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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:51pm

Hospitals have been fighting to block the rankings, but Medicare released them Wednesday. Of the 102 hospitals that got a five-star rating, few are among those generally praised for great care.

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On A Night Capped By Obama, Democrats Aim To Stress National Security

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:35pm

On the third night of the Democratic National Convention, party officials are rolling out some of their heaviest hitters — including headliner President Obama.

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Clinton Campaign Says Trump Is Encouraging 'Espionage' After Hacking Comment

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:29pm

Donald Trump on Wednesday called for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email and recover messages from her tenure as secretary of state.

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Protests Galore In The Streets Of Philly: Here's What They're All About

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

Thousands of protesters have descended on Philadelphia this week for demonstrations outside the Democratic National Convention. Here's a glimpse of the wide array of causes they're backing.

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Democrats Kick Off Day 3 Of The DNC, With Obama As Marquee Speaker

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

President Obama will make the case for his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to succeed him in office when he speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

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Remaining Charges Against Officers In Freddie Gray's Death Dropped

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

Prosecutors have dropped all the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. While the four trials so far returned no convictions, the three more scheduled trials have now also been dropped.

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John Hinckley Earns His Freedom, Decades After Attempted Assassination

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

Would-be assassin John Hinckley has been granted freedom to live outside the mental institution where he's been confined for decades. The move comes more than three decades after he shot President Reagan.

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Black Leadership In The Age Of Obama: A Look Back

NPR Books - July 27, 2016 - 12:07pm

PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill joins All Things Considered from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, to discuss her 2009 book The Breakthrough. Ifill is re-examining the book's conclusions about black political leadership as President Obama prepares to leave office.

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Kids On Bikes: The Sci-Fi Nostalgia Of 'Stranger Things', 'Paper Girls' & 'Super 8'

NPR Books - July 27, 2016 - 10:01am

Three recent properties - a Netflix series, a comic book and a 2011 Hollywood film - borrow key elements from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King to comment on adolescence in very different ways.

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For Olympic Boxer Claressa Shields, Round 2 Brings New Expectations

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 7:58am

At 17, boxer Claressa Shields won gold in the 2012 London Olympics. But it didn't change her life as much as she thought it would. After she returned home to Flint, Michigan, she thought: Now what?

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Fiction: In Megan Abbott’s New Murder Mystery, a Teenage Gymnast Sharp as a Knife

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 7:51am
Megan Abbott’s “You Will Know Me” is set in the world of young gymnasts and their obsessive parents.
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Fiction: Lee Child on a Thriller Set in Zimbabwe

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 7:47am
The mysterious author C.B. George’s novel, “The Death of Rex Nhongo,” set in unstable Zimbabwe, is primarily about people going about their lives.
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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 7:43am

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.

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Fiction: Who Killed the Priest? An Inquisition Mystery Gets Its Confession

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 7:22am
In Matthew Carr’s “The Devils of Cardona,” a priest’s murder draws investigators into the tensions of Inquisition-era Spain.
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Fiction: Two Suspense Novels Track Down Girls Gone Lost

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 7:21am
Amy Gentry’s “Good as Gone” and Megan Miranda’s “All the Missing Girls” are stories told in reverse.
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In Pakistan's Heartland, A 'Perfect Storm Of Obstacles' To Protecting Women

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 7:20am

A high-profile honor killing has led to calls for stronger laws. But a gang-rape victim who's spent 14 years fighting for justice says laws are undercut by ages-old feudal traditions against women.

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Egypt And Turkey: Why A Coup Succeeded In One And Failed In The Other

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 7:10am

Both countries have strong militaries wary of conservative Muslim politicians. But as a wealthier, more middle-class country, Turkey rose up when elements of the military tried to take over.

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Bill Clinton Counters The Greatest Criticisms Of His Wife In DNC Speech

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 6:45am

Bill Clinton had a formidable challenge on Tuesday: to sell the American people on one of the most disliked politicians in political history.

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Charges Against Remaining Officers Dropped In Freddie Gray Case

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 6:40am

Baltimore prosecutors have dropped all charges against the three officers who still faced trial in the death of Freddie Gray. Previous trials all ended in acquittals.

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Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Jr. Released From Mental Hospital

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2016 - 6:34am

The man who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981 was ordered released from a mental hospital on Wednesday to live with his mother in Williamsburg, Va. He's now 61.

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