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'Miss Cleo,' Fortuneteller Of '90s TV Fame, Dies At 53

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 3:31pm

Youree Dell Harris became a cult celebrity as the face of a psychic hotline — saying "Call me now" in her distinctive, dubious patois. The role meant fame, but also a lifelong association with fraud.

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Obama Opens Doors to More Central American Refugees

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 1:55pm

The administration — hoping refugees will not flood the southern border — is expanding a program that helps refugees, including minors, to reunite with their families in the U.S.

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Fewer Young People Buying Houses, But Why?

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 1:54pm

First-time home buyers are participating at lower rates in the otherwise booming housing market. Experts offer differing opinions on whether — or when — younger buyers are likely to return.

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Insurers May Share Blame For Increased Price Of Some Generic Drugs

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 12:53pm

Consumers often blame drug companies for the rapidly rising costs of some commonly used generic drugs. But changes made by insurers influence the price of these drugs, too, it turns out.

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Mummified Egyptian Was Just As Sedentary And Carb-Hungry As Modern Men

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 12:37pm

A 2,200-year-old mummy going on display in Israel shows some of the same ailments modern people suffer from: osteoporosis, tooth decay and other effects of an inactive, carbohydrate-rich lifestyle.

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Hillary Clinton Set To Become Formal Democratic Nominee For President

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 12:24pm

Bill Clinton speaks Tuesday night after his wife Hillary Clinton formally becomes the Democratic nominee for president. One open question is how smoothly the nominating process will go.

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Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 12:24pm

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.

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At The Democratic Convention, An Opportunity For Healing, Or More Disunity

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 12:24pm

Hillary Clinton is expected to formally become the Democratic nominee for president in Philadelphia on day two of the Democratic convention. Will party disunity continue to dominate the convention floor Tuesday night?

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In Lake Huron, Underwater Treasures, And A Marine Sanctuary, Boost Tourism Industry

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 12:24pm

Alpena, Mich., has turned the shipwrecks off its shores into a tourist attraction. Now, other Great Lakes towns are hoping to create freshwater marine sanctuaries of their own.

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More Than Just Saying 'Cheese,' Hundreds Sit Test To Become Official Experts

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 12:24pm

The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group's annual conference.

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Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

NPR Books - July 26, 2016 - 12:24pm

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as "episodes" and "seasons" rather than "books."

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Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

NPR Books - July 26, 2016 - 10:09am

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.

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Ivory Tower: Deep Thinking About Immigration

New York Times book reviews - July 26, 2016 - 7:20am
Immigration is an emotional issue. Three new books offer rational perspective.
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Formula One Boss Bernie Ecclestone's Mother-In-Law Is Kidnapped In Brazil

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 4:42am

Reports of an abduction in Brazil are sending shock waves through the sporting world, as the mother-in-law of the billionaire who runs Formula One is apparently being held for ransom.

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The Olympic Storylines You Absolutely Need To Know

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 4:08am

You can't follow everything in Rio, but you want to catch the highlights. Here's a guide to the American athletes and events likely to produce the most memorable performances.

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Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 3:56am

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

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19 Die In Knife Attack At Care Facility West Of Tokyo

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 3:03am

The accused former employee of the mental health facility told police, "It's better that the disabled disappear," Japanese media report.

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'Sunlight Pilgrims' Is More Than Just A Chilling Tale Of Climate Change

NPR Books - July 26, 2016 - 3:00am

Jenni Fagan's latest follows a transgender girl and her mother in a near-future world that's slowly freezing to death. Fagan makes potent but subtle links between climate change and personal change.

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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2016 - 3:00am

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."

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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

NPR Books - July 26, 2016 - 3:00am

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."

Categories: Book Reviews
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