaining a veto against congressional disapproval.

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As Democrats Grow Nervous, Clinton Tries To Appeal To Party Leaders

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 11:14am

Hillary Clinton tried to rally important Democratic delegates to her side at the party's summer meeting in Minneapolis. But, as she looks increasingly vulnerable, rivals are pressing their own cases.

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Jefferson Davis Statue Comes Down At University of Texas

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 10:12am

The larger-than-life sculpture of the president of the Confederacy was removed after an appeal to block the move was rejected last week.

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Obama Plays Defense On Climate Change Ahead Of Alaska Trip

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 9:22am

President Obama pushed back against what some see as the irony of him expanding oil exploration while talking up climate change.

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Refugee Children Rescued In Austria Reportedly Disappear From Hospital

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 7:35am

The three Syrian children, aged 5 and 6, were near death from dehydration when they were discovered by police in the back of a minivan on Saturday.

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Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 6:45am

Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.

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Motive Still Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Texas Sheriff's Deputy

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 5:38am

Authorities have charged 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles in the "execution-style" murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, but investigators have yet to make public any motive for the killing.

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Sanders Gaining On Clinton. '2008 All Over Again'?

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 5:30am

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has the energy, the enthusiasm and now showing strength in the poll numbers as the Democratic nomination contest looks more and more like a race every day.

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