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'He's Not A Psychopath,' Says Friend Of Austin Bombings Suspect

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:27am

A friend of the suspect, Jeremiah Jensen, describes Conditt as shy, smart and thoughtful. "He was an intense person and could be hard to love but he was a person," he says.

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Mississippi Is Sending Its First Woman To Congress. Here's When Your State Did That

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:26am

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith will be Mississippi's first woman in Congress when she takes over for Sen. Thad Cochran, leaving Vermont as the only state that has never sent a woman to Capitol Hill.

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Federal Regulator Cites Baltimore Hospital After Patient Left At Bus Stop In Gown

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:14am

The investigation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that the hospital failed to protect the patient from "harassment and potential harm."

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In Oaxaca, Mexico, A Locally Made Soda Takes Aim At Coca-Cola's Supremacy

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 11:07am

Oaxacan restaurants are offering diners an alternative to the ubiquitous Coke by selling Zega-Cola, an artisanal soda made in small batches nearby. Its maker hopes that will translate into local jobs.

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WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 10:25am

MIT researchers unveiled a Soft Robotic Fish prototype in hopes of boosting aquatic observation. It can wiggle like a fish, dive to 18 meters, work autonomously — and hopefully avoid getting eaten.

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Congress Set To Unveil $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 10:19am

The legislation is said to include nearly $1.6 billion in border security increases without addressing a legal fix for the roughly 700,000 immigrants who stand to lose protection under DACA.

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'Amazing' News About The Awful Guinea Worm

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 9:56am

Despite an ongoing civil war, South Sudan has successfully stopped transmission of the horrific parasite. The milestone means the worm is circulating in only three countries.

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Cambridge Analytica's Role In Trump's 2016 Campaign Raises Potential Legal Flags

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 9:42am

The British firm, which worked for President Trump's campaign, gathered data from as many as 50 million Facebook users. Did it break the limits on what foreign nationals can do in U.S. campaigns?

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Why An Imperfect HIV Vaccine Could Be Better Than None At All

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 9:22am

Public health interventions and antiviral drugs have put HIV on the ropes in the U.S. But it's unlikely that infections can be wiped out without a vaccine.

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Kobach Trial Ends, Judge Now Deliberating On Kansas Voting

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 9:13am

The trial has ended in the lawsuit alleging Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's requirements to register to vote in his state are unreasonable. A federal judge will rule on the suit by the fall.

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Abducted By Boko Haram, Now Posing With Lady Liberty In Times Square

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 9:09am

Hauwa and Ya Kaka aren't typical teens. This month they came to the U.S. to speak up for the thousands of abductees still being held. But they also made time for tourist fun.

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March A Fairweather Friend As Serious Storms Hit East And West Coasts

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 8:56am

A rough start to spring for residents on both sides of the country. Southern Californians braced for rain and potential mudslides while residents of the Northeast dealt with heavy snow Wednesday.

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Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science?

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 8:40am

If you're a rock band, and thousands of teachers and students are using your hugely popular music videos in the classroom, Why not help them out?

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Mark Anthony Conditt: What We Know About The Austin Bomber

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 8:29am

With a bombing spree seemingly over, interest now turns to the chief suspect in the attacks that struck fear and anxiety into thousands of people.

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March 21 Is The Busiest Day On The U.N. Calendar

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 7:09am

There are five — count 'em — five special events, from World Poetry Day to International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Senators Hold Election Security Hearing After Releasing Recommendations For 2018

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 5:03am

Top intelligence and election officials are being grilled by senators on Wednesday about what they need to improve to secure voting in the U.S.

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Top Stories: Austin Bombing Suspect Dead; New Fed Chairman

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 3:44am

Also: A fourth nor'easter strikes the East Coast; Illinois' primary election is complete; and wreckage of a World War II ship is found that may have carried the five Sullivan brothers.

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Fed's New Chairman Steps Into Spotlight Amid An Expected Rate Increase

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 3:02am

The central bank is expected to raise its key interest rate for the first time under Jerome Powell. Economists wonder if faster economic growth will mean more aggressive rate hikes.

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Invisibilia: They Risked Their Lives To Bring Music Back

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 3:00am

When Somalia decided to start a reality show with a singing competition, there was a major problem. Singing in public could bring on the wrath of al-Shabab.

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White Skin, Black Emojis?

NPR Top Stories - March 21, 2018 - 2:00am

This week on Ask Code Switch: Is it OK for a white teenager to use emojis that don't match her skin color? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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